Press Releases 2017

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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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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“Auriga” project helps uncover the history of galaxies

A research team led by HITS scientist Robert Grand ran 36 simulations of Milky Ways on German supercomputers, for the first time including the magnetic fields that permeate the gas and dust between the stars. See also the press release of the ‘Royal Astronomical Societ’ Thousands of processors, terabytes of data, and months of computing…

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Young Researcher´s award goes to HITS doctoral student

Mehmet Ali Öztürk, PhD student at HITS and at the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS) of Heidelberg University, has been awarded the „Preis der Dr. Alexander und Dr. Rosemarie Bauer-Stiftung“ of Heidelberg University.  The 3000 Euro award enables young researchers to have a research stay in Germany or abroad.…

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Nacre in the supercomputer

HITSter Frauke Gräter wins the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE aisbl is delighted to announce that Prof Dr Frauke Gräter, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and University of Heidelberg, Germany is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second time…

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