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Wendelstein 7-X: Second round of experimentation started

The plasma experiments in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, have been resumed after a 15-month conversion break. The extension has made the device fit for higher heating power and longer pulses. Show More Summary

Wendelstein 7-X: Second round of experimentation started

(Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP)) The plasma experiments in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, have been resumed after a 15-month conversion break. The extension has made the device fit for higher heating power and longer pulses. Show More Summary

Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for solar system Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using our own methods. Show More Summary

Single molecule spectroscopy using tunable lasers

Research from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. A white paper from HÜBNER Photonics 

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) A large-scale study of languages shows that the grammar of creoles -- which emerged in multilingual situations of extreme social upheaval, like colonial slaveries -- are composed from the grammars of other languages that preceded them rather than being innovated from scratch. Show More Summary

Blame it on the bossa nova: How music changes our perception of touch

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Music touches. Until recently, this was only meant in a figurative way -- now it can also be taken literally. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have found that touch is perceived differently, depending on the music being played. Show More Summary

Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in the Lechtal, south of Augsburg, Germany. The majority of women probably came from Bohemia or Central Germany, while men usually remained in the region of their birth. Show More Summary

Bit data goes anti-skyrmions

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids) A group of scientists from the Max Planck Institutes in Halle and Dresden have discovered a new kind of magnetic nano-object in a novel material that could serve as a magnetic bit with cloaking properties to make a magnetic disk drive with no moving parts -- a Racetrack Memory -- a reality in the near future.

Source code of award-winning knowledge base is now available for everyone

(Saarland University) Almost every word has more than one meaning. Modern search engines solve this problem using knowledge bases. Yago was one of the first knowledge bases, developed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and the Télécom ParisTech in Paris. Show More Summary

Nucleolus is a life expectancy predictor

Can a cell show its biological age? And is it possible to foresee an animal's lifespan? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne discovered a connection between the size of the nucleolus - a tiny structure in the very center of the cell - and life expectancy. This could be used as a molecular marker for health and aging.

Shining a spotlight on the machinery of life

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have developed a technique for directly observing how enzymes and other biomolecules go about their work, with potentially significant medical and scientific benefits. Show More Summary

Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids) New research published this week shows a rare state of matter in which electrons in a superconducting crystal organize collectively. The findings lay the groundwork for answering one of the most compelling questions in physics: How do correlated electron systems work, and are they related to one another?

New prospects on the spread of tumors

(Technische Universität Dresden) Scientists of Technische Universität Dresden, the University of Applied Sciences HTW Dresden and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research Heidelberg have gained new prospects on the invasion mechanism of malignant tumours using mathematical models and computer simulations.

Early Indian Ocean trade routes bring chicken, black rat to eastern Africa

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) The earliest introduction of domestic chickens and black rats from Asia to the east coast of Africa came via maritime trade routes between the 7th and 8th centuries AD. In a paper...Show More Summary

Kenya's 2017 election and its aftermath

After a fraught election, Kenya is teetering on the brink of a crisis which threatens to escalate. How could this happen? Is there any hope for reconciliation? An analysis by Elena Gadjanova of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen.

The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) Vinegar flies should normally try to avoid their sick conspecifics to prevent becoming infected themselves. Nevertheless they are irresistibly attracted to the smell given off by sick flies. Show More Summary

MPFI's Ryohei Yasuda awarded 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize

(Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D., Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience's (MPFI) Scientific Director, was one of two outstanding recipients of the 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize, awarded July 20 in Chiba-city, Japan. Show More Summary

Scientists shine new light on the 'other high temperature superconductor'

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and "charge-density-waves" in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. Show More Summary

Sleep makes it possible for babies to associate words with content -- and not with noise

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) For babies every moment is a new experience -- until the infant brain organises the flood of stimulations. It has to save new information in its long-term memory, aggregate similar experiences and categorise them. Show More Summary

MPFI researchers make significant advance in understanding calcium channel function

(Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) A new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience uncovers critical aspects of calcium channel function. Young and his team developed a technique to simultaneously probe both the structure and function of calcium channels with unrivaled accuracy. Show More Summary

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