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  • 12. December 2018, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Leibniz Prize for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

    KIT Scientist Receives the Highest Research Prize in Germany for His Contribution to Quantum Computing – The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Is Endowed with EUR 2.5 Million

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  • 12. December 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Mini-detectors for the Gigantic?

    The gravitational waves created by black holes or neutron stars in the depths of space indeed reach Earth. Their effects, however, are so small that they could only be observed so far using kilometer-long measurement facilities. Physicists therefore are discussing whether ultracold and miniscule Bose-Einstein condensates with their ordered quantum properties could also detect these waves. Prof. Ralf Schützhold from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the TU Dresden has now carefully looked at the basis of these suggestions and has soberly determined in the journal Physical Review D (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.105019) that such evidence is far beyond the reach of current methods.

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  • 12. December 2018, Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Fallen through the net?

    The "Natura 2000" network of protected areas runs across the EU as a conservation network for biodiversity. However, only a few studies have so far analysed whether these refuges actually have a positive effect on species diversity. Studies have predominately focussed on birds and have not shown any clear trends. Using long-term data from the "Butterfly Monitoring Germany" citizens’ research project, scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Halle, Germany, and the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, have now investigated the matter using butterflies as an example. According to the research, there are more butterfly species in Natura 2000 areas than elsewhere. However, in the journal Diversity and Distributions the researchers reported the same decline in the numbers of species regardless whether the communities are located within or outside the protected areas.

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  • 11. December 2018, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression

    An international team of cancer researchers from Germany and Denmark have used cancer patient data to develop a computer model that can predict the course of disease for prostate cancer. The model is currently being implemented at a prostate cancer clinic in Germany. The researchers have also found the enzyme that appears to trigger some of the first mutations in prostate cancer.

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  • 11. December 2018, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Green Production of Chemicals for Industry

    KIT Chemists Develop New Biocatalytic Material for “Green” Production of Value-added Chemicals – Publication in Angewandte Chemie

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  • 11. December 2018, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    High distinction for stem cell researcher Andreas Trumpp

    This year's State Research Prize of Baden-Württemberg awarded for outstanding achievements in applied research goes to Andreas Trumpp from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg Institute for Stem Cell Technology and Experimental Medicine (HI-STEM). Theresia Bauer, State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, presented the award, which carries a monetary prize of €100.000, at a festive ceremony on December 10, 2018.

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  • 11. December 2018, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Christian Wegmann Is Germany’s Best Apprentice in His Profession

    Software Developer from KIT Honored in Berlin

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  • 11. December 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)
    New climate report for the Baltic Sea region

    The Second Assessment of Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region (BACC II) of 2015 is currently being updated by scientists from the international Baltic Earth network.

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  • 11. December 2018, Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ
    UFZ model in the fight against African swine fever

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new scientific report on the current status of the spread of African swine fever (ASF) within the EU. The report describes, among other things, which management measures EU member states should take if an isolated outbreak of the virus infection occurs, i.e. if it is detected far away from the current spread. The scientific basis for these recommendations comes from a modelling team based at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig.

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  • 10. December 2018, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    The sleeping beauty among brain tumors

    Scientists from the Hopp Children's Tumor Center Heidelberg (KiTZ), together with two other teams from the German Cancer Association (DKTK) and researchers from the UK, have shown that a group of inflammatory messengers slows down or even stops the growth of certain brain tumor cells. This molecular mechanism could be the key to new therapeutic approaches.The "Hopp Children's Cancer Center Heidelberg" (KiTZ) is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD) and Heidelberg University.

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