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Language is the most important form of communication. But how has this instrument evolved in the course of evolution? And what is happening in our brains when we are having a conversation with someone? Language proves to be extraordinarily complex. And as our articles show, the topic is not only interesting for classical linguists and computer scientists, but also for psychologists and behavioural scientists.

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Language is the most important form of communication. But how has this instrument evolved in the course of evolution? And what is happening in our brains when we are having a conversation with someone? Language proves to be extraordinarily complex. And as our articles show, the topic is not only interesting for classical linguists and computer scientists, but also for psychologists and behavioural scientists. [more]

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Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, have optimized a spatiotemporally controlled method that induces and visualizes the formation of inhibitory and excitatory synapses in cortical neurons.

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The Kwon Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, has identified mechanistic and functional elements that govern synapse formation and have established new insights about how synapses are formed in cortical neurons in early postnatal stages.

Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

August 12, 2016

The Kwon Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, has identified mechanistic and functional elements that govern synapse formation and have established new insights about how synapses are formed in cortical neurons in early postnatal stages. [more]
For the first time, researchers have discovered that birds can sleep in flight. Together with international colleagues, Niels Rattenborg from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen measured the brain activity of frigatebirds and found that they sleep in flight with either one cerebral hemisphere at a time or both hemispheres simultaneously.

First evidence of sleep in flight

August 03, 2016

For the first time, researchers have discovered that birds can sleep in flight. Together with international colleagues, Niels Rattenborg from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen measured the brain activity of frigatebirds and found that they sleep in flight with either one cerebral hemisphere at a time or both hemispheres simultaneously. [more]
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society honour scientists with awards for their pioneering research into the sensory perception of organisms.

Bonnie Bassler and Martin Wikelski receive Max Planck Research Award

July 28, 2016

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society honour scientists with awards for their pioneering research into the sensory perception of organisms. [more]
Researchers from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, observe muscles at work with the help of new microscopes

Why is Usain Bolt the fastest person on Earth?

July 21, 2016

Researchers from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, observe muscles at work with the help of new microscopes [more]

Max Planck Society criticizes travel restrictions for Turkish researchers

July 22, 2016

After the attempted coup, the Turkish Council of Higher Education now responds by launching reprisals against scientists. But these need access to international networks. [more]
 
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