Research Magazine

Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio.

Light

Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio. [more]

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Behavioural Biology

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Snoozing between the skies and Earth

October 14, 2016

A team of scientists headed by Niels Rattenborg from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen has demonstrated, for the first time that birds can fly in sleep mode [more]

Genetics . Medicine . Neurosciences

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Chronobiology: internal clocks in synch

October 13, 2016

Gregor Eichele and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen have gained many new insights into how our body’s natural timekeepers work. [more]

Neurosciences

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Asymmetrical matter

July 11, 2016

Our bodies, our behaviour, but also our brains are anything other than symmetrical. And that seems to be an important factor in the seamless functioning of our thought, speech and motor faculties. [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics . Cell Biology . Jurisprudence . Medicine . Plasma Physics

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Research highlights from the Yearbook

June 12, 2016

Our Yearbook 2016 showcases the research carried out at the Max Planck Institutes. We selected a few reports to illustrate the variety and diversity of topics and projects. [more]

Cultural Studies . Jurisprudence

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Ruling with the help of pragmatic literature

April 08, 2016

How clerics used simple rulebooks to establish the new legal order in Spanish America [more]

Complex Systems . Computer Science

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Machines in dialogue

March 08, 2016

Rupak Majumdar, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Kaiserslautern, develops mathematical methods for ensuring the reliability of networked systems. [more]

Chemistry

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Elemental metamorphosis

December 17, 2015

With very high pressure chemical elements could be examined under new aspects [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics

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A pathfinder for gravitational waves

December 02, 2015

Max Planck researchers play a leading role in the LISA Pathfinder space mission [more]

 
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