MPR 3 /2009


Fire Enhancers within the Financial System
It was not merely greed on the part of mortgage banks that caused the fiasco.

Physics & Astronomy

Signals from the Beginnings of the World
Astronomers can now observe the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts in the infrared.

Reaching for the Sun …
The Sunrise solar observatory successfully completed its first balloon flight.

Tough Tests for Software
Personal Portrait: Andrey Rybalchenko

Biology & Medicine

Evolution after Darwin
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

The Miracle of Space in the Tank
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

Searching for Traces in Heavy Seas
Researchers embarked on board a research vessel to investigate the gas emissions of phytoplankton.

Culture & Society

Mothers-in-Law on the Doorstep
Ethnologists are studying wedding rituals and family traditions in Kyrgyzstan.
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