Max Planck Society

Making new species without sex

Occasionally, two different plant species interbreed with each other in nature. This usually causes problems since the genetic information of both parents does not match. But sometimes nature uses a trick. ...

Jun 10, 2014
4.9 / 5 (19) 4

Emergency alert in the cell

After a natural disaster like a big fire, countless helpers work together to get rid of debris, to build temporary shelters and to provide food for people in need. When a cell is exposed to dangerous environmental ...

Mar 10, 2014
5 / 5 (2) 0

A folding ceramic

(Phys.org) —A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable.

Mar 28, 2013
5 / 5 (3) 3 | with audio podcast

The largest magnetic fields in the universe

An ultradense ("hypermassive") neutron star is formed when two neutron stars in a binary system finally merge. Its short life ends with the catastrophic collapse to a black hole, possibly powering a short ...

Jul 26, 2013
5 / 5 (19) 27 | with audio podcast