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molecular motor

Chemical Carousel Rotates in the Cold

Molecular motors, which rotate unidirectionally in response to an external energy input, constitute an important class of components for future applications in the field...
psychology

The Acid Test – Reproducibility

An international team of researchers in the field of psychology has published a massive new study in the journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological...
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Think Better

A new British Journal of Psychology study has looked at the details behind how cognitive performance may improve during aerobic exercise. Electroencephalography readings were taken as 24...
DNA sequence

Phaser Neatly Arranges Nucleosomes

LMU researchers have, for the first time, systematically determined the positioning of the packing units of the fruit fly genome, and discovered a new...
cerebrospinal fluid

Space Travel Alters the Brain

LMU physicians have shown that widespread changes in the relative tissue volumes of the brains of cosmonauts who have spent long periods of time...
optical lattice

A Bridge to the Quantum World

Monika Aidelsburger uses a special type of optical lattice to simulate quantum many-body phenomena that are otherwise inaccessible to experimental exploration. She has now...
Trypanosoma

Staying a Step Ahead of the Game

Unicellular parasites belonging to the genus Trypanosoma cause sleeping sickness in humans. Sleeping sickness is a debilitating and potentially lethal disease in Sub-Saharan Africa,...
Molecular Machines

Molecular Machines at Work

LMU researchers have used a special fluorescence-based imaging technique to track the shape changes that occur when pore proteins in the cell membrane export...
nanoworld

Measuring the Nanoworld

By exploiting a phenomenon known as Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), it is possible to monitor the motions of single molecules in living cells...
Protein Transport

Pile-Ups in Protein Transport

Anyone who has ever tried to find a way through a crowded pedestrian zone has – literally – run into the problem: While some...
Mononuclear phagocytes

Two for the Price of One

Mononuclear phagocytes can both promote and inhibit inflammation. An LMU team has now shown that individual phagocytes in the central nervous system can play...
climate

AI Speeds up Climate Computations

Realistic climate simulations require huge reserves of computational power. An LMU study now shows that new algorithms allow interactions in the atmosphere to be...
Solar-powered water splitting

All-In-One Light-Driven Water Splitting

In the light of global climate change, there is an urgent need to develop efficient ways of obtaining and storing power from renewable energy...
Colorectal cancer

Tipping the Scales

The regulatory protein c-MYC plays an important role in promoting the development of many types of tumors. c-MYC is a transcription factor that controls...
protein complex

Slip-Sliding Away …

In the cell nucleus, the genomic DNA is packaged into a tightly condensed form, which is referred to as chromatin. The basic unit of...
bacterial genome

Self-Centered

Essential biological processes, such as cell division, must be tightly regulated. For example, correct localization of the plane of cell division is vital for...
carbohydrates

Carbohydrate Capture

LMU chemist Professor Ivan Huc, who heads a research group devoted to the study of Biomimetic Supramolecular Chemistry, has designed and synthesized a molecular structure...
electromagnetic, metabolism

How Do Muscles Know What Time It Is?

Circadian clocks are present in all cells of the body, and have a pervasive influence on all aspects of human physiology. This is because...
Super-resolution microscopy

Getting Even Closer to the Limit

Ralf Jungmann is interested in processes that take place within spatial dimensions that are unbelievably tiny. Jungmann holds a professorship in Experimental Physics at LMU...
Placozoa

Outwardly Identical, yet Distinct

Up until quite recently, the animal phylum Placozoa enjoyed a unique position in animal systematics. It was the only phylum to which only a...