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Scientists Develop Membrane that Responds to Solvent Vapor

July 23, 2014

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Material scientists have produced a membrane that curls very quickly when it comes into contact with the vapor from organic solvents, imitating biological structures which respond to an external stimulus like the Venus flytrap. An artificial skin now presented by a team working with scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in […]

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Researchers Reveal That a Doppler Effect Influences Segmentation

July 15, 2014

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New research from the Max Planck Institute shows that the rhythm of segmentation is influenced by a Doppler effect that arises from gene expression waves occurring in a shortening embryonic tissue. Many animals exhibit segmental patterns that manifest themselves during development. One classical example is the sequential and rhythmic formation the segmental precursors of the […]

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Astronomers Discover a Mysterious Radio-Burst from Far Beyond Our Galaxy

July 10, 2014

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Using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, astronomers observe a mysterious radio-burst from far beyond our galaxy. Astronomers have discovered a radio burst of only a few seconds duration using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The findings by an international team of astronomers led by Laura Spitler from the Max Planck Institute […]

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Researchers Test Hollow Optical Fibers for UV Light

July 9, 2014

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have tested a new type of optical fiber with a hollow core, revealing that this type of optical fiber was able to guide UV laser light without being damaged and with acceptable loss. The new optical waveguides will improve precision investigations in physics, chemistry and life sciences. If you […]

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Scientists Develop New Method for Producing Self-Organized Nanomaterials

June 27, 2014

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An international team of scientists have developed a new synthesis method that enables the production of wafer-thin carbon layers for a wide range of applications. Scientists have developed a promising nanomaterial that may be adaptable for use in a wide range of applications. An international team headed by scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of […]

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MOF-Associated Complexes Mediate Genetic Fair Play

June 18, 2014

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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have discovered that the same evolutionary stable MOF protein that regulates X dosis in flies is also involved in compensatory mechanisms in mice. Sexually dimorphic animals are often distinguished by unequal number of the X-chromosomes. While males have only one X chromosome, females have two copies, prompting an evolutionary […]

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Scientists Find No Correlation Between Moon Phases and Sleep

June 16, 2014

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New research from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich reveals that there is no correlation between moon phases and human sleep. Popular beliefs about the influence of the moon on humans widely exist. Many people report sleeplessness around the time of full moon. In contrast to earlier studies, scientists from the Max Planck […]

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Visual System of Marine Annelids Provides Insight Into the Evolution of Eyes

June 10, 2014

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Scientists of the Max Planck Institute have reconstructed the first neuronal map of the visual system of marine annelids, gaining insight into the evolution of eyes. Larvae of the marine bristle worm Platynereis dumerilii orient themselves using light. Early in their development, these larvae swim towards the light to use surface currents for their dispersal. […]

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Astronomers Solve the Mystery of Where Gamma Rays Originate

May 23, 2014

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An international team of astronomers has for the first time confirmed a link between the gamma bursts and their counterparts in several radio frequencies, solving the mystery of the origin of the outbreaks. Blazars are among the largest and most energetic objects in the universe. Jets of matter (“jets”) shoot from the cores of these […]

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ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Witnesses the Awakening of the Mission’s Target Comet

May 20, 2014

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European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft witnesses the awakening of the mission’s target comet. The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, target of ESA’s Rosetta mission, has begun to develop a dust coma. This can be seen in a series of images taken by OSIRIS, the spacecraft’s scientific imaging system, between March 27th and May 4th. In the images from […]

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Astronomers Estimate the Time Scale for the Formation of Stars

May 16, 2014

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Using a map of the galactic landscape that covers approximately two thirds of the whole region of the Milky Way, astronomers estimate the time scale for the formation of stars. Astronomers have undertaken a new survey of the plane of our Milky Way and discovered a large quantity of cold, dense clumps of gas and […]

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A New Possibility for Storing and Processing Quantum Information

May 14, 2014

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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have succeeded in performing high-resolution spectroscopy and microscopy on individual rare earth ions in a crystal, opening the door to future possibilities for storing and processing quantum information. A promising material is lining itself up as a candidate for a quantum memory. A team at the Max Planck Institute […]

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