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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...
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...
thin film

Splicing Together a Thin Film in Motion

Technology reliant on thin film materials has become ubiquitous in our everyday life. Control of the electronic properties of materials at the nanometer level...
Organic light-emitting diodes

OLED: Nanometer-Thin Layer Improves Efficiency

Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are used as light sources in high-quality smartphone displays and large-area high-end products such as OLED televisions. The main active...
malaria

Fighting Malaria with Green Chemical Synthesis

The most important active ingredient against malaria can now be produced in a considerably more efficient and environmentally friendly way. Researchers at the Max...
Attoseconds

Attoseconds Break into Atomic Interior

This has made it possible to observe the interaction of multiple photons in a single such pulse with electrons in the inner orbital shell...
broadband infrared

A Keen Sense for Molecules

Infrared light has a keen sense for molecules. With the help of this light, researchers are able to go in search of the small...
quadrillionth

A Quadrillionth of a Second in Slow Motion

Many chemical processes run so fast that they are only roughly understood. To clarify these processes, a team from the Technical University of Munich...
quantum

Light Controls Two-Atom Quantum Computation

Some powerful rulers of the world may dream of the possibility to get in touch with their colleagues on different continents unnoticed by friends...
Superconductors

Superconductors Earn Their Stripes

Understanding high temperature superconductivity (high Tc) has been a long-standing challenge since its discovery in copper oxide compounds in 1986. A key issue in...