Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum

Why plants form sprouts in the dark

A signal from the cell wall decides that, in the dark, seeds grow into long yellow sprouts, instead of turning green and forming leaves. The signal that switches on the darkness programme in seedling development has not hitherto ...

dateNov 07, 2017 in Biotechnology
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3-D mapping of rooms using radar

Engineers from University Alliance Ruhr have developed novel signal processing methods for imaging and material characterisation with the aid of radar. Their long-term objective is to use these techniques in combination with ...

dateOct 17, 2017 in Engineering
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How enzymes produce hydrogen

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Freie Universität Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons ...

dateJul 21, 2017 in Materials Science
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Carbon displays quantum effects

Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have found evidence that carbon atoms cannot only behave like particles but also like waves. This quantum-mechanical property is well-known for light particles such as electrons or hydrogen ...

dateJul 12, 2017 in Materials Science
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Evolution of a bacterial enzyme in green algae

A new jigsaw piece in the evolution of green algae has been identified by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum together with colleagues from Max Planck Institute in Mülheim an der Ruhr. They analysed the hydrogen-producing ...

dateJul 12, 2017 in Biotechnology
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