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    Miriam Bley auf dem Schiedsrichterstuhl

    Alumna Miriam Bley has made an unusual career choice: After completing the teachers training programme at university, she decided to work as a professional tennis umpire and travels from court to court today.

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    Ein Dungkäfer (Scarabaeus lamarcki) navigiert mit seinem Dungball durch die südafrikanische Savanne.

    When the South African dung beetle rolls its dung ball through the savannah, it must know the way as precisely as possible. Scientists have now discovered that it does not orient itself solely on the position of the sun.

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    JMU-Präsident Professor Alfred Forchel (mitte) bei der Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde in Haifa mit Technion-Präsident Professor Peretz Lavie (links) und Technion-Vizepräsident Professor Adam Schwartz. Foto: Doron Shaham, Technion

    A renowned physicist and good friend of Israel: Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel, the President of the University of Würzburg, has received a special honour in recognition of his research and commitment to international research partnerships.

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    Zellen teilen sich nach der Aktivierung von YAP (grüne Färbung) – aber nur, wenn der MMB-Proteinkomplex intakt ist. Bild: AG Gaubatz

    When two proteins work together, this worsens the prognosis for lung cancer patients: their chances of survival are particularly poor in this case.

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    Das Würzburger Team des Projekts Wascal-DE Coop (von links): Steven Hill, Lisa Schramm, Dr. Michael Thiel, Mengjie Warmuth und Dr. Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt.

    A research centre in West Africa examines strategies to address the climate change. Its German partner is the University of Würzburg; the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the initiative with 3.7 million euros.

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    Die Aktivität des Ionenkanals TPC1 in der Vakuolenmembran (gelb) ist für die elektrische Erregbarkeit der Vakuole essentiell. Links eine Pflanzenzelle, in der Mitte die daraus freigesetzte Vakuole mit Chloroplasten (rot) und einer 3D-Rekonstruktion der TPC1-Kristallstruktur.

    Researchers have filled two knowledge gaps: The vacuoles of plant cells can be excited and the TPC1 ion channel is involved in this process. The function of this channel, which is also found in humans, has been a mystery so far.

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    Das ViLearn-Team der Uni Würzburg (v.l.): Marc Latoschik, Silke Grafe, Florian Kern, Gabriela Greger und Peter Kullmann. Es fehlt Jennifer Tiede.

    People meet in Virtual Realities to work, to train, to talk from avatar to avatar without traveling, or just to be entertained. Can this Social-VR also successfully be used in university teaching?

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    Eine Frau hält einen Controller für eine Spielekonsole in der Hand. Forscher haben sich gefragt, ob Videospiele dick machen.

    Are children, teenagers and adults who spend a lot of time playing video games really more obese? A meta study conducted with the University of Würzburg has looked into this question. The cliché is true – but only for adults.

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