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High resolution techniques reveal clues in 3.5 billion-year-old biomass
To learn about the first organisms on our planet, researchers have to analyse the rocks of the early Earth. These can only be found in a few places on the Earth. The Pilbara Craton in Western Australia is one of these sites: there are rocks there that are around 3.5 billion years old containing traces of the microorganisms that lived at that time. A research team has now found new clues about the formation and composition of this ancient biomass, providing insights into the earliest ecosystems on Earth.
Converting rainforest to plantation impacts food webs and biodiversity
Every day, new areas of rainforests are converted into plantations, drastically changing tropical biodiversity and the way the ecosystem functions. Yet, the current understanding of the consequences is fragmentary: previous studies tended to examine either biodiversity or the ecosystem. An international research team led by the universities of Göttingen in Germany and Bogor in Indonesia brings these threads together in this research, which was published in Nature.
Digitalisation in the healthcare system
Digitalisation offers enormous opportunities within the healthcare sector. However, in practice, digital instruments often do not meet the expectations of medical staff, who also need to acquire digital skills to handle the instruments properly. In collaboration with project partners, researchers from the University of Göttingen want to develop measures to facilitate the implementation of digital solutions in the healthcare sector and overcome current obstacles.
Why do(n’t) people support being nudged towards healthier diets?
You may not realise it, but “nudge” has been used by businesses, policy-makers and governments for years to prod the public into making different choices. Small changes in our environment can “nudge” us into different behaviours. For example, printing the low-calorie options in bold on a menu, or showing the calorie information, might change what we choose to eat. But does the public support this? And how do subtleties in how ‘nudge’ interventions are designed affect support, if at all?
How electron spectroscopy measures exciton “holes”
Semiconductors are ubiquitous in modern technology, working to either enable or prevent the flow of electricity. In order to understand the potential of two-dimensional semiconductors for future computer and photovoltaic technologies, researchers from the Universities of Göttingen, Marburg and Cambridge investigated the bond that builds between the electrons and holes contained in these materials. They were able to gain new insights into charge transfer processes across a semiconductor interface.
Surprisingly vibrant colour of 12-million-year-old snail shells
Snail shells are often colourful and strikingly patterned due to pigments that are produced in special cells of the snail and stored in the shell. Fossil shells, on the other hand, are usually dull because the pigments are very sensitive and have already decomposed. Residues of ancient colour patterns are therefore very rare, so researchers at Göttingen University and the Natural History Museum Vienna were surprised to discover pigments in twelve-million-year-old fossilised snail shells.