Patients with hepatitis C who suffer from advanced stages of liver disease have renewed hope, thanks to findings by researchers who have discovered that a new drug significantly reduces their risk of death and need for transplantation.
The research team, led by clinical researchers at Intermountain Healthcare's Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, studied nearly 1,900 hep C...29.05.2017 | Read more
In 2014, German public and private institutions of higher education spent Euro 48.2 billion on teaching, research and health treatment.
In 2014, German public and private institutions of higher education spent Euro 48.2 billion on teaching, research and health treatment.19.05.2016 | Read more
In spite of the continued low level of investment in Europe, the microtechnology industry is rather keen to invest and innovate. According to the annual economic data survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, more than a third of all European microtechnology companies intend to increase investments and intensify R&D efforts in 2016.
The level of investment in Europe is still significantly below the level of 2007, the period before the financial and economic crisis. The Juncker investment...07.04.2016 | Read more
In 2014, non-university research institutions spent approximately 12.5 billion euros on research and development in Germany.
In 2014, non-university research institutions spent approximately 12.5 billion euros on research and development in Germany.07.04.2016 | Read more
In 2013, the number of German students enrolled at institutions of higher education abroad was 134,500.
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decline of 3.2% or 4,400 students compared with 2012.16.12.2015 | Read more
Roughly 380,200 people were employed as academic or artistic staff at German institutions of higher education or university clinics at the end of 2014.
Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 2.8% from 2013.03.07.2015 | Read more
A total of 1,627 scientists completed their post-doctoral lecturing qualification (habilitation) at universities in Germany in 2014.
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the number of habilitations rose 4% compared with the previous year.17.06.2015 | Read more
In 2014, 22,500 students received a Germany Scholarship in accordance with the Scholarship Programme Act.
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of scholarship holders rose by 14% in 2014 compared with 2013.28.05.2015 | Read more
In 2013, German public and private institutions of higher education spent Euro 46.3 billion on teaching, research and health treatment.
As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was 2.9% more than in 2012 (Euro 45.0 billion).07.05.2015 | Read more
In 2012, the number of German students enrolled at institutions of higher education abroad was 138,500.
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 1.8% or 2,500 students on 2011.05.12.2014 | Read more
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
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Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...
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