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„Alice, der Klimawandel und die Katze Zeta“: Ein Märchen über die Wahrheit

Beim Schulausflug auf den Potsdamer Telegrafenberg läuft Alice einem weißen Kaninchen hinterher – und rutscht in den Lüftungsschacht des Supercomputers eines Klimaforschungs-Instituts. Es folgt eine Reise durch die virtuelle Welt der Rechenmodelle, vom tropischen Regenwald bis ins stille Eis der Antarktis. So ungewöhnlich beginnt eine neue Veröffentlichung des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimafolgenforschung, frei nach Lewis Carrolls philosophischem Kinderbuchklassiker „Alice im Wunderland“. Mehr als 50 Wissenschaftler des Hauses lieferten Hintergründe und Expertisen für das jetzt auf der Buchmesse Leipzig vorgestellte und im Buchhandel erhältliche Werk von Margret Boysen. (more…)

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Resident Evil: Retribution


The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. (more…)

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Disease that Stunts Infants’ Growth Traced to Same Gene that Makes Kids Grow too Fast

Discovery ends UCLA scientist’s 20-year quest for cause of IMAGe syndrome

The Caterpillar got down off the mushroom … remarking as it went, ‘One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.’

—Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

UCLA geneticists have identified the mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome, a rare disorder that stunts infants’ growth. The twist? The mutation occurs on the same gene that causes Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome, which makes cells grow too fast, leading to very large children.

Published in the May 27 edition of the journal Nature Genetics, the UCLA findings could lead to new ways of blocking the rapid cell division that allows tumors to grow unchecked. The discovery also offers a new tool for diagnosing children with IMAGe syndrome, which until now has been difficult to identify accurately. (more…)

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Go Ask ALICE: Learning About the Big Bang

Nearly 14 billion years ago, the universe began with a bang — a big one.

Scientists believe that the universe and everything within it began as an extremely hot, dense “soup” that eventually gave rise to galaxies, stars, planets and life and that continues to expand to this day.

Now scientists around the world are pushing back the frontiers of our understanding about the moment the universe was born using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a giant particle accelerator at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) near Geneva, Switzerland. (more…)

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