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Season’s Greetings!

On the whole, a successful but busy year is coming to its end and we look forward to start into the festive season. We wish you all Happy Holidays and a successful New Year. We hope for 2018 to be just as great and would be pleased to have you take part again.

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Neutron Stars on the Brink of Collapse

Neutron stars are the densest objects in the Universe; however, their exact characteristics remain unknown. Using simulations based on recent observations, a team of scientists including HITS researcher Dr. Andreas Bauswein has managed to narrow down the size of these stars. When a very massive star dies, its core contracts. In a supernova explosion, the…

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Tracking down the origins of gold

The European Research Council has awarded HITS astrophysicist Andreas Bauswein an ERC Starting Grant worth approximately 1.5 million euros. Using computer simulations, the aim of the project is to better understand the collisions between neutron stars. These are seen as potential candidates for the formation of heavy elements such as gold, silver and uranium.

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Noisy cell membranes

Rapid information transfer is vital for the inner workings of body tissues. With computer simulations, researchers from Colombia and Germany found that mechanical pulses travel through membranes for biologically relevant distances at the speed of sound. The researchers think that membranes could serve as a tin can telephone for the cell.

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The science of forecasting: Models and data instead of crystal balls

“Summer School” in Heidelberg in the framework of the “ScienceFore” Project, led by Tilmann Gneiting (HITS). The project is funded by ERC Advanced grant from the European Union.   “Que sera, sera”: The future being uncertain, forecasts ought to be probabilistic in nature, taking the form of probability distributions over future quantities or events. Accordingly,…

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HITS researcher becomes Fellow of the American Statistical Association

“Computational Statstics” group leader Prof. Tilmann Gneiting is being named Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) 2017. In this year, the ASA is bestowing its prestigious distinction of Fellow on 62 members for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. This year’s Fellows will be officially recognized at the…

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Digitale Mündigkeit und Bürgerrechte

This content is only available in German.   Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer und netzpolitischer Sprecher Konstantin von Notz (Grüne) zum Informationsbesuch am HITS Zu einem Informationsbesuch über die Themen „Digitalisierung“ und „Künstliche Intelligenz“ kam jetzt Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer ans HITS, gemeinsam mit MdB Dr. Konstantin von Notz, dem netzpolitischen Sprecher der Grünen-Fraktion im Deutschen Bundestag und…

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HITS researcher Anna Wienhard invited to speak at the ICM

“Groups and Geometry” (GRG) group leader Prof. Anna Wienhard has been invited to present at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). The congress takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1-9, 2018. Anna Wienhard, who studied theology and mathematics in Germany, Switzerland and the USA, has been HITS group leader as well as professor…

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