Voice cells for voice recognition

Two rhesus monkey calls (top: sound amplitude over time; bottom: energy for each frequency over time). Illustration: Catherine Perrodin/MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Specific nerve cells process vocal information from conspecifics[more]


Swarm Teleoperation – enhancing the communication in flying robot systems

The Quadcopter is a small, approximately 16 inches in diameter, unmanned aerial vehicles (UVA’s), navigated by a human operator. Picture: Martin Breidt / Max Planck Institute fpr Biological Cybernetics.

With the help of computer simulations and prototypes Max Planck researchers are trying to enhance the communication in human and multi-robot interactions. [more]


How the modular structure of proteins permits evolution to move forward

Scanning electron micrograph of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Image: Jürgen Berger/MPI for Developmental Biology

The development of identical egg laying organs of two nematode species is regulated by different signaling pathways[more]


Deeper insight into the activity of the cortex

Left is an image of a cross-section through the whole mammalian brain that shows both brain hemispheres (solid white outline) as well as the overlaying cerebral cortex which is made up of many layers (I – VI). On the right hemisphere are brain cells, neurons, labeled with a genetically encoded fluorescent marker that reports back the cells activity by fast changes in brightness. This image has been taken from a brain slice post mortem where the lower limit of the cortex can be seen (dotted white line). Right, this image shows the same deep layer V brain cells (red box) labeled with the genetically encoded fluorescent marker but actually imaged non-invasively from a living animal using a modified multiphoton microscope, or RAMM approach. This allows scientists to study activity in neuronal populations deep in the cortex of an awake behaving animal and will lead to a deeper understanding of how cortical networks perform computations. Picture: Wolfgang Mittmann, Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Max Planck Scientists can image the processing of information deeper in the cortex with the help of a new multiphoton microscope design[more]


Detlef Weigel received State Research Prize of Baden-Württemberg at the award ceremony in Tübingen

Award ceremony of the State Research Prize of Baden Württemberg 2011. Rupert Handgretinger, Detlef Weigel, Markus Brock (from left to right). Picture: Friedhelm Albrecht; University of Tübingen.

Minister Theresia Bauer emphasizes the importance of freedom in fundamental research [more]


Max-Planck-Direktor Heinrich Bülthoff will give a talk at the 'Tübinger Innovationstagen'

An envisioned Personal Aerial Vehicle. Graphic: Gareth Padfield, Flight Stability and Control

Human-Machine-Interface: The new EU-Project "myCopter"[more]


New tasks attributed to Aurora proteins in cell division

Scanning electron micrograph of fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe). Illustration: Jürgen Berger/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Press release of the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory and the University of Tübingen - New information from fission yeast provides clues for research on cancer treatments[more]


"Minus est plus"

"Hochrad". Graphic of Hans-Jürgen Sesterheim

Hans-Jürgen Sesterheim presents his graphics at the Max Planck House[more]


Marco Todesco receives Otto Hahn Medal

Marco Todesco, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in the Molecular Biology department. Picture: Jörg Abendroth / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

PhD thesis about the natural variation of plants wins award[more]


Detlef Weigel receives State Research Prize of Baden Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel. Picture: Anne Faden / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Tübingen.

What are the mechanisms that are responsible for the adaptive variation of plants and what role do they play in speciation?[more]


[Translate to English:] Die neue International Max Planck Research School „From Molecules to Organisms“

[Translate to English:] Poster des Doktoranden-Programms IMPRS "From Molecules to Oranisms". Photo: Jörg Abendroth; Design: Stefanie Huber / Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsinstitut.

[Translate to English:] Strukturiertes Doktorandenprogramm mit interdisziplinärer Ausrichtung[more]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


„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]


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]


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]


Oriental brush paintings

Oriental brush painting. Painted by Altrud Nitschke.

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


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


"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]


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]


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]


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]


„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]


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]

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