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The many faces of a lie

Lies can mean all sorts of things. What they always are, in every case, is a linguistic construction. However, this subject is tackled comparatively rarely in linguistics.

This was precisely the reason why specialist in German studies, Professor Markus Hundt, decided to look more closely at the linguistic aspects of the lie. A seminar on the subject was very well received and a presentation at the latest "Night of the Profs" in November sparked interest all round, too. ► Read more...

What to do with all the jellyfish?


Jellyfish are increasingly occurring in swarms - much to the detriment of tourism, fishing and other industries. A simulation game is to demonstrate how to deal with this nuisance and find possible solutions. ► More...

Editorial


Dear readers,


2018 will be a year of critical changes in direction for our university. In the autumn, the government and the federal states will make a decision on the new Excellence Strategy (ExStra). With three applications, Kiel University is well placed for the final in this highly competitive science competition. Success would not only be a ticket to permanent governmental support for cutting-edge research and an enormous boost for our image. It would also enable us to invest extensively in expanding research-based teaching and in the dialogue with society.


Futurologist Matthias Horx once said "Disruption always occurs when old systems become sluggish, opposed to innovation and self-righteous." In a time that is strongly characterised by disruption and digitalisation, science can and must create orientation and trust in tomorrow. We want to embrace this important task even more in the future, together. Have a look over our shoulders in this new edition of "unizeit".


Yours,
Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University

Reading the shadows


A team from the Inorganic Chemistry department has developed a mini reactor that enables them to observe chemical reactions "live". The reactor assembly will soon be available to researchers all over the world at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron). ► More...

The traces of stones


Museums always have something to do with preserved time. Kiel University's Geological and Mineralogical Museum even focuses on preserving eternity and infinity, at least according to human dimensions. ► Read more...