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    Robert, the hermit: The pamphlet's title page from 1829.

    19th century recluses who withdrew to the solitude of caves – modern people who deliberately live a life of abstinence: these are parallels drawn by Ina Bergmann, an American Studies scholar. Her research on the subject has been rewarded with two scholarships.

    Empathy and the ability to understand what other people know, plan and want are interrelated. And sometimes one skill inhibits the other.

    People who empathise easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig has established.

    Christian Schneider in an optical laboratory of the Würzburg Physics department.

    Physicist Christian Schneider (34) studies promising materials for novel lasers and quantum light sources. The European Research Council has awarded him 1.5 million euros to pursue his work.

    A new JMU building for inorganic chemistry is under construction, now another new building hits the home stretch, the ICB. (Photo: Marco Bosch)

    A planned research building hits the home stretch: The German Science Council has approved the construction of a new chemistry institute for the University of Würzburg to be built on the Hubland campus.

    Patients with traumatic brain injury frequently have clotted blood vessels (arrow) that can impair supply of the brain and aggravate brain damage. In the brain tissue of healthy persons, the vessels are usually free of such deposits (asterisk).

    When the brain is injured in an accident, the damage continues to spread in the following days. Blood clots are obviously to blame for this as a research team of the University of Würzburg has found.

    More than one nanometer in diameter is the molecule that chemists from Würzburg have synthesized for the first time. Its tendency to take up electrons makes it interesting for further investigations.

    In autumn 2015 the Research Training School on molecular biradicals took up its work at the University of Würzburg. Currently the cooperation between chemists and physicists led to a first result: a publication on a new molecule, which is of interest for organic electronics.

    For the first time, energy spectra (a) obtained through photoelectron spectroscopy and angle distribution of electrons (b-d) have provided insight into the coupling of electron states and vibrations (e) of molecules.

    For the first time, physicists of the University of Würzburg have mapped details of a molecule's electron shell. These details enable them to learn more about molecule properties and possibly contribute to developing new materials.

    The Pudicitia ("modesty"), an early engraving of Matthäus Greuter from the Strasbourg period

    For the first time, a scientific catalogue will be published which includes works of the Greuter family, a dynasty of artists and publishers that operated in Strasbourg, Augsburg, Lyon and Rome in the 16th and 17th century. This occasion is celebrated with a study day and an exhibition.