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Oldest hominin DNA sequenced

Using novel techniques to extract and study ancient DNA researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have determined an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence ...

Dec 04, 2013 4.8 / 5 (28) 2 | with audio podcast

Comet ISON unfolds its wings

(Phys.org) —One or more fragments may have detached from comet ISON in the past days, as two wing-shaped features in the comet's atmosphere suggest. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System ...

Nov 19, 2013 4.5 / 5 (8) 3 | with audio podcast

Seeing a photon without absorbing it

Light is of fundamental importance. It allows us to see the world around us and record pictures of our environment. It enables communication over long distances through optical fibers. All current methods ...

Nov 14, 2013 4.8 / 5 (31) 4 | with audio podcast