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    Über mikroskopisch kleine, regulierbare Poren in ihrer Außenhaut können Pflanzen Kohlendioxid aufnehmen und Wasserdampf abgeben. Die Poren bestehen aus zwei Schließzellen: Wenn diese sich ausdehnen, öffnet sich die Pore (kleines Bild). Fotos: Lehrstu

    Less rainfall, higher temperatures: plants are also suffering the effects of climate change. How, despite this, they survive longer periods of drought is the subject of research by Rainer Hedrich, a biologist at the University of Würzburg.

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    Winzige Türme, hundert Mal dünner als ein menschliches Haar, mit speziellen Eigenschaften: Produziert werden solche Nanostrukturen am Lehrstuhl für Technische Physik der Universität Würzburg. Bild: Monika Emmerling / Adriana Wolf

    Würzburg physicists are global leaders in the creation of sophisticated nanostructures. The fruits of their research could make tap-proof data transmission a possibility in the future.

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    Arbeiten in der Clean Bench (Foto Universität)

    In life and natural sciences, the University of Würzburg is one of the top 100 institutes of higher education in the world. In chemistry, it even sits proudly in 37th place. This is the result of a current ranking of the world’s leading universities.

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    Eine Ameise der Art Camponotus rufipes bei der Brutpflege: Sie hat sich eine Puppe geschnappt und bringt sie an einen Ort, an dem die Temperatur für das Gedeihen der Brut besser ist. Foto: Christoph Kleineidam

    Ants subjected to cool temperatures during their pupal stage differ in tending the brood when compared with fellow workers more generously provided with warmth. It is not only the genes, but also the conditions experienced during individual development that account for flexible behavior.

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    Nervenzellen besitzen große Mengen des Kalzium-Sensormoleküls STIM2, hier mit einem roten Fluoreszenzfarbstoff sichtbar gemacht. Es befindet sich überwiegend in der Region um den blau angefärbten Zellkern und spielt bei Schlaganfällen eine Rolle. Der

    Würzburg researchers have identified a protein that is partly responsible for the death of nerve cells in the brain during a stroke. This will open up new possibilities in therapy.

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    Schreiender Säugling. Foto: Erich Kasten / Pixelio.de

    Comparisons between babies a few days old in France and Germany reveal that even newborns cry in their native language. This means that the ability to actively produce language is present so much earlier than previously assumed.

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    Psychologiegebäude am Röntgenring

    When compared to their European colleagues, they distinguish themselves through their outstanding research and international focus. This is why the psychologists of the University of Würzburg have been placed in the “Excellence Group” alongside nine other German universities in a current “CHE Ranking”.

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    Eine Nanokapsel, made in Würzburg: Tausende von gleichartigen Molekülen (amphiphile Perylenbisimide) drängen sich in wässriger Umgebung zu einer Kapsel zusammen, die mit Bispyren-Molekülen gefüllt ist. Bild: Organische Chemie, Uni Würzburg

    Imitating photosynthesis in plants? If we were to accomplish this, mankind would have a little less to worry about. Chemists from the University of Würzburg have now made progress on the road to achieving artificial photosynthesis.

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    Lebendes Gewebe aus der Gehirnrinde von Mäusen: Nervenzellen sind grün, ihre Zellkerne blau dargestellt. Gibt man T-Zellen dazu, die auf die Zerstörung myelinbildender Zellen spezialisiert sind, sterben innerhalb von sechs Stunden auch Nervenzellen in

    In multiple sclerosis, the immune system also damages the nerve cells with its misguided activities. This is what regularly happens in the targeted immunological attack on the myelin sheaths of the nerve cells, as shown experimentally for the first time by researchers from Würzburg and Zürich.

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    Die Forschergruppe Immuntherapie (v. l.): Katharina Merker, Matthias Wölfl, Paul G. Schlegel. (Foto Uni-Kinderklinik)

    Scientists at the University Children’s Hospital are developing new therapies for a brain tumor that is difficult to treat. They are part of a Bavarian research network aimed at fighting diseases, such as cancer, AIDS or rheumatism, with the help of the immune system.

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    UWE-2 ist erfolgreich im Weltraum

    Initially, the satellite was scheduled to start its journey into orbit as early as in the fall of 2008. But the launch was postponed several times. Finally, everything went smoothly: Punctually at 8.16 on Wednesday, September 23, the Würzburg miniature satellite UWE-2 took off from Sriharikota Spaceport in India.

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    Spielfiguren in verschiedenen Farben als Sinnbild für Multikulturalität: Wo viele Kulturen miteinander leben, kommt es auch zu strafrechtlich relevanten Konflikten. Mit diesem Thema befasst sich der Jurist Brian Valerius von der Universität Würzburg.

    Controversies over cartoons, circumcisions or killings in the name of “honor”: There is an increasing tendency in multiculturalism to cause conflicts. How should criminal law deal with these issues? This question is being researched by Brian Valerius, legal scholar at the University of Würzburg.

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    Nervenzellen leuchten unter dem Fluoreszenz-Mikroskop rot, wenn man sie wie hier mit einem Farbstoff markiert. So können Transportvorgänge in Nervenzellen verfolgt werden. Bild: Vladimir Ermolayev

    Intracerebral prion infection led to axonal transport impairments in 45 per cent of neurons in the red nucleus and up to 94 per cent of motor cortex neurons, according to a study by researchers of the University of Würzburg, published in PLoS Pathogens.

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    Carsten Deibel und Vladimir Dyakonov

    It is a well-known fact that organic solar cells can convert light into electricity. What has been puzzling scientists – at least from a physicist’s point of view – is how exactly this is done. Researchers at the University of Würzburg have now succeeded in clarifying the process. A report on their work has been published in the scientific journal “Physical Review Letter”.

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    Ein Sternenhimmel. Fotos von Sternbildern helfen Satelliten dabei, ihre Lage im Raum zu regeln. Foto: NASA

    Small satellites are an exciting option for space projects because their launch costs are low. Before using them for Earth observation or other tasks, however, there are still technical challenges to be met. This is what scientists of the University of Würzburg are currently concerned with.

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