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Did Ligo Detect Black Holes or Gravastars?

After the first direct detection of gravitational waves that was announced last February by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Luciano Rezzolla (Goethe University) and Cecilia Chirenti (University Santo André, Brazil) set out to test whether the observed signal could have been a gravastar or not.

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Museum Giersch

Artists' Sojourns

The art scene of the Frankfurt/RhineMain cultural region owes its diversity and vibrancy in no small part to the many impulses provided by migrating artists. Goethe University's Museum Giersch offers guided tours in English language.

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Giraffes: More speciose than expected

A large study on the genetic makeup of giraffe, published in “Current Biology”, shows that there are four distinct giraffe species. Until now, only one giraffe species had been recognized. The new insights are set to improve protection efforts of these endangered animals in Africa.

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Non-metal catalyst splits hydrogen molecule

Chemists at Goethe University have now developed a new catalyst for the activation of hydrogen by introducing boron atoms into a common organic molecule.

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Older cranes lead the way to new migration patterns

Whooping cranes are changing migration patterns in response to climate and land use change, and these new patterns are being determined by the older, more experienced,  members of the population.

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Alzheimer Research

Fibrils at atomic resolution

A European research team and a team from the United States (Massachussetts Institute of Technology in cooperation with Lund University) have simultaneously succeeded in elucidating the structure of the most disease-relevant beta-amyloid peptide 1–42 fibrils at atomic resolution.

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New life on exoplanets

Can life be brought to celestial bodies outside our solar system which are not permanently inhabitable?

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One, two, many

Many people find it hard to weigh up costs and benefits efficiently when the costs are spread over several individuals. In a publication which will appear shortly in the Review of Economic Studies, Michael Kosfeld, Chair of Organization and Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, and other scholars present the results of experimental trials in which two thirds of the test persons are insensitive to group size.

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