Would you believe your hand could turn into marble?

As if one’s hand were made of marble: Bielefeld neuroscientists successfully deceive participants about their body perceptions. Photo: Senna & Parise

Bielefeld neuroscientists present a new bodily illusion[more]


Successful Hollywood Movies due to Videoanalysis Software

ICCV Helmholtz Price honors Michael J. Blacks basic research paper calculating the „Optical Flow“[more]


Ceremonial Award Ceremony in the Villa Hügel, Essen

Prof. Dr. Karsten Borgwardt receives the Alfried Krupp Förderpreis[more]


One worm, two mouths

A developmental switch in Pristionchus nematodes controls the formation of teeth – an evolutionary novelty of the adult stage – that enable predatory feeding on other nematodes.

A devious evolutionary path between genetics and environment[more]


Low noise keeps cells safe

Many cellular proteins are  made from only a few messenger RNA molecules, which is one of the reasons why protein amounts are ‘noisy’. In the picture shown here, each red dot marks a single messenger RNA. The protein made from this messenger RNA is shown in blue.

Max Planck researchers in Tübingen find that cells keep noise down to protect their safety[more]


ERC Advanced Grant for Tübingen Max Planck Scientist

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel

Tuebingen, October 31st, 2013. Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, receives one of the coveted ERC Advanced Grants, awarded by the European Research Council....[more]


2013 Young Investigator Award der International Neural Networks Society

Prof. Ph.D. Jan Peters, Leiter des Robot Learning Labs in Tübingen

INNS Young Investigator Award für Prof. Dr. Jan Peters[more]


Scientists write "KlarText!"

Gruppenfoto aller KlarText!-Preisträger 2013

Five Scientists received the Klaus Tschira Prize for Generally Understandable Science 2013 - Philipp Berens in the field of Neuroscience [more]


Awards for two young scientists

Jörg Braun

This year’s Karl Lohmann Award and DGHM Graduation Award go to researchers from Tübingen, Germany[more]


A matter of timing

Arabidopsis flowers at various temperatures at various times (left: 16 C, right: 23 C).

To bloom or not to bloom? Max Planck researchers discover how flowering time is affected by temperature [more]


Artist Anne Ruoss presents her colourful work

Farblichter 1, 2013

Art exhibition "Farbklänge" at the Max Planck House from September 20 to November 22, 2013[more]


Neuroscientists meet at the Neckar

Bernstein Center Logo

Around 500 scientists will meet for the international Bernstein Conference 2013 at the University of Tübingen.[more]


Atomic insights into plant growth

The authors. From left to right. Julia Santiago (postdoctoral fellow, supported by a FEBS long-term fellowship), Christine Henzler (research assistent) und Michael Hothorn of the Friedrich-Miescher-Laboratory of the Max Planck Society.

Researchers from the FML in Tübingen resolve how a plant steroid hormone makes plants grow[more]


Max Planck Researcher is Europe's most-cited Plant Scientist

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel

Tuebingen, July 22, 2013. Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel leads Europe's ranking of most-cited authors among plant scientists. This article refers to a ranking of the Lab Times magazine and only exists in German. If you have further...[more]


Big name for a small worm

P. maxplancki im Vergleich mit einem menschlichen Haar

Biologists in Tübingen name a newly discovered threadworm after physicist Max Planck[more]


Alfried Krupp Award for Prof. Dr. Karsten Borgwardt (Kopie 1)

Prof. Dr. Karsten Borgwardt

Tuebingen, July 01, 2013. This article is only available in German. For further information, please contact the PR Officers of the Max Planck Institutes for Intelligent Systems or Developmental Biology. About us The Max...[more]


Nanna Bauschert-Engel reveals traumas and provides food for thoughts

Wüstenfund, 2013

Art exhibition at the Max Planck House from June 29 to August 8, 2013[more]


German Order Pour le mérite elects new chancellor

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, takes over the lead of the Order Pour le mérit

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard takes over the chair of the highest German order of merit for science and art[more]


Otto Hahn Medals for Dr. Joerg E. Braun and Dr. Xiaoyue Wang


Financial cornerstone for two young scientists[more]


Cyberneum reloaded – Research in Virtual Reality

The CyberMotion Simulator (CMS) of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Cora Kürner / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany.

The Cyberneum of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics will celebrate its reopening on the 20. June 2013.[more]


Rats have a double view of the world

Rats process visual information from their eyes similar to other mammals. Nevertheless, their eyes move in a very different way. Unlike humans, their eyes can move in opposite directions. Credit: MPI for Biological Cybernetics/ Kerr

Rodents move their eyes in opposite directions, thereby always keeping an eye on the airspace above them [more]


“Whodunnit” of Irish potato famine solved

A potato specimen from the Kew Garden herbarium, collected in 1847, during the height of the Irish famine. The legend reads “Botrytis infestans”, because it was not known yet that Phytophthora does not belong to the mildew causing Botrytis fungi.

An international team of scientists reveals that a unique strain of potato blight they call HERB-1 triggered the Irish potato famine of the mid-nineteenth century.[more]


Computers accomplish a lot –the human brain remains unmatched

Girls'Day 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Martin Breidt, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

Max Planck Institutes oin Tübingen are participating in the Girls' Day[more]


New York City – A City in the Mirrow of Fashion

New York City – A Citty in the Mirrow of Fashion 2011. Photo: Ulrike Renner

Ulrike Renner presents her photographies at the Max Planck Haus. [more]


The neurobiology of house-hunting at sea

Apical organ. Picture: MPI for Developmental Biology.

Max-Planck-researchers study the life-cycle of marine ragworms[more]


Patrick Müller receives Career Development Award

Picture: Patrick Müller /Private

Patrick Müller is one of eight awardees of the Career Development Award granted by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).[more]


A robot learns to juggle and throw darts

Jens Kober. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Award for the best European PhD thesis in 2012 in robotics for former PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.[more]


Variety of shapes and colors

Marietta Witzgall, Acryl, 2007

The Max Planck House shows the painting of Marietta Witzgall [more]


Sugar influences the onset of flowering

In experiments in Arabidopsis thaliana, the team found that the sugar molecule trehalose-6-phosphate influences the onset of flowering. Photo: Josef Bergstein/MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology

Only when light, age and energy conditions are right do plants flower[more]


IEEE RAS Early Career Award for Prof. Dr. Jan Peters

Jan Peters (right) recieves the award. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Significant award for robotics research for young scientist[more]


The neurobiological consequence of predating or grazing

Pristionchus pacificus can prey on other worms if bacteria get scarce. Here Caenorhabditis elegans is the prey. Picture: MPI for Developmental Biology

Scientists from Tübingen compare neuronal network connections in two worm species[more]


Who decides in the brain?

Large flocks of birds can rapidly change their direction without it being clear how such a decision develops, and whether some birds have a larger influence on it than others. Since the behavior of any one bird depends on that of its neighbors, answering this question is rather complicated. A similar problem is faced by neuroscientists who want to find out which neurons in a large network caused a particular decision. Photo: Christoffer A Rasmussen, CreativeCommons CC 1.0

Tübinger researchers have now shown how the weight of individual neurons in the decision-making process can be reconstructed. [more]


Gudrun Heller-Hoffmann is presenting her pictures at the Max Planck House

Picture: Gudrun Heller-Hoffmann

Photographic art "In the rhythm of light" - Exhibition from 18th January to 1st March 2013[more]


High-field Magnetic Resonance System used for patients for the fist time

Die Abbildung zeigt das Hochfeld-MRT-Gerät des MPI für biologische Kybernetik, das dort zur Forschung zur Verfügung steht und mit dem jetzt die ersten Patienten, die an Hirntumoren erkrankt sind, untersucht wurden. Die beteiligten Wissenschaftler sind (v.L.) Klaus Scheffler, Grzegorz Chadzynski und Rolf Pohmann vom MPI für biologische Kybernetik, so wie Sotirios Bisdas vom Universitätsklinikum. Bild: Stephanie Bertenbreiter / Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik Tübingen

In the Magnetic Resonance Center high-resolution images of the brain help to diagnose cancer[more]


Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence

Hippocampal oscillations: Neural Interaction in Periods of Silence such as deep sleep. Picture: Nikos Logothetis / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Tübinger neurophysiologists develop new method to study widespread networks of neurons responsible for our memory. [more]


„Landschaft als Wandel“ – Exhibition at the Max Planck House

Picture: Brigitte Wagner

The artist Brigitte Wagner is presenting prints and watercolors[more]


How bacteria attack their host cells with sticky lollipops

Bacterial surface with adhesins, sticky lollipop structures enabling the bacteria to attach to their host cells. Copyright: Barth van Rossum/Leibniz-Institut fuer Molekulare Pharmakologie

Tübingen and Berlin scientists investigate pathogens by help of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy – Publications in 'Nature Methods' and 'Nature Scientific Reports'[more]


Micro RNAs in plants: Regulation of the regulator

Thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana. Photo: MPI for Developmental Biology

A phosphate switch to fine-tune the protein production in the cells[more]


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging under the Magnifying Glass

The stimulus used to elicit positive and negative BOLD responses in the visual cortex. Picture: Jozien Goense / Max Planck Institut for Biological Cybernteics Tübingen.

Tübinger scientists reveal laminar differences in neurovascular coupling between positive and negative BOLD responses. [more]


Foggy perception slows us down

The visualization facility at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in which the research was conducted. The screen covers 230° horizontal and 125° vertical field of view, filling the entire human visual field to provide full immersion in the virtual environment. Picture: Jan Soumann / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen

Max Planck scientists show that, contrarily to what was previously believed, speed is overestimated in fog[more]

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