The team of Laura Spitler wants to use the fast radio bursts as probes in the universe

The riddle of the heavenly bursts

Time and again, radio telescopes register extremely short bursts of radiation in the depths of space more

A hot topic in astrophysics

Telescopes in the European VLBI Network (EVN) have observed a repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB) in a spiral galaxy similar to our own (explanatory video). more

Mysterious radio bursts from a nearby spiral galaxy

The source is located in a region with a high rate of star births more


Erin Schuman is awarded the 2020 Louis-Jeantet Prize

January 22, 2020

The foundation is recognizing the scientist for her work on local protein synthesis at neuronal synapses

Sacrifice one person in order to save five?

January 22, 2020

Study confronted 70,000 test persons in 42 countries with moral dilemmas and found both similarities and differences

Clouds from every angle

January 22, 2020

The EUREC4A field study is aimed at solving one of the great mysteries in relation to climate change

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Videos and Events

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Bacteria invest in motility more
MPI for Astronomy
Heat wave signals the growth of a stellar embryo more
MPI for Astronomy
Hot gas feeds spiral arms of the Milky Way more
MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences
Blurred lines – mathematical software unites theory and practice more
MPI for Solar System Research
Dating a galaxy crash more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
First sighting of hot gas sloshing in galaxy cluster more
MPI for Ornithology
How a Bird Brain Times Tweets more
MPI of Neurobiology
How flies see the world more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Neurons with good timing more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
The growing pains of orphan chimpanzees more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Less offspring due to territorial conflicts more
MPI of Neurobiology
Artificial intelligence as behavioral analyst more
MPI for Astronomy
Feeding the first supermassive black holes more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
A critical switch that controls brain state more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Wild chimpanzees are sensitive to the sound properties of different woods more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
A new molecular switch for cell division more
MPI for Medical Research
A molecular marker of physiological aging more

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