Current Press Releases

The presented list of press releases in English is only a selection of our German press texts. For the time being, these translated press releases focus primarily on science and research at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
 

25.11.2020: Solar CNO neutrinos observed for the first time

'Ghostly' particles are proof of the secondary fusion process that powers our Sun  ... 

17.11.2020: Return of refugees to their countries of origin requires realistic perspectives and self-determination

New PRIM study examines the situation of refugees to improve the options for a "voluntary return" to their countries of origin ... 

13.11.2020: The hydraulics of the world's first industrial plant: a unique construction in the Barbegal water mills

An elbow-shaped water flume as a special adaptation for the Barbegal mill complex and a symbol of the ingenuity of Roman engineers  ... 

12.11.2020: U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking: Mainz University ranked in top 100 European universities

In international comparison, JGU is among the top 100 universities worldwide in Physics as well as in Pharmacology and Toxicology ... 

11.11.2020: Dark matter from the depths of the universe

PRISMA+ scientists propose exotic low-mass fields as new messengers of astrophysical events  ... 

10.11.2020: Burnout can exacerbate work stress, further promoting a vicious circle

Work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing / Surprisingly, the effect of work stress on burnout is much smaller than the effect of burnout on work stress ... 

09.11.2020: Antiferromagnets are suitable for dissipationless nanoelectronics, contrary to current theories

Young physicist at Mainz University discovers the Hall effect in an antiferromagnet, which – according to current theories – is impossible  ... 

09.11.2020: Lignin instead of vanadium: Scientists at Mainz University work on sustainable alternatives to metal materials in large power storage systems

Siegfried Waldvogel is searching for alternatives to salts of the metal vanadium, the availability of which is limited  ... 

03.11.2020: Mainz University and GSI to play an important role in the EU-funded network of doctoral students for research on radioactive elements

Nuclear and atomic physicists and nuclear chemists of Mainz University and GSI are closely involved in the EU Innovative Training Network on Laser Ionization and Spectroscopy of Actinide Elements  ... 

26.10.2020: From "fake news" to "tremendous success"

Linguists from Mainz University published a collection of investigations into US President Donald Trump's language and style of communication ... 

23.10.2020: Protective shield: A membrane-attached protein protects bacteria and chloroplasts from stress

IM30 loses its complex ring structure under stress conditions and forms a protective carpet on the membrane surface / Surface structure observed for the first time  ... 

21.10.2020: Dmitry Budker receives Norman F. Ramsey Prize of the American Physical Society

Physicist of the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz honored for groundbreaking work in the precision spectroscopy of atoms and molecules  ... 

19.10.2020: American historian Mills Kelly receives Gutenberg Teaching Award

Online ceremony for this year’s presentation of the JGU award of excellence in teaching worth EUR 10,000  ... 

14.10.2020: Hittite cuneiform scripts will go online

3,500-year-old clay tablet cuneiform texts of the Hittites will be made fully accessible online / Funding by the German Research Foundation  ... 

13.10.2020: A milestone in quantum physics: Physicists at Mainz University successfully carry out the controlled transport of stored light

Patrick Windpassinger and his team demonstrate how light stored in a cloud of ultra-cold atoms can be transported by means of an optical conveyor belt  ... 

09.10.2020: The new heavy isotope mendelevium-244 and a puzzling short-lived fission activity

Mendelevium-244 was first produced in 2018 / Experiments indicate an unusual short-lived fission activity  ... 

07.10.2020: Odors as navigational cues for pigeons

Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing pigeons  ... 

07.10.2020: American Physical Society elects Mainz-based physicist Mathias Kläui as APS Fellow

Solid-state physicist is honored for his experimental work in the fields of nanomagnetism and spintronics  ... 

06.10.2020: Hunting for the lowest known nuclear-excited state

Measurements in thorium-229 take a step towards the direct laser excitation of an atomic nucleus in this unique isotope  ... 

01.10.2020: Transatlantic collaboration in digital music teaching

Joint project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Texas State University receives EUR 73,000 in national funding ... 

24.09.2020: One bacterium – two life forms: Secondary variant of Photorhabdus luminescens interacts with plant roots

New form of insect-pathogenic bacterium extends the options for sustainable crop protection and biological pest control in agriculture  ... 

22.09.2020: Danila Barskiy receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award to develop low-cost portable spectroscopic devices

New approaches to promote the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for analysis in chemistry, biology, and medicine  ... 

10.09.2020: Colors evoke similar feelings around the world

Mainz University involved in a study in around 4,600 participants from 30 nations on the association between colors and emotions ... 

09.09.2020: Magnetic whirls crystallize in two dimensions

Cooperation within the TopDyn Top-level Research Area paves the way for the investigation of two-dimensional phases and phase transitions  ... 

09.09.2020: Financial industry often employs untrustworthy employees

Scientists identify one possible reason for the many scandals in the world of finance: Employees in this industry are often less trustworthy and less socially aware  ... 

09.09.2020: European ReIReS network launches online database for religious studies

Database combines the rich collections of various European institutions, offering improved access to research material and sources on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as on ancient and non-European religions  ... 

09.09.2020: Paving the way for environmentally friendly electrochemistry

Carl Zeiss Foundation grants some EUR 2 million in funding to the ECHELON project at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz  ... 

03.09.2020: Lactose tolerance spread throughout Europe in only a few thousand years

Palaeogeneticists at Mainz University have found evidence of lactase persistence in only a small proportion of human bones from the Bronze Age battlefield in the Tollense valley  ... 

03.09.2020: Dionysis Antypas receives ERC Starting Grant for research on Atomic Parity Violation

A novel platform aims to answer fundamental questions in nuclear and particle physics  ... 

02.09.2020: Mass of the deuteron corrected

Scientists from Heidelberg, Mainz and Darmstadt publish results in Nature  ... 

27.08.2020: Reversed ratio of chiral volatile organic compounds over the Amazon rainforest reveal insects as unexplored important source of forest emissions

Surprising discovery at the ATTO measuring tower in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil  ... 

25.08.2020: Extremely rare decay process identified

Results of the NA62 collaboration are a milestone in the search for new physics  ... 

25.08.2020: Mineral dust ingested with food leaves characteristic wear on herbivore teeth

Research results presented by paleontologists of Mainz University allow for more accurate conclusions on the nutrition and habitats of extinct herbivores  ... 

24.08.2020: Storing information in antiferromagnetic materials

Researchers at Mainz University were able to show that information can be stored in antiferromagnetic materials and to measure the efficiency of the writing operation  ... 

24.08.2020: Large molecules need more help to travel through a nuclear pore into the cell nucleus

Model systems based on virus capsids have shown how large biomolecules are able to penetrate a cell nucleus / The larger the molecule, the more nuclear localization signals are needed  ... 

24.08.2020: Mechanisms identified to restore myelin sheaths after injury or in multiple sclerosis

Researchers reveal a potential method for treating multiple sclerosis / Theophylline activates histone deacetylase, enabling the reconstruction of myelin sheaths  ... 

27.07.2020: Excellent positions for Mainz University in the international CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020

JGU ranks first among the 54 listed German universities in terms of the number of hybrid open-access publications ... 

27.07.2020: Carl Zeiss Foundation supports interdisciplinary atmospheric physics and computer science project at Mainz University

Researchers expect that machine learning and methods of statistical data analysis will enable the evaluation of immense quantities of atmospheric physics data  ... 

22.07.2020: Calcium channel subunits play a major role in autistic disorders

Appropriate fine-tuning of calcium channel subunits is essential for ensuring a physiological balance between inhibitory and excitatory nerve cells  ... 

22.07.2020: New 'super light source' should allow fascinating insights into atoms

International team of scientists with Mainz participation proposes plans for high-intensity gamma radiation source at CERN  ... 

21.07.2020: New survey by German researchers uncovers further aggravation of home care for older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic

The care situation of older persons who receive care at home has deteriorated significantly during the COVID-19 crisis ... 

15.07.2020: New NMR method enables monitoring of chemical reactions in metal containers

Analysis of heterogeneous samples in metal containers using zero- to ultralow-field NMR spectroscopy  ... 

15.07.2020: Searching for clues beneath the Earth's surface

Using a network of gravimeters, Mainz-based scientists are attempting to track down weakly interacting matter in the interior of the Earth  ... 

14.07.2020: Shedding light on the brown color of algae

Researchers clarify the initial phase of biosynthesis of a photosynthetic pigment that predominates in the world's oceans  ... 

13.07.2020: Researchers present concept for a new technique to study superheavy elements

Merging methodologies from physics and chemistry for the optical spectroscopy of superheavy elements  ... 

01.07.2020: Energy-saving servers: Data storage 2.0

A research team of Mainz University has developed a technique that will potentially halve the energy required to write data to servers and make it easier to construct complex server architectures  ... 

30.06.2020: New opportunities for studying at the Rhine-Main Universities

Students at the universities of Mainz, Frankfurt, and Darmstadt can enroll simultaneously at all three Rhine-Main Universities  ... 

29.06.2020: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding Sophie Burkhardt to establish a Computer Science junior research group

Junior research group will be investigating how to independently control the content and style of texts generated using artificial intelligence / BMBF to provide EUR 2 million in funding  ... 

26.06.2020: Belle II: World record in the accelerator ring

SuperKEKB accelerator ring achieved the highest luminosity ever measured  ... 

19.06.2020: JGU Department of History secures EUR 2.8 million in EU funding to promote young researchers

Innovative practical elements are at the core of a new doctoral training program on Roman inscriptions / Network of eight European partners selected in EU evaluation process  ... 

19.06.2020: Oliver Emrich receives William R. Davidson Award for a publication in the field of retail research

Award-winning article addresses how purchasing behavior is influenced by new technologies, identifying five different customer journey segments / Physical stores have not lost their appeal  ... 

17.06.2020: Surprising signal in the XENON1T dark matter experiment

Scientists of the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz significantly involved  ... 

15.06.2020: Face masks considerably contribute to reducing the spread of coronavirus infections

Researchers compare the growth of infection rates in Jena with those of similar cities where wearing of face masks was not made compulsory until later ... 

12.06.2020: Excellent ratings for Mainz University in the 2020 U-Multirank

JGU in the leading international group with regard to the number of research publications, third-party funding, and number of patents ... 

12.06.2020: Versatile symbionts: Reed beetles benefit from bacterial helpers through all life stages

Bacterial symbionts support their host's larvae and adult insects in different ways  ... 

04.06.2020: German Research Foundation promotes outstanding research at Mainz University by approving a new collaborative research center in materials sciences

DFG sponsors CRC/Transregio 288 on Elastic Tuning and Response of Electronic Quantum Phases of Matter ... 

04.06.2020: Ute Hellmich receives Exploration Grant for research into essential membrane proteins of parasites

Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation promotes innovative research concepts / New research project focuses on neglected tropical diseases  ... 

03.06.2020: The broken mirror: Can parity violation in molecules finally be measured?

Scientists from the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz propose a promising way to detect parity violation in molecules for the first time  ... 

03.06.2020: Researchers at Mainz University develop a sustainable method for extracting vanillin from wood processing waste

Electrolytic depolymerization of lignin in caustic soda could replace the existing environmentally harmful process for producing the most widely used flavoring and aroma agent in the world  ... 

28.05.2020: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to welcome Gilad Perez, winner of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Eminent scientist from the Weizmann Institute to conduct research into dark matter and fundamental new physics as a guest member of Dmitry Budker's group  ... 

07.05.2020: New simple method for measuring the state of lithium-ion batteries

Mainz-based researchers present new technique for measuring the charge state, defects, and capacity losses of rechargeable batteries using atomic magnetometry  ... 

05.05.2020: Excellent positions for Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in the CHE University Ranking in Economic Sciences

In national comparison, JGU is rated above average in the "Supervision", "Overall study situation", "Exams", and "Study organization" indicators ... 

05.05.2020: Nature Index ranking confirms Mainz University being a top physics research institution

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is one of the ten most research-intensive German universities in physics ... 

05.05.2020: Researchers identify potential active substances against coronavirus by running supercomputer simulations

Drugs used for curing hepatitis C might also help against Covid-19 / World Health Organization publishes paper presented by researchers from Mainz University ... 

30.04.2020: Nanodomains are involved in neuronal communication

Researchers use localization microscopy to observe microscopic changes in individual molecules in pre- and post-synapses ... 

24.04.2020: Immediate action program JGU DIALOG will provide EUR 1,7 million in support of the digital teaching and learning structure at JGU

State government and university are promoting the sustained development and expansion of digital teaching and learning at JGU through JGU DIALOG  ... 

15.04.2020: China's viticulture in transition: Wine culture going back thousands of years lays the foundation for emerging modern wine industry in the Middle Kingdom

Peter Kupfer of Mainz University published a history of the Chinese wine culture / 9,000-year-old discoveries from central China are the world's earliest traces of winemaking  ... 

14.04.2020: Jan Esper receives ERC Advanced Grant to improve climate reconstructions from tree rings

EU funding for the collection of a new tree ring network covering the Northern Hemisphere and the development of tree ring growth and density models  ... 

14.04.2020: Students often do not question online information

CORA study examines students' ability to critically assess information from the Internet and from social media ... 

09.04.2020: ERC Advanced Grant for Edward Lemke for the engineering of designer organelles in cells

Biophysical chemist receives prestigious EU research funding for work on membraneless organelles that construct synthetic proteins in cells  ... 

08.04.2020: Belle II yields first results in search of the Z' boson

Researchers present initial results of the Belle II experiment and their work dealing with a new particle in the context of Dark Matter  ... 

07.04.2020: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to cooperate closely with Masaryk University on RNA research

Twinning program of the European Union will fund the training of young researchers and scientists from the Czech Republic at Mainz University  ... 

31.03.2020: A belief in the existence of conspiracies seems to go hand-in-hand with the assumption that political violence is an acceptable option

Studies conducted in Germany and the USA used hypothetical questions to determine the link between belief in conspiracy theories and political engagement ... 

23.03.2020: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz will go into emergency mode

JGU will be closed for public business and switched from regular operation to emergency operation starting March 24 ... 

12.03.2020: Brief entrance test can predict academic success within the first year of study in Economics

Chances of study success in Economics could be determined at the beginning of studies / Results of the WiWiSET project ... 

28.02.2020: International research collaboration including scientists from Mainz University measures the electric dipole moment of the neutron with unprecedented accuracy

Researchers track down the mystery of the surplus of matter  ... 

27.02.2020: New medical and health research cluster at the Mainz University Medical Center

DIASyM research cluster aims to exploit the potential of mass spectrometry for systems medicine ... 

26.02.2020: Communication and waterproofing: Melting properties determine the biological functions of the cuticular hydrocarbon layer of ants

Biology and physics come together in an interdisciplinary project to investigate the physical properties of wax-like cuticular hydrocarbons  ... 

25.02.2020: From China to the South Pole: Joining forces to solve the neutrino mass puzzle

Study by Mainz physicists indicates that the next generation of neutrino experiments may well find the answer to one of the most pressing issues in neutrino physics  ... 

19.02.2020: Zinc isotopes in dental enamel: New method for reconstructing the diet of fossil vertebrates

Ratio of zinc-66 to zinc-64 isotopes sheds light on the nutrition of prehistoric mammals  ... 

13.02.2020: Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems

New algorithm solves complex problems more easily and more accurately on a personal computer while requiring less processing power than a supercomputer  ... 

13.02.2020: Skyrmions like it hot: Spin structures are controllable even at high temperatures

Investigation of the temperature dependence of the skyrmion Hall effect reveals further insights into possible new data storage devices  ... 

11.02.2020: The necropolis of Asyut as an important element of Egypt's cultural memory

German-Egyptian research project has reestablished Asyut's importance in the history of Egypt over the past 16 years  ... 

07.02.2020: Study shows social media and search engines are better than their reputation suggests

Researchers point out social media and search engines have encouraged greater and more diverse news consumption, thus challenging the concept of filter bubbles and echo chambers on the Internet ... 

05.02.2020: Fruit flies respond to rapid changes in the visual environment thanks to luminance-sensitive lamina neurons

Neurons in the visual system sensitive to luminance make it possible to maintain effective vision and react appropriately when encountering sudden decreases in illumination  ... 

30.01.2020: Signals from inside the Earth: Borexino Experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos

Exclusive insight into processes and conditions in the Earth's interior  ... 

28.01.2020: How did local government work in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages?

A research project undertaken by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Aberdeen will compare records from the historic cities of Augsburg and Aberdeen ... 

14.01.2020: Scientists in Mainz develop a more sustainable photochemistry

Using base metals instead of expensive precious metals / Chromium in a designed environment exhibits an exceptionally long lifetime of its electronically excited state and potentially allows for sustainable photocatalytic applications  ...