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    Man, sitting under a tree, taking a nap

    External stimuli can rearrange the hierarchy of neuronal networks and influence behaviour. This was demonstrated by scientists from the universities of Würzburg and Brandeis using the circadian clock of the fruit fly as an example.

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    Sascha Dolezal in front of the Statistical Office of Baden-Württemberg

    Sascha Dolezal studied geography at the University of Würzburg and wrote a dissertation on Japanese shopping arcades. He can't imagine living in Japan but he highly recommends visiting the country.

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    A spider’s web together with the molecular structure of the investigated domain

    Scientists from the University of Würzburg have discovered that spider silk contains an exceptional protein. It generates high bonding strength by making use of an amino acid scientists have hitherto paid little attention to.

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    Marc Erich Latoschik and Carolin Wienrich in the lab where 120 cameras take multiple shots of a person to create an authentic avatar.

    New therapies against excessive weight: A collaborative project led by the University of Würzburg develops virtual reality methods to positively affect the body perception of obese patients.

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    Flags in front of the so called New University

    The University of Würzburg features among the leading universities worldwide and in Germany according to the latest Shanghai Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

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    The DIMOP project aims to develop digital tools to easily determine and improve the recyclability of plastic products, for example, by reducing the number of material components.

    To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project aims at making this dream come true.

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    Kick-off meeting of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat in the Fürstensaal of the Würzburg Residenz.

    The universities of Würzburg and Dresden have officially celebrated their success in the Excellence Strategy. In the newly established Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat, they are jointly researching quantum materials.

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    A solitary bee leaves an artificial nest. The individual breeding chambers are separated and each contains only one larva. This prevents direct contact with sisters or mothers.

    More than 90 percent of all bee species are not organized in colonies, but fight their way through life alone. They are also threatened. Scientists from Würzburg demand more research on the ecology of these insects.

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    Gas exchange through the stomata: Carbon dioxide is taken in; at the same time a hundred water molecules (H2O) escape for each CO2 molecule that is taken up.

    Plants face a dilemma in dry conditions: they have to seal themselves off to prevent losing too much water but this also limits their uptake of carbon dioxide. A sensory network assures that the plant strikes the right balance.

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    Three examples of the animal species filmed at Kilimanjaro (from left): an Abbott’s duiker, a blue monkey and a black serval.

    Numerous large mammals have been documented with video traps on Mount Kilimanjaro by a research group of Würzburg University. The protected areas of the mountain are of tremendous importance for the biodiversity of this animal group.

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    Working and living with a view of St Peter's Basilica: This has been Manfred Bauer's privilege for the past five years.

    He works in the Vatican and deals with severe violations of the church's moral doctrine among others. Nevertheless, Manfred Bauer considers his everyday work routine to be as ordinary as that of any other office job.

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    Students on the Würzburg campus.

    The Times Higher Education Rankings consistently bases its assessment on the quality of teaching and the study environment on the opinion of students. The University of Würzburg is ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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    Epichloë hypha between plant cells.

    Stories of mass poisoning incidents of livestock due to toxic grasses made headlines especially overseas. Animal ecologists from Würzburg have studied whether this hazard is also lurking on German pastures.

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    Illustration of the concept using 3D fluorescence images as biological templates for cell migration simulations. Red: vessels, green: megacaryocytes, dark blue: Hemapoietic stem cells, cyan: Neutrophils. Scale bar: 100 µm.

    Würzburg Scientists found that megakaryocytes act as “bouncers” and thus modulate bone marrow niche properties and cell migration dynamics. The study was published in the Journal “Haematologica”.

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    Global warming can disrupt the mutualistic interactions of plants and pollinators as in the case of the European orchard bee, the red mason bee and the pasque flower.

    Plants rely on bees for pollination; bees need plants to supply nectar and pollen. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have studied how climate change affects these mutualistic interactions.

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