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Science LinX in Genoa | Photo Festival della Scienza
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Hot electrons harvested without tricks
Date:15 November 2019

Some photons carry too much energy for the material of solar panels to absorb. These photons produce ‘hot electrons’, and the excess energy of these electrons is converted into heat. Scientists from the University of Groningen have now shown that it may be easier than expected to harvest this excess energy.

Suspended layers make a special superconductor
Date:05 November 2019

Associate Professor Justin Ye, head of the Device Physics of Complex Materials group at the University of Groningen, studied superconductivity in a double layer of molybdenum disulfide and discovered new superconducting states.

Ramping up to divide: An unstable protein is master switch for cell division
Date:04 November 2019

Cells invest substantial resources in the process of their division. The question of how they ‘decide’ to initiate division is an important one. Scientists from the University of Groningen and colleagues in Switzerland have discovered a possible trigger for this ‘decision’. Specifically, they have found that immediately prior to the division of budding yeast cells, there is a significant increase in the concentration of the highly unstable Cln3 protein, which is an important regulator of cell division. This increase in Cln3 may serve as a signal that enables the cell to assess whether existing environmental conditions are favourable for protein production, which is important for cell division.

Science LinX newsletter November 2019
Date:31 October 2019

Science LinX newsletter for November 2019

Science LinX te gast bij Festival della Scienza
Date:31 October 2019

Tijdens het Festival della Scienza vertegenwoordigt Science LinX de Groningse wetenschap met een 12-daags programma voor jong en oud in het Italiaanse Genua.

Migratory birds are worse off in West Africa
Date:29 October 2019

Migratory sandpipers breeding in Greenland who choose to spend the winter in West Africa instead of elsewhere along the East Atlantic coast have a lower chance of survival, are more likely to skip their first breeding season and arrive later at their breeding grounds. An article in the Journal of Animal Ecology, spearheaded by researcher Jeroen Reneerkens (University of Groningen and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ), challenges the widely held idea that the costs of longer migratory flights are inevitably offset by benefits in the winter habitats.

Evolution is resetting the annual clock in migratory birds
Date:24 October 2019

Evolution is resetting the annual clock in migratory birds

Double layer of graphene helps to control spin currents
Date:17 October 2019

University of Groningen scientists have now taken an important step towards transistors that operate using the spin of electrons, rather than their charge.

Uitdaging voor scholieren op de vrije zaterdag
Date:15 October 2019

Enthousiaste scholieren van scholen uit Assen en Groningen zijn op hun vrije zaterdag naar de Zernike Campus gekomen om deel te nemen aan de ‘Astro Data Science Hackathon’.

Watching energy transport through biomimetic nanotubes
Date:10 October 2019

Scientists from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the University of Würzburg (Germany) have investigated a simple biomimetic light-harvesting system.

Curved nanochannels allow independent tuning of charge and spin currents
Date:30 September 2019

University of Groningen physicist Dr Kumar Sourav Das created curved spin transport channels. Together with his colleagues, he discovered that this new geometry makes it possible to independently tune charge and spin currents.

Science LinX newsletter October 2019
Date:26 September 2019

Science LinX newsletter for October 2019

Six galaxies discovered with scarce dark matter
Date:25 September 2019

Under the leadership of Pavel Mancera Piña (University of Groningen and ASTRON), an international team of astrologists has discovered six dim dwarf galaxies that contain hardly any dark matter. This is rare, as it is expected that most of the dim dwarf galaxies are only held together by means of a large amount of dark matter. The researchers will soon publish their findings in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

New microscope shows the atomic structure of materials in stunning detail
Date:18 September 2019

A new transmission electron microscope (TEM) allows University of Groningen scientists to study the structure of materials in unprecedented detail. One of its unique abilities is to produce images of both heavy and very light atoms simultaneously. The microscope will be primarily used by the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) and CogniGron research institutes, but biologists might also take advantage of this new piece of equipment.

Start of MOSAiC – the Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Time
Date:20 September 2019

After a decade of preparations, it’s finally time: on the evening of 20 September the German icebreaker Polarstern departs from the Norwegian port of Tromsø. Escorted by the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov, she will set sail for the Central Arctic. On board researchers will investigate a region that is virtually inaccessible in winter, and which is crucial for the global climate. They will gather urgently needed data on the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice, as well as on the ecosystem. Thanks to the collaboration between international experts, the one-year-long ice drift past the North Pole will take climate research to a completely new level.

Scientists construct energy production unit for a synthetic cell
Date:18 September 2019

Scientists at the University of Groningen have constructed synthetic vesicles in which ATP, the main energy carrier in living cells, is produced. This metabolic network will eventually be used in the creation of synthetic cells.

All-electronic two-dimensional spin transistors
Date:12 September 2019

Physicists from the University of Groningen constructed a two-dimensional spin transistor, in which spin currents were generated by an electric current through graphene.

Science LinX newsletter September 2019
Date:03 September 2019

Science LinX newsletter for September 2019

At the edge of chaos, powerful new electronics could be created
Date:03 September 2019

A phenomenon that is well known from chaos theory was observed in a material for the first time ever, by scientists from the University of Groningen. This ‘spatial chaos’ in a material was first predicted in 1985 and could be used in applications such as adaptable neuromorphic electronics.

Antacid helps tuberculosis bacteria to survive
Date:19 August 2019

University of Groningen scientists, with an international team of colleagues, have now discovered a key mechanism in the tuberculosis bacteria which prevents the immune cells from killing them: the bacteria produce a unique type of antacid which gives the immune cells indigestion.

New Zealand’s biodiversity will take millions of years to recover
Date:05 August 2019

The arrival of humans in New Zealand, some 700 years ago, triggered a wave of extinction among native bird species. Calculations by scientists from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Massey University in New Zealand show that it would take at least 50 million years of evolution to restore the biodiversity that has been lost.

Scientists in business
Date:16 July 2019

On 24 June, Paul Zomer defended his PhD thesis at the University of Groningen. Zomer used the technological know-how that he acquired during his research at the company HQ Graphene, which he co-owns with Niko Tombros.

Feringa’s motors in the news
Date:19 December 2017

Chemical & Engineering News (a publication of the American Chemical Society) recently published two articles on papers by Ben Feringa: one about a muscle that is flexed by molecular motors and the other about a new environmentally friendly process that makes useful building blocks for plastic and pills.

‘Ridiculously busy is the new normal here’
Date:03 October 2017

Secretary Tineke Kalter was the first UG staff member to hear that Ben Feringa had been awarded the Nobel Prize. The effects are still noticeable a year later. ‘We still receive dozens of requests every day.’

In search of the basis of life
Date:20 September 2017

Egbert Boekema has spent almost his entire academic career working on a single problem: elucidating the structure of the proteins responsible for photosynthesis. His official farewell was on 27 September.

New research centre on the origins of life, the universe and everything
Date:12 April 2017

The Origins Centre will tackle questions submitted to the National Science Agenda about the origin of life on Earth and in the Universe. A number of scientists from the University of Groningen have a leading role in this Centre. Part 1 of a series: the background to the Origins Centre.

Images of Nobel-winning motors by Ben Feringa
Date:20 December 2016

University of Groningen / Science LinX present five images for Nobel-winning motors by Ben Feringa

Ben Feringa awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Date:05 October 2016

Ben Feringa is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Watch our graphene trilogy!
Date:07 November 2013

Science LinX presents three graphene videos.

Chemical evolution
Date:27 March 2013

A short film on a research project by Sijbren Otto, who wants to create life in the lab via chemical evolution.

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