Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Quantum particles find safety in numbers

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have uncovered a novel effect that, in principle, offers a means of stabilizing quantum systems against decoherence. The discovery could represent a major step forward for ...

Oct 16, 2013 4.9 / 5 (53) 4 | with audio podcast

The dissector and the draughtsman

Between 1831 and 1854, the French anatomist Jean-Marc Bourgery and his compatriot Nicolas-Henri Jacob, a versatile artist, produced a richly illustrated and ground-breaking medical textbook. The "Traité ...

Jun 18, 2013 5 / 5 (6) 1

Earth history and evolution

In classical mythology, the cypress tree is associated with death, the underworld and eternity. Indeed, the family to which cypresses belong, is an ancient lineage of conifers, and a new study of their evolution affords a ...

May 03, 2012 3.9 / 5 (7) 1 | with audio podcast

Westerly winds and CO2 levels

The end of the last Ice Age was preceded by a gradual rise in atmospheric CO2. A new study supports the idea that a shift in the position, and increase in the intensity, of zonal westerly winds in the Southern ...

Aug 07, 2013 3.4 / 5 (7) 1

Volcanic lightning recreated in the lab

An LMU team has, for the first time, created volcanic lightning in the lab and captured it on film. The new findings may permit rapid characterization of ash clouds released by volcanic eruptions and improve ...

Jan 10, 2014 4.8 / 5 (5) 2 | with audio podcast

Putting the fire out with light

Chili peppers contain an activator of heat-sensitive pain receptors. An LMU team has now converted an antagonist to the compound into a light-sensitive regulator of such receptors that can differentially ...

Jul 25, 2013 4.8 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Light-activated reversal of anesthesia

In a new study, a light-sensitive moiety has been added to propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, allowing its narcotic effect to be controlled by light. The compound also offers a possible route to the treatment of certain ...

Sep 13, 2012 4.7 / 5 (3) 0