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HITS 2011: Spider Silk, Phylogenetic Trees and Black Holes

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) Annual Report 2011 is out: Data-driven science – New insights into the structure of spider silk, the largest evolutionary tree of flowering plants, atomic-detail enzyme models for drug metabolism and simulations of cosmic structure formation The latest Annual Report 2011 provides insights into the research activities at HITS,…


Black holes turn up the heat for the Universe

HITS astrophysicists discover a new heating source in cosmological structure formation So far, astrophysicists thought that super-massive black holes can only influence their immediate surroundings. A collaboration of scientists at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and in Canada and the US now discovered that diffuse gas in the universe can absorb luminous gamma-ray…


Breaking Test for Silk

HITS researchers analyze the properties of spider silk using computer simulations – different components provide resistance and high flexibility – article in „Biophysical Journal“ The Molecular Biomechanics research group (head: Dr. Frauke Gräter) of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) explores how physical force interacts with molecular processes using computer based methods. One of…