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]

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Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Kenya's 2017 election and its aftermath

August 16, 2017

After a fraught election, Kenya is teetering on the brink of a crisis which threatens to escalate. How could this happen? Is there any hope for reconciliation? An analysis by Elena Gadjanova of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. [more]

Cultural Studies

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The inconstant level of the sea

August 09, 2017

Sea level – the geographical reference point and indicator of climate change – is a surprisingly variable parameter [more]

Cultural Studies . Social and Behavioural Sciences

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The reverse side of the medal

July 14, 2017

Despite its prestige, the UNESCO world heritage title has some drawbacks [more]

Ecology . Microbiology

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The curse of durability

May 02, 2017

Can microorganisms help combat the vast amounts of plastic being disposed of in the sea? [more]

Chemistry . Computer Science . Medicine

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From invention to innovation

April 10, 2017

Yearbook report 2017 of Max Planck Innovation, the MPG's tech transfer office [more]

Behavioural Biology

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'It’s a miracle that there are still chimpanzees at all'

February 24, 2017

Interview with primate researcher Christophe Boesch who has been researching chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for over 35 years. [more]

Social and Behavioural Sciences

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A status symbol to die for

February 23, 2017

Three rhinoceroses are killed in South Africa each day, their horns chopped off and sold illegally on international markets. [more]

Jurisprudence . Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Taxes that vanish into thin air

February 21, 2017

International corporations such as Apple, Starbucks and Amazon have for years successfully avoided paying tax on their corporate profits. Aided by the tax competition between states, they shift their money to countries that have low tax rates and guarantee to levy tax only on domestic profits. Our author explains why it is by no means easy for the international community to counter these tricks. [more]

 
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