05/08/2020 Great honour for ORIGINS scientist Volker Springel: the director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy is being awarded the 2020 Gruber Cosmology Prize for his defining contributions to cosmological simulations. Springel shares the $500,000 prize with Lars Hernquist of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The researchers have developed methods to test existing theories about the formation of structures at every scale from stars to galaxies to the universe itself. Springel and Hernquist developed numerical algorithms and community codes which are used by many…

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04/22/2020 For the summer semester 2020, the interdisciplinary lecture "Emergence of Life in the Universe" started for the first time, giving master students detailed insights into some of the research topics of the ORIGINS cluster. The project was initiated by ORIGINS scientists from the fields of astrophysics, organic chemistry and non-equilibrium physics under the coordination of Prof. Dieter Braun.

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04/09/2020 For the second time, the Exellence Cluster ORIGINS awards two outstanding dissertations in the field of astro-, nuclear and particle physics as well as biophysics. The "ORIGINS PhD Awards 2020" will be given to PhD theses in the categories "experiment/observations" and "theory", respectively, and endowed with 2,000 Euros each.

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04/06/2020 The Belle II experiment started almost exactly one year ago. The renowned journal Physical Review Letters has now published the initial results of the detector. The work deals with a new particle in the context dark matter, which – according to current knowledge – accounts for about 25 percent of the Universe.

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03/31/2020 The European Research Council today awarded ORIGINS researcher Dr. Klaus Dolag with an Advanced Grant. In his successfully submitted COMPLEX project, Dolag intends to combine large- and small-scale simulations of the universe. His goal: The identification of key processes responsible for the composition of the largest part of visible matter in our Universe.

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01/17/2020 Forschen wie im richtigen Leben! In diesem Jahr finden in München gleich zwei Teilchenphysik-Kurse für Schüler*innen ab der 10. Klasse statt. An den beiden Tagen lernen die Teilnehmer Forschungsmethoden der Teilchenphysik kennen und identifizieren Elementarteilchen in Teilchenkollisionen. Organisiert werden die Kurse von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern des Exzellenzclusters „ORIGINS“, der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), des MPI für Physik (MPP) sowie der Technischen Universität München (TUM). Vorkenntnisse sind nicht erforderlich.

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01/08/2020 Members of the H0LiCOW team led by ORIGINS Scientist Sherry Suyu at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the Technical University of Munich used a number of telescopes and a technique that is completely independent of any previous method to measure the universe's expansion rate, a value called the Hubble constant. The researchers' result further strengthens a troubling discrepancy between the expansion rate calculated from measurements of the local universe and the rate as predicted from background radiation in the early universe. The new study adds evidence to the…

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11/20/2019 The first Science Week of the ORIGINS Cluster will take place from December 2 to 5, 2019 in the New Seminar Room (1.1.18ab) at the Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics. Cluster scientists and invited guests will present their current research work in the fields of astrophysics, cosmology, particle, nuclear physics and biophysics.

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11/14/2019 Cluster-Emeritus Prof. Dr. Andrzej J. Buras von der Technischen Universität München wird die Max-Planck-Medaille verliehen – die höchste Auszeichnung der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG) für theoretische Physik. Die DPG würdigt damit Buras' herausragende Beiträge zur angewandten Quantenfeldtheorie fundamentaler Wechselwirkungen, insbesondere auf dem Gebiet der sogenannten Flavorphysik und der Quantenchromodynamik.

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10/14/2019 ESO astronomer and ORIGINS Scientist Dr. Leonardo Testi together with Patrick Hennebelle from CEA Paris-Saclay in France, Ralf Klessen from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and Sergio Molinari from the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Rome, Italy, were awarded with up to €12.6 million by the European Research Council (ERC) for the project "ECOGAL – Understanding our Galactic ecosystem: From the disk of the Milky Way to the formation sites of stars and planets". This project is one of only 37 synergy grants to be funded by the ERC in 2019 and the only one in the…

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