Ironclad climate protection

The metal industry is about to undergo one of the greatest upheavals in history”

Dierk Raabe, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, explains the opportunities that industrial companies already have today to achieve the goal of a sustainable metal industry. more

Quantum mechanically engineered steel

Car bodies, aircraft wings or turbine blades – alloys today are customized for any purpose. Roughly 2,500 different types of steel already exist, and that number continues to grow. more


You have to learn to understand dogs

November 12, 2019

Humans’ ability to read dogs’ facial expressions is not innate


The Science of a Billboard Hit Song

November 08, 2019

Scientists found that musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise.


Cosmic carousels

November 07, 2019

The new cosmological simulation TNG50 shows how the universe evolved and order gradually emerged from chaos


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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 Solar System Research
The Sun‘s long fingers more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Swiss Army Knife for Genome Research more
MPI for Molecular Biomedicine
Reprogramming stem cells without Oct4 more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
How cells stick together tightly more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Stem cells in the finding phase more
MPI for Solar System Research
Solar Orbiter passes endurance tests more
MPI of Biochemistry
The recipe for making a fruit fly more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How human brain development diverged from great apes more
MPI of Neurobiology
It takes more than a global impression to move a fish more
MPI for Nuclear Physics
Distorted atoms more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Diagnostics for everyone more
MPI for Astrophysics
An irresistible pull – when massive stars collide more
MPI of Neurobiology
When cells become cannibals more
MPI of Biochemistry
DNA-PAINT super-resolution microscopy at speed more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Structure of ClpX-ClpP revealed more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Earthquake in the cell more

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