Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum

Green light for clever algae

Phytoplankton not only constitutes the foundation of the food chain in the oceans, it also fixes carbon through photosynthesis and generates oxygen with the help of solar energy. A considerable part of phytoplankton ...

Sep 26, 2014
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An "anchor" that keeps proteins together

All organisms react to different external and internal stimuli: if, for example, the hyphae fungus Sordaria macrospora is supplied with food, it produces fruiting bodies as part of its oestrous cycle. To ...

Sep 04, 2014
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A protecting umbrella against oxygen

In the development of fuel cells the effort of generations of scientist and engineers have led to efficient and stable catalysts based on noble metals. These catalysts have reached the required threshold ...

Aug 04, 2014
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'Work environment' affects protein properties

The function of proteins, which fulfil various tasks inside the cells, is often analysed in aqueous buffer solutions. However, it is not known, for example in case of pharmaceutical studies, if they work ...

Jul 03, 2014
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Binary stars are more common than we thought

High-mass stars are rarely solitary. This is what Bochum's astronomers found out at the Ruhr-Universität's (RUB's) observatory in Chile. For several years, they observed 800 celestial objects that are up ...

Jun 16, 2014
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Electromobility as privacy hazard

Consumers who charge an electric vehicle on a regular basis may leave a data trail. With each charging process, the system saves when and where it took place and which customer paid for it – a privacy risk, says Tilman ...

Jun 03, 2014
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Effects of environmental stress on water organisms

Biodiversity on Earth is in rapid decline, and flowing waters are particularly affected. A team of biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), headed by Dr Florian Leese, analyses which environmental influences affect ...

May 07, 2014
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Small peptides as potential antibiotics

Small peptides attack bacteria in many different ways and may well become a new generation of antibiotics. Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have been researching how such peptides kill bacterial ...

Mar 25, 2014
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