Research Magazine

We live in the Information Age. The amount of data flowing through networks is increasing exponentially. Structuring and using this big data, as experts refer to it, in a meaningful way is becoming more and more challenging. New technologies are needed to manage the torrent. Max Planck researchers, for example, are searching for astronomical objects with special software, as well as seeking unexpected correlations and questions, or looking into the scientific history of huge quantities of data.

Big Data

We live in the Information Age. The amount of data flowing through networks is increasing exponentially. Structuring and using this big data, as experts refer to it, in a meaningful way is becoming more and more challenging. New technologies are needed to manage the torrent. Max Planck researchers, for example, are searching for astronomical objects with special software, as well as seeking unexpected correlations and questions, or looking into the scientific history of huge quantities of data. [more]
On a clear night, the starry sky appears calm and peaceful. In reality, however, all hell breaks loose in the heavens: stars absorb matter from other stars, suns explode and black holes greedily devour gas and dust. In short, there are a lot of extreme places in the universe – and they hold particular appeal for researchers. Max Planck astronomers investigate supernovas, study the properties of black holes and conduct research on what causes particles to accelerate.

Extreme space

On a clear night, the starry sky appears calm and peaceful. In reality, however, all hell breaks loose in the heavens: stars absorb matter from other stars, suns explode and black holes greedily devour gas and dust. In short, there are a lot of extreme places in the universe – and they hold particular appeal for researchers. Max Planck astronomers investigate supernovas, study the properties of black holes and conduct research on what causes particles to accelerate. [more]

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Cultural Studies . Material Sciences

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Pompeii through the ages

July 12, 2017

Scientists from Fraunhofer and Max Planck institutes are studying the history of the restoration of Pompeii, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, and are developing innovative materials and processes for conserving the city’s ancient sites. [more]

Particle Physics . Plasma Physics . Quantum Physics

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Helically twisted photonic crystal fibres

July 07, 2017

Yearbook 2017 article from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light [more]

 

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Research highlights from our yearbook

June 22, 2017

The yearbook of the Max Planck Society illustrates the research carried out at our institutes. We selected a few reports from our 2017 yearbook to illustrate the variety and diversity of topics and projects. [more]

Evolutionary Biology

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Eye to eye with the Neanderthal

June 13, 2017

Scientists are reconstructing the relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals [more]

Chemistry . Ecology

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Plastics: not simply garbage

May 08, 2017

Plastics are accumulating in increasingly large quantities in the oceans but are difficult to replace due to the advantages they offer [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics

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The mystery of the dark bodies

April 11, 2017

The idea that black holes exist dates back to the 18th century [more]

Jurisprudence

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Fact check: Juvenile crime

March 29, 2017

Despite being widely perceived as a threat, today’s teenagers are more law-abiding than previous generations. It is therefore worth looking at the facts and figures behind the headlines. [more]

Climate Research

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More rain in winter, more droughts in summer

March 27, 2017

A new report summarizes how climate change is affecting the water cycle in Germany [more]

 
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