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2010-10-26 07:00:00

SEATTLE, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Isilon® (Nasdaq: ISLN) today announced that the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI) has deployed Isilon scale-out storage to help power its leading-edge research in ecology and genetics. Using Isilon's X-Series, featuring the OneFS® operating system, MPI has consolidated project-related home directories, file shares and scientific data archives onto a single, shared storage resource, simplifying data...

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2010-10-05 06:05:00

Scientists from Germany and Canada announced on Monday a partnership to establish a research center for the study of quantum physics. The new facility, dubbed the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, will reside at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and will be funded by Germany's Max Planck Society, a prestigious research institution and home to 32 Nobel prizes. The funding agreement also commits both institutions to conducting joint research projects in Canada and...

2010-09-17 08:30:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark the launch of a new, joint Integrative Biology and Neuroscience graduate program, Max Planck Florida Institute and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are hosting an inaugural Neuroscience Symposium, September 28-29 in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union at FAU's Boca Raton campus. The two-day event will feature speakers and scientific presentations given by the Max Planck Florida Institute; FAU; the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical...

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2010-07-01 10:55:00

Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signaling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions Dramatic scenes are played out under Ralf Sommer's microscope: his research object, the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus, bites another worm, tears open a hole in its side and devours the oozing contents. The squirming victim does not stand a chance in this duel: Caenorhabditis elegans may be a close relative of...

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2010-06-22 14:26:00

EU citizens should be able to determine for themselves under which national law they want to bequeath their estate The holiday home on the Costa del Sol, the bank account in London, the local assets of foreign citizens resident in Germany - which rules apply to the bequeathing of such assets? Not an easy question, because the freedom to stipulate how one's assets are to be disposed of in one's last will and testament is subject to different limitations in each country of the EU. There is not...

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2010-06-22 12:10:21

Until recently, the disastrous scale of the threat posed by salmon farms to the fauna and National Park of the Ays©n region of southern Chile was entirely unknown. The unexpected discovery was made by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and the University of Göttingen, who were studying acoustic communication among the native whales in the region. The researchers not only discovered that the salmon industry is rapidly spreading to the...

2010-04-22 11:32:40

Making the invisible visible The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in Germany, the U.S.A. and Italy are pleased to announce that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mt. Graham in south-eastern Arizona. After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument, dubbed LUCIFER 1, provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the...

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2010-03-25 06:20:00

Genetic testing on a humanoid pinky finger bone discovered in a Siberian cave in 2008 has revealed the possible existence of a new, previously undiscovered pre-human life form, researchers announced on Wednesday. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the University of Montana's Division of Biological Sciences, the University of Vienna's Department of Anthropology, and the Russian Academy of Sciences published their research online in the journal Nature on...

2010-03-04 16:50:12

Iron atoms convey mussel fibers with a robust but stretchy covering We may like to eat mussels steamed in white wine, but we also like to find mussels at the beach. Mostly they are burrowed into the ground or tethered to rocks. But if you look closer you will find a mollusc which has adapted to life and nutrition in a special and fascinating way. Mussels thrive in rocky seashore habitats, in spite of the enormous physical demands present there. This is in no small part due to the evolution of...

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2010-01-01 08:26:18

DNA that is left in the remains of long-dead plants, animals, or humans allows a direct look into the history of evolution. So far, studies of this kind on ancestral members of our own species have been hampered by scientists' inability to distinguish the ancient DNA from modern-day human DNA contamination. Now, research by Svante Pääbo from The Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, published online on December 31st in Current Biology "” a Cell Press...