25.05.2011

The digital language of the brain

Network of nerve cells. Picture: Jürgen Berger/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Using a simple mathematical model originating from theoretical physics, scientists are able to capture complex properties of neuronal population activity[more]


28.04.2011

Will it fall? Max Planck scientists show how the brain's estimate of Newton's laws affects perceived object stability

A vase set at its critical angle where it is equally likely to right itself or fall off of the table.

The next time you are in Pisa, try looking at its tower from a different perspective[more]


28.04.2011

Similar structures for face selectivity in human and monkey brains

Face-selective activation in a monkey: (left panel, 1) The rendered monkey brain shows the planes indicating the slice locations of panels 2-4, green spots show activated areas. (panels 2-4) Face selective activation (red-yellow) overlaid on anatomical images of the monkey brain.

Extensive network of brain areas in macaques responds to faces[more]


12.04.2011

Plant hormone auxin triggers a genetic switch

[Translate to English:] Etwa zwei Tage alter Embryo der Ackerschmalwand (Arabidopsis thaliana). Bild: Steffen Lau/Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

A mechanism for stabilising the development of the plant organism[more]


11.04.2011

Evolution can cause a rapid reduction in genome size

Blossoms of the Arabidopsis lyrata. Picture: Ya-Long Guo, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Despite being closely related to the lyre-leaved rock cress, the thale cress has a considerably smaller genome[more]


04.04.2011

„Recycling“ – New art from old pictures

Collage of Nanna Bauschert-Engel "Aufbruch" (Aufbruch = German for "Getting startet")

Nanna Bauschert-Engel presents her collages at the Max Planck House[more]


15.03.2011

Bernhard Schölkopf has been awarded the Max Planck Research Award

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf. Picture: Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

Director of the Max Planck Institute has been awarded the 2011 Max Planck Research Award[more]


17.02.2011

New research emphasis "Intelligent Systems"

All under one roof: The new institute combines software and hardware expertise in three areas of intelligent systems - perception, learning and action. Autonomous systems, Synthetic and biohybrid materials systems / biomimetics, Cellular hybrid systems, Theoretical Soft Matter, Self-organisation, Phase transitions, Theory, Magnetic materials, Micro- and nanorobiticsComputational sciences, Neurosciences, Machine learning, Humanoid robotics, Biological systems, Image recognition, Integration of existing units. Copyright: Max Planck Society

Max Planck Society establishes highly innovative research facility for "Intelligent Systems" in Baden-Württemberg[more]


19.01.2011

Oriental brush paintings

Oriental brush painting. Painted by Altrud Nitschke.

Altrud Nitschke presents oriental brush paintings in the Max Planck Haus[more]


14.01.2011

Music and Color

Finissage of Mark Krauses exhibition "Dirty landscapes" at the Max Planck House on the 13th of January 2011. Nino Shervashidze played the piano. Picture: Kostadinka Krause.

The Painter Mark Krause painted live to the music of Frédéric Chopin und Claude Debussy, while Nino Shervashidze played the piano. [more]


12.01.2011

Piano Music and Live Painting

Mark Krause is painting live at the "Reutlinger Jam-Livemalerei-Session 2010". Picture: "Sanchstar"

The Painter Mark Krause will paint live to the music of Frédéric Chopin und Claude Debussy - At the Piano: Nino Shervashidze [more]


18.11.2010

Perceptual changes – a key to our consciousness

Dichoptic stimulus. Different pictures are presented to the eyes to provoke percept changes (binocular rivalry). Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Tübingen scientists use image processing effects to decipher brain functions [more]


08.11.2010

Dirty Lakescapes

Dirty Landscapes July 3, 2005 - Acryl painting 25 x 34 cm. Painting: Mark Krause.

The Max Planck House in Tübingen presents paintings from Mark Krause[more]


14.10.2010

Greatest warming is in the north, but biggest impact on life is in the tropics

Even though global warming is not increasing temperatures in the tropics as much as in the northern temperate zone and the Arctic, the metabolic effects on cold-blooded creatures that live there, such as this caiman lizard, will be greater than on creatures living farther north. Picture: Tim Vickers; Wikimedia Commons

Just because the temperature change in the tropics is small doesn't mean the biological impacts will be small[more]


14.10.2010

Learning to use an invisible visual signal for perception

A cylinder made of horizontal lines: Using a spezial pair of glasses the blue lines are only visible fort he right ey and the red lines are only visible fort he left eye. The size of the red and blue cylinder differs. Picture: Dr. Massimiliano Di Luca; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Scientists discovered, how our brain extracts signals from the retinal images in order to identify our surroundings[more]


06.09.2010

The intricate path of nerve signals

Example of a 3D activation map elicited by electric microstimulation (ES) to LGN, a thalamic nucleus that receives visual information from retina and mono-synaptically projects to the primary visual cortex (V1). FMRI signals from V1 show increased neuronal activity (red and yellow colors) whereas later cortical areas are suppressed (blue color). (Image: Yusuke Murayama / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)

Neuroscientists from Max Planck Institute in Tübingen discovered new possibilities for electrical stimulation of the brain[more]


14.07.2010

Ceremonial admission in the oldest academy of the sciences

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen. Photo: Anne Faden / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Detlef Weigel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, inducted into the Royal Society of London this week.[more]


30.06.2010

A worm bites off enough to chew

Pristionchus pacificus is preying upon a smaller Caenorhabditis elegans worm. Photo: Andreas Weller / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signalling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions[more]


29.06.2010

Robot, mix me a drink!

Oliver Kroemer, PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Photo: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

PhD Student from Tübingen wins international award. [more]


24.06.2010

Recognition at first sight

The Thatcher illusion: Local changes in facial features are hardly noticeable when the whole face is inverted (rotated 180°), but strikingly grotesque when the face is upright. In the Diagram two faces of an individual are presented. One picture is normal, while the seems grotesque by an upright presentation, but not if the faces are rotated 180°. Moreover, this illusion disappears if faces of another species are manipulated in the same way (see monkey faces). Graphics: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Max Planck scientists investigate the way faces are recognized[more]


23.06.2010

Plant growth hormones: antagonists cooperate

Optical cross-section of the growth zone of Arabidopsis. The distribution of an essential regulator is shown in green, the cytokinin and auxin molecule are shown in red and green. Picture: Jan Lohmann / University of Heidelberg.

Stem cell researchers from Heidelberg and Tübingen (Germany) elucidate complex interaction between auxin and cytokinin[more]


10.06.2010

Biologist from Tübingen has been elected into the French Academy of Sciences

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard looking at a fish tank containing zebra fish (Danio rerio). Photo: L'Oréal / Max-Planck-Institut for Developmental Biology

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, has been elected into the French Academy of Sciences.[more]


02.06.2010

No free lunch in nature either – the dilemma of plants fighting infections

Scanning electron micrograph of an Arabidopsis leaf infected with powdery mildew. The tree-like structures are leaf trichomes, the white filaments are vegetative structures and the white rods are reproductive organs of the fungus. The "storm" in the background is from electrons scattering on the surface of the microscope chamber. (Image: Jürgen Berger and Marco Todesco / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)

Scientists from Tübingen reveal an evolutionary dilemma: plants that are more resistant to disease grow more slowly and are less competitive than susceptible relatives when enemies are rare.[more]


01.06.2010

"Nothing else matters - but the colors"

Spuren IV - Painting by Ingrid Krüger 54x37cm, 2006

The Max Planck House is showing paintings of Ingrid Krüger.[more]


19.05.2010

An island as a reflection of the world

Insects are attracted by light. In order to get a better picture of the beetle biodiversity on the island La Réunion, white sheets were hung up and illuminated with black light. The attracted beetles were caught and described later in the lab. Photo: Matthias Herrmann / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Réunion is to Ralf Sommer and Matthias Herrmann from the Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen what the Galápagos Islands were to Charles Darwin. The island in the Indian Ocean is where the biologists are...[more]


18.05.2010

How plants adapt to environmental changes

The blossom and growth behavior of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana is examined at the Max Planck Institute for Development Biology. Photo: Bernd Schuller/Max Planck Institute of Development Biology

Two biologists from Tübingen are involved in a new DFG priority program[more]


17.05.2010

Heli Trainer flight simulator presented exclusively at the ILA

Heli Aviation GmbH together with KUKA Roboter GmbH and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics will be presenting a concept study for a new helicopter flight trainer at the ILA. (Photo: Jo Teichmann)

The flight simulator Heli Trainer will be presented exclusively at the ILA fair in Berlin.[more]


20.04.2010

„BeGrenzen“ - Experiments with Art

„Verschleiert", 70 x 100, Acryl Malerei und Spray Paint auf Leinwand, von Helga Mayer

The Max Planck House is showing paintings of Helga Mayer.[more]


13.04.2010

Girls’ Day: The fascinating world of research

Girls Day at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen on the 23rd of April 2009. Photo: Lisa Braun/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

At the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen girls turn for one day into scientists and boys into service providers in kitchen, administration and press office. Major of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will be looking over the girl's shoulders.[more]


15.03.2010

How plants put down roots

DIC image of immature seed after the first embryonic cell division. Proembryo (yellow), suspensor (blue), endosperm (green), and remaining pollen tube (red) are false colored. Image: Martin Bayer / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Tübingen-based developmental geneticists research organ development in the plant embryo[more]


22.02.2010

MAMU: An art exhibition

„Sein und Bewusstsein" aus der Serie „Dichter" 2006, Acryl auf Leinwand, 120x90. Bild von MAMU

An art exhibition on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen[more]


11.02.2010

Detlef Weigel receives Otto Bayer Prize 2010

Detlef Weigel, head of the Molecular Biology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Image: Anne Faden / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen is honored for his work in the field of plant genetics / His results allow predictions on how wild as well as agricultural plants will adapt to climate...[more]


03.02.2010

The quick and the dead: evidence that movement is swiftest in response to events in the environment

Two people were challenged to press a row of buttons faster than their opponent. Photo: Nancy Mendoza/Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

German and British scientists proofed, that we move faster when we react to something than we do when we initiate the action ourselves[more]


28.01.2010

Uncorrelated activity in the brain helps function

Neurons in Cortical Circuits. Photo: Alexander Ecker; Jakob Reimer; Andreas Tolias

Interconnected networks of neurons process information and give rise to perception by communicating with one another via small electrical impulses known as action potentials.[more]


27.01.2010

The roots of food security

Increased lateral root density after treatment with the hormone auxin. Photo: Ive De Smet

Max Planck Scientists discovered how certain hormones control aspects of root branching in plants[more]


22.01.2010

Nino Shervashidze wins Outstanding Student Paper Award

Nino Shervashidze. Photo: Stephanie Bertenbreiter/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Nino Shervashidze received one of the most prestigious awards in Machine Learning, the NIPS Outstanding Student Paper Award 2009.[more]


12.01.2010

„abstrakt“ – an art exhibition

"Verzückend" A picture painted with acrylic paint on paper from Cora Kürner

An art exhibition on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen[more]


08.01.2010

Micro RNAs make Genes shut up

Research as Art: Micro RNAs make Genes shut up, Image: Hannes Rall and Michael Meier, created after the idea of Christoph Bächtle and Ralf Kindervater.

German researchers have discovered a novel mechanism for gene regulation[more]


31.12.2009

Evolution caught in the act

Different strains of the common thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana; Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

US-German team measures how quickly genomes change[more]


21.12.2009

A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Interpreting this facial expression correctly (as a „thoughtful“ expression) is very difficult based on this photo alone. When showing the corresponding video sequence, however, recognition becomes easy, which underlines the importance of the temporal dimension for effective communication.

Moving pictures are more suitable to interpret the mood of a person than a static photograph.[more]


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