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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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Klaus Tschira Foundation celebrates anniversary with HITS

Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) organized a scientific symposium on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation – Welcome speech by Theresia Bauer (Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science) – From molecules to galaxies: talks and presentations on computational research The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTF) was founded in 1995 by Klaus Tschira.…

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New Foundations for HITS

HITS has new statutes and new shareholders, Heidelberg University and KIT. Furthermore, the “HITS Stiftung” and a Scientific Advisory Board have been established. New HITS website online. The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has been structurally reorganized so the institute will continue to run smoothly and evolve continually after the start-up phase. As of…

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HITSter scores best

HITSter Philipp Gerstner was now honored by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the best diploma of his class. Philipp studied Techno-Mathematics at KIT from 2008 till 2014 and achieved the best overall grade among all 15 graduates in his year. He wrote his thesis about modeling and numerical simulation of the spreading of…

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In “Science”: Big data explain evolution of birds

Bird tree of life reproduced by gene analysis and supercomputing, new findings about basics of birdsongs, feathers, biodiversity, and bird evolution About 95 percent of the more than 10,000 bird species known only evolved upon the extinction of dinosaurs about 66 million years ago. According to computer analyses of the genetic data, today’s diversity developed…

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