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ULB opens its main reading room on 29 June / Reservation required.

From Monday, 29 June, the ULB will reopen its main reading room for students and scientists of Münster University. Around 200 individual seats will be available from Monday to Friday - in two four-hour shifts in the morning and afternoon. Users have to reserve the seats in advance on the ULB website. The group workplaces, cafeteria, copy room, research room and DigiLab will remain closed.

<address>© Haus der Technik</address>
© Haus der Technik

Premiere: Battery Day NRW takes place as an online event

What influence does artificial intelligence have on the development of batteries? How do next generation battery systems change the field of research? How is Research Fab Battery Cells progressing? These questions will be addressed by top-class speakers from science and practice at Battery Day NRW 2020, which takes place for the first time as an online event on 28 September.

<address>© Wiley</address>
© Wiley

New insights into lithium metal technology

The lithium metal battery is one of the key technologies for high-performance batteries of the future. Researchers at the MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University have now identified further factors that significantly influence the interface between the lithium metal anode and a polymer electrolyte. The study has been published in "Angewandte Chemie".


Spokesperson Prof. Jörg Gromoll, project manager Dr. Cristin Beumer and research coordinator Prof. Frank Tüttelmann (from left) are delighted at the renewed funding.<address>© Fotozentrale UKM</address>
© Fotozentrale UKM

Research Unit analyses causes of male infertility

A great success for the Faculty of Medicine at Münster University: The German Research Foundation is providing a further 5.7 million euros in funding for the Clinical Research Unit "Male Germ Cells". The Research Unit has been investigating the causes of male infertility since 2017.

<address>© Norbert Miguletz</address>
© Norbert Miguletz

Many roads lead to knowledge transfer

For the University of Münster, knowledge transfer comprises active exchanges between the University and the surrounding region. Over the past six months, the University’s Communications and PR Department has presented a wide-ranging dossier on the subject, also taking in the challenges posed. In concluding the series, we look beyond the University of Münster.

Nowadays, viruses can spread around the world much faster than before as a result of the steady increase in air and goods traffic.<address>© -</address>
© -

Corona: Virologist Stephan Ludwig calls for more monitoring and better hygiene

The number of people infected by the coronavirus is decreasing, and there is more and more easing of restrictions in public life. In Germany at least, the worst seems to be over. Or is this merely the calm before the next pandemic storm? Norbert Robers spoke to virologist Prof. Stephan Ludwig about the danger of new epidemics and about the lessons learned from this current crisis.

<address>© Brazil Centre</address>
© Brazil Centre

Brazil Centre celebrates tenth anniversary

In June, the Brazil Centre of Münster University celebrates its tenth anniversary. For more than 50 years, the University has maintained diverse and close contacts in the fields of research, teaching and transfer. The central tasks of the Brazil Centre include, for example, advising researchers and students and coordinating and accompanying Brazilian research delegations.

Molecular structure of the photo-responsive molecular switch (in the center) surrounded by solvent molecules. The scientists revealed a light-induced pedalo-type motion, which goes both forward and backward. The image is on the cover of the print edition of the journal, which was published today (June 18).<address>© Reprinted with permission from I. Conti et al. (2020), The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS</address>
© Reprinted with permission from I. Conti et al. (2020), The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS

Researchers create a photographic film of a molecular switch

Molecular switches – they are the molecular counterparts of electrical switches and play an important role in many processes in nature. Nanotechnologist at Münster University now produced a photographic film at the atomic level and thus tracked the motion of a molecular building block. The result was a light-controlled "pedalo-type motion", going forward and backward.

The core of XENON1T<address>© XENON Collaboration</address>
© XENON Collaboration

Surprising Signal in the XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment

Scientists from the international XENON collaboration under participation of Münster University announced today that data from their XENON1T, the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment, show a surprising excess of events. The scientists say to have observed an unexpected rate of events, the source of which is not yet fully understood.

The International Centre “Die Brücke” in Wilmergasse will be closed - instead, the &quot;Botanicum&quot; will offer a wide range of advice and events for international students.<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

"There won’t be 'Die Brücke' in its old form anymore"

It’s not only the Student Admissions Office and the Career Service that will be moving into the “Botanicum”. The International Office will be moving there too. At the same time, the International Centre “Die Brücke” in Wilmergasse will be closing its doors – and instead there will be offers and events for international students in the “Botanicum”.

Male guinea pigs are still able to adapt their hormone systems to changes in their social environment in adulthood.<address>© Department of Behavioural Biology / Alexandra Mutwill</address>
© Department of Behavioural Biology / Alexandra Mutwill

Hormone systems can still be adapted in adulthood

Behavioural biologists at Münster University have now been able to demonstrate for the first time that male guinea pigs are still able to adapt their hormone systems to changes in their social environment in adulthood. The study has been published in the journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society B".

<address>© Jasmin Sessler/ Unsplash</address>
© Jasmin Sessler/ Unsplash

Study: The psychology behind toilet paper hoarding

Which groups of people hoarded all that toilet paper during the peak phase of the Corona pandemic? Psychologists at Münster Universit have looked into this question. In an online study at the end of March they interviewed more than 1,000 adults from 35 countries. The main result: people who feel threatened, who are particularly emotional and conscientious, were more likely to stockpile.

The scientists carried out the isotope measurements using such air filters.<address>© Dorian Zok/LUH</address>
© Dorian Zok/LUH

Radioactive cloud over Europe had civilian background

A mysterious cloud containing radioactive ruthenium-106, which moved across Europe in 2017, is still bothering Europe's radiation protection entities. Researchers at the Universities of Hannover and Münster found out that the cloud did not originate from military sources but rather from civilian nuclear activities. The study has been published in “Nature Communications”.

<address>© - andyller</address>
© - andyller

Bernd Blöbaum: "Crisis communication goes in waves."

Research delivers facts and findings. It is not only during these times of the coronavirus that science communication should ensure that these issues are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Which standards should journalists and scientists observe, during a crisis? Prof. Bernd Blöbaum from the Department of Communication at the University of Münster discusses the question in this interview.

A landscape in the Himalayas<address>© Eric Salomon</address>
© Eric Salomon

Forces in the Earth's crust determine the height of mountain ranges

Which forces and mechanisms determine the height of mountains? Scientists from Münster University and the German Research Centre for Geoscience have found a surprising answer to this question: It is not erosion and weathering of rocks that determine the upper limit of mountain belts, but an equilibrium of forces in the Earth's crust. The study is published in "Nature".

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