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MaxPlanckApp

You can now also receive research news from the Max Planck Institutes via an app available from the iTunes store or directly here as an Android version. [more]

Magazine

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine.

MaxPlanckResearch: Optogenetics

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine. [more]

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Astronomy

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Ceres – A world full of mysteries

April 20, 2015

After an intermission of five weeks, the Dawn space probe is once again sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth [more]

Chemistry . Material Sciences

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Framework compounds: metal-organic transformations

April 17, 2015

The mechanosynthesis of cage compounds suitable for storing gases can be monitored in real-time with the help of X-ray powder diffraction [more]

Evolutionary Biology

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Oldest evidence for the use of mushrooms as a food source

April 16, 2015

Analyses of old dental calculus show that humans consumed plant foods and mushrooms as early as the Upper Palaeolithic [more]

Ecology . Plant Research

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Diversity in a monoculture

April 15, 2015

Functional differences within a species ensure its survival and improve the productivity of the whole ecosystem [more]

Chemistry . Material Sciences

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Nanostructures: customized carbon

April 14, 2015

A new synthesis method produces novel nanostructures from carbon [more]

Neurosciences

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Open road to the circuit diagram of the brain

April 13, 2015

Staining method brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach [more]

Cell Biology . Neurosciences . Structural Biology

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Optogenetics: Sodium pump could act as light switch

April 10, 2015

The structure of the light-driven ion pump KR2 may provide a blueprint for new optogenetic tools [more]

Solid State Research

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Diving electrons

April 02, 2015

Findings on how electrons are solvated in water widen the range of potential influences on chemical reactions [more]

 
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