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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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]

Ecology . Infection Biology

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“We still know far too little about bird flu”

December 31, 2016

Wolfgang Fiedler, an ornithologist at the Radolfzell Ornithological Station, pleads for more research leading to a better understanding of transmission paths [more]

Jurisprudence

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The trend for isolationism in international law

November 28, 2016

International agreements are being increasingly called into question – not only in the USA [more]

Cell Biology . Genetics . Microbiology

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“We are trying to develop CO2 as a source of carbon”

November 25, 2016

Tobias Erb discusses a synthetic metabolic pathway that fixes carbon dioxide and synthetic biology [more]

 
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