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First evidence of sleep in flight

Birds engage in all types of sleep in flight, but in remarkably small amounts For the first time, researchers have discovered that birds can sleep in flight. Together with an international team of colleagues, Niels Rattenborg from the Max Planck …

How honeybees do without males

An isolated population of honeybees in South Africa, the Cape bees, has evolved a strategy to reproduce without males. A team of researchers at Uppsala University and in South Africa has sequenced the entire genomes of a sample of Cape …

Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers

Max Planck researchers show that Manduca sexta recognizes the scent of flowers matching its proboscis and thereby optimizes energy gain That the morphology of many pollinators corresponds strikingly to the shape of the flowers they pollinate was observed more than …

Gravitational waves 2.0

Scientists working at the twin LIGO instruments detected a second gravitational wave. The signal was recorded on December 26, 2015 the LIGO. It originates from a pair of merging black holes of about 14 and 8 solar masses – smaller …

Terahertz radiation: A useful source for food safety

An effective and less expensive tool for the inspection of food and drugs could soon be a reality. Scientists from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin have been working with national and international partners to …

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