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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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Climate Research . Ecology . Plant Research

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Carbon dioxide could reduce crop yields

November 30, 2012

High-yielding dwarf plant varieties lose their advantage due to increasing carbon dioxide concentration [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics

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Black hole upsets galaxy models

November 29, 2012

An unusually massive object at the heart of a tiny galaxy is challenging the theory [more]

Cognitive Science . Neurosciences

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Making music together connects brains

November 29, 2012

When guitarists play together, networks of nerve cells are formed between their brains [more]

Behavioural Biology

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Galapagos tortoises are a migrating species

November 26, 2012

The large, dominant male Galapagos giant tortoises usually start their annual migration at the beginning of the dry season [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics . Chemistry

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Cosmic refinery

November 23, 2012

Using IRAM's 30m-telescope, astronomers find indications for vast petroleum reservoirs in the Horsehead Nebula [more]

Cell Biology . Infection Biology

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New insights into a virus proteome

November 23, 2012

Max Planck scientists identify unknown proteins of the herpesvirus [more]

Quantum Physics

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Geometry of super atoms

November 22, 2012

Rydberg excitations form ordered structures in a quantum gas due to long-range interactions [more]

Quantum Physics

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Xenon goes topless

November 22, 2012

Record ionisation: An X-ray laser removes more than two complete shells from the electron cloud surrounding noble gas atoms [more]

 
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