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First heat map for individual red blood cells

Entropy is often associated with disorder, but in biology it is related to energy efficiency and is closely linked to metabolism, the set of chemical reactions that sustain life. An international research team with the participation of Göttingen University developed a novel methodology for the measurement of entropy production at the scale of a nanometer. The new approach enabled the scientists to measure the heat flow, known as the entropy production rate, of single red blood cells. more…


Exhibition “Unpacking Colonialism – Discussing human remains in German collections”

There are two Göttingen University collections that contain a large number of human remains which were taken from areas that were former colonies of Germany or other countries in Europe. Most of these human remains were taken by researchers, travellers, colonial officials or traders – against the wishes of the local populations. Robbery and grave-looting were not uncommon at that time. more…


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. more…


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. more…


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Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2024, we would like to wish health, happiness and personal and professional success to all students, staff, guests and alumni of Göttingen University and Göttingen Campus. more…

In memory of Professor Rebekka Habermas

The University of Göttingen mourns the loss of Professor Rebekka Habermas, who passed away on 21 December 2023. Habermas held the post of Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Humanities since 2000. Among her many roles, she was Editor of the journal "Historische Anthropologie", a reviewer for the European Research Council and, since 2019, a member of the German Science and Humanities Council, Wissenschaftsrat. more…

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