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You can now also receive research news from the Max Planck Institutes via an app available from the iTunes store or directly here as an Android version. [more]

Magazine

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.

Language

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]
Robots are the superstars of the future. They are to drive cars, administer care to people in hospitals and homes, save lives after catastrophes, or perform medical tasks as tiny helpers in the body. Max Planck researchers are working hard to ensure that these scenarios become a reality one day. But at first, they have to overcome many challenges.

Robotics

Robots are the superstars of the future. They are to drive cars, administer care to people in hospitals and homes, save lives after catastrophes, or perform medical tasks as tiny helpers in the body. Max Planck researchers are working hard to ensure that these scenarios become a reality one day. But at first, they have to overcome many challenges. [more]

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Linguistics

Turn-taking in communication may be more ancient than language

December 15, 2015

The central use of language is in conversation, where we take short turns in rapid alternation, a pattern found across unrelated cultures and languages. In the December issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Stephen Levinson from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics reviews new research on turn-taking, focusing on its implications for how languages are structured and for how language and communication evolved. [more]

Plasma Physics

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First plasma generated in the Wendelstein 7-X

December 11, 2015

Greifswald fusion device now in operation [more]

Astronomy

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Water vapor on dwarf planet Ceres

December 09, 2015

The Occator crater on the surface is active - data from NASA’s Dawn mission indicate frozen water sublimating from its center [more]

Evolutionary Biology . Microbiology

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Cooperating bacteria isolate cheaters

December 09, 2015

Bacteria, which reciprocally exchange amino acids, stabilize their partnership on two-dimensional surfaces and limit the access of non-cooperating bacteria to the exchanged nutrients [more]

Cognitive Science . Linguistics

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We do have a grammar in our head

December 08, 2015

New research presents evidence for innate understanding of language rules

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Neurosciences

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Relative perception of the world

December 03, 2015

Optical illusions show how the fly brain processes contrast and motion information [more]

Plant Research

Toolkit for microbiota research

December 02, 2015

Researchers cultivate the majority of bacteria in the laboratory that colonize Arabidopsis plants in nature [more]

Cognitive Science . Computer Science . Mathematics

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Robots: the curiosity of the body

November 25, 2015

A new learning rule could help robots to acquire new movements and explain how people develop sensorimotor intelligence [more]

 
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