The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university. Founded in 1737 in the Age of Enlightenment, the University is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects across 13 faculties: in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. With over 30,000 students and offering up to 212 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.
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Lies to hide doping in professional sport
How do top athletes talk about doping when they themselves are using performance-enhancing drugs? Or do they just avoid the issue? New research by Göttingen University reveals that any decision to use drugs almost inevitably means the decision to engage in deceptive communication such as lying or omitting information. Those using drugs, for example, regularly describe anti-doping policies as being more intense than ever or overly restrictive, play down the extent of the doping problem, or portray themselves as victims.
Origin of fairy circles: Euphorbia hypothesis disproved
The fairy circles of the Namib are one of nature’s greatest mysteries. Millions of these circular barren patches extend over vast areas along the margins of the desert in Namibia. An early hypothesis by G.K. Theron was that poisonous substances from Euphorbia damarana leaves induced fairy circles. Now new research at the University of Göttingen and the Gobabeb Namib Research Institute found the original experiment and, 40 years later, the researchers are now able to conclusively disprove this hypothesis.
X-ray flash imaging of laser-induced bubbles
Gas bubbles rise up naturally in sparkling water. But the bubbles that were created for this experiment were ten times smaller and contained water vapour at a pressure around a hundred thousand times higher. The bubble expands at supersonic speed and pushes a shockwave in front. Researchers at the University of Göttingen, with the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (DESY) and the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) used holographic flash imaging and nanofocused X-ray laser pulses to make a “movie” of this event.
Clever biomolecular labelling enables identification of immune cells
Biomolecules regulate the biological functions inside every living cell. If scientists can understand the mo-lecular mechanisms of such functions, then it is possible to detect severe dysfunction which can lead to illness. At a molecular level, this can be achieved with fluorescent markers that are specifically incorporated into the respective biomolecules. Researchers at the Universities of Göttingen and Edinburgh have now been able to show that a complex of the common metal manganese makes it possible to conveniently label certain biomolecules.
Warm seas when the Earth was still young?
For decades, there has been controversy about the water temperatures of the first oceans on Earth. Scientists from the Universities of Cologne, Göttingen and Århus have now combined their research about the development of our atmosphere with that of the rock crust and seawater temperatures. They have calculated temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius in the early period of the Earth. The results were published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What is the true cost to companies of IT security?
How can companies evaluate whether specific measures taken will strengthen their Information Technology (IT) security? How can they find out what the real costs to their business will be? Researchers are addressing these questions in their research collaboration "Processor-Informed Economic Evaluation and Selection of IT Security Measures" (ProBITS), led by the University of Göttingen. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded the project for three years with a total of around 1.4 million euros.