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Charge order and electron localization in a molecule-based solid

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids) Charge ordering in cationic mixed-valence compounds is of crucial importance for materials science. The prototypic example for a transition from a charge-disordered to a charge-ordered state has been magnetite, Fe3O4, where Evert Verwey observed a sudden jump in resistivity near -150°C. Show More Summary

Chachapoyas.

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has put out a press release summarized in the subhead thus: “DNA analysis of present-day populations in the Chachapoyas region of Peru indicates that the original inhabitants were not uprooted en masse by the Inca Empire’s expansion into this area hundreds of years ago.” As […]

Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) A musician's brain is different to that of a non-musician. Making music requires an interplay of abilities which are also reflected in more developed brain structures. Scientists...Show More Summary

Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

An international team, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), Harvard University and the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), has used ancient DNA and a new data processing program to identify the possible cause of a colonial-era epidemic in Mexico. Show More Summary

Secretin protein with a crown

Bacteria are consummate survivalists. They are aided in this by their ability to assimilate DNA from their surroundings, which allows them to constantly acquire new characteristics. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe University in Frankfurt have now gained new insights into exactly how bacteria import DNA.

Max-Planck Fellowship for Professor Christian Wirth extended to strengthen the cooperation between its institutes and the universities

(German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig) The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) has approved the renowned Max Planck fellow program for Leipzig-based biologist Professor Christian Wirth and extended it for a further five years.

Researchers measure the inner structure of distant suns from their pulsations

At first glance, it would seem to be impossible to look inside a star. An international team of astronomers, under the leadership of Earl Bellinger and Saskia Hekker of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, has, for the first time, determined the deep inner structure of two stars based on their oscillations.

Alexa and Siri in our head: Where voice recognition occurs in the brain

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Amazon recently announced that its language assistant Alexa is now able to recognise voices. What is celebrated as a tech revolution is an everyday process for our brain. So far, it has been unclear as to which areas of the brain we use to differentiate voices. Show More Summary

Fewer laboratory animals thanks to secondary nanobodies

Antibodies are indispensable in biological research and medical diagnostics. However, their production is time-consuming, expensive, and requires the use of many animals. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry...Show More Summary

Frantically seeking a last-minute gift for the budding archaeologist?

Look no further. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) have solved all your Bad Santa problems by creating a short but extremely sweet coloring book about archaeology for all the kids out there with visions of skeletal remains and radiocarbon analysis dancing in their head. (Don’t even pretend […]

Democracy in decline in Africa

In the wake of the 2017 elections and the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Elena Gadjanova, Senior Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, argues that Kenya is headed towards a period of protracted instability, insecurity, and creeping authoritarianism.

Vengeance is sweet and expensive

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Living together in communities requires mutual cooperation. To achieve this, we punish others when they are uncooperative. Scientists at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive...Show More Summary

Genetic variability supports plant survival during droughts

In the first study to predict whether different populations of the same plant species can adapt to climate change, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology find that central European ones die first.

Dig Into This Archaeological Science Coloring Book—Complete With the Plague

Coloring books are all the rage among adults. But kids still have a monopoly on scribbling and painting inside (or outside) the lines. So it’s no wonder scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute […] The post Dig Into This Archaeological Science Coloring Book—Complete With the Plague appeared first on Geek.com.

Protein environment makes catalyst efficient for hydrogen production

The interaction of protein shell and active centre in hydrogen-producing enzymes is crucial for the efficiency of biocatalysts. A team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr specifically analysed the role of hydrogen bonds in certain enzymes from green algae, the hydrogenases. Show More Summary

Blocking stress protein could prevent diabetes and obesity

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If you're feeling stressed out, you might want to think twice before seeking comfort in junk food. A new study from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry has found that a stress-related protein could increase the chances of diabetes...Show More Summary

Stuttering: Stop signals in the brain disturb speech flow

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) 'G-g-g-g-g-ood morning' is a daily obstacle for people who stutter. However, so far, not much is known about the causes of persistent developmental stuttering, which is the most frequent speech disorder. Show More Summary

Visualizing single molecules in whole cells with a new spin

(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) In their new study, a Wyss Institute/Max Planck Institute team adapted DNA-PAINT technology to microscopes that are widespread among cell biology laboratories, called confocal microscopes, and that are used by researchers to image whole cells and thicker tissues at lower resolution. Show More Summary

Long-lived storage of a photonic qubit for worldwide teleportation

Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have now achieved...Show More Summary

Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Inca oral histories, written down after the Spanish conquest, claim that the native population was forcibly resettled out of Chachapoyas and dispersed across the Inca Empire. Show More Summary

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