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Image 1 - Children More Cooperative Than Chimpanzees
2011-10-14 05:39:16

Human children are more likely than chimpanzees to collaborate when solving problems, according to a new European study. The researchers compared the responses of 3-year-old children in Germany with semi-free-ranging chimpanzees in a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and found that the children preferred to perform a task collaboratively rather than alone, while the chimpanzees showed no such preference. Human children begin very early to recognize the need for help,...

Researchers Find Freshwater Springs, Numerous Micro-organisms In The Dead Sea
2011-09-27 10:04:59

[ Watch the Video ] Findings are the result of collaboration between researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have discovered deep freshwater springs on the Dead Sea floor that feed into this rapidly dwindling body of water. In the first-ever Dead Sea diving expedition, the researchers also found new types of micro-organisms growing around fissures in the sea floor as...

2011-09-08 14:55:21

MPI researchers discover direct connections between the areas of the brain responsible for voice and face recognition Face and voice are the two main features by which we recognise other people. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have now discovered that there is a direct structural connection consisting of fibre pathways between voice- and face-recognition areas in the human brain. The exchange of information, which is assumed to take...

2011-09-07 07:57:00

BERLIN, September 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier's Scopus data enables visualization of how densely Max Planck institutes are linked with their local and international partners. This visualization is part of the new Max Planck Science Gallery in the Science Forum building at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, to open on September 8, 2011. This innovative multimedia exhibition center offers a platform to inform the general public how Max Planck scientists are working on the...

2011-09-01 12:49:48

Max Planck researchers analyze the structure of an iron storage protein Microbes are omnipresent on earth. They are found as free-living microorganisms as well as in communities with other higher organisms. Thanks to modern biological techniques we are now able to address the complex communities and study the role of individual microorganisms and enzymes in more detail. Microbacterium arborescens is a bacterium, which can be found in the guts of herbivorous caterpillars. The Department...

A New Atlas Of The Milky Way
2011-08-31 07:49:27

  Sino-German research group draws a new map at the Urumqi radio telescope and discovers two supernova remnants It may not be much use to hitchhikers through the galaxy, but it is extremely valuable to astronomers: the new radio atlas of the Milky Way. After almost ten years of work, researchers at the Max Planck Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have completed their investigation into the polarized radio emission in the galactic plane. The atlas is based on observations...

2011-07-28 18:16:39

Max Planck scientists develop new analytical tools for the fast and accurate reconstruction of neural networks The human brain is the most complex of all organs, containing billions of neurons with their corresponding projections, all woven together in a highly complex, three-dimensional web. To date, mapping this vast network posed a practically insurmountable challenge to scientists. Now, however, a research team from the Heidelberg-based Max Planck Institute for Medical Research has...

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2011-05-30 06:10:00

Technology developed with ESA funding and drawing on long-running research aboard the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. Using plasma "“ superheated, electrically charged gas "“ Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics director Gregor Morfill is developing ways to kill bacteria and viruses that can cause infections in hospitals. "What we have with plasma is the possibility to supplement our own immune...

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2011-03-22 10:05:00

After a hibernation of about six months, the framing cameras on board NASA's Dawn spacecraft have again ventured a look into the stars. The spacecraft also powered up its visible and infrared mapping spectrometer, which investigates surface mineralogy, and the gamma ray and neutron detector, which detects elemental composition. The reactivation prepares the instruments for the May approach and July arrival at Vesta, Dawn's first port of call in the asteroid belt. "Last week, we gently 'woke...

2010-12-08 21:36:47

Size matters: The strange behavior of small particles at density interfaces Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts have found a remarkable effect while studying how marine particles sink, which could affect the way scientists assess global carbon fluxes. Their question - How fast does organic material and debris clumped together forming porous particles settle to...