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A new twist on stellar rotation

Like our Sun, distant stars are rotating spheres of hot gas. Stars, however, do not rotate like solid spheres: regions at different latitudes rotate at different rates. An international group of researchers including the University of Göttingen has now measured the rotational patterns of a sample of Sun-like stars. more…


The "dark side" of the cell

STED image (left) and x-ray imaging (right) of the same cardiac tissue cell from a rat.

Researchers at the University of Goettingen have used a novel microscopy method. In doing so they were able to show both the illuminated and the "dark side" of the cell. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Communications. more…


Many facets of biodiversity reduce variability of grassland biomass production

A new study shows that, in addition to species richness, plant evolutionary history plays a critical role in regulating year-to-year variation of biomass production in grasslands. In the face of climate change, understanding the causes of variability in key ecosystem services such as biomass production is essential. more…


Top 100 in the Shanghai Ranking

The University of Göttingen has succeeded in retaining its dominance in the Shanghai Ranking. In the current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018 (also known as the Shanghai Ranking), Göttingen is placed fourth nationwide, ranking 34th in Europe and 99th worldwide. more…


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Anneliese Maier Research Award 2018 to Professor Wang Hui

On 12 September, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented an Anneliese Maier Research Award to Professor Wang Hui, one of China’s most influential intellectuals. At the University of Göttingen, the historian and literary scholar collaborates with Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier to research the global and historical interconnectedness of modern Chinese history. more…

Giant swirls on the Sun

A team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen has discovered new waves of vorticity on the Sun. For forty years scientists had speculated about the existence of such waves on the Sun, which should be present in every rotating fluid system. Now, they have been unambiguously detected and characterized for the first time. more…

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