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Simulating the Death of Stars

Humboldt Fellow Samuel Jones (University of Victoria, Canada) is exploring the evolution and the explosion of stars by means of highly sophisticated computer simulations in order to gain new insights into the birth of neutron stars and the origin of the chemical elements. His research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) is…

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Michael Stang and T V Padma to be “Journalists in Residence” at HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gives science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science with a longer stay at the institute. For the second time, the program was announced internationally. Candidates from 23 countries applied. The jury chose the science journalists Michael Stang (Germany) for 2016 and TV Padma (India)…

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ISESO: On the road to a new energy management

On November 9 and 10, 2015, the International Symposium on Energy System Optimization (ISESO 2015) took place at the Studio Villa Bosch conference center in Heidelberg. More than 50 participants from Europe, North and South America discussed how methods from different disciplines, such as mathematics, electrical engineering, economics and operations research can help us tackle…

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Mechanosensing of focal adhesion kinase

Why do astronauts suffer from bone loss?  Astronauts lose bone mass because of the low gravity in space. Bones need mechanical stimulation for regeneration and growth. But how does bone tissue sense mechanical forces? Stem cell differentiation into bone tissue is complex. Several possible candidates have been suggested to work as force sensors in bone…

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Higher Teichmüller theory and Higgs bundles: Hengstberger Symposium in Heidelberg

From November 2 – 6, 2015, Dr. Daniele Alessandrini, Dr. Gye-Seon Lee, and Dr. Ana Peón-Nieto from the Differential Geometry research group at Heidelberg University, led by GRG group leader Anna Wienhard, will organize the “Hengstberger Symposium” at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH). This international symposium focuses on interactions and new trends regarding Higher Teichmüller…

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Andreas Reuter appointed senior professor at Heidelberg University

Expert for information technologies will develop further the IT infrastructure for data-driven science The Heidelberg based expert on information technologies, Prof. Andreas Reuter, has been appointed senior professor of Heidelberg University. With his appointment in October Andreas Reuter took over the task to extend the IT infrastructure of Heidelberg University in cooperation with other research…

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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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