Press Releases 2014

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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DFG funds an interdisciplinary Research Training Group

DFG funds an interdisciplinary Research Training Group (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) “Adaptive Information Processing from Heterogeneous Sources” in a cooperation of TU Darmstadt, Heidelberg University, and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies . The German Research Foundation will fund a new interdisciplinary research training group “Adaptive Information Processing from Heterogeneous Sources”. This research training group will be jointly…

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In “Science”: Scientists resolve the evolution of insects

A collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announce the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the evolutionary history of insects. The results are published in Science, the world’s leading peer-reviewed research journal, and include answers to many long held questions about the evolution of the world’s largest and most diverse…

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Put more Journalism into Science Journalism

Science journalist Michele Catanzaro on research in the media from an  international, non-naive view – HITS public talk on Tuesday, November 11, 4 p.m., Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Mexican nano-terrorists, Turkish quadrupedals, fractal cancer cures, Thatcherian genes… many stories show that good science journalism can save lives, and bad science journalism can kill (literally).…

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“Journalist in Residence”: Michele Catanzaro at HITS

The Barcelona-based science journalist Michele Catanzaro begins his stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) as “Journalist in Residence.” This program offers science journalist a longer stay at the institute which conducts data-driven research in areas ranging from astrophysics to cell biology. Candidates from 22 countries applied for the program that had been…

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HITS an Bord: Digitale Forschung auf der MS Wissenschaft

This content is only available in German. 6. August 2014, 18 Uhr 30 bis 22 Uhr: Mitmachstationen, Vorführungen sowie eine Podiumsdiskussion  mit der baden-württembergischen Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer. Das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) geht an Bord der „MS Wissenschaft“, die ab dem 4. August in Mannheim-Lindenhof vor Anker liegt. Unter dem Motto: „Forschung digital…

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Die Kraft, die im Molekül steckt

This content is only available in German.   Dr. Frauke Gräter, Leiterin der Forschungsgruppe „Molecular Biomechanics“ am Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS), erhielt jetzt die W3-Professur „Molekulare Biomechanik“ (Fakultät für Biowissenschaften / HITS) an der Universität Heidelberg. Die Berufung der 37-jährigen Chemikerin dokumentiert die gute und intensive Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Universität Heidelberg und dem…

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HITS bei Explore Science: Es lebe die Vielfalt!

This content is only available in German. Was haben wir Menschen mit einer Banane gemeinsam? Wie macht man DNA sichtbar? Mit welchen Lebewesen sind wir verwandt? Und wie sieht ein Molekül aus? All das erklären die Wissenschaftler des Heidelberger Instituts für Theoretische Studien mit spannenden Mitmachstationen und Vorträgen bei „Explore Science“, den naturwissenschaftlichen Erlebnistagen der…

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Mathematical models, astrophysical simulations

The HITS scientists Volker Springel (Astrophysics) and Tilmann Gneiting (Mathematics) are among the highly cited researchers worldwide. Two scientists of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) belong to the group of highly cited researchers worldwide. This is the result of the “Highly Cited Researchers” report by the Thomson Reuters Group.  The astrophysicist Prof. Volker…

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In “Nature”: Galaxies out of a Supercomputer

A new computer simulation shows the formation of galaxies with unprecedented precision, allowing astrophysicists from Heidelberg, the U.S. and England to indirectly confirm the standard model of cosmology. Galaxies are typically comprised of several hundred billion stars and display a variety of shapes and sizes. The formation of galaxies is one of the most involved…

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Mathematik hilft Umweltschutz

This content is only available in German. Wie mathematische Ansätze umweltrelevante Arbeitsprozesse, wie zum Beispiel Recycling optimieren können, diskutierten Wissenschaftler und Praktiker im Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Die Arbeitsgruppe „OR im Umweltschutz“ der Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR) hatte zu einem Workshop  eingeladen, organisiert wurde die Veranstaltung vom Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS)…

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A Milky Way out of the Supercomputer

The formation of disk galaxies has long been a conundrum for cosmologists: computer simulations produced typically far too massive and too small disks. Scientists at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have now succeeded in including additional physical processes such as magnetic fields in the simulations, thereby improving them in a decisive way. With…

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