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August 2014: Biopigments can reveal life on other Earths

Finding life on other planets is one of the ultimate goals of modern astrophysics. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina and her team have proposed and developed a new approach for searching life on other planets. They have measured in the laboratory samples of terrestrial plants containing various biological photosynthetic pigments (biopigments, BP) and found that these biopigments modify reflected light in such a way that it becomes linearly polarized to a high degree. This means that the reflected electromagnetic wave oscillates preferably within one plane, and an external observer can see a very...(Read more)

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July 2014: Prof. Berdyugina nominated for the L'Oreal - UNESCO Award For Women in Physical Sciences

Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program identifies and supports five eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years. After an internal selection procedure among the qualifying scientists in the 89 Leibniz institutes the president of the Leibniz Association has nominated the deputy director of the KIS, Prof. Svetlana Berdyugina, for this award. Besides her personal scientific excellence her...(Read more)

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