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World’s Largest Podocarpaceae Collection In Bochum
2013-12-02 14:41:50

Ruhr-Universität Bochum In the tropics and subtropics, many evergreen conifers are endangered. Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have collected the world’s largest Podocarpaceae collection. Together with colleagues from The New York Botanical Garden, they sequenced characteristic parts of the DNA of these conifers in order to generate a “DNA barcode” for each species. With the help of this genetic fingerprint, unknown individuals can be assigned to the respective...

Genome Of Pyronema Confluens Sequenced By Research Team
2013-09-20 09:39:54

Ruhr-University Bochum Today, the genomes of more than 250 fungi have been sequenced. Among the basal filamentous ascomycetes – a group of ascomycetes that includes e.g. truffles and morels – only one representative has been analyzed so far: the truffle Tuber melanosporum. "With 125 million base pairs, the truffle genome is unusually big, yet it is coding for relatively few genes, namely some 7,500," says Minou Nowrousian from the Department of General and Molecular Botany. "Until now,...

2012-03-08 21:22:47

Nature Communications: New development for fast storage media An international team of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands has developed a new material for storage media. For the first time they enable the switching of so called spin currents at room temperature in a vertical magnetic field. This increases the storage density distinctly. The novel switches can be used, for example, as read heads in future hard discs or as bits in non-volatile random access memory devices (MRAM)....

2012-02-21 21:15:10

Encryption method by RUB is becoming international standard An increasing number of everyday devices such as car keys, smart phones and even medical implants need protection from hackers. The encryption method PRESENT is the smallest cipher for such cost and energy constrained applications. It is the result of a collaboration between the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), Orange Labs France and the Technical University of Denmark. The cipher design is characterized by its...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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