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Research collaboration develops new method that could facilitate cancer diagnosis

Researchers led by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Center for Bioinformatics at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, have developed a cheaper and faster method to check for genetic differences in individual cells, which outperforms existing techniques with respect to the information received. This new method could become a new standard in single cell research, and potentially for clinical diagnosis in disease genetics, including cancer. The results have been published in Nature Biotechnology.

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New craft sheets: Learning programming with interactive paper figures

The idea is based on a computer science research project at Saarland University and is already supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through an EXIST start-up grant. By tinkering with cardboard animals equipped with sensors that can be programmed via a mini-computer, children can be introduced to the world of programming lines and arithmetic instructions at an early age. CLT Creative Learning Technologies GmbH now offers a new starter set in its own online shop.

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Fair shift schedules: Saarland University start-up relies on artificial intelligence

More and more people want to be able to adapt their working hours to their individual needs and choose their jobs accordingly. Dynamic and flexible schedules could help, but rarely do. The people in charge of these schedules are quickly overwhelmed, and existing computer programs are not helping enough. This should be changed by new software that uses artificial intelligence to learn from employee assessments. A start-up company of Saarland University wants to reorganize personnel planning and is supported by the IT incubator of Saarland University and the Max Planck Society.

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Saarbrücken computer scientist receives award for research on security protocols

2.93 trillion US dollars’ worth of transactions were carried out in online retailing worldwide in 2018. So-called security protocols form the foundation for this. Christoph Weidenbach, computer science professor at Saarland University and head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, made a scientific contribution to this in 1999, for which he has now been awarded the international Thoralf Skolem Prize. Today, this research is one of the bases for proving security protocols to be safe: no intruder might read or manipulate the content of a communication.

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Students at Saarland University teach during the international “Hour of Code”

For the third time, students of computer science at Saarland University are taking part in the international “Hour of Code” campaign, which traditionally takes place every year in the second week of December. In order to enable children to try out programming for a whole hour, this year the students visit six schools in Saarland and offer an introduction to programming to a total of 13 classes. During this introduction, the pupils will be motivated by characters from the computer game [...]

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