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Sun protection for algae

Published 15. April 2014

Biologists at Bielefeld University discover important molecular mechanism

Researchers at Bielefeld University together with colleagues from Italy and Australia identified a molecular mechanism that microalgae use to protect themselves from damaging environmental stress. According to the researchers, the results of their analysis could be used to speed up the cultivation of algae for the production of valuable products. An advance version of the study is now published online in the internationally renowned journal "Plant Cell".[Weiterlesen]
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Extending the largest radio telescope in the world

Published 9. April 2014

Bielefeld University and the University of Hamburg cooperating with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy – Contract to be signed this Wednesday

Bielefeld University and the University of Hamburg together with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy ASTRON are setting up a telescope the size of a football pitch. The observation station will be installed in Norderstedt (Schleswig-Holstein). It will link up with the largest radio telescope in the world, the international LOFAR telescope. As a consortium of what will then be 49 stations, LOFAR can produce high-resolution images of extremely distant galaxies. The project partners will meet up at the Hannover Messe 2014 on April 9 to present the project at to sign a cooperation agreement for the new station in Norderstedt. 

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Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together

Published 8. April 2014
Researchers uncover why there is a mapping between pitch and elevation 

Have you ever wondered why most natural languages invariably use the same spatial attributes – high versus low – to describe auditory pitch? Or why, throughout the history of musical notation, high notes have been represented high on the staff? According to a team of neuroscientists from Bielefeld University, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen and the Bernstein Center Tübingen, high pitched sounds feel ‘high’ because, in our daily lives, sounds coming from high elevations are indeed more likely to be higher in pitch. This study has just appeared in the science journal PNAS.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld’s household robot serves in competition

Published 3. April 2014
‘Tobi’ at the German RoboCup competition at Magdeburg

The Bielefeld robot ‘ToBI’ is competing in the ‘RoboCup German open’ in Magdeburg, which is being held from Thursday to Saturday, 3 until 5 April.  During the competition, robots from German and international research institutes will be tested for their skills. There will be football robots, rescue robots and also robots for industrial use, amongst others. The team representing the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology is entering ‘ToBI’ into the @home league of the competition.[Weiterlesen]
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The Caring Apartment

Published 1. April 2014
The Cluster of Excellence CITEC begins large scale project on intelligent apartment 

Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology of Bielefeld University are working on a project to develop a socially competent apartment able to support residents in their everyday lives. This project is one of a kind in Germany. Twelve research groups from the research institute are collaborating on this new large project. CITEC has invested around 1.8 million Euros into the project that will run until 2017. An important component of the intelligent apartment has just arrived: a service robot built by Meka Robotics, a company from San Francisco, USA. This week, it moved into the laboratory apartment in the CITEC building at Campus North. [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld researchers develop software for simulating the human brain

Published 1. April 2014

‘Human Brain’ project: Bielefeld University as new partner in EU initiative 

Bielefeld University has become a new partner in the ‘Human Brain’ project financed by the European Union. The aim of this EU flagship project is to integrate all previous findings on the human brain. New computer-based models should then be used to produce a simulation of the human brain. Computer scientists and engineers engaged in the project in Bielefeld are working on models that simulate aspects of the human nervous system in special computers.

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Nanomedicine decodes heart disease mechanism

Published 24. March 2014

Result of scientific cooperation between Bielefeld and Bad Oeynhausen

Biophysicists at Bielefeld University have contributed decisively to an international study on the genetic disease ARVC. ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy) is a dangerous form of a heart disease. It leads to sudden cardiac death and is more widespread than previously assumed. These findings were published yesterday (06.03.2014) by a research team from Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the United States in the online version of the renowned European Heart Journal. ‘This study is also an outcome of many years of productive cooperation with the medical scientists at the Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen’, stresses Professor Dr. Dario Anselmetti from Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics. He and his team of nano- and biophysicists have been using cell nanomechanics to study the genetic mutation.[Weiterlesen]
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Would you believe your hand could turn into marble?

Published 15. March 2014

Bielefeld neuroscientists present a new bodily illusion 

Our bodies are made of flesh and bones. We all know this, and throughout our daily lives, all our senses constantly provide converging information about this simple, factual truth. But is this always the case? A new study by Irene Senna from Bielefeld University’s Center of Excellence CITEC and her colleagues reports a surprising bodily illusion demonstrating how we can rapidly update our assumptions about the material qualities of our bodies based on recent multisensory perceptual experience. The study was published in the international scientific journal PLOS ONE on 13 March 2014.

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All the threads come together at Bielefeld University

Published 12. March 2014
Erasmus Mundus doctoral programme in economics

Starting today, Bielefeld University is coordinating the ‘European Doctorate in Economics - Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM)’ – an international doctoral programme in economics. The following seven  partner universities are cooperating in this doctoral training programme financed by the  European Union: Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), Bielefeld University (Germany), Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy), Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). All EDEEM doctoral students will study for three years, attend at least two of the partner universities, and receive a joint doctoral degree.[Weiterlesen]
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Species conservation poised to benefit from DNA advances

Published 28. February 2014
An international team including Dr Joseph Hoffman from Bielefeld University has shown that advanced DNA sequencing technologies can be used to accurately measure the levels of inbreeding in wild animal populations. The research led by Dr Joseph Hoffman of the Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, Germany, and senior author Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra of the Department of Biology at York, may help efforts to conserve rare species.[Weiterlesen]
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