The Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to Gerhard Ertl brings the Max Planck Society‘s Nobel laureate count up to 17 since its founding in 1948.
Biology & Medicine
Occasionally, they can be seen with the naked eye: small orange-yellow spherical structures. Closer examination reveals that they are accumulations of countless bacteria of the genus Myxococcus.
Plants use a broad arsenal of signal substances to fend off herbivores. It is these quiet strategies that interest the researchers attending a congress in Jena.
The "Outpatient Long-term Intensive Therapy for Alcoholics"
has proven successful. Nevertheless, its future is uncertain
– the dispute over who will pay for it remains unresolved.
Environment & Climate
Once a year, atmospheric chemists travel by train from Moscow to Vladivostok and collect data on the concentration of surface-level climate-relevant trace gases.
Culture & Society
Ina Bornkessel is researching the underlying principles of language processing in the brain. Her interest in this subject was sparked early on – during her childhood in Tasmania.