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    Almost half of young people in Germany did some form of voluntary work last year. However, there are huge differences between the educational groups, in some cases with problematic consequences. This is the finding of a representative study by the University of Würzburg.

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    Würzburg physicists have created a microlaser with unique properties. They have also succeeded in making the laser behave chaotically. In the future, it may be possible to use this for a new, secure form of data transmission.

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    Farmers who spray insecticides against aphids as a preventative measure only achieve a short-term effect with this method. In the long term, their fields will end up with even more aphids than untreated fields.

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    Familiar view

    05/18/2011

    What happens when bees are displaced to unfamiliar locations? Quite a few of them find their way back to the hive even from great distances – provided that a certain condition is satisfied. The relevant details are reported by researchers from Würzburg and Canberra in a new publication.

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    Rising levels of nitrate and of the hormone abscisic acid signal to a plant that it needs to conserve water. How do these two transmitters achieve their effect? Plant researchers Rainer Hedrich and Dietmar Geiger from the University of Würzburg have found the answer.

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    Bright yellow with an intense aroma: rape fields dominate whole landscapes in April. Their abundance of flowers is so attractive to bumblebees that wild plants are being increasingly neglected by pollinators, as proven by researchers from the University of Würzburg’s Biocenter.

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    To date, accumulations of fluid in the brain, which occur after a stroke, have been very difficult to treat. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now found a solution to the problem. Their work is reported on in the journal Stroke.

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    Researchers from Würzburg and Braunschweig have deciphered how a particular enzyme naturally constructs large sugar molecules. Armed with this knowledge they can now produce customized sugar for use in the food industry as prebiotics.

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    A global decline in bee numbers has been giving cause for concern for many years now. The reasons for the sudden loss of whole colonies remain unclear. Biologists from the University of Würzburg have now developed a new approach that might help shed light on this issue.

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    Humans can estimate quantities of up to four objects accurately. When there are more than four, they have to start counting. This innate limit is also reflected in the counting systems of ancient civilizations.

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    First discovered ten years ago, it is now the subject of new findings relating to its function: the protein SPRED2 inhibits the hormonal stress response in the body. Whether it also plays a role in the development of illnesses has yet to be established.

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    Cancer can develop when genes get out of control. A feedback mechanism to prevent just that is reported by scientists from the Biozentrum of the University of Würzburg in “Molecular Cell”.

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    Over the coming months, all students in Würzburg will be receiving new ID cards. The new card is multifunctional and forgery-proof thanks to its modern encryption technology. The project has three sponsors.

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    People who feel they just do not get enough calls should perhaps take a closer look at their phone number. If the string of digits, written as an SMS, would produce a word with an unpleasant connotation, potential callers may feel ill at ease dialing it - even if they are completely unaware of its literal meaning.

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    Asthma, diabetes, rheumatism: Such diseases can arise when the immune system does not work properly. Researchers from the Universities of Würzburg and Mainz have discovered new findings about the regulation of the immune defense.

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