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Smartphones, Dark Matter & Code – Kai Polsterer @ ADASS in Sydney

Three hundred international astronomers and software engineers will gather in Sydney during 25-29 October for the 25th annual Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference, the first meeting of ADASS in Australia. This meeting is hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, CAASTRO. Software to acquire and process data is at…

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Award for Paper on Simulation of Flow Processes

SIAM Society honours research publication in the field of applied mathematics With one of the highest possible awards in the field of applied mathematics the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has honoured the authors of a paper on computer-supported simulation of flow processes that appeared last year in one of the society’s five…

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Durch die ultraschnelle, aber zugleich gezielte Bindung rast der Rezeptor (goldfarben) durch die mit ungeordneten Proteinen gefüllte Pore in den Zellkern, während unerwünschte Moleküle ferngehalten werden. (Bild: Mercadante /HITS) The ultrafast and yet selective binding allows the receptor (gold) to rapidly travel through the pore filled with disordered proteins (blue) into the nucleus, while any unwanted molecules are kept outside. (Image: Mercadante /HITS)

In “Cell”: Floppy but fast

Inside cells, communication between the nucleus, which harbours our precious genetic material, and the cytoplasm is mediated by the constant exchange of thousands of signaling molecules and proteins. Until now, it was unknown how this protein traffic can be so fast and yet precise enough to prevent the passage of unwanted molecules. Through a combination…

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Universum: Simulationen am Supercomputer

This text is only available in German. Davon träumt die Wissenschaft: An einem Computer zu simulieren, wie sich das Universum bis heute entwickelt hat. Forscher aus Würzburg und Heidelberg wollen dem Traum jetzt näher kommen: Sie haben Rechenzeit im Wert von knapp fünf Millionen Euro auf einem Supercomputer bewilligt bekommen. Der Würzburger Mathematiker Professor Christian…

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Spindle pole body bridge on the front cover

HITS scientists Musa Özboyaci and Prof. Rebecca Wade (MCM group) have performed calculations that help to understand the process of cell division in yeast. In a multidisciplinary study conducted together with researchers at the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) and at Frankfurt University, the team led by Prof. Elmar Schiebel (ZMBH) revealed…

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How Human Cells Can Dissolve Damaging Protein Aggregates

Heidelberg researchers decode fundamental mechanism using in-vitro experiments Cellular repair systems can dissolve aggregated proteins and now Heidelberg researchers have successfully decoded the fundamental mechanism that is key to dissolving these protein aggregates in human cells. Their in-vitro experiments uncovered a multi-stage biochemical process in which protein molecules are dissolved from the aggregates. Researchers at…

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International Summer Science School 2015 at HITS

Once again HITS welcomes two students in the framework of the International Summer Science School Heidelberg (ISH). The project allows young people from Heidelberg’s sister cities and partner organizations who are interested in natural sciences to get a practical insight into the laboratories of renowned research institutes here in Heidelberg. This year’s students that get…

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How Complex Problems Become Simple

Mathematician Anna Wienhard is the new Research Group Leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). In addition to her professorship at the University of Heidelberg, she will build up the associated group “Groups and Geometry” at HITS. For her research achievements, Prof. Wienhard has received the ERC’s “Consolidator Grant.” Mathematics has always played…

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SCO Scientists: “Best Lecture” at KIT Computer Science

For their lecture “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists”, SCO group members Alexandros Stamatakis, Andre Aberer, Tomas Flouri, Alexey Kozlov, Kassian Kobert, and their visiting scientist Mark Holder (University of Kansas) have been awarded for “the best master’s level lecture in computer science” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The award was presented during the…

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ERC President at HITS

Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council since 2013, visited Heidelberg and met with ERC Grant winners at HITS. HITS Managing Director Andreas Reuter and Scientific Director Rebecca Wade had invited the French mathematician. He talked with HITS researchers Tilmann Gneiting (ERC Advanced Grant), Volker Springel (ERC Starting Grant), Christoph Pfrommer (ERC Consolidator…

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Research that gets under the skin: HITS involved in new DFG Program

A new Priority Program of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) focuses on our biggest organ – the skin. The program is titled “Epithelial intercellular junctions” and aims at examining these junctions. Prof. Thomas Magin from the Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM) and Biology department of Leipzig University coordinates the program. Epithelial cells…

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