News from the Göttingen Campus

The more complex the social group in lemurs, the more signals the animals use to communicate
Living together in groups entails constant interactions between individuals. Individuals need to permanently assess the behavior of others and to respond flexibly to it. Primates and other animals regulate and coordinate their interactions predominantly by vocal, visual, tactile, and olfactory signals. However, it is unclear what social or ecological factors influence the number of signals and the evolution of the various signaling modalities.…
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International research team led by Göttingen University controls interaction of charge carriers
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 LMU in Munich…
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The Italian Physical Society awards the "Premio Enrico Fermi" to the director emeritus of the MPI-DS
Jan-Peter Toennies, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Flow Research (today: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, MPI-DS) and his Italian colleague Giorgio Benedek from the University of Milan have good reason to celebrate. Together, they have been honored for their "pioneering studies of the atomic-scale dynamics at solid surfaces through the development of high-resolution helium-atom scattering spectroscopy".…
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Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki receives the George Ellery Hale Prize of the American Astronomical Society.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has honored Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, with a high distinction: the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) has named the Göttingen researcher this year's recipient of the George Ellery Hale Prize, which distinguishes selected scientists for their long-standing and ground-breaking contributions to solar research. The award ceremony…
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Researchers from Göttingen and Twente reveal physical mechanisms behind the movement of microswimmers
Bacteria and other unicellular organisms developed sophisticated ways to actively navigate their way, despite being comparably simple structures. To reveal these mechanisms, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) used oil droplets as a model for biological microswimmers. Corinna Maass, group leader at the MPI-DS and Associate Professor at the University of Twente, together with her colleagues,…
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Using historical data, MPS researcher Dr. Theodosios Chatzistergos looks back into our star’s past. He has now received a prestigious award in recognition of his work.
The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), a panel of the International Science Council (ICS), has honored Dr. Theodosios Chatzistergos of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) with this year's Distinguished Young Scientist Award. With this award, the Committee recognizes the young researcher's contributions to the reconstruction of past solar activity and variability. Among other things, Dr. Chatzistergos…
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Researchers from the University of Göttingen analyse a rock from the asteroid Ryugu
Researchers from the University of Göttingen are among the first in the world to have analysed rock samples from the asteroid Ryugu. Asteroids are remnants from the very beginnings of our solar system and, at around 4.6 billion years old, are about as old as the solar system itself.  This means they provide a unique insight into the origins of the planets. The data from the Göttingen team show that Ryugu belongs to a special class of asteroids –…
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Scientists from the German Primate Center studied social investment in male friendships and male reproductive success in wild Guinea baboons.
Close friendships among males are rare in the animal kingdom, as males usually compete for rank and access to females. However, male friendships can also be beneficial for male reproduction, as friends can provide support in climbing the rank ladder or defending females from other males. Scientists from the German Primate Center (DPZ) - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research - investigated the benefits of male friendships in wild Guinea baboons…
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The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is honored for his contributions to improving our understanding of surface chemistry.
The 15th Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award goes to Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke, Director at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Sciences and Professor at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. The Award Committee, comprised of jurors Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Matthias Drieß (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl (FU Berlin), as well as the Fritz-Haber-Institut’s Board of Directors and Gerhard…
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Hörforscher und Neurowissenschaftler der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen erhält zum zweiten Mal einen Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats.
Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Moser, Direktor des Instituts für Auditorische Neurowissenschaften der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG), hat einen weiteren Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats (ERC) erhalten. Der ERC fördert sein Forschungsvorhaben zur Entschlüsselung der Lautstärke-Verarbeitung in der Hörschnecke („DynaHear“) für fünf Jahre mit insgesamt 2,5 Millionen Euro. „‘DynaHear‘ verspricht, unser Verständnis zur neuronalen Kodierung…
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