It was not merely greed on the part of mortgage banks that caused the fiasco.
Physics & Astronomy
Astronomers can now observe the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts in the infrared.
The Sunrise solar observatory successfully completed its first balloon flight.
Personal Portrait: Andrey Rybalchenko
Biology & Medicine
New findings on the beach mouse, the cichlid, the great tit and other species were presented at the Max Planck Symposium on the Darwin Year 2009.
Material & Technology
Hydrogen could make driving a car cleaner – but there are currently no suitable storage materials for the gas. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Metals Research, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (coal research) and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces are investigating the candidates for a hydrogen tank.
Environment & Climate
Researchers embarked on board a research vessel to investigate the gas emissions of phytoplankton.
Culture & Society
Ethnologists are studying wedding rituals and family traditions in Kyrgyzstan.