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Snapshot of the membranes of an entire organelle, a mitochondrion, simulated for the first time at molecular resolution. | Illustration Marrink Lab
Snapshot of the membranes of an entire organelle, a mitochondrion, simulated for the first time at molecular resolution. | Illustration Marrink Lab
Chameleon materials: the origin of colour variation in low-dimensional perovskites
Date:11 May 2020

Some light-emitting diodes (LEDs) created from perovskite, a class of optoelectronic materials, emit light over a broad wavelength range. Scientists from the University of Groningen have now shown that in some cases, the explanation of why this happens is incorrect.

Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire
Date:08 May 2020

Photosynthetic systems in nature transport energy very efficiently towards a reaction centre, where it is converted into a useful form for the organism. Inspired by Nature, Physicist Richard Hildner from the University of Groningen and his colleagues have investigated energy transport in an artificial system made from nanofibres.

First simulation of a full-sized mitochondrial membrane
Date:08 May 2020

Scientists from the University of Groningen have developed a method that combines different resolution levels in a computer simulation of biological membranes. Their algorithm backmaps a large-scale model that includes features, such as membrane curvature, to its corresponding coarse-grained molecular model. This has allowed them to zoom in on toxin-induced membrane budding and to simulate a full-sized mitochondrial lipid membrane. Their approach, which was published in the journal Nature Communications on 8 May, opens the way to whole-cell simulations at a molecular level.

Proefjes om thuis te doen
Date:29 April 2020

Proefjes uit de Zpannend Zernike brochure.

Science LinX newsletter May 2020
Date:30 April 2020

Science LinX newsletter for April 2020

Leerlingen gaan digitaal de wei in
Date:30 April 2020

Dit voorjaar testen leerlingen van 3 en 4 vwo van het Leeuwarder Lyceum en de Lindenborg de lesmodule Voedselweb structuren in een agrarisch landschap die ontwikkeld is vanuit het Europese project over duurzame landschappen SUSTAIN.

UG to build more detectors for ALMA radio telescope
Date:29 April 2020

Technicians from the Kapteyn Institute of Astronomy have been asked to build another 66 detectors for the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, together with partners in Sweden and Italy.

Moleculenspeurtocht
Date:28 April 2020

Met de Molecula app kun je markers scannen om erachter te komen hoe moleculen er in 3D uitzien. Met de markers en de app kun je een leuke moleculenspeurtocht maken in je eigen huis.

‘Your Future Energy’ brings solar cell practical to Cambodia
Date:28 April 2020

Two students from the University of Groningen traveled to Cambodia with the 'Your Future Energy' solar cell practical to make thousands of secondary school students enthusiastic about clean energy.

Revealed: the secret life of godwits
Date:20 April 2020

To find out more about birds such as the black-tailed godwit, ecologists have been conducting long-term population studies using standardized information on reproductive behaviour—such as dates of egg laying or hatching. New information gathered using geolocators on godwits in the Netherlands shows that traditional observation methods can lead to inaccurate data.

Damster lyceum eindwinnaar van online 'Bèta Battle'
Date:20 April 2020

Normaal is de Bernoulliborg op de Zernike Campus het kloppend hart van de Bèta Battle finale, nu vond die door de omstandigheden online plaats. Vijf scholen hebben de finaleronde gespeeld. Eindwinnaar is het Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa Lyceum uit Appingedam

Simulations show how to make gene therapy more effective
Date:17 April 2020

A promising method for delivery of DNA for gene therapy genes involves the use of DNA/lipid complexes (lipoplexes). Scientists at the University of Groningen have now used advanced simulations to investigate how these lipoplexes deliver DNA fragments into cells. The results can be used to improve their efficiency.

Polymer scientists cooperate with industry to create smart materials
Date:16 April 2020

Katja Loos, Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Groningen, is conducting science while industry representatives are looking over her shoulder. Loos does not consider this scary. On the contrary, it inspires her and her colleagues from six other Dutch universities.

X-rays reveal in situ crystal growth of lead-free perovskite solar panel materials
Date:06 April 2020

Lead-based perovskites are very promising materials for the production of solar panels. They efficiently turn light into electricity but they also present some major drawbacks: the most efficient materials are not very stable, while lead is a toxic element. University of Groningen scientists are studying alternatives to lead-based perovskites.

Nanopore reveals shape-shifting enzyme linked to catalysis
Date:06 April 2020

University of Groningen scientists observed the characteristics of a single enzyme inside a nanopore. This revealed that the enzyme can exist in four different folded states, or conformers, that play an active role in the reaction mechanism. These results will have consequences for enzyme engineering and the development of inhibitors.

1.5 million euros for "The Darkness of the Wadden Region"
Date:01 April 2020

‘Het Waddenfonds’ contributes 1.5 million euros to the project “The darkness of the Wadden region”. This project of the Nature and Environment Federation of North Holland, in collaboration with the University of Groningen, Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten and the Nature and Environment Federations of Friesland and Groningen, aims to stimulate sustainable tourism throughout the Wadden region by experiencing the darkness. The total costs of this project are over 3 million euros.

Starlings sleep less during summer and full-moon nights
Date:19 March 2020

Researchers of the University of Groningen and the Max Planck Institute have found that starlings sleep five hours less per night during the summer. Compared to winter, the birds take more mid-day naps and live under higher sleep pressure. During full-moon nights, starlings sleep around two hours less than usual.

Sensors inspired by seal whiskers and fish
Date:17 March 2020

Ajay Kottapalli is a scientist who turns to nature for inspiration to build new sensors. Two years ago, hejoined the University of Groningen as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen (ENTEG).

Winnaars FameLab: resistente bacteriën en evil cloners
Date:10 March 2020

Het Kasteel te Groningen vormde donderdag 5 maart het decor voor de inmiddels traditionele wedstrijd in de wetenschapscommunicatie, FameLab. Elf onderzoekers stonden te popelen om hun wetenschappelijk onderzoek uit te leggen in een drie-minuten-presentatie zonder PowerPoint.

Same genes, same conditions, different transport
Date:05 March 2020

University of Groningen microbiologists discovered that Lactococcus lactis cells growing in a clonal population can differ in the uptake system they use. Furthermore, the choice for either system is maintained over many generations. It is the first time that such stable heterogeneity is observed in an amino acid uptake pathway.

Anti-evolution drug could stop antibiotic resistance
Date:03 March 2020

The spread of antibiotic resistance is partly due to the ability of bacteria to pick up DNA from their surroundings. A new study, which started at the University of Groningen, showed that drugs blocking this ability (which is called ‘competence’) in the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae can indeed stop the spread of resistance in mice.

Wetenschap op de Huishoudbeurs
Date:03 March 2020

Op de Huishoudbeurs 2020 stonden drie containers van Expeditie NEXT-On Tour in het midden van één van de hoofdhallen vol in het zicht. In de containers worden korte experimenten en mini-colleges aangeboden, onder meer door Science LinX.

Simulations show fundamental interactions inside the cell
Date:02 March 2020

Actin filaments have several important functions inside cells. For one, they support the cell membrane by binding to it. Simulations performed at the University of Groningen, supported by experiments, provide a molecular view on this very fundamental process.

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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