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Cultural Studies . Genetics . Social and Behavioural Sciences


Time travel with the molecular clock

November 20, 2015

Migration isn’t a new phenomenon, but new insights suggest that modern-day Europeans actually have at least three ancestral populations. This finding was published by Johannes Krause and prominently featured on the cover of Nature. The paleogeneticist himself is currently travellingl through time as a Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. For him, looking back millennia into the past is no problem. [more]

Jurisprudence . Social and Behavioural Sciences


Leading thinker in public law

March 14, 2014

Armin von Bogdandy receives Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation DFG [more]

Cultural Studies . Social and Behavioural Sciences


Emotional worlds

March 06, 2014

Ute Frevert researches emotions and their expression within a historical context [more]



The world traveller

March 05, 2014

Lisa Kaltenegger deals with other planets – and quite successfully at that [more]

Ecology . Microbiology


Marine passion

March 05, 2013

Nicole Dubilier from the Max Planck Institute of marine Microbiology in Bremen investigates the symbiosis between bacteria and invertebrates in the deep sea. [more]

Cognitive Science . Linguistics


The great orchestral work of speech

February 25, 2013

Max Planck Institute Director Peter Hagoort researches the complex score in the brain that enables humans to speak [more]

Cell Biology


Source of life

January 22, 2013

Eugene W. Myers never attended a biology course. Despite this fact, he has made a career for himself in this field, and in developing a computer program, made a major contribution to decoding the human genome. He recently was appointed as Director at the the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, and the Klaus-Tschira Chair of the Systems Biology Center in Dresden. [more]



Still scoring touchdowns

March 20, 2012

In college they called him Stump – as in tree stump – because of his physique and his strong will. Today, former football player Samuel Young is a renowned neuroscientist. [more]

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