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2013-07-02 04:20:02

Singapore, July 2, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Scientists at A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) in Berlin (Germany) have discovered a molecular network in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) that integrates cell communication signals to keep the cell in its stem cell state. These findings were reported in the June 2013 issue of Molecular Cell.Human embryonic stem cells have the remarkable property that they can form all human...

Urban Blackbirds Have Faster Circadian Rhythms Than Rural Relatives
2013-06-19 10:27:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years we have known about the differences between city slickers and country bumpkins, but a new study from the Max Planck Institute in Germany has shown that the different environments can have different effects on an organism´s natural biological rhythms. Along with ornithologists from the University of Maine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the Max Planck researchers studied the circadian rhythm of both urban and...

Sunrise 2 Launched Successfully
2013-06-12 10:28:55

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research The balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise has lifted off - and will now begin its unique journey to the active Sun. The balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise has lifted off successfully from Esrange Space Center in the north of Sweden. Today at 7.37 a.m. CEST the launching vehicle released the gondola and the huge balloon lifted Sunrise into the sky. Ever since the last ground-based tests had been completed during the past week, the...

Heart Of Space Mission LISA Pathfinder Successfully Tested, Ready For Launch
2013-06-05 14:13:03

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission passed with flying colors extensive testing at the Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) at the University of Glasgow. IGR scientists assured that the high-precision measurement system is ready to survive tremendous forces up to 35 g (35 times the gravitational acceleration on Earth) during rocket launch. “With the successful tests we reached an important milestone. The...

Olfactory Signals Help Female Moths Choose Best Egg-laying Sites
2013-06-03 11:00:17

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, discovered that the ability of Manduca sexta moths to recognize changes in the profile of volatile compounds released by plants being attacked by Manduca caterpillars allows them to lay their eggs on plants that are less likely to be attacked...

Adult Wild Chimpanzees Have Developed A Certain Immunity Against Malaria Parasites
2013-05-29 09:57:59

Max Planck Institute Wild great apes are widely infected with malaria parasites. Yet, nothing is known about the biology of these infections in the wild. Using fecal samples collected from wild chimpanzees, an international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin has now investigated the effect of the animals´ age on malaria parasite detection rates. The data show a strong association between...

Rat's Move Their Eyes In Opposite Directions When Running For Unique View
2013-05-28 14:17:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Max Planck Institute (MPG) scientists have found that rats move their eyes in opposite directions in both the horizontal and the vertical plane when running. This gives the rats a unique perspective on the world around them. The team discovered that each rat eye moves in a different direction, depending on the change in the animals' head position. They analyzed both eyes and found that one of the eye movements exclude the...

Botanical Strategies Observed In Fruit-Finding Chimpanzees
2013-04-11 06:52:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have long known that fruit-eating animals use spatial memory to relocate fruit. What they haven't known is how these animals located the fruit in the first place. A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPG) demonstrates that chimpanzees use botanical knowledge in their daily search for food. The research team studied chimpanzees in the Taï National Park in Côte...

Detection Of Two Titanium Oxides Discovered Around The Giant Star VY Canis Majoris
2013-03-27 09:17:50

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and from the University of Cologne, discovered two titanium oxides, TiO and TiO2, at radio wavelengths using telescope arrays in the USA and in France. The detection was made in the environment of VY Canis Majoris, a giant star close to the end of its life. The discovery was made in the course of a study of a spectacular star, VY Canis...

2013-03-18 15:54:40

Insect odorant receptors regulate their own sensitivity. Highly developed antennae containing different types of olfactory receptors allow insects to use minute amounts of odors for orientation towards resources like food, oviposition sites or mates. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now used mutant flies and for the first time provided experimental proof that the extremely sensitive olfactory system of fruit flies – they are able to...


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