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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...
plasma wave

Electrons Ride Plasma Wave

There is a good chance that soon a new door will open to physicists, offering them new insights into the mysteries of the universe....
X-ray laser

First Published Results from New X-Ray Laser

With the publication of the first experimental measurements performed at the facility, the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (EuXFEL) has passed another critical milestone since...
Topology and Magnetism

The Marriage of Topology and Magnetism in a Weyl System

Topology is a global aspect of materials, leading to fundamental new properties for compounds with large relativistic effects. The incorporation of heavy elements give...
solar cells

What Happens in a Solar Cell When the Lights Go Out?

What happens in a solar cell when the lights go out depends heavily on the material being used. In conventional silicon solar cells, as...
plasma heating

IPP’s ELISE Test Rig Achieves First ITER Objective

The heating beam in the ELISE test rig at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching near Munich has attained the values...
Dendritic Spines

New Software Designed for Rapid, Automated Identification of Dendritic Spines

Is it possible for microscopes to learn a bit about the brain? Even be taught by neuroscientists to reliably recognize parts of brain cells…...
bubonic plague

Oldest Bubonic Plague Genome Decoded

An international team of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has analyzed two 3,800-year-old Y. pestis genomes that suggest...
Phosphors

Positrons Are Shining Brighter

Phosphors have long been in daily use, e.g. in TV screens or PC monitors and in science for investigating plasmas and particle or antiparticle...
femtosecond light source

Molecules Brilliantly Illuminated

Molecules are the building blocks of life. Like all other organisms, we are made of them. They control our biorhythm, and they can also...
Ultrafast Solid-State

The Future of Ultrafast Solid-State Physics

Physicists can now control light in both time and space with hitherto unimagined precision. This is particularly true for the ability to generate ultrashort...