New aspects of surface wetting revealed

When a surface is getting wet, also the composition of the liquid plays a role in the wetting process. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) found that phase separation within the wetting liquid directly affects the dynamics of spreading. Their findings may be important in various applications, including tissue engineering, biology and semiconductor manufacturing. The study was recently published in the scientific journal PNAS. more

Sticking together without stickiness

Enzymatic reactions create micro-environments which are essential to organize cellular processes more

Award for interdisciplinary research

Viola Priesemann receives Arthur Burkhardt Prize more

Evidence for new theory of genetic recombination

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) suggest an explanation for the century-old mystery of how chromosome recombination is regulated during sexual reproduction. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Communications. more

When making a detour is faster

Novel navigation strategies for microscopic swimmers more

saxophone swing

Jazz must swing - jazz musicians agree on that. However, even 100 years after the beginnings of jazz, it is still unclear what exactly constitutes the swing feel. With a sophisticated experiment and data analyses on more than 450 well-known jazz solos, physicists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) together with psychologists from the University of Göttingen have unraveled a secret of swing. They were able to demonstrate that certain systematic deviations in timing are a key component of swing. These microtiming deviations are so small that they are not perceived as such even by professional jazz musicians, who nonetheless are using them unconsciously. more

More than a gut feeling

More than a gut feeling

September 26, 2022

Flow velocity in the gut regulates nutrient absorption and bacterial growth more

Jan-Peter Toennies receives physics prize

The Italian Physical Society awards the "Premio Enrico Fermi" to the director emeritus of the MPI-DS more

Swimming without brains and muscles

Researchers from Göttingen and Twente reveal physical mechanisms behind the movement of microswimmers more

Evolutionary model predicts partitioning of molecules within cells

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) in Göttingen, Germany, and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, have developed a new theoretical method to study mixtures consisting of many different molecules. They analyzed how the molecules interact to reliably form different droplets, as happens continuously in living cells. With this model, particular droplet formation based on many interacting molecules can be predicted for the first time. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal PNAS. more

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