Research Magazine

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]
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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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]

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]

 
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