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2011-03-17 21:06:24

Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity. These and other data on the protection of species in zoos and aquaria have now been revealed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. Writing in the journal Science, the team of researchers and the International Species Information System (ISIS) advocate the establishment of targeted captive breeding programmes to supplement the...

2011-03-09 14:48:17

Max Planck scientists show how flexibly the brain processes images Our brains process many more stimuli than we become aware of. Often images enter our brain without being noticed: visual information is being processed, but does not reach consciousness, that is, we do not have an impression of it. Then, what is the difference between conscious and unconscious perception, and can both forms of perception be changed through practice? These questions are important not only for basic research,...

2011-02-16 15:36:53

Max Planck study raises hopes for the development of effective therapies Amyloid-beta and tau protein deposits in the brain are characteristic features of Alzheimer disease. The effect on the hippocampus, the area of the brain that plays a central role in learning and memory, is particularly severe. However, it appears that the toxic effect of tau protein is largely eliminated when the corresponding tau gene is switched off. Researchers from the Max Planck Research Unit for Structural...

2011-01-26 13:33:10

Max Planck researchers can predict the number of offspring a bird will have based on its prolactin and corticosterone levels Some animals produce more offspring than others do. Hormones like prolactin and corticosterone can exercise a crucial influence on the behavior of birds in the breeding season and therefore on their reproductive success. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell and their colleagues at the universities of Princeton and Edinburgh have now...

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2011-01-24 09:35:00

Scientists are close to establishing a non-physical definition of the kilogram--the last remaining base unit in the International System of Units (SI) still defined by an existing object--after it was revealed that the prototype used to establish the measurement is shrinking. That prototype, which is a cylinder of platinum-iridium housed at the International Bureau of Measurements (BIPM) in France, has gotten approximately 50 micrograms (0.0000017 ounces) smaller over the past 100 or so...

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2011-01-11 12:50:00

Europe's billion-dollar Planck space telescope brought results on Tuesday that have delighted astronomers as it showed off 15,000 new celestial objects. Astronomers reported at a conference in Paris that Planck has carried out three complete scans of the Universe, showing off 15,000 new celestial objects, including 30 galaxy clusters. Jan Tauber, a project scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), said that the data is a "treasure trove" that will be exploited for years to come. "For...

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...

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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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2010-06-22 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...


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