Max Planck Society

Catalysts team up with textiles

In future, it will be much easier to produce some active pharmaceutical substances and chemical compounds than was the case to date. An international team working with chemists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung ...

Sep 13, 2013 3 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

Quantum steps towards the Big Bang

(Phys.org) —Present-day physics cannot describe what happened in the Big Bang. Quantum theory and the theory of relativity fail in this almost infinitely dense and hot primal state of the universe. Only ...

Sep 03, 2013 4.4 / 5 (75) 109 | with audio podcast

A molecular delivery service

Tiny hair-like structures (cilia) are found on the surface of most cells. Cilia are responsible for the locomotion of cells (e.g. sperm cells), they process external signals and coordinate the correct arrangement ...

Aug 30, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0

Neutron stars in the computer cloud

The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The Einstein@Home project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global ...

Aug 29, 2013 4.9 / 5 (19) 0 | with audio podcast

Extreme weather events fuel climate change

When the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere rises, the Earth not only heats up, but extreme weather events, such as lengthy droughts, heat waves, heavy rain and violent storms, may become more frequent. ...

Aug 14, 2013 4.1 / 5 (16) 3 | with audio podcast

Disorder creates rust protection

Corrosion eats away 75 billion euros of economic output annually in Germany alone. But it may soon be possible to better assess which steels and other alloys will be affected, and how to limit the damage: ...

Aug 09, 2013 4.8 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast