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<span><span><span><span>Young Scientist Award for Viola Priesemann</span></span></span></span>

During this year's spring conference of the German Physical Society (DPG), Viola Priesemann received the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics. The physicist conducts research at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and the University of Göttingen. The prize is endowed with 7,500 euros and honors her work on propagation processes in complex systems. more

How cells are ahead of the curve

The curvature of a surface determines the migration behavior of biological cells. They preferentially move along valleys or grooves while avoiding ridges. These findings with contribution from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and the Weizmann Institute of Science gave rise to a model predicting cellular behavior. Such universal principles now allow a better understanding of the migration of immune and cancer cells, paving the way for new treatment options. more

Electronic music with a human rhythm

New product called Human Plugins by Mixed In Key is based on Max Planck and Harvard research more

Wobbling particles in the sky

Tiny particles such as ice crystals or ash particles tend to oscillate as they settle through the atmosphere. In their experiments, the scientists were able to track non-spherical particles of size smaller than 1 millimeter with unprecedented accuracy. Their observations gave rise to a model which can help to refine prediction on air pollutants or weather forecasts. more

Shape matters: How microplastic travels that far

New study: Microplastic fibers are settling substantially slower than spherical particles in the atmosphere and might even reach stratosphere more

New insights into broken symmetries

The Lorentz reciprocal theorem can now be applied to fluids with broken symmetries. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) in Göttingen have found a way to accommodate this classical theorem also in fluids with odd viscosities. Their discovery opens a new way to explore systems with broken symmetries. more

A new reference work for aerosol research and the study of infectious diseases

A new scheme classifies respiratory droplets according to their place of origin—and can help in the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases more

The fuel economy of a microswimmer

The amount of power a microswimmer needs to move can now be determined more easily. Scientists from the department Living Matter Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) developed a general theorem to calculate the minimal energy required for propulsion. These insights allow a profound understanding for practical applications, such as targeted transport of molecules and substrates. more

How bacteria can organize themselves

A new model demonstrates that chasing interactions can induce dynamical patterns in the organization of bacterial species more

Award for outstanding achievements in education

The Max Planck Society (MPG) has given an award to the Göttingen Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) for special achievements in vocational training. In addition, one of the 19 trainee prizes awarded by the MPG in 2023 also went to Cristobal Nieto González from the MPI-DS. more

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