Award-winning

Ines Mergel from the University of Konstanz and David Eaves from University College London (UCL) have been named Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellows for their project "Teaching Public Service in the Digital Age". The open access syllabus provides materials designed to teach required digital skills to students in public affairs master's programmes.

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Free research materials at a click

Open Science Spotlight opens the treasure chest of research: The University of Konstanz's new online section presents free and open data, publications as well as educational resources.

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Clever birds need caring parents

A comparative study conducted at the University of Konstanz of over a thousand bird species comes to the conclusion: the key factor that matters for brain size is parental care.

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The thermodynamics of quantum computing

In research on quantum computers, one aspect that has been mostly neglected until now is the generation of heat. Physicists from Konstanz, Grenoble and Helsinki now focus their attention on heat as an interference factor – and have developed a method to experimentally measure the heat generated by a superconducting quantum system.

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Where are they? And if so, how many?

Is the core of an animal or plant population always found in the center of its range, as a classic ecological model predicts? In most cases, but not always. Luckily, exceptions from the model are easy to predict, according to the findings of an international research team involving ecologist Trevor Fristoe from the University of Konstanz.

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Strong and biodegradable

A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable: Stefan Mecking, chemist at the University of Konstanz, and his research group present a new material.

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New approach prevents rejection of transplanted organs

Inhibition of a protein complex in cells of the immune system prevents rejection of transplanted organs – this has been shown in a study by immunologists from the University of Konstanz, the Biotechnology Institute Thurgau (BITg) and Chongqing Cancer University Hospital.

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More than the sum of its parts

The number of simultaneously acting global change factors has a negative impact on the diversity of plant communities – regardless of the nature of the factors. This is one of the findings of a recent study by ecologists from the University of Konstanz.

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