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    In all vertebrates - and thus also in the human - the heart usually beats on the left side of the body. Why this is the case has not been understood in every detail yet. Developmental biologist from Würzburg now made a crucial step towards the solution of this riddle.

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    When will physicists find the first superconductor that reveals its stunning qualities even at room temperature? It seems there is still a long way to go. Even so, researchers from the University of Würzburg were involved in a discovery which clearly points in one direction.

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    Help for the skin

    03/27/2009

    First the skin blisters. The blisters burst and leave behind sore spots – true gateways for infectious agents. The disease referred to is called pemphigus and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Scientists of the University of Würzburg have made progress in its research.

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    PC, TV & Co see to it that a lot of kids lack exercise – at the cost of their health. In order to incorporate more physical activity into the daily routine of kindergarten kids, a team at the University of Würzburg Paediatric Clinic has developed an exercise programme. The results are encouraging.

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    From Neuburg on the Danube River to Prague, Cracow, Berlin, and back to Neuburg: a tour of more than 1370 miles, covered within three winter months on horseback, on snow-covered trails and mud-clogged routes. In 1536 a Bavarian prince, Otto Henry of Wittelsbach, Count Palatine of Palatinate-Neuburg, and his painter set out for Cracow. The travellers’ tour stops are recorded on large-scale coloured drawings, presenting today the earliest known purlieus of many cities in Bavaria, Bohemia, Poland, Silesia and Saxony. Wuerzburg University Library now invites internet users to trace Otto Henry’s paths on screen.

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    In a discovery of potentially burning interest to computer and chip manufacturers, physicists at Würzburg University have demonstrated a previous unknown quantum effect – and this could be a big step forward in the development of new, cool computer technologies. The researchers have published their findings in the latest issue of Science, in a joint publication with theoretical physicist from Stanford University.

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    Two years ago a new device was introduced to the public by Peter Schneider: the professor of medicine has developed a device capable of measuring the training status of muscles. The invention was filed as a patent application by the university – it was further developed by Soehnle Professional GmbH & Co. KG of Murrhardt, who will market the device worldwide.

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