01/31/2023 Analysing data from the eROSITA Final Equatorial-Depth Survey, astronomers at MPE have found a faint X-ray source identified with a very distant supermassive black hole that is accreting material at an extremely high rate. This quasar, at a redshift of z=6.56, is much more luminous in X-rays than expected. This is the most distant blind X-ray detection to date, from an object whose radiation was emitted almost 13 billion years ago and allows the scientists to investigate the growth of black holes in the early Universe.

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01/31/2023 For his project RES-NOVA, Dr. Luca Pattavina has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council and will thus be funded with 2.7 million Euros over a period of 5 years. The successful application was made possible by start-up funding through the ORIGINS Cluster's Seed Money Program.

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01/19/2023 The IceCube Kaggle starts today. This is a public competition organized by ORIGINS member Philipp Eller from the Technical University of Munich for the IceCube collaboration. Participants have to download a test dataset of an IceCube neutrino signal and, with in three months, develop a machine learning solution to reconstruct the direction of neutrinos. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best solutions.

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12/12/2022 How are galaxies born, and what holds them together? Astronomers assume that dark matter plays an essential role. However, as yet it has not been possible to prove directly that dark matter exists. A research team including Technical University of Munich (TUM) scientists has now measured for the first time the survival rate of antihelium nuclei from the depths of the galaxy – a necessary prerequisite for the indirect search for Dark Matter.

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12/07/2022 This year, the ORIGINS Cluster PhD awards go to Riccardo Arcodia from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and Alan Ianeselli from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich for their excellent work. The ORIGINS PhD Awards were presented at a ceremony during the ORIGINS Science Week, which took place from November 28th to December 1st, 2022 at Seeon Monastery.

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11/11/2022 The Nishina Memorial Foundation announced this week that Professor Eiichiro Komatsu, director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, receives the most prestigious Japanese physics award. The Nishina Memorial Prize is presented annually, honoring outstanding Japanese scientists who have made substantial contributions to physics research. Komatsu receives the prestigious award for his “contributions to the standard cosmology based on the cosmic microwave background”. The award will be presented during a ceremony in Tokyo on 6 December 2022.

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11/03/2022 For over ten years the IceCube Observatory in the Antarctic has been monitoring the light traces of extragalactic neutrinos. While evaluating the observatory's data, an international research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) discovered a high-energy neutrino radiation source in the active galaxy NGC 1068, also known as Messier 77.

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10/27/2022 ORIGINS physicist Prof. Georgi Dvali has been awarded the prestigious European Research Council Synergy Grant for a project at the interface of quantum physics and general relativity.

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10/11/2022 At the ORIGINS workshop “Gender Equity in Academia – a First Aid Kit”, experts from social sciences met with other academics to discuss hurdles but also inspirations for women and members of other underrepresented groups in everyday university life. Dr Verónica Errasti Díez, Vera Rubin Fellow at the Cluster, initiated this event at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. It was a great success!

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09/23/2022 Mid of September, ORIGINS PI Petra Schwille received the Otto Warburg Medal 2021 at the fall meeting of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). The Otto Warburg Medal 2021 honors Petra Schwille's outstanding research work, which is of great interest nationally and internationally.

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