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Göttingen research confirms hypotheses on the complexity of commerce over 3,000 years ago
People in England were using balance weights and scales to measure the value of materials as early as the late second and early first millennia BC. This is what Professor Lorenz Rahmstorf, scientist at the University of Göttingen and project manager of the ERC "Weight and Value" project, has discovered. He compared Middle and Late Bronze Age gold objects from the British Isles and Northern France and found that they were based on the same unit of…
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International team led by Göttingen University discovers function of opsin protein outside vision
The function of the visual photopigment rhodopsin and its action in the retina to facilitate vision is well understood. However, there remain questions about other biological functions of this family of proteins (opsins) and this has ramifications for our understanding of several evolutionary pathways. Now, an international research team led by the University of Göttingen has shown there are other functions of opsin outside vision and this…
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Internationally renowned scientists and authors will again be guests at the Göttinger Literaturherbst from October 18-27, 2019 in the scientifc lecture series Wissenschaft beim Göttinger Literaturherbst. At nine evenings, the speakers will provide the audience with the opportunity to learn about the latest scientific discoveries at first hand in a generally understandable way. (in German)
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International research team deciphers fungal defence against predators
An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has deciphered the defence mechanism of filamentous fungi. Moulds are a preferred food source for small animals. As fungi cannot escape predation by running away, they produce defence metabolites, thereby rendering themselves toxic or unpalatable. After decades-long unsuccessful investigation, these defence compounds have now been identified. The results were published in Nature…
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The flight through our atmosphere can be quite turbulent for an insect
The flight through our atmosphere can be quite turbulent for an insect: In addition to long periods of calm flight, extreme accelerations can occur from time to time, especially when the insect encounters small-scale turbulence in the form of vortices. Such vortices also play a major role in the formation of rain, for example, as they significantly influence the collision of very small droplets in clouds, from which falling raindrops eventually…
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Göttingen behavioral scientists tested biological principle on free-living Assamese macaques
"Birds of a feather flock together" or rather "opposites attract"? The recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists from the German Primate Centre - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research and psychologists from the University of Göttingen have observed that the more similar male Assamese macaques are in their personality, the closer they get and the stronger their social bonds. The scientists…
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International research team lead by Göttingen University discovers mechanism for biosynthesis of salicylic acid
The pain-relieving effect of salicylic acid, now sold as Aspirin, has been known for thousands of years. Besides being a useful drug with numerous health applications, it is a stress hormone made by plants which is essential in enabling them to fight off damaging pathogens. What was not known, however, is how plants generated this hormone. Now, an international research team led by the University of Göttingen with the University of British…
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Researchers analyse EU Commission reform plans for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
The current reform proposals of the EU Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are unlikely to improve environmental protection, say researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Göttingen in the journal Science. While the EU has committed to greater sustainability, this is not reflected in the CAP reform proposal. The…
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DPZ infection researchers identify receptors for the infection of B cells by the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus
Herpesviruses are loyal companions. Once infected, they remain in the body for a lifetime and can cause new symptoms of disease in the event of stress or a weakened immune system. A common example in humans is the herpes simplex virus type 1, which causes the known cold sores. Herpesviruses also cause childhood chickenpox or Pfeiffer's glandular fever. The viruses can be found in practically all vertebrates. Eight herpesviruses are specific to…
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International team of researchers with participation from Göttingen University discovers new exoplanets
An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has discovered three new planets, one of which is located far enough from its star to be potentially habitable. The new worlds orbit a star named GJ 357, an M-type dwarf about one-third the Sun’s mass and size located 31 light-years away in the constellation of Hydra. The results were published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. In February 2019, cameras on NASA’s…
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