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Long considered a suspicious activity in Europe, lobbying used to be thought of as an American way of doing politics. Yet today, Europe is the world’s second largest market for the lobbying industry. Have the Europeans copied the Americans? While there are similarities between the two systems, the Europeans have a very different way of promoting their organized interests. In the long run, they are less aggressive. more

Planetary Dynamos

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research Christensen, Ulrich; Wicht, Johannes; Fränz, Markus
Nearly all the planets in our solar system possess a magnetic field or had one at some time in the past. The diversity of the planetary fields reflects interesting differences in interior dynamics. Their exploration by space missions or computer simulations is an important tool to provide insight into the otherwise shielded planetary interiors. This short introduction gives an overview of activities at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research concentrating mainly on computer models, where considerable progress was achieved during the past years. more
Carbon nanotubes are presented as prototype nanostructure objects. Experiments on charge transport and methods to identify individual nanotubes are described. Applications as transistors, electrical leads ("VIAs"), and electromechanical devices are discussed. more
The investigation of surfaces, interfaces and thin films represents a major subject of state of the art solid state research. The morphology of surfaces on an atomic scale can be measured in real space using a variety of microscopy methods. The detailed atomic structure of the surface is determined using a combination of electron spectroscopy methods, low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. An overview of research in surface and interface analysis is demonstrated by a set of exemplary experiments. more
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