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An atlas of the heart: Proteome of the human heart mapped for the first time

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) A healthy heart beats about two billion times during a lifetime - thanks to the interplay of more than 10,000 proteins. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and the German...Show More Summary

Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries in Europe

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) New research answers a long-debated question among anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists: when farmers first arrived in Europe, how did they interact with existing hunter-gatherer...Show More Summary

Droplet friction found to be similar to that of solid objects

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research has found through experimentation that friction in sliding drops is similar in some ways to that of solid objects. In their paper published inShow More Summary

This site uses machine learning to enhance your low-res photos for free

We’ve recently seen a number of interesting approaches to improving low-resolution images using machine learning, including ones from researchers at Google, and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Now, you can try an AI-powered enhancing tool for yourself with just a couple of clicks. Show More Summary

Probability calculations -- even babies can master it

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) One important feature of the brain is its ability to make generalisations based on sparse data. By learning regularities in our environment it can manage to guide our actions. Show More Summary

Max Planck, Norwegian Centre For Taxation & Notre Dame Host Conference On BEPS: Tax Evasion Or Tax Avoidance

The Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Norwegian Centre for Taxation, and Notre Dame are hosting a conference on From Panama to BEPS: Tax Evasion or Tax Avoidance —International and National Policies to Confront Personal and Corporate Tax Strategies in Bergen, Norway (program): Session #1: Shifting Income...

Order in disorder: A key feature of dendritic organization in the brain

(Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) Fitzpatrick and colleagues find that synaptic inputs in the visual cortex are locally -- but not globally -- organized. This local functional synaptic clustering applies to a diverse set of inputs and appears to be a fundamental principle of dendritic organization. Show More Summary

New algorithm “enhances” low-res photos till they are tack sharp in hi-res

The scientists of Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new algorithm. It enhances low-res images so that they miraculously become hi-res and sharp. It only needs a single low-resolution input, and it will increase its resolution while retaining the realistic textures and details. Show More Summary

Food odor enhances male flies' attractiveness

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) "A way to someone's heart is through their stomach" is a popular saying. But it is not only in humans that romance and a good dinner seem to go together well. In the vinegar fly DrosophilaShow More Summary

Amazon to invest $1.5 million as part of AI collaboration with Germany’s Max Planck Society 

Amazon is partnering with a German research institute called the Max Planck Society on a far-reaching “strategic collaboration” across the artificial intelligence (AI) realm. Amazon has said that it will build a research center next to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligence Systems in Tübingen, a university town near Stuttgart in the southwest of Germany, as part […]

Legibility emerges spontaneously, rather than evolving over time

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Olivier Morin from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena analyzed and compared the letters of more than 100 scripts from all over the globe. He found...Show More Summary

Amazon Makes $1.5 Million Investment In AI

The investment supports a partnership with a German institute in Cyber Valley. Amazon intends to collaborate in research with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligence Systems in Tubingen, a university town near Stuttgart.

Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learnt. Show More Summary

Svante Pääbo to receive the 2018 HFSP Nakasone Award

(Human Frontier Science Program) Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) was the 2018 HFSP Nakasone Award awarded for his discovery of the extent to which hybridization with Neanderthals and Denisovans has shaped the evolution of modern humans, and his development of techniques for sequencing DNA from fossils.

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has investigated the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

Stiff fibres spun from slime

Nature is an excellent teacher – even for material scientists. Researchers, including scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, have now observed a remarkable mechanism by which polymer materials are formed.Show More Summary

"Cosmic Spindles" --Unusual Galaxy More Common Than Thought

Galaxies are majestic, rotating wheels of stars? Not in the case of the spindle-like galaxies studied by Athanasia Tsatsi (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) and her colleagues. Using the CALIFA survey, the astronomers found that these slender galaxies, which rotate...        

Researchers create digital objects from incomplete 3-D data

Using special cameras, it is now possible to capture real objects digitally. Nonetheless, they run into trouble if for example some parts are hidden by others. Computer scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, together...Show More Summary

Astronomers discover unusual spindle-like galaxies

Galaxies are majestic, rotating wheels of stars? Not in the case of the spindle-like galaxies studied by Athanasia Tsatsi (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) and her colleagues. Using the CALIFA survey, the astronomers found that these slender galaxies, which rotate along their longest axis, are much more common than previously thought. Show More Summary

MPFI scientists discover regional differences among chandelier cells

(Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) The brain is composed of distinct regions that differ in their functional roles and cellular architecture. It remains largely unknown to what extent a single type in different brain regions displays similarity in gene expression, connectivity, and developmental origins. Show More Summary

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