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◼ Rescue the Christmas Dinner and Win over Climate Change Sceptics at the Same Time

Psychologists in Cologne describe in renowned journal how to convince conservatives

Christmas is fast approaching and many families will gather together for a festive meal. But what if the conversation turns to climate change? Some believe the scientific facts, others take it for a lie or conspiracy. Christmas cheer hangs in the balance. How can the more conservative members of the family be convinced? Does it help to regurgitate the scientific facts? “No, since these will only be rejected again. Adopting a different strategy would be a better option”, say Matthew Baldwin and Joris Lammers from the Social Cognition Center of the University of Cologne: “Invoke the past instead.”
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◼ Keeping Skin Cancer in Check

How the environment influences the tumor

Our skin is our most important barrier to the surrounding environment. Every day, it has to fight threats like UV-light, mechanical stress or germs and viruses. Excessive exposure to sunlight is one of the biggest risk factors of skin cancers. While in the 1960s the lifetime risk to develop malignant melanoma was 1:600 today it is about 1:100. Therefore, research on this type of cancer, which only has a good chance of treatment if diagnosed early, is important.
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◼  Support for Refugees in Wealthy Hamburg Neighbourhood

Study shows that initial fears of residents could be dispersed

Harvestehude is one of the wealthier areas of Hamburg, the big harbour city in northern Germany. Last year, there was an outcry when plans for a refugee shelter in Harvestehude became public. In the meantime, emotions have cooled and the neighbourhood has accepted its new inhabitants surprisingly well, a survey shows.
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◼  Career Promotion for Disabled Academics

University of Cologne’s PROMI project is awarded international employment prize

Since 2013, the project “PROMI – promoting inclusive doctoral studies” has worked to create good employment conditions for disabled scholars and scientists at German universities. Since its launch, the project was able to win 45 talented early-stage researchers with a disability. This commitment has now been honored with an international innovation prize.
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◼  New insights on how pathogens escape the immune system

The bacterium Salmonella enterica causes gastroenteritis in humans and is one of the leading causes of food-borne infectious diseases.

During the infection, the germ is able to trick the immune system. Researchers led by Nirmal Robinson from the Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research CECAD found a mechanism the pathogen uses. They hope to use the gained knowledge in the fight against cancer and other aging-associated diseases. The results are published in the journal PLoS Pathogens.
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◼   New Technologies for Astronomical Research

DFG supports development of micro-optical systems for use in astronomical instruments

Three working groups from Heidelberg, Cologne and Potsdam are involved in a joint project to develop a new technology for astronomical research. The researchers intend to render micro-optic systems used in telecommunications suitable for use in large telescopes. The collaborative project is being supported by the Königstuhl State Observatory of the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, the 1st Physical Institute of the University of Cologne, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding of approx. 1.1 million euros for the three-year project, which recently started work.
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◼   New Technologies for Astronomical Research

DFG supports development of micro-optical systems for use in astronomical instruments

Three working groups from Heidelberg, Cologne and Potsdam are involved in a joint project to develop a new technology for astronomical research. The researchers intend to render micro-optic systems used in telecommunications suitable for use in large telescopes. The collaborative project is being supported by the Königstuhl State Observatory of the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, the 1st Physical Institute of the University of Cologne, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding of approx. 1.1 million euros for the three-year project, which recently started work.
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◼   Expensive Taxi Rides for Business Travelers

Taxi rides on business trips are more expensive than on private trips

Using the example of taxi rides, a new study conducted by scientists from the Universities of Cologne and Innsbruck has shown that markets for credence goods create a strong incentive for the providers of these goods to behave dishonestly. The researchers tested this on the taxi drivers of Athens, who indeed do not charge every passenger the same fare.
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