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Euclid delivers first scientific results

Today, the Euclid Consortium publishes the first scientific publications on observations with the Euclid space telescope. In a first early observation phase, some scientifically spectacular results have already been achieved. These give a glimpse of the unprecedented capabilities of the telescope, which is expected to produce over the next few years one of the most accurate maps of the evolution of our Universe. All fifteen publications will be available on the arXiv preprint server from tomorrow on. Once the peer review process is complete, they will also appear in a special issue of the journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics.”

Podcast: How museums are still perpetuating colonialist notions today. With Dr. Julia Binter

Junior Professor Dr Julia Binter investigates cooperative research on cultural assets from colonial contexts in museums. She accompanies the restitution of cultural assets from Germany to Namibia with the question: How can knowledge creation in museums and cultural heritage be made more sustainable and fair? German colonial history still characterises our understanding of Namibian art today. The returned cultural artefacts tell their own story.
We also spoke to an expert from Namibia, Golda Ha-Eiros, who impressively explains the value of these cultural artefacts for her ancestors, for herself and for the next generation.

Roots are a key to drought-tolerant maize

Maize can grow successfully in very different local conditions. An international study headed by the University of Bonn has now demonstrated the important role of the plant root system. The researchers analyzed more than 9,000 varieties in the study and were able to show that their roots varied considerably – depending on how dry the location is where each variety was cultivated. They were also able to identify an important gene that plays a role in the plant’s ability to adapt. This gene could be the key to developing varieties of maize that cope better with climate change. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

Can oxytocin help against loneliness?

Loneliness is not a disease. And yet it is a significant health problem. Depression, heart disease or dementia - people who are permanently lonely have a higher risk of becoming ill. The team led by Dr. Jana Lieberz from the University Hospital Bonn (UKB), who also conducts research at the University of Bonn, and Prof. Dr. Dirk Scheele (Ruhr University Bochum) have investigated how loneliness can be specifically combated. In a controlled study, in which the universities of Oldenburg, Bochum, Freiburg and Haifa (Israel) were also involved, 78 women and men who felt lonely were given the so-called "cuddle hormone" oxytocin as a nasal spray. The effects that the researchers observed could help to alleviate loneliness and its potentially serious consequences in the future. 

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Looking for experts to interview? Who is helping with the research? What is new in science? The University of Bonn is a research university with a strong international focus. Its research and teaching cover the entire range of scientific disciplines, from Anthropology of the Americas to Zoology. That means expertise is available in (almost) all topic areas.

We can help you access a pool of around 6,500 experts in the areas of research, teaching, technology and administration. We help the media by providing contacts in the University that are appropriate for their needs.

We also provide advice to University members on how to contact the media, and help them if the media have already contacted them and they have questions. We help them, for example, with basic knowledge and tips for interviews and TV appearances.

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We send press releases to the media every day, and even more often at times. The topics range from the latest research results all the way to the latest news on studies, teaching and University policy.

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What is the media reporting about the University of Bonn? We provide a daily up-to-date summary, Monday to Friday. 

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The images representing science are as diverse as science itself. We have collected several thousand motifs in our image database.

Contact us if you need science or research photos for your editorial work. Our image pool is also naturally available to all University members for official purposes.

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