05/25/2022 Elisa Resconi, ORIGINS PI and spokesperson of the SFB1258, receives an ERC Advanced Grant to build a new observatory for cosmic neutrinos. Within the next few years, Resconi and an international research team will develop and deploy the first three measurement strands of P-ONE, the Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment. The prototype of the first measurement string is currently being developed with extensive support from ORIGINS.

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05/17/2022 This year, Frank Eisenhauer, ORIGINS scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, will be awarded the Gruber Cosmology Prize for his revolutionary development of instruments that have gathered irrefutable evidence for the existence of a black hole at the center of our galaxy. The award recognizes the "unprecedented and exquisite" precision of his instruments.

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05/11/2022 The bubbling surface of massive giant stars causes their observable positions on the sky to wobble. An international team lead by astrophysicists at the ORIGINS Excellence Cluster has now performed detailed simulations of the gas motions in the atmospheric layers of these stars and compared these with high-quality data of the Perseus stellar cluster. They find that the surface structures could indeed account for a large part of the measurement uncertainty in the observations.

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04/26/2022 ORIGINS/ODSL postdoc Dr. Francesca Capel was recently awarded a 3-year Minerva Fast Track Fellowship by the Max Planck Society to establish her first research group at the Max Planck Institute for Physics.

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04/05/2022 For the fourth time, the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS awards two outstanding dissertations in the field of astro-, nuclear and particle physics as well as biophysics. Interdisciplinary thesis topics adressing one of the important milestones of the cluster and connecting various research disciplines will be preferred. The application deadline is 15 July 2022.

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03/17/2022 Droplets of dew water on the primordial Earth could have been the first compartments to host the replication of short DNA molecules and their evolution.

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02/28/2022 Vera Rubin Fellow at the ORIGINS Excellence Cluster Dr Verónica Errasti Díez organized and led two interactive events in Spain to mark International Women and Girls in Science Day 2022. The events introduced more than 300 students to the training and daily life of researchers in STEM fields.

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02/22/2022 On March 1, 2022, Dr. Lukas Heinrich will take up the ORIGINS-supported professorship for Data Science in Physics at the TU Munich. His research focusses on the development of new AI and statistical methods for the search for physics beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Professor Heinrich will also take over the coordination of the ORIGINS Data Science Laboratory (ODSL), continuing and expanding on its very successful beginnings under the leadership of Professor Allen Caldwell (MPP).

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02/14/2022 The international KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN), located at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has broken an important "barrier" in neutrino physics which is relevant for both particle physics and cosmology. Based on data published in the prestigious journal Nature Physics, a new upper limit of 0.8 electronvolt (eV) for the mass of the neutrino has been obtained. This first push into the sub-eV mass scale of neutrinos by a model-independent laboratory method allows KATRIN to constrain the mass of these "lightweights of the universe" with unprecedented…

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02/11/2022 This is how the very first film by the excellent women at the ORIGINS Cluster begins. And what exactly is it about? We have put together a video of the ORIGINS women to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11. The campaign aims to motivate girls and young women to get involved in science, since there are not that many women (yet) in mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

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