Max Planck Society

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

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 (34) 4 | with audio podcast

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 (29) 2 | with audio podcast

News about ghost particles

(Phys.org) —Neutrinos are the most elusive particles having extremely weak interactions with all other particles. They have rather unusual properties and are even expected to be identical with their own ...

Jul 17, 2013
4.7 / 5 (28) 11 | with audio podcast

People don't put a high value on climate protection

(Phys.org) —People are bad at getting a grip on collective risks. Climate change is a good example of this: the annual climate summits have so far not led to specific measures. The reason for this is that people attach ...

Oct 23, 2013
3.3 / 5 (32) 65 | with audio podcast

Light bursts out of a flying mirror

(Phys.org) —An international team of researchers succeeds in generating flashes of extreme ultraviolet radiation via the reflection from a mirror that moves close to the speed of light.

Apr 24, 2013
5 / 5 (21) 4 | with audio podcast