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New Agreement signed in Canada: OWL and Alberta on the path to partnership

Published on 25. April 2018
First Scientific Collaboration coming in autumn

The intended partnership between higher education institutions in the regions Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) and Alberta (Canada) has become more concrete: An agreement for cooperation has been signed in Edmonton, Canada. An upcoming meeting taking place in autumn in Edmonton will help shed light on how this German-Canadian cooperation could take shape in the future.    [Weiterlesen]
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Population sex ratio influences parental care in plovers

Published on 25. April 2018

Research results published in the journal “Nature Communications”

Der Verhaltensforscher Luke Eberhart-Phillips – hier auf Madagaskar – untersucht seit vier Jahren an Stränden in aller Welt, wie sich Regenpfeifer in ihren Kolonien entwickeln. Foto: Universität Bielefeld/ L. Eberhart-Phillips
Behavioural scientist Luke Eberhart-Phillips. Photo: Bielefeld University/ L. Eberhart-Phillips
The ratio of adult males and females is an important demographic trait in wild populations. In plovers, closely related populations express strikingly different adult sex ratios. This variation is mainly driven by sex differences in the survival of juveniles. Families in populations with biased adult sex ratios were predominantly tended by a single parent – typically the father – whereas in balanced populations, generally both parents take care of the young, suggesting that parental cooperation breaks down under an unbalanced sex ratio. That was found out by a research group around Dr. Luke Eberhart-Phillips. The behavioural scientist did his research about the sex ratio of plovers supervised by Professor Dr. Joseph Hoffman and Professor Dr. Oliver Krüger at Bielefeld University and he’s now Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen. The research team, in which also the University of Bath and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen are involved, presents its results today (25.04.2018) in the journal “Nature Communications”.[Weiterlesen]
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Solving a Rubik’s Cube with the Help of a Smart Workbench

Published on 17. April 2018
Bielefeld University to exhibit at 2018 Hannover Trade Fair

In wenigen Schritten zum Ziel: Eine intelligente Werkbank zeigt, wie der Zauberwürfel gelöst werden kann. Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Bielefeld University, together with the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) will attend the Hannover Messe (Hannover Trade Fair), where they will showcase an assistive system that willl help visitors learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube. The system can also be used for production processes in assembly work.[Weiterlesen]
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Children’s Gestures, and What They Mean

Published on 12. April 2018

New “EcoGest” project at Bielefeld University and Paderborn University

What role does gesturing play as children learn to speak? What gestures do they use to complement their verbal statements? Can computer-assisted models of language acquisition help explain the different types of gestures? In the new project “EcoGest,” researchers are investigating how children’s use of gestures is connected to communication. Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), from linguistics at Bielefeld University, and from psycholinguistics at Paderborn University are working together on the project.

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Largest molecular spin found close to a quantum phase transition

Published on 26. Februar 2018
International research project on the border between physics and chemistry

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schnack hat mit theoretischen Simulationen zu einem Experiment beigetragen, in dem magnetischen Molekülen Temperaturen knapp über dem absoluten Nullpunkt erzeugt wurden. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

An international research team headed by Professor Dr Annie Powell, a chemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and Professor Dr Jürgen Schnack, a physicist at Bielefeld University, has synthesized a new magnetic molecule. The team has confirmed that this reveals the largest ground state spin attained so far. It is publishing its new findings today (26.02.2018) in the new Nature partner journal ‘npj Quantum Materials’. Nine scientists at Bielefeld University, the KIT, the University of Magdeburg, and the Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy) were involved in the studies.[Weiterlesen]
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First discover the disorder and then find the patients

Published on 5. Januar 2018

Bielefeld biochemists confirm cause of initially unclear symptoms 

Der Biochemiker Prof. Dr. Thomas Dierks forscht zu Erbkrankheiten und Therapie-Konzepten, wobei defekte Enzyme und deren Ersatz im Mittelpunkt stehen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
The sequencing of the human genome has made it possible: nowadays scientists can discover potential disorders for which there are no known patients. Such a disorder is ‘MPS III-E’, originally also called ‘Dierks’s disorder’ after its discoverer. Doctors at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem (Israel) found consistent symptoms of progressive blindness in three patient families that indicated the presence of a previously unknown genetic defect. Genome analyses at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) delivered a candidate gene on which Professor Dr. Thomas Dierks from Bielefeld University had already published a research article in 2012. Studies by Dierks’ research team now revealed that these patients indeed suffer from ‘MPS III-E’.  The researchers are now presenting their analysis in the journal ‘Genetics in Medicine’, published by the Nature Publishing Group.

 

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The biological clock of plants

Published on 15. Dezember 2017

‘research_tv’ presents Bielefeld research on Nobel Prize topic

Die Biochemikerin Professorin Dr. Dorothee Staiger von der Universität Bielefeld forscht seit zwanzig Jahren an der inneren Uhr der Pflanzen. Screenshot: research_tv
On Sunday (10.12.2017), the Americans Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their research on the biological clock. They discovered the molecular mechanisms controlling biological rhythms. A new ‘research_tv’ report describes how scientists at Bielefeld are also advancing research on the biological clock. The biochemist Professor Dr. Dorothee Staiger from Bielefeld University explains what the three Nobel Prize winners have achieved and reports on the discoveries her research team has made together with collaborators.[Weiterlesen]
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Spin current from heat: new material increases efficiency

Published on 20. November 2017
Study published by physicists from Bielefeld University

Electronic devices such as computers generate heat that mostly goes to waste. Physicists at Bielefeld University have found a way to use this energy: They apply the heat to generate magnetic signals known as ‘spin currents’. In future, these signals could replace some of the electrical current in electronic components. In a new study, the physicists tested which materials can generate this spin current most effectively from heat. The research was carried out in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Greifswald, Gießen University, and the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden. Their findings are being published today (20.11.2017) in the research journal ‘Nature Communications’.[Weiterlesen]
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Biological Timing: Biologists Investigate the Mechanism of an Auxiliary Clock

Published on 17. November 2017
Researchers use new systems biology methods on plants

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Staiger ist Expertin für die innere Uhr der Pflanzen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
In December, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology will be awarded for the identification of genes that control the biological clock. The honoured academics examined fruit flies to investigate the molecular basis of biological rhythms. Biochemist Professor Dr. Dorothee Staiger (Photo) of Bielefeld University has been investigating the biological clock of plants for twenty years. Her team has now published a new study in the research journal “Genome Biology”. One finding: not only the biological clock, but also a protein acting as an "auxiliary clock" ensures that recurring routines take place in the cells.[Weiterlesen]
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A Specialist in Sensory Integration

Published on 2. November 2017

Dr. Christoph Kayser accepts professorship at Bielefeld University / 2 Million Euro Funding from European Research Council 

Durch das neue System reagieren Erntemaschinen automatisch auf Hindernisse im Erntefeld. Foto: CLAAS

Whether it is the lively activity of a festival, the vibe at the beach, or the chaos at the scene of an accident, the brain classifies these situations at lightning speed. To do this, the brain continuously sorts and combines the information it receives through the eyes, ears, and other sensory organs. Professor Dr. Christoph Kayser, a biologist and mathematician, researches how, and where in the brain, sensory information is integrated. Prof. Dr. Kayser previously headed a research group at the University of Glasgow (Great Britain), and has now accepted a professorship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Bielefeld University. His research is well known internationally: the European Research Council (ERC) provides 2 million Euros to fund his work through 2020.

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