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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. more…


Sacred natural sites protect biodiversity in Iran

How much do traditional practices contribute to the protection of local biodiversity? Why and how are sacred groves locally valued and protected, and how can this be promoted for environmental protection? Working together with the University of Kurdistan, researchers of the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel have examined the backgrounds of this form of local environmental protection in Iran. more…


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. more…


X-ray flash imaging of laser-induced bubbles and shockwaves in water

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. more…


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Understanding membranes better

A new class of membranes has the potential to deliver highly interesting applications both in biotechnology and in water purification. The theoretical understanding of these polymer membranes is, however, still incomplete. Now, two researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon and the University of Göttingen have found a ways to identify these gaps in understanding and also to resolve them. more…

DFG extends funding for Collaborative Research Centres at University and University Medical Center Göttingen

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended its funding for two Göttingen Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) from 1 July 2021. This means that CRC 1073 "Atomic Scale Control of Energy Conversion” at the Faculty of Physics at Göttingen University will go into its third successful funding period. CRC 1286 "Quantitative Synaptology" at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) has won support for a second funding period. The funding amounts to around ten million euros per year over four years. more…

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