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    Mit Computer-Modellierungen lassen sich die Eigenschaften elektronisch korrelierter Festkörper analysieren. Eine neue Forschergruppe, an der Physiker der Uni Würzburg beteiligt sind, will auf diesem Gebiet Fortschritte erzielen. Bild: Marcus Kollar

    A crucial role in technical progress is being assigned to correlated solids. How can the properties of these materials best be analyzed? This is the focus of a new research group involving Würzburg physicists.

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    Kämpfen nach festen Regeln als Möglichkeit zur Gewaltprävention: Wie gut das funktioniert, überprüfen Sportwissenschaftler der Uni Würzburg. Foto: Sportzentrum Uni Würzburg

    Setting youngsters with violent tendencies on a different path by encouraging them to pursue combat sports and physical experiences in a club setting – this is the goal of the new “Socius” project by the Institute of Sports Science.

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    Maisacker bei Würzburg im Juli 2010: Gerade einmal hüfthoch stehen die Pflanzen, wo sie doch schon längst übermannsgroß sein sollten. Schuld daran sind die anhaltende Hitze und Trockenheit. Wie sich Pflanzen gegen Dürre besser wappnen lassen, ist da

    36 degrees in the shade, little rain for weeks. The maize is not growing, grains are ripening too early. How can plants survive ever-lengthier periods of heat and drought unscathed? This very issue will be examined by a new Bavarian research association involving the University of Würzburg.

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    In Tokio unterzeichneten Vertreter der Universitäten Würzburg und Tokio die neue Partnerschaftsvereinbarung. Vorne die Universitätspräsidenten Junichi Hamada und Alfred Forchel; dahinter (von links) die Professoren Hiroshi Mitani, Department of Integr

    The University of Würzburg maintains contacts with the renowned University of Tokyo in a variety of areas, such as medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, and IT. This collaboration is set to flourish further, according to a new partnership agreement between the two universities.

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    Taj Mahal - beim Anblick dieses prächtigen Gebäudes denken die meisten Menschen sofort an Indien. Ansonsten ist das Wissen über Indien eher wenig ausgeprägt. Foto: André Reinhold / Pixelio.de

    A Center for Indian Studies is being set up at the University of Würzburg. The Federal Ministry of Research and Education is backing the venture with EUR 460,000.

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    Kinderhände mit verschiedenen Hautfarben. Foto: Dieter Schütz / Pixelio.de

    First-graders readily include children from other cultures in their social interaction. This is the outcome of the country’s first study into the integration of migrants in this age group. The study was coordinated by the University of Würzburg.

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    Sex in der Maisblüte: Pollenschläuche (rot gefärbt) wachsen zu den Samenanlagen, um dort die unbeweglichen männlichen Spermazellen zur Befruchtung der Eizellen freizusetzen. Bild: Universität Regensburg

    Sperm swim to egg cells and fertilize them – at least that is what happens in people. In many flowering plants, however, the sperm cells are immobile. So, how do they reach their destination? Researchers from Würzburg and Regensburg know the answer.

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    Ulrike Kutay (Foto privat)

    At present, cell biologist Ulrike Kutay still works at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Now she has received the highest-endowed international research award in Germany. Thus, Kutay is soon to continue her studies as Alexander von Humboldt professor at the University of Würzburg.

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    Eine Tumorzelle (rot) wandert durch ein Kollagengewebe (grau). (Foto: Peter Friedl)

    Tumors disappear if you inhibit the genes responsible for their formation. Previously, any suggestions as to why they behave in this way were nothing more than theories. Researchers at the University of Würzburg now present concrete evidence, confirming a long-held assumption in this matter.

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    Wurzelhaar einer Pflanze mit angreifenden Bakterien (grün). Foto: Dirk Becker

    The tiniest fragments of bacteria are enough to trigger a defense response from plants to parasites. Researchers from the universities of Würzburg and Basel are now able to describe the molecular details of this response.

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    Fruchtfliege

    Stimuli that regularly appear in connection with unpleasant situations are rated by people as negative, as would be expected. However, as researchers from the University of Würzburg are now showing, these stimuli can also subconsciously be rated positively – depending on the chronology of events.

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    Durch Lichtpulse lässt sich der Spin eines Elektrons in eine genau definierte Position bringen. Physikern der Uni Würzburg ist es gelungen, die „Lebensdauer“ dieser Position deutlich zu verlängern – ein Fortschritt auf dem Weg zu Quantencomputern

    Ultrafast operation and high performance: This is what is expected of quantum computers. But there are still some obstacles to the technical implementation of this new type of computer. Physicists of the University of Würzburg report on their progress in this research area in "Nature Photonics".

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    Professor Holger Braunschweig und seine Mitarbeiter Achim Schneider und Dr. Krzysztof Radacki (von links) im Labor. Die Würzburger Chemiker haben weltweit erstmals eine stabile Bor-Sauerstoff-Dreifachbindung erzeugt. Foto: Gunnar Bartsch

    World first: chemists from the University of Würzburg have, for the first time ever, succeeded in creating a stable triple bond between the elements boron and oxygen. This success is reported in the leading journal “Science”.

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    Zigaretten im Aschenbecher (Foto Jörg Siebauer/pixelio.de)

    The photograph of a lit cigarette arouses a desire for nicotine in smokers. “Not necessarily,” say psychologists from the University of Würzburg. As they found out, some photographs even manage to trigger processes in the brain that are likely to suppress craving for this drug.

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    Schließzellen der Pflanzen

    When plants protect themselves against drying out, processes take place in which calcium plays an important role, just as it does in muscle contraction in humans. Now for the first time, Dietmar Geiger and Rainer Hedrich from the Department of Molecular Plant Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Würzburg have shed light on exactly what happens.

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