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From CO2 to Biofuel

Published 28. October 2014

Bielefeld University students participate in iGEM competition

Ten Bielefeld students are engineering a bacterium which uses surplus electrical energy from renewable energy sources and carbon dioxide (CO2) in order to produce a biofuel. Current problems serve as an incentive for their project: an absence of infrastructure for the storage and transport of renewable energies, increasing CO2 emissions, and the impending scarcity of resources. The students are developing possible solutions with which they are participating in this year’s iGEM (“International Genetically Engineered Machine”) competition. iGEM is an international student competition in the field of synthetic biology, which has been held in Boston, USA, since 2004.[Weiterlesen]
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Cooling with molecules

Published 22. October 2014

Researchers at the universities in Bielefeld, Manchester, and Zaragoza present low-temperature experiment in Nature Communications

An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius – only just above absolute zero – using magnetic molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting their new investigation today (22 October 2014) in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It was developed by six scientists from Bielefeld University, the University of Manchester (Great Britain), and the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).[Weiterlesen]
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Sperm wars

Published 16. October 2014
Evolutionary biologist at Bielefeld University compiles international special issue on sperm competition

Why do male animals need millions of sperms every day in order to reproduce? And why are there two sexes anyway? These and related questions are the topic of the latest issue of the research journal Molecular Human Reproduction published today (16.10.2014). The evolutionary biologist Steven Ramm from Bielefeld University Bielefeld has compiled this special issue on sperm competition.[Weiterlesen]
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How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision

Published 14. October 2014

Psychologists from Bielefeld University publish study

We assume that we can see the world around us in sharp detail. In fact, our eyes can only process a fraction of our surroundings precisely. In a series of experiments, psychologists at Bielefeld University have been investigating how the brain fools us into believing that we see in sharp detail. The results have been published in the scientific magazine 'Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.' Its central finding is that our nervous system uses past visual experiences to predict how blurred objects would look in sharp detail.

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How experience influences human and animal personality

Published 24. September 2014
Conference at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research

We are not born with a finished personality, and it seems as if animals aren’t either. A ‘reaction norm’ is what biologists call the interplay between environmental and genetic features that determines an individual and how an organism behaves over the course of development. It is within the framework of this reaction norm that behaviour changes over the couse of life. The flexibility this permits, scientists agree, represents a major pacemaker of evolution. From 29 September to 1 October, researchers will be meeting at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) to discuss how this flexibility leads to changes in various animal species including human beings and whether there are specific periods in life when this is particularly important. The international conference is entitled ‘New Perspectives in Behavioural Development: Adaptive Shaping of Behaviour over a Lifetime?’[Weiterlesen]
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250,000 euros for international research collaboration

Published 22. September 2014

Anneliese Maier Research Award granted to renowned expert for sociological inequality research

On 11 September 2014, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation granted the Anneliese Maier Research Award to American sociologist Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. The foundation had announced last December that the academic was one of eight award winners. The 250,000 euro award will be used to fund the research cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre on social inequalities at Bielefeld University (CRC 882: ”From Heterogeneities to Inequalities” (SFB)). Here, among other things, Tomaskovic-Devey has been involved in building up an international research network on explanations for the causes of social inequalities since June 2014.[Weiterlesen]
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Nationwide Survey: Confidence in times of crisis

Published 8. September 2014
Bielefeld University responsible for German part of the European Social Survey

How far do politicians pay attention to what people in Europe actually think? That is just one of the topics covered by the longitudinal European Social Survey (ESS). It will be studying the social and political views of more than 50,000 people in both Germany and roughly 30 other European countries. For the first time, Bielefeld University will be responsible for the sub-study assessing people’s attitudes in Germany. It will be starting this month. The ESS is considered to be one of the largest social-scientific surveys in Europe.[Weiterlesen]
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Religious freedom and human rights in constitutions

Published 5. September 2014

Conference at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

Religion and religious freedom are not just a current and pressing topic in countries such as Egypt that are presently drafting new constitutions. When both drawing up and interpreting constitutions, experts also look at those of other countries and the experiences gained there. ‘Constitutional migration’ is the name given to the process by which ideas and concepts from one constitution transfer to another constitution. How this proceeds with reference to relations between the state and religion and particularly with reference to religious freedom is the topic of a conference to be held at Bielefeld’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) from 11 to 13. September.[Weiterlesen]
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Royal Order of Merit for Bielefeld Mathematician

Published 1. September 2014
Professor Dr. Friedrich Götze is decorated in the Netherlands

Last Wednesday (27.08.2014) Professor Dr. Friedrich Götze from Bielefeld University was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The mathematician received this honour from the King of the Netherlands for his commitment to building up the European research institute ‘Eurandom’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The main focus of work at the institute is on research in the stochastic sciences and their applications. In his laudation, Rob van Gijzel, the Mayor of Eindhoven, praised Götze’s contribution to transnational research in the stochastic sciences as a member of the Institute’s Scientific Council.[Weiterlesen]
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Nationwide Study on Football Fans in the Stadium

Published 18. August 2014

Bielefeld University launches online survey

How do football fans show their love for their club? Researchers at the Institute for In-terdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University are trying to find that out. The Institute’s new nationwide project called “Bielefeld football fans survey” (BiFans), led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick, investigates fan cultures and how fans identify with football clubs from the First to Third German Leagues. For this study, the researchers are looking for football fans who attend stadium games played by teams in these Leagues to complete an online survey. The German Football League and the German Football Association are supporting the project, but it remains scientifically independent. The online survey is now open.[Weiterlesen]
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