05/07/2024 On Thursday, 13 June 2024 a new series of lectures will be launched in the planetarium: „Kosmisches Kino“ combines planetarium visualisations with live lectures by researchers.

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04/11/2024 The European Research Council (ERC) awards Professor Nora Brambilla an Advanced Grant for her project “EFT-XYZ”. Nora Brambilla is head of the “Theoretical Particle and Nuclear Physics” group at the TUM and founder of the TUMQCD Lattice Collaboration. At the ORIGINS Cluster, she is active in Research Units A (Fundamental Forces and Particles) and B (Particles and Cosmos) as well as Connector 7 (Matter under Extreme Conditions). In her project, Nora Brambilla will investigate the properties of exotic hadrons, so-called XYZ particles, to gain new insights into the strong…

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04/04/2024 Scientists at the ORIGINS Ice, Dust, and Sequencing Lab (IDSL) have demonstrated how heat flows through rock fissures could have created the conditions for the emergence of life.

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04/03/2024 Physicists at the ORIGINS Cluster show that the shape of components is a major determinant of how quickly and efficiently complex structures self-assemble.

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03/28/2024 For the sixth time, the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS awards two outstanding dissertations in the fields of astro-, nuclear and particle physics and biophysics. Interdisciplinary thesis topics addressing one of the important milestones of the cluster and connecting various research disciplines will be preferred. The application deadline is 15 July 2024.

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03/20/2024 A new study by researchers from the team of ORIGINS scientist Dieter Braun shows how the chemical properties of RNA molecules could have facilitated the emergence of complex life.

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02/20/2024 The Radcliffe Wave is the largest coherent, wave-shaped gas structure ever observed in our Milky Way. It consists of interconnected star-forming regions and extends over 40 per cent of Orion's spiral arm in the vicinity of the Sun. An international team, including ORIGINS scientists at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, could show that this is a travelling wave: the Radcliffe Wave oscillates around the galactic plane and, at the same time, slowly drifts away from the galactic centre.

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01/31/2024 Today, the German eROSITA consortium released the data for its share of the first all-sky survey by the soft X-ray imaging telescope flying aboard the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. With about 900,000 distinct sources, the first eROSITA All-Sky Survey (eRASS1) has published the most extensive X-ray catalogue. Based on just the first six months of observations, eROSITA has already detected more sources than previously known in the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy.

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12/15/2023 This year, the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS is awarding three doctoral prizes exceptionally. The outstanding works of Angelo Caravano from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and Elisabetta Bossio and Thomas Pöschl from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are being honoured. The ORIGINS PhD Awards were presented ceremonially during the ORIGINS Science Week from 3. - 6. December 2023 in Kloster Irsee. 

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11/27/2023 The new Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TRR 392 "Molecular Evolution in Prebiotic Environments", a collaboration between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will start in April 2024. The scientists involved, including several from the ORIGINS Cluster, are researching the very first steps in the development of life on Earth. The focus is on how molecules evolved in a prebiotic world and produced the first life information in sequence form.

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