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Astronomers Create 3D Map of the Distant Universe

October 24, 2014

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A 3D Map of the Adolescent Universe

Using a new technique similar to x-ray computer-tomographic imaging, a team of astronomers has created the first three-dimensional map of the adolescent Universe – just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice […]

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Temperature Variability Across the World Alters the Ecological Impacts of Seasons

October 8, 2014

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Study Reveals Climate Change Alters the Ecological Impacts of Seasons

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the University of Wyoming details how changes in temperature variability across the globe are altering the environment. If more of the world’s climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds […]

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Researchers Investigated the Charge Transport Perovskite Solar Cells

October 1, 2014

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New Insights How Perovskite Solar Cells Can Be Further Optimized

New insights into the working mechanism of perovskite-based solar cells could help these solar cells play a prominent role among the renewable energy carriers in future. Conventional silicon solar cells could have an inexpensive competitor in the near future. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, together with scientists from Switzerland […]

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Astronomers Detect Iso-Propyl Cyanide Close to the Galactic Center

September 26, 2014

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Astronomers Detect the Presence of Amino Acids in Interstellar Space

A team of astronomers has detected the presence of iso-propyl cyanide in interstellar space, opening a new frontier in the chemistry of star formation. There is large number of organic molecules in space. One of which, iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN), was now discovered by scientists in a giant gas cloud called Sagittarius B2, a region of […]

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Researchers Track Interactions Between Individual DNA Molecule Segments

September 25, 2014

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Single Unlabeled Biomolecules Detected Through Light

Using an optical microstructure and gold nanoparticles, researchers at the Max Planck Institute have amplified the interaction of light with DNA to the extent that they can now track interactions between individual DNA molecule segments. Being able to track individual biomolecules and observe them at work is every biochemist’s dream. This would enable the scientists […]

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Zebrafish Larva Eye Distinguishes Between Prey and Predator

September 18, 2014

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Eye of Zebrafish Larva Distinguishes Between Prey and Predator

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research reveals how the eye of a zebrafish larva can already distinguish between prey and predator. Red or green? Small or large? Fast or slow? Humans and animals rely on their visual organs to classify objects in their environment. Decisions about how we best respond […]

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

September 16, 2014

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New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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High-Resolution Images Reveal Surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 11, 2014

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Surface Map of Comet 67P

High-Resolution images taken by OSIRIS reveal a detailed scientific description of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. High-resolution images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal a unique, multifaceted world. ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination about a month ago and is currently accompanying the comet as it progresses on its route toward the inner solar system. Scientists […]

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Scientists Uncover How Beautiful Color Patterns Develop in Zebrafish

September 2, 2014

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Scientists Uncover How Beautiful Color Patterns Can Develop in Animals

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have discovered how pigment cells arise and interact to form the ‘zebra’ pattern in zebrafish. The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery cells, and yellow cells […]

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A New Treatment Approach for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

August 26, 2014

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Potential Therapy for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

A team of scientists from the Department of Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute and University Medical Center Göttingen has discovered a new treatment approach for the hereditary neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A is the most common inherited disease affecting the peripheral nervous system. Researchers from the Department of Neurogenetics […]

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LOFAR Observes Cosmic Particles and Magnetic Fields in Galaxy M51

August 21, 2014

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LOFAR Observes Cosmic Particles in Galaxy M51

Using the LOFAR High Frequency Antennas, a team of researchers has observed cosmic particles and magnetic fields in spiral galaxy M51. The object Messier 51 (M51), seen from a distance of approximately 30 million light years, is also referred to as the whirlpool galaxy because of its appearance. The ‘whirlpool’ appears almost face-on and displays […]

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Study Reveals Two Dynamos Drive Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

August 20, 2014

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Research Shows Two Dynamos Drive Jupiters Magnetic Feld

With the aid of the computer simulations, a team of scientists has now succeeded in explaining the origin of the magnetic field deep inside Jupiter. Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times […]

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