News from the Göttingen Campus

The longest-serving solar observatory in space has turned 25 and is still making significant contributions to solar research. Its old age has become an important merit.
25 years ago, the space probe SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory), a joint project of ESA and NASA, was launched. Since then, it has been orbiting around our star synchronously with Earth and, thanks to its uniquely unobstructed and multifold view, has shaped our current understanding of the Sun. Despite the increasing competition from more modern space observatories and despite a few technical aches and pains, SOHO's continuous data stream…
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The sensor JEI has arrived at Airbus Defence and Space GmbH in Friedrichshafen. In 2022, it will travel to Jupiter on board ESA's JUICE space probe.
The sensor JEI (Jovian Electron and Ion Sensor), which scientists and engineers at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) developed and built for ESA's JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer) mission to Jupiter, has reached a further milestone on its way into space. Together with other sensors of the PEP (Particle Environment Package) instrument package, JEI has now arrived safely at Airbus Defence and Space GmbH in Friedrichshafen.…
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Luminous carbon nanotubes detect pathogens – and are quick and easy to use.
Researchers from Bochum, Göttingen, Duisburg and Cologne have developed a new method for detecting bacteria and infections. They use fluorescent nanosensors to track down pathogens faster and more easily than with established methods. A team headed by Professor Sebastian Kruß, formerly at Universität Göttingen, now at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), describes the results in the journal Nature Communications, published online on 25 November 2020. …
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Research team with the University of Göttingen finds effect of odour on helpfulness in rats
Despite their reputation, rats are surprisingly sociable and actually regularly help each other out with tasks. Researchers at the Universities of Göttingen, Bern and St Andrews have now shown that a rat just has to smell the scent of another rat that is engaged in helpful behaviour to increase his or her own helpfulness. This is the first study to show that just the smell of a cooperating individual rat is enough to trigger an altruistic and…
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Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Eberhard Bodenschatz, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization has now been appointed Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific society.
"It is an extraordinary pleasure and great honor to be elected as a new member of this time-honored society, the AAAS," said Eberhard Bodenschatz. In the laudatory speech, Bodenschatz is honored for his "outstanding research contributions to nonlinear phenomena including fluid turbulence, cardiac dynamics, cloud physics, thermal convection, chemotaxis and Lagrangian dynamics". Fellows have been elected to the AAAS since 1874. The certificate and…
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Coppery titi monkeys do not deceive their partners
Since methods for genetic paternity analyses were introduced it became clear that many pair-living animal species, including humans, do not take partnership fidelity that seriously. In most species there is some proportion of offspring that is not sired by their social father. Coppery titi monkeys living in the Amazon lowland rainforest seem to be an exception. Scientists from the German Primate Center (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate…
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Göttingen researchers led by Stefan Glöggler measure a biochemical reaction in real time with a low-field magnetic resonance device for the first time. This constitutes an important step towards constructing small, flexible MRI devices
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is indispensable in medical diagnostics. However, MRI units are large and expensive to acquire and operate. With smaller and cost-efficient systems, MRI would be more flexible and more people could benefit from the technique. Such miniature MRI units generate a much weaker signal that is difficult to analyze, though. Researchers at the Göttingen Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and the Center…
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Foundation Pour l'Audition recognizes his pioneering work towards the optical cochlear implant for the treatment of hearing loss.
Tobias Moser, Director of the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and professor at the University of Göttingen with a joint appointment at the German Primate Center, has been awarded the "Scientific Grand Prize 2020" of the French Fondation Pour l'Audition (FPA) for his revolutionary contributions to hearing research. With this award, the FPA honors his pioneering work in the development of the…
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In their new study now published in Nature Communications, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization have deciphered a novel regularization mechanism encoded in the Navier-Stokes equations that offers a new direction in the exclusion of singularities
From stirring sugar in coffee to global weather patterns – turbulent currents constantly shape the life around us. Mathematically, they are described by the Navier-Stokes equations, as now known for almost two centuries. Despite the widespread use of these equations to describe turbulent flows in the natural and engineering sciences, it remains unclear whether they represent a well-posed problem, i.e. whether the solutions of the Navier-Stokes…
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Physicists from the University of Göttingen use computer simulation to investigate aging in living glassy systems
Aging is a process that affects not only living beings. Many materials, like plastics and glasses, also age – ie they change slowly over time as their particles try to pack better – and there are already computer models to describe this. Biological materials, such as living tissue, can show similar behaviour to glasses except that the particles are actual cells or bacteria which have their own propulsion. Researchers at the University of…
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