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Researchers examine neurotoxin from a Black Widow

Using cryo-EM, and in collaboration with researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund and at Jacobs University Bremen, the team of Münster researchers succeeded in explaining the first structure of a latrotoxin.
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Researchers study cosmic expansion using methods from many-body physics

Physicists Michael te Vrugt and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) have, together with physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), developed a new model.
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New method for molecular functionalization of surfaces

Scientists have presented a new approach in the journal Nature Chemistry, showing that stable and yet very well-ordered molecular single layers can be produced on silicon surfaces - by self-assembly.
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German Research Foundation approves new Research Training Group

Focusing on the interface between materials research and organic synthesis as well as catalysis and biological applications, the Research Training Group will receive funding of around five million euros for an initial period of four and a half years. The spokespersons of the program are Prof. Armido Studer and Prof. Shigehiro Yamaguchi (Nagoya University).
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Welcoming Professor Andrea de Camargo

Visiting from the University of São Paulo, Professor de Camargo is collaborating on upconversion of nanoparticles and quantum dots projects at the SoN. She brings with her a wealth of experience in structural-functional characterization of solid-state materials and interdisciplinary, collaborative research.
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Researchers first to link silicon atoms on surfaces

“We have shown that not only carbon can be used to create fascinating structures. The various contributions made from different angles – by chemists and physicists... all required a high degree of creativity. This enabled us to explore a new path in bond formation reactions in surface chemistry,” explains  Melanie Wittler, a PhD student in Chemistry.
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German Research Foundation funds priority programmes in biology and chemistry

Chemist Prof Frank Glorius is coordinating the project "Use and Development of Machine Learning for Molecular Applications - Molecular Machine Learning." The focus of the project is on molecular problems such as the prediction of chemical reactions or the development of new algorithms for the modeling of molecular properties.
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Breakthrough in the production of three-dimensional molecular structures

"The motif of using light energy to build more complex, chemical structures is also found in nature," explains Frank Glorius. "Just as plants use light in photosynthesis to synthesize sugar molecules from the simple building blocks carbon dioxide and water, we use light-mediated energy transfer to produce complex, three-dimensional target molecules from flat basic structures."
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New microscopy analysis allows discovery of central adhesion complex

The laboratories of Prof. Dr. Carsten Grashoff and Prof. Dr. Ralf Jungmann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Munich) have developed a novel approach that allows the visualization and quantification of molecular processes even in highly crowded subcellular structures.
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Light-carrying chips advance machine learning

“In contrast to traditional electronics, which usually work in the low GHz range, optical modulation speeds can be achieved up to the 50 to 100 GHz range,” explains lead author Johannes Feldmann. This means that the process permits data rates and computing densities, i.e. operations per area of processor, never previously attained.
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