The University of Basel has concluded the appointment process for the newly established Schaulager Professorship for Art Theory with its selection of the Austrian art historian Markus Klammer. Funding for the Schaulager Professorship is provided by the Laurenz Foundation.
What makes money essential for the functioning of modern society? An international group of researchers from Switzerland, Italy and the U.S. have shown through an experiment how money helps modern societies prosper by fostering cooperation among strangers.
Basel Physicists in collaboration with Dutch researchers have demonstrated a new method for polarizing nuclear spins in extremely small samples. By Monitoring and controlling spin fluctuations, the method may provide a route for enhancing the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the nanometer-scale, allowing researchers to make 3D images of smaller objects than ever before.
Older male nightingales perform faster and more demanding trills than their younger rivals. These findings were published by researchers at the University of Basel and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in the online edition of «Journal of Avian Biology». With up to 100 trill elements a second, nightingales belong to the fastest singers.
Searching for research funding and scholarships in the international domain is often time consuming and inefficient due to the multiplicity of different providers. The University of Basel wants to support its researchers and students in such searches and therefore offers access to the database «Research Professional» with immediate effect. This database contains announcements for research funding, scholarships and infrastructures of 6,500 funding organisations world-wide.
Researchers at the University of Basel have successfully replaced the rare element iodine in copper-based dye-sensitized solar cells by the more abundant element cobalt, taking a step forward in the development of environmentally friendly energy production. The journal «Chemical Communications» has published the results of these so-called Cu-Co cells.
Many people complain about poor sleep around full moon. Scientists at the University of Basel now report evidence that lunar cycles and human sleep behavior are in fact connected. The results have been published in the journal «Current Biology».
Researchers at the University of Basel have developed a live-cell fluorescent labeling that makes bacterial cell-to-cell communication pathways visible. The communication between bacterial cells is essential in the regulation of processes within bacterial populations, such as biofilm development.