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What the helium tail of the exoplanet reveals

An international team of researchers with participation from the Institute of Astrophysics at the Universi-ty of Göttingen has discovered that the gas exoplanet (ie a planet outside our solar system) WASP-69b, drags a comet-like tail of helium particles behind it. Driven by the radiation of its central star, the gas es-capes from the atmosphere of the exoplanet. The results were published in the journal Science.


Leibniz Prizes for two Göttingen MPI researchers

The Göttingen scientists Dr Melina Schuh from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Professor Ayelet Shachar from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2019 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The University of Göttingen congratulates them on this great success.

Spectacular soft-tissue fossil (MH 432; Urweltmuseum Hauff, Holzmaden, Germany). Cells, cellular organelles and original biomolecules have been discovered in preserved soft parts of an approximately 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur (literally ‘fish-lizard’). Photographic (top) and diagrammatic (bottom) representation of the 85-cm-long fossil (which corresponds to roughly half of the original length of the animal). Courtesy of Johan Lindgren.

Clues from the skin tissues of a Jurassic ichthyosaur

An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has investigated the skin and pigmentation of a fossil ichthyosaur. The results were published in the journal Nature. Ichthyosaurs are extinct marine reptiles that resemble modern toothed whales, such as dolphins. Their simi-lar appearance suggests that ichthyosaurs and whales evolved similar strategies to adapt to marine life.


The sustainable development of the EU through law

Peter-Tobias Stoll, Professor for Public and Public International Law at the University of Göttingen, has successfully acquired a "Jean Monnet Chair" as part of the Erasmus+ programme. The three-year project entitled "European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law" is funded by the European Commission with 50,000 euros.


Senate elects new full-time Vice President

Dr. Valérie Schüller becomes the new full-time Vice President for Finance and Human Resources at the University of Göttingen. The 44-year-old was recommended by the joint finding committee consisting of members of the Senate and the University Foundation Council. The University Senate elected her by a large majority.


Versatile forests wanted

Most European forests are primarily used for timber production. However, woodlands also provide recreational space and store carbon dioxide. A new study involving the University of Göttingen shows what can be done to improve forestry so that forest areas fulfil as many functions as possible at the same time. The scientists from 21 research institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland investigated various characteristics of Central European forests with regard to 14 ecosystem services.



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