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]


07.12.2009

How to read brain activity?

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain function and to diagnose neurological disorders. Photo: Kevin Whittingstall/Max Planck Institute for Biolological Cybernetics

For the very first time, scientists have shown what EEG can really tell us about brain functioning[more]


03.12.2009

A special kind of flight training

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff conducting a perception experiment in the flight simulator in of the Cyberneum in Tübingen. Image: Anne Faden/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

A new generation of flight simulators will attempt to make air traffic safer[more]


03.11.2009

Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

New data from rats with head-mounted microscopes shed light on how we put the world together seamlessly while we move around. Image: Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals[more]


13.10.2009

Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane won the Focus Photo Contest

Zebrafish larvae, first prize Image: Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Their image of two-day-old zebrafish larvae convinced the jury.[more]


09.10.2009

Open House at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Isolating DNA from bananas. Image: Susanne Diederich / Max Planck Campus Tübingen

On Saturday, October 17th, 2009, from 2 pm the Max Planck Institutes for Developmental Biology and Biological Cybernetics will open their doors and present their research highlights.[more]


03.09.2009

Mirror carp with gene in reserve

Nicolas Rohner catches zebrafish for his experiment, Photo: Bernd Schuller/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A duplicated gene provides the mirror carp with a back-up copy that protects against the effects of mutations and ensures sparse squamation.[more]


27.08.2009

Motivation Impetus for Researcher on Bacteria

Dirk Linke

Dirk Linke (37) has been awarded the Advancement Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, DGHM)[more]


21.08.2009

The blossoms of maturity

Arabidopsis thaliana, Image: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A newly discovered signaling pathway ensures that plants remember to flower – even without positive signals from the environment.[more]


20.08.2009

Walking in circles

Walking trajectories in the Bienwald forest (Germany). Participants started walking from two different starting positions (red dots). The participants KS, PS and RF walked on a cloudy day. When SM walked, the sun was visible (except for the first 15 minutes). Image: Jan Souman, Google Earth

Scientists from Tübingen, Germany, show that people really walk in circles when lost[more]


13.07.2009

Getting to the bottom of rice

Rice genome diversity reflects the landscapes where rice is grown - from lowland paddy fields to sloping uplands. Seed of the 20 OryzaSNP varieties arranged by variety type, with Nipponbare (temperate japonica) at the bottom and IR 64-21 (indica) at the top, Image: Artwork conceptualized by K. McNally, and photography courtesy of Chrisanto Quintana of IRRI.

Global rice research community provides critical tools to unravel the diversity of rice [more]


29.06.2009

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research

Employees of the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Image: Bernd Schuller / Friedrich Miescher Laboratory

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research[more]


29.04.2009

International honour for two Tübingen Max Planck researchers

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Detlef Weigel and Nikos Logothetis have been elected to the American National Academy of Sciences[more]


27.03.2009

Benjamin Schlager receives the PhD award of the German Society for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager. Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager, PhD student in Ralf Sommers group at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, received the prize for his studies on the development of the nematode vulva.[more]


16.03.2009

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center opened on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

The 800 megahertz spectrometer on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen, Photo: Aleksandar Basara / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology are on the scent of the structure of proteins and nucleic acids[more]


06.03.2009

Regions of the brain can rewire themselves

The long-term strengthening of stimulus transmission to the synapses (LTP) in the hippocampus results in the far-reaching reorganization of the neuronal network. The functional MRI (fMRI) images show which areas of the brain are well-supplied with blood and, therefore, active. Image: Santiago Canals/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists in Tübingen have proven for the first time that widely-distributed networks of nerves in the brain can fundamentally reorganize as required.[more]


26.02.2009

Here’s looking at you, fellow!

Monkeys and humans both look predominately at the eyes of conspecifics whereas they let their gaze wander over the whole face when presented with images of an individual of a different species. Image: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Humans and monkeys are experts in face recognition making them even more akin than previously thought. [more]


23.02.2009

Tübingen in the 50s - in colour and black-and-white

A new photo exhibition in the Max Planck House[more]


16.02.2009

Arabidopsis provides new clues for curing neurodegenerative illnesses

Arabidopsis plant, Bur-0-strain, grown at 23°C. Image: Marco Todesco /Max Planck Institute for Deveopmental Biology

A genetic defect in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana proves to be a viable model for studying the basic principles of neurodegenerative illnesses.[more]


19.01.2009

Parasites in the genome

Retrotransposition cycle of the human LINE-1 element. LINE-1-RNA is transcribed in the nucleus from genomic DNA. Subsequently, in the cytosol, it gets translated into two proteins (L1ORF1p and L1ORF2p) by the ribosome. Both proteins then bind LINE-1 RNA and form an RNA-protein complex. Back in the nucleus the L1ORF2p protein nicks chromosomal DNA and begins with the reverse transcription of LINE-1 RNA into DNA, which gets integrated into the genome at the place of the nick. L1ORF1p likely supports this process, Figure: Elena Khazina and Oliver Weichenrieder / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A molecular parasite could play an important role in human evolution[more]


12.01.2009

Novel findings on the evolution of parasitism

Images taken with a scanning electron microscope showing the parasite Strongyloides papillosus (front) and its distant relatives Pristionchus pacificus (left) and Caenorhabditis elegans (right).Photo: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Scientists discover a conserved signaling module controlling the formation of dauer or infective larvae in nematodes [more]


20.11.2008

Uncovering secrets of life in the ocean

Platynereis dumerilii. Picture: Friedrich Hempelmann (1911).

Researchers unravel how the very first eyes in evolution might have worked and how they guide the swimming of marine plankton towards light[more]


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