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2014-04-23 23:12:53

Shi DeRu’s Zen US tour lecture series (9th lecture) with the theme “Universal Quantum Conscious Communication through the Eyes of Albert Einstein & Max Planck,” is open to the Atlanta area community on the morning of April 26th--World Tai Chi Day in Norcross, GA. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 Shaolin Institute (http://www.shaolin-world.net) hosts Shi DeRu’s 9th Zen (Chan in Chinese Mandarin) lecture of his current US tour lecture series, with the theme “Universal...

2014-04-17 11:34:30

Trans-generational defense mechanism in humans proved Children who have been conceived during a severe epidemic are more resistant against other pathogens later in life. For the first time this has been proved by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, for the 18th century epidemics of measles and smallpox in the Canadian province of Québec. Children who were conceived during the wave of measles in 1714 and 1715 died significantly less...

2014-04-17 11:32:24

Max Planck researchers reveal relationships between rare languages in the Colombian Amazon The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words. This list was compiled in 1969 during a brief encounter with one Carabayo family. Frank Seifart of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in...

2014-03-05 23:29:56

New technology enables anyone to have a 3D digital doppelgänger. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 05, 2014 Body Labs, Inc., a company based in New York City, has developed the world's most advanced technology for creating 3D digital avatars in a fully automated way. The technology, based on nearly a decade of research from Brown University and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, makes it possible to easily create highly accurate and realistic avatars that can mimic the...

Friendly Information Signs Reduce Vandalism On Scientific Equipment
2013-11-26 09:07:54

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Behavioral biologists conducting research in the field often depend on state-of-the-art techniques. Consequently, damage to or theft of technical equipment represents a dramatic financial and scientific loss. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen decided to find out whether the information content and tone of labels attached to the equipment could reduce the incidence of vandalism. In total 60 equipment dummies were distributed in...

Two Mouths For One Worm
2013-11-07 11:58:54

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft A devious evolutionary path between genetics and environment Depending on the environment in which the worm grows, the larva of the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus develops into either a wide-mouthed predator or a narrow-mouthed bacteria eater. A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Tübingen, Germany, headed by Ralf J. Sommer have now discovered a developmental biological switch that determines the worm's mouth form....

Music Helps Focus Attention, Work More Efficiently
2013-10-16 19:02:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have just taken the side of the seven dwarfs in the Disney film Snow White. According to these scientists and their colleagues, music makes physical labor easier and focuses the attention of the worker rather than distract them. This can also hold true for those lifting weights, running or doing some other kind of exercise. Fast, driving tunes don’t...

Using Animal Behavior Data To Better Inform Mathematical Models Of Animal Movements
2013-10-16 15:31:44

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Many animals are adapting to human encroachment of their natural habitats. Carnivores in particular require territories of sufficient size and so are often forced to move between numerous small habitat patches. To date, scientists often use mathematical models to predict these important routes, but fishers fitted with GPS sensors are now showing that their calculations may be missing the mark if they ignore animal behavior. Corridors are spaces that receive too...

Heat Radiation Of Small Objects Is Beyond Planck's Equations
2013-07-11 11:20:03

Vienna University of Technology Objects that are smaller than the wavelength of thermal radiation cannot radiate heat efficiently. A generalized theory of thermal radiation has now been experimentally confirmed at the level of a single object at the Vienna University of Technology. All the objects around us emit thermal radiation. Usually, this radiation can be described very accurately using Planck's law. If, however, the radiating object is smaller than the thermal wavelength, it...

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...


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