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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...

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...

2013-04-30 12:26:58

ZURICH, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Olaf von Maydell has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, effective May 1, 2013. A tax consultant who holds a PhD in agricultural economics, Dr. von Maydell is a partner in the Schomerus & Partner tax consulting firm in Berlin. He served as General Manager of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin from 2006 to 2011, and from 2001 to 2006 he was Head of Finance for Doctors Without...

2013-04-17 16:20:39

According to the thesis by PhD holder Claudia Loaiza-Escutia, written up in the UVP/EHU´s Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, European scientists have difficulty connecting with the general public and journalists. The causes of these difficulties are, above all, the lack of institutional support, pressures of work, and not having any training in communication. The study by Claudia Loaiza stands out because not only does it include quantitative information on...

2013-04-03 12:29:33

National program creates opportunities to support the Max Planck Florida Institute's neural circuit research focused on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Epilepsy and other brain disorders JUPITER, Fla., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obama administration formally announced its plan to fund the development of a comprehensive map of the brain's activity with a project called Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN), starting with an initial investment...

2013-03-08 23:02:24

The advanced center for neuroscience not only offers events for local residents -- the next is March 14, 2013 -- but also draws new homeowners to the area. JUPITER, Fla. (PRWEB) March 08, 2013 Whether it´s the free community lecture coming up March 14, the bountiful employment opportunities or the prestige of a name synonymous with the study of science, the Max Planck Florida Institute is a boon for Jupiter and the municipalities that surround it. Less than one year after the...

Light Pollution Sparks Early Sexual Maturity For City Birds
2013-02-14 08:09:41

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The light that emanates from cities may be causing birds to mate earlier. That's according to a study conducted by Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany. The study found that nighttime light in urban areas causes birds and other animals to develop their reproductive systems earlier. In the study researchers at the Max Planck Institute studied European blackbirds (Turdus merula), to see how they develop in...

2012-12-09 05:02:41

The 100,000-square-foot neuroscience institute celebrates its grand opening, which was four years in the making. JUPITER, Fla. (PRWEB) December 08, 2012 The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience will cap a week´s worth of coverage by the national and international media, important visits by local and state dignitaries, and its official grand-opening celebration with an all-day community event Dec. 8. All eyes have been on Jupiter since Dec. 3, when the esteemed center for brain...

2012-11-29 13:34:42

Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little seafood. The research is published November 28 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marcello Mannino and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany. Genetic analysis of the bones discovered in caves on the Egadi islands provides some of the first...

Unknown Proteins Of The Herpesvirus Identified By Scientists
2012-11-26 14:12:33

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft The genome encodes the complete information needed by an organism, including that required for protein production. Viruses, which are up to a thousand times smaller than human cells, have considerably smaller genomes. Using a type of herpesvirus as a model system, the scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich and their collaboration partners at the University of California in San Francisco have shown that the genome of this...