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Von Wetter, Schlangen und Molekülen: Girls‘ Day am HITS

- Sorry, this press release is only available in German –   Am 23. April, dem bundesweiten Girls‘ Day, gibt das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) interessierten Mädchen Einblicke in die computergestützte Forschung in den Naturwissenschaften. 16 Schülerinnen aus der Region Heidelberg lernen in drei Workshops, wie Forschung mit dem Computer funktioniert. Die Themen…

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“Journalist in Residence”: Larry Krumenaker at HITS

The North American science writer Larry Krumenaker is the 2015 “Journalist in Residence” at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). This program offers science journalists a stay of up to 6 months at the institute which has a focus on data-driven research in areas ranging from astrophysics to cell biology. The next call for…

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The Future of Computation & Knowledge: Stephen Wolfram at HITS

The distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram visited the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on Friday, March 27 to meet the HITS scientists and give a public talk about his work. Wolfram has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking. He is the original developer of “Mathematica”, the author…

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Computer Science Talent joins HITS

In February 2015, Sarah Lutteropp joined the SCO group (leader: Alexandros  Stamatakis) as student worker. She currently studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) but already made herself a name in the past – aged only 17, she won research competitions, such as the German Bundeswettbewerb Informatik, and participated very successfully in other competitions…

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What is the Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy Formation?

European Research Council will fund HITS astrophysicist Christoph Pfrommer with an ERC Consolidator Grant with € 2 Million HITS astrophysicist Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christoph Pfrommer has successfully applied for a Consolidator Grant of the European research Council (ERC). His research project CRAGSMAN – The Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy and Cluster Formation“ will be funded…

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Brighter than 100 Billion Stars

Supernova scientist Friedrich Röpke is the leader of the new research group „Physics of Stellar Objects“ at HITS and professor at Heidelberg University. He examines the high-energy processes in the death of stars using computer simulations. Modern astronomy began with a supernova. In November 1572, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe discovered a new star – and…

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HITS scientists building bioinformatics networks

HITS scientists Jonathan Fuller and Xiaofeng Yu have been involved in co-founding the Heidelberg Unseminars in Bioinformatics (HUB) along with colleagues from HITS and other research institutes and companies in Heidelberg (EMBL, DKFZ, Uni Heidelberg, Cellzome and more). HUB eschews some of the typical formats used to spread scientific ideas such as conferences and seminars,…

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New Branches at the Tree of Life

Biologist Emily Jane McTavish (University of Kansas) does evolutionary research using DNA sequence data and computational tools. She is visiting the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In December 2014, Dr. Emily Jane McTavish from the University of Kansas joined the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies…

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Heidelberg Researchers Find Unusually Elastic Protein

Scientists at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have discovered an unusually elastic protein in one of the most ancient groups of animals, the over 600-million-year-old cnidarians. The protein is a part of the “weapons system” that the cnidarians use: a kind of harpoon launched from their body at extremely high…

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