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Researchers Explain The Flagellar Synchronisation Of Swimming Algae
2013-10-25 14:14:45

Max Planck Institute The beating of flagella is one of the basic principles of movement in the cellular cosmos. However, up to now, scientists were unsure as to how the movements of several of these small cellular appendages are synchronized. Dresden-based researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems have now succeeded in demonstrating how the green alga Chlamydomonas synchronizes the movements of its two...

Researchers Uncover Mechanism For Improving Song Learning In Young Zebra Finches
2013-10-23 12:49:50

Max Planck Institute Most songbirds learn their songs from an adult model, mostly from the father. However, there are relatively large differences in the accuracy how these songs are copied. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen now found in juvenile zebra finches a possible mechanism that is responsible for the differences in the intensity of song learning. They provided the nerve growth factor “BDNF” to the song control system in the brain. With this...

Newly Discovered Threadworm Named After Physicist Max Planck
2013-07-09 10:20:19

Max Planck Institute An unusual posthumous honor for physicist Max Planck: Biologists in Tubingen working with Ralf J. Sommer have named a newly discovered nematode after the German Nobel laureate. Pristionchus maxplancki is thus the first species to carry the name of the scientist, who died in 1947. The discovery from the Far East is assisting the researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology to attain new insights and knowledge about the many interdependencies between...

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...

2013-04-17 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...

2013-03-08 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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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