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  1. New structure in human sperm tails

    12.02.18 | A highly effective tail is needed in order for a sperm to be able to swim and fertilise an egg. By using cryo-electron tomography, researchers led by AcademiaNet member Johanna Höög have identified a completely new nanostructure inside sperm tails. Their study has now been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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  2. Decoding the axolotl genome

    01.02.18 | A team of researchers led by AcademiaNet member Elly Tanaka reports that they have successfully sequenced the genome of the Mexican axolotl. The salamander is well known for its unique regenerative abilities, which – the researchers hope – will be easier to study now that the full genetic information of the axolotl is available.

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  3. Slow 'hot electrons' could improve solar cell efficiency

    29.01.18 | AcademiaNet member Prof Maria Antonietta Loi and her team have described a new material which could be used to build solar cells that harvest more energy from sunlight.

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  4. Tooth brushing isn't enough to prevent dental decay in young children

    23.01.18 | A new study led by AcademiaNet member Valeria Skafida highlights that factors such as snacking habits and socioeconomical circumstances may strongly affect the oral health of children below five.

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  5. Why Evidence Matters

    Interview with Professor Dame Anne Glover

    17.01.18 | AcademiaNet member Professor Anne Glover recently gave a talk at the International Science Festival in Heidelberg titled “Why evidence matters”. We spoke to her about her time as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government and to the President of the European Commission as well as the role evidence takes in political decision-making.

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  6. Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun awarded grants worth 7 Mio €

    15.01.18 | Theologist Prof Mette Birkedal Bruun obtained two research awards in late 2017: the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize and a grant from the The Danish National Research Foundation. The additional funds will allow her to run a new centre of excellence for basic research, focusing on privacy as well as expand her work on medieval monasticism.

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  7. Dealing with sugar withdrawal

    10.01.18 | If a cell encounters a stress situation, it reacts immediately to ensure its survival. AcademiaNet member Prof Anne Spang and her research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have investigated how a shortage of sugars affects vital processes in the cell. Their work has now unearthed a new survival factor, called Puf5p.

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  8. Professor Petra Döll awarded 1.9 Mio € in DFG funds

    08.01.18 | AcademiaNet member and hydrologist Professor Petra Döll has every reason to be pleased right now: Her research group at the Goethe University Frankfurt will benefit from German Research Foundation (DFG) funds totalling € 1.9 million. Using this award, she and her team will explore global freshwater system in greater depth.

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  9. The roots of violence

    27.12.17 | For most people a bit of healthy aggression can give them a competitive edge, but in some it can spill over into violence. Now, scientists – including AcademiaNet member Barbara Franke - are hoping to unravel why.

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  10. Economist Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln wins Leibniz Prize

    22.12.17 | The AcademiaNet member will receive the prestigious award, worth 2.5 Mio €, from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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