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vacuum fluctuations

The Force of the Vacuum

Scientists from the Theory Department of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser...
Barnard's star

A Cold Super-Earth in Our Neighbourhood

An international group of astronomers, involving the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, has succeeded in detecting a planet around Barnard's star,...
nanomachines

Nonstop Transport of Cargo in Nanomachines

Moving around, sensing the extracellular environment, and signaling to other cells are important for a cell to function properly. Responsible for those tasks are...
poison capsule

Gatekeeper for Poison Capsule

Bacteria have established various strategies to infect organisms and use them as sources of nutrients. Many microbes use toxins that break down membranes by...
Bipolar structure

Bipolar Structure for Nerve Cell Migration

The cerebral cortex is responsible for a large number of complex brain functions, ranging from the perception of sensory stimuli through alertness, memory and...
nanorobotsvideo

Nanorobots Propel Through the Eye

Researchers of the “Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems” Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, together with an international team...
fatty liver

Disorder in the Liver

Chronic excessive caloric intake leads to the deposition of fat droplets in the liver. This condition, known as fatty liver, can cause permanent damage...
tiny leaves

Large Cells for Tiny Leaves

In autumn, it is not only the colours that catch the eye, but also the different sizes and shapes of leaves. But what makes...
quantum

Rydberg Systems as a Novel Platform for Optical Quantum Communication and...

Since the early years of the century, scientists have been seeking ways to exploit the properties of Rydberg atoms for photon-based processing of quantum...
Quantum Simulation

European Commission Funds the Next-Generation Platform for Quantum Simulation with Cold...

Today a European collaboration involving several research institutes and industrial companies embarks on a common effort to extend the capabilities of quantum simulator technologies....
crystalline silicon

Goodbye, Silicon?

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz (Germany) together with scientists from Dresden, Leipzig, Sofia (Bulgaria) and Madrid (Spain)...
Nanotechnology

Fighting Forgetfulness with Nanotechnology

About 29 million people around the world are affected by the disease "Alzheimer". In an international collaboration, scientists of the Max Planck Institute for...
membraneless protocells

Origin of Life in Membraneless Protocells

How life arose from non-living chemicals more than 3.5 billion years ago on Earth is a still unanswered questions. The RNA world hypothesis assumes...
Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa Patients Prefer Underweight Bodies

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent...
structure surfaces

Molecular Multitools

The functionalization of surfaces with different physical or chemical properties is a key challenge for many applications. For example, the defined structuring of a...
mitochondrial diseases

Gene Therapy for Mitochondrial Diseases

Mitochondrial disease is now thought to be the second most commonly diagnosed genetic disease worldwide, and, unfortunately, there are still no proven treatment strategies...
Zika and yellow fever

Zika and Yellow Fever: Vaccines Without Eggs

This could make the supply of some vital vaccines more secure in the future. A team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute...
Vertebrate Genomes

International Vertebrate Genomes Project Releases New Genomes

The international Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) is officially launched and releases 15 new reference genomes representing all five vertebrate classes – mammals, birds, reptiles,...
Biosensor

Biosensor for Phenylketonuria

The treatment of numerous diseases could be improved if the blood concentration of disease-relevant metabolites could be monitored at the point-of-care (POC), ideally even...
bacterial infection

Size Matters

All cells in the body have the basic ability to protect themselves from infection, called the innate immune response. But how cells do this...