10.04.2012

Various Research Methods - One Subject: The Brain

Arial view of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Manfred Grohe / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

During the Girls’ Day 16 girls will get an insight in the research concerning the brain conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.[more]


30.03.2012

“SICODE” EUROPEAN PROJECT: ITALY IS PROTAGONIST IN THE RESEARCH OF INNOVATIVE BRAIN-MACHINE INTERFACES

Electron microscopic picture of the brain. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Funded in the area of the ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’ programme, SICODE will open new perspectives for patients affected by paralysis and motor disabilities[more]


29.03.2012

Michael Hothorn wins Career Development Award

Michael Hothorn in front of a model image of a receptor kinase. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Project funding by the Human Science Frontier Program in the life sciences[more]


19.03.2012

Seeing movement: Why the world in our head stays still when we move our eyes

When visually tracking a moving object, we perceive the world as stable, despite its movement across the retina. This picture illustrates the motion-blur on the retina when an observer either tracks a moving object or keeps the eyes still on the background. Graphics: Andreas Bartels, Elvira Fischer / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics; Modified from Photos of shutterstock.com

Scientists from Tübingen discovered new functions of brain regions that are responsible for seeing movement[more]


09.03.2012

Tiny holes in the envelope make bacteria waste away

Equipment for electrophysiological measurements - detail. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

How dermcidin, a natural antibiotic found in sweat, affects microorganisms[more]


06.02.2012

Herbert Schmidt presents his pictures in the Max Planck House

"swimming" - Work of art of Herbert Schmidt (Detail). Photo: Herbert Schmidt

Exhibition "step by step" with new works of the artist[more]


31.01.2012

Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

A monkey is performing a classical visual memory task: an image was shown to the animal. After a brief interval the animals were either shown the same image again or a different one and had to indicate whether the second image was the same as the first one. Graphic: Stefanie Liebe, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory[more]


09.01.2012

Elisa Izaurralde awarded Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012

Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012: Elisa Izaurralde. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology receives award for groundbreaking research in RNA biology[more]


23.12.2011

Elisa Izaurralde appointed adjunct professor

Elisa Izaurralde, adjunct professor of the University of Tübingen. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Expression of the close relations to the University of Tübingen[more]


16.12.2011

Multisensory integration: when correlation implies causation

The experimental set-up. Picture: Jochen Kopp/University of Bielefeld; Kopp and Parise

How the brain merges together sights and sounds[more]


24.11.2011

Playing music alters the processing of multiple sensory stimuli in the brain

A segment of the audiovisual speech (left) and music (right) stimulus. Image: HweeLing Lee/MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Piano practicing finetunes the brain circuitries that temporally bind signals from our senses[more]


11.11.2011

Attention and awareness uncoupled

Bi-stable visual stimuli used for awareness studies. Left diagram shows a classical example, the Necker cube, where the surface depth perception switches over time. On the right, a binocular rivalry stimulus is shown. By putting one grating in one eye and the other grating in the other eye, our percept starts to switch between the two gratings. Interestingly, as in our main stimuli, the unpatterned donut region also takes over the left grating when the right stimulus is perceived. They are ideal and widely used tools to investigate the neural correlate of visual awareness because our percept switches while the physical stimulus remains constant. Graphics: MPI for Biological Cybernetics

Brain imaging experiments uncouple two apparently intimately connected mental processes[more]


19.10.2011

Colorful and shining squares

Art of Uta Albeck

Uta Albeck presents her pictures at the Max Planck House[more]


18.10.2011

Simple nerve cells regulate swimming depth of marine plankton

In the nervous system of Platynereis (white) some different neuropeptides have been discovered. They are stained in different colors. Image: Albina Asadulina and Markus Conzelmann, Group of Gáspár Jékely/MPI for Developmental Biology

Ciliary beating of Platynereis gives insights into an ancestral state of nervous system evolution[more]


07.10.2011

Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen. Graphic: Martin Vötsch, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Research about genes and brain - to see, hear and participate[more]


23.09.2011

Epigenetic changes don’t last

First comprehensive inventory of epigenetic changes over several generations shows that these often do not last and therefore probably have limited effects on long-term evolution.[more]


07.09.2011

Ob Pflanzen wachsen oder wehrhaft sind: Wilhelm-Pfeffer-Preis für Nachwuchsforscher

Marco Todesco entnimmt Proben von Arabidopsis-Pflanzen, um zu analysieren, welche die Genvariante zur Abwehr von Mikroben und Fressfeinden enthalten. Foto: Jörg Abendroth/ Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

Marco Todesco erhält Auszeichnung der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft[more]


01.09.2011

Double appointment with the Max Planck Institutes and the University of Tübingen

Karsten Borgwardt. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Professorship awarded to research group leader Karsten Borgwardt[more]


28.08.2011

1001 Genome-Project – On the way to a complete catalog of the Arabidopsis genome

Different mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Picture: Detlef Weigel / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Thanks to its flexible genome the plant can adapt to various environmental conditions[more]


23.08.2011

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]


22.08.2011

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]


27.07.2011

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]


12.07.2011

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]


07.07.2011

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]


01.07.2011

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]


27.06.2011

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]


21.06.2011

"Minus est plus"

"Hochrad". Graphic of Hans-Jürgen Sesterheim

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


06.06.2011

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]


30.05.2011

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]


29.05.2013

[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]


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]


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