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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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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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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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Mathematics for safer medicine

The new HITS research group “Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification” analyzes large amounts of data and calculates uncertainties in technical systems. With Prof. Vincent Heuveline as their group leader, the group of mathematicians and computer scientists especially focuses on increasing the security of technology in operating rooms.    Natural Sciences continuously produce larger and more…

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The Science of Forecasting

Mathematician Tilmann Gneiting is leader of the new research group “Computational Statistics” at HITS and Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). His research focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts as well as on spatial statistics. “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” the Danish physicist Niels Bohr said – probably;…

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Bioinformatics: New type of bacteria found in the human gut

With software techniques, molecular biologists and computer scientists show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut are yet unknown. With the help of the latest software techniques, a team of molecular biologists and computer scientists was now able to show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut…

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Computer Science helps astronomers exploring the sky

The new HITS research group “Astroinformatics” will develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy. The junior group led by Kai Polsterer will work closely with other astronomical research groups in Heidelberg. The new junior research group “Astroinformatics” has recently commenced…

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The Human Brain Project has begun

The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. One of the principle investigators in this international project is HITS researcher Rebecca Wade. With more than…

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Decoding worms to decode regeneration

Dr. Siegfried Schloissnig is head of the newly established Computational Biology junior research group at Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Prof. Eugene “Gene” Myers, one of the pioneers in bioinformatics, is affiliated with the group as a mentor. Together with his laboratory at the Max Planck Center for Systems Biology in Dresden, the junior…

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What Determines the Stability of Proteins?

With mathematical methods and computer simulations, Humboldt Fellow Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) is exploring the factors of protein stability – Research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation Since January 2013, Dr. Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) has been working at the Heidelberg Institute for…

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Protein origami: Quick folders are the best

The evolutionary history of proteins shows that protein folding is an important factor. Especially the speed of protein folding plays a key role. This was the result of a computer analysis carried out by researchers at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. For almost four billions…

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Exploring Drug-Target Interactions

HITS Scientists Participate in a New European Research Project In drug discovery it is often difficult to predict if a potential drug will be effective in humans. Recent studies have shown that the kinetics of the interaction between a drug and its target has a strong influence on the clinical success of a drug.  “Kinetics…

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