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“Nutri-Score” label may counter misleading sugar claims on groceries

High consumption of sugar has been linked to an increased risk of becoming overweight and other health issues. Some companies therefore describe their products as “without added sugar” or “less sweet”. Consumers can interpret such claims to mean that a food product is healthier than it really is. A new analysis led by Göttingen University suggests that the "Nutri-Score" can counteract the misleading effects of sugar claims. The results are published in PLOS ONE. more…


Building blocks of the future for photovoltaics

An international research team led by Göttingen University has, for the first time, observed the build-up of a physical phenomenon that plays a role in the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy in 2D ma-terials. Scientists succeeded in making quasiparticles – known as dark Moiré interlayer excitons – visible and explaining their formation using quantum mechanics. Researchers used an experimental microscopy technique newly developed in Göttingen, which provided profound insights. more…


Unexpected quantum effects in natural double-layer graphene

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has detected novel quantum effects in high-precision studies of natural double-layer graphene and has interpreted them together with the University of Texas at Dallas using their theoretical work. This research provides new insights into the interaction of the charge carriers and the different phases, and contributes to the understanding of the processes involved. The results were published in Nature. more…


Genes influence risk for global cattle disease

Two tiny mutations in the genome of cattle likely cause some animals to be significantly more susceptible to Digital Dermatitis, an extremely painful disease that is widespread in cattle kept indoors. The two candidate genes were discovered by an international team of researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Göttingen and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. The findings could help improve the breeding of disease-resistant animals. more…


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New quantum technology combines free electrons and photons

Researchers from Göttingen (Germany) and Lausanne (Switzerland) have successfully created electron-photon pairs in a controlled way in an electron microscope for the first time. Using a new method, they could precisely detect the involved particles. The findings of the study expand the toolbox of quantum technology. more…

Max Planck School Matter to Life celebrates first Master’s graduates

The Max Planck School Matter to Life has celebrated the first graduates of its Master’s program of the same name. The students from the Universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg started in 2019 and will now enter the three-year PhD phase. The celebration was part of a five-day symposium of the Max Planck School with a focus on scientific lectures by the Fellows and students as well as opportunities to network. more…

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