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    Two nanographenes (blue) with bulky substituents (grey) have each attached a PAH (red) to give a quadruple dye stack.

    Several layers of nanographenes stacked on top of each other: such functional elements could one day be used in solar cells. Würzburg chemists have paved the way for this.

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    The graphic illustrates different aspects of extraterrestrial science - small satellites for astronomy, intelligent on-board signal processing, building blocks of life and galaxies.

    The University's Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Extraterrestrial Studies has expanded its range of topics to include Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).

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    Künstlerische Darstellung eines RNA-Schwamms in Aktion.

    Bacteria are extremely resourceful when it comes to adapting to a given environment. A team of researchers from Würzburg has now discovered a new trick bacteria use: a kind of sponge that absorbs certain messengers.

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    Flags of Europe and of the JMU

    The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg is a new member of the CHARM-European University Alliance. The aim of this alliance is to improve the international competitiveness of European universities.

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    Man and woman walking in a forest

    Do we have our best ideas while walking? Indeed, but even small movements while sitting improve creativity, as two researchers have discovered.

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    Principle sketch of the experiment. The charge-separated radical pair (CSS-RP, black curve) decays in about 1000 nanoseconds by recombination of the electrons to singlet or triplet product. The dynamic change of the CSS radical pair between singlet (S) and triplet (T) is only recorded on average over the total reaction time. Using the push-pull technique, the singlet and triplet character of the CSS radical pair can be read out at any time.

    Researchers from Konstanz, Novosibirsk and Würzburg make it possible to read out optically indistinguishable spin states with a new spectroscopy method - published in "Science".

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    Kitty Q in the Christmas Mood

    The award-winning game app Kitty Q from the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat is drawing wider circles: In January, a series of explainer videos will be launched.

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    The box containing the SkyCAM-5 camera system is about 70 centimetres high.

    A new camera system has gone into test operation at the University of Würzburg. It is designed to detect unidentified aerial phenomena using artificial intelligence methods.

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    Some people might avoid this alley in Würzburg. The mere sight of a mask can activate fears of Covid.

    Seeing masked people can activate pre-existing fear of coronavirus infection. A more positive image for masks could remedy the situation.

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    Neuroblastoma cells under the microscope. The staining represents DNA damage, the more intense, the more severe and dangerous the damage. Cells on the right have no RNA exosome and are therefore much more susceptible to such damage.

    The cells of a certain tumour type, called neuroblastoma, divide very rapidly. This rapid division can have potentially fatal consequences for them. A new study shows how neuroblastoma cells deal with this dilemma.

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    A tethered flying monarch butterfly orients in the flight simulator with respect to a green light spot. While flying, microelectrodes record the butterflies’ brain activity.

    Monarch butterflies employ a sun compass on their long-distance migration. Surprisingly, a new study shows that the compass is only established during flight.

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    Intensively farmed experimental plot in a warm climate with a Malaise trap (in the background) for recording flying insects and a wild bee nesting trap (in the foreground) for recording plant-pollinator-parasite networks. The pieces of wood at the base of the nesting aid are used to determine the decomposition rate of wood.

    The question of the causes of species extinction confronts science with complex tasks. Dr Sarah Redlich from the Biocentre on the challenge of creating a study design.

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    Oswald Külpe Award winner 2021 Jan De Houwer (left) with JMU Professor Wilfried Kunde.

    The 2021 Oswald Külpe Prize of the Institute of Psychology goes to Professor Jan De Houwer from Ghent University.

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