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Crackling noise during growth

August 07, 2013
When drops or dust particles coalesce, they often follow the same statistical laws as the noise made by crumpling paper [more]
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The broken symphony of swinging metronomes

June 19, 2013
An experiment with 30 metronomes reveals chimera states which combine aspects of synchrony and of disorder. Researchers had been looking for such states for ten years. [more]
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Jens Frahm receives Stifterverband Science Prize

June 14, 2013
Jens Frahm, Leiter der Biomedizinischen NMR Forschungs GmbH am Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, hat den diesjährigen Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wissenschaft erhalten. [more]
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Bilingual Neurons

May 27, 2013
Nerve cells in the brain speak two „languages“. A new computer simulation package for the first time accounts for both methods of communication.  [more]
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Amoebae that keep the beat

March 20, 2013
Even miniscule changes in their environment can cause the cytoskeleton of the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to oscillate [more]
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Film or droplets?

January 28, 2013
There is a straightforward explanation as to when a liquid on a rough surface will form a thin film and when it will form droplets [more]
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A glance at the brain's circuit diagram

October 17, 2012
A new method facilitates the mapping of connections between neurons [more]
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Of Droplets and Turbulence

October 09, 2012
In this year, the European Research Council has awarded two Starting Grants to scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. [more]
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The smallest ice crystals in the world

September 24, 2012
An ingenious experiment reveals the minimum number of molecules needed before water forms a crystalline structure [more]
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Solar and wind energy may stabilise the power grid

September 13, 2012
Power grids with many small power plants suffer fewer outages, but new lines must be planned with care [more]
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