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Released: 2-May-2023 5:55 PM EDT
“Golden” fossils reveal origins of exceptional preservation
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

A recent study by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and collaborators found that many of the fossils from Germany’s Posidonia shale do not get their gleam from pyrite, commonly known as fool’s gold, which was long thought to be the source of the shine. Instead, the golden hue is from a mix of minerals that hints at the conditions in which the fossils formed.

Released: 5-Apr-2023 3:05 PM EDT
Pain out of control
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

A study conducted by the team at the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, provides evidence that certain brain areas involved in processing pain don’t function normally in fibromyalgia patients. In healthy people, they ensure that pain that we can control is easier to bear.

Released: 4-Apr-2023 5:00 PM EDT
Insect decline also occurs in forests
Technische Universität Darmstadt

The number of insects has been declining for years. This has already been well documented for agricultural areas. In forests, however, temporal trends are mostly studied for insect species that are considered pests.

Released: 17-Mar-2023 1:35 PM EDT
East and West Germans show preference for different government systems 30 years on
De Gruyter

Even after 27 years of reunification, East Germans are still more likely to be pro-state support than their Western counterparts, a new study published in the De Gruyter journal German Economic Review finds. Of the sample studied, 48% of respondents from the East said it was the government’s duty to support the family compared to 35% from the West.

Released: 20-Feb-2023 10:05 PM EST
How the Nazi years influenced the Nobel Prize in Literature
University of Gothenburg

Paulus Tiozzo studied the Nobel Prize and German literature for his thesis. Previously inaccessible archival material shows how members of the Swedish Academy viewed German literature during the two World Wars and the influence that Adolf Hitler and Nazism had on the Nobel Prize.

Newswise: Climate change in the forests of northern Germany
Released: 5-Dec-2022 7:35 PM EST
Climate change in the forests of northern Germany
University of GĂśttingen

More and more trees are suffering the consequences of decades of man-made climate change.

Newswise: Rewriting the History of the Autobiographical Graphic Novel
Released: 21-Jul-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Rewriting the History of the Autobiographical Graphic Novel
University of Adelaide

“I donated the comics to the University of Adelaide to ensure that the history of the camps, and the experiences of the prisoners, are remembered. It is appropriate that the comics be kept in the University’s Library where they will be read, researched, and appreciated for years to come.” Ms Goers Fox’s donation, consisting of five small books, is the only full collection of all five of Friedrich’s books known to exist.

Newswise: Press release by the Association for Vertical Farming, Munich Germany April 18th, 2022
Released: 21-Apr-2022 7:00 AM EDT
Press release by the Association for Vertical Farming, Munich Germany April 18th, 2022
Green Bronx Machine

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) is pleased to announce our partnership with our new advisory board member, Stephen Ritz, and his non-profit, Green Bronx Machine.

Newswise: Germany-Wide Pilot Project for Coronavirus Detection in Wastewater
Released: 4-Mar-2022 6:05 AM EST
Germany-Wide Pilot Project for Coronavirus Detection in Wastewater
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Coronaviruses can be detected in wastewater some days before first disease symptoms develop. On this basis, it is possible to determine the number of infections more quickly, analyze the infection situation more precisely, and identify new Covid-19 variants and their spread at an earlier stage. The project “Systematic Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater” coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now plans to leverage these potentials and to find out whether and how a wastewater-based Covid-19 early warning system can be implemented in Germany. The project is funded by the European Union with about EUR 3.7 million.

Released: 28-Sep-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Social distancing measures in the spring of 2020 effectively curbed the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany
University of Cologne

The measures adopted in mid-March 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic both greatly reduced people’s mobility and effectively prevented the spread of COVID-19 in the following three weeks.

Newswise: After the flood disaster in western Germany: what science must find answers to
Released: 20-Sep-2021 10:25 AM EDT
After the flood disaster in western Germany: what science must find answers to
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

On 14 July 2021, between 60 and 180 mm of rain fell in the Eifel region in just 22 hours - an amount that would otherwise have fallen in several months and which led to catastrophic flooding.

Released: 14-Jul-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Historian offers first deep dive into secret German-Soviet alliance that laid groundwork for WWII
University of Notre Dame

In new research, Ian Johnson, the P. J. Moran Family Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Notre Dame, details the inner workings of the German-Soviet alliance that laid the foundation for Germany’s rise and ultimate downfall in World War II.

Released: 11-Dec-2020 12:30 PM EST
Germans want open communication of uncertainty in the coronavirus pandemic
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the uncertainty inherent in science.

12-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Modeling COVID-19 Data Must Be Done With Extreme Care
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

As the virus causing COVID-19 began its devastating spread, an international team of scientists was alarmed by the lack of uniform approaches by various countries’ epidemiologists. Data modeling to predict the numbers of likely infections varied widely and revealed a high degree of uncertainty. In the journal Chaos, the group describes why modeling and extrapolating the evolution of COVID-19 outbreaks in near real time is an enormous scientific challenge that requires a deep understanding of the nonlinearities underlying the dynamics of epidemics.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 5:10 PM EDT
The Fate of Germany’s Leadership, With Constanze Stelzenmüller
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Kissinger Chair on Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress and senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss German politics and the future of Germany’s leadership.

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