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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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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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Portrait of Michele Catanzaro

In his attic office, piles of paper are spread on the desk: copies of scientific articles, newspaper clippings, books and handwritten notepads. Michele Catanzaro is very busy these days, but very relaxed at the same time. “I enjoy delving into science again”, the Rome-born says with a smile. “I didn´t have the opportunity to pore…

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HITSter wins Heidelberg Science Slam

Lucas Czech, PhD student in the HITS group Scientific Computing (SCO), won the Heidelberg Science Slam at O’Reilly’s Heidelberg on 18 November 2014. More than 100 people attended the event and listened to his talk on speech recognition. Lucas presented some of the fundamental techniques and models that are used to make computers understand human…

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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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