Honeycombs in the desert

Honeycombs in the desert

March 01, 2023

Convection of salty water creates hexagonal patterns more

Support for research on wind energy

Claudia Brunner from the MPI-DS receives Minerva Fast Track Fellowship more

Molecular Shape-Shifting

Molecular Shape-Shifting

December 12, 2022

New theory on autonomous remodeling of structures more

It all depends on the neighbors

Researchers reveal transport dynamics in porous media more

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

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