Category Archives: Academia

Disrupted fat breakdown in the brain makes mice dumb

Study led by the University of Bonn elucidated a previously unknown possible cause of dementia. A study led by the University of Bonn opens a new perspective with regard to the development of dementia. The scientists blocked

Stanford scientists use nanotechnology to boost the performance of a key industrial catalyst

Nanoscale stretching or compressing significantly boosts the performance of ceria, a material widely used in catalytic converters and clean-energy technologies. A tiny amount of squeezing or stretching can produce a big boost in catalytic performance, according to

Stanford team brings quantum computing closer to reality with new materials

Quantum computing could outsmart current computing for complex problem solving, but only if scientists figure out how to make it practical. A Stanford team is investigating new materials that could become the basis for such an advance.

Cannabis reverses ageing processes in the brain

Researchers at the University of Bonn restore the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage. Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice

Stanford scientists test links between extreme weather and climate change

A new four-step “framework” aims to test the contribution of climate change to record-setting extreme weather events. After an unusually intense heat wave, downpour or drought, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group inevitably receive phone calls and

The protein “CHIP” unfurls anti-aging activity

Researchers at the universities of Cologne and Bonn uncover the link between protein aggregation and aging. Not only does our way of life determine how long we live but so too does our genetic material. Of particular

Simulation by Stanford researchers shows how transporter proteins do their work in cells

Cells must continually pass molecules in and out to sustain life. Computer scientists and molecular physiologists have developed a computer algorithm to capture how these crucial proteins work. Inside every plant or animal, proteins called transporters act

Deciphering plant immunity against parasites

A research group at University Bonn uncovers how plants detect and defeat parasitic worms. Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves.

The brain doesn’t navigate quite like a GPS

Neuroscientists’ discovery of grid cells, popularly known as the brain’s GPS, was hailed as a major discovery. But new results suggest the system is more complicated than anyone had guessed. Just like a driver in a car,

Social phobia: indication of a genetic cause

People with social anxiety avoid situations in which they are exposed to judgment by others. Those affected also lead a withdrawn life and maintain contact above all on the Internet. Around one in ten people is affected

Ranking: Bonn is one of the most international universities in Germany

The University of Bonn is one of the most international universities in Germany and Europe. This is confirmed by the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) in its recently published university ranking according to internationalization criteria. According