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Action recognition without mirror neurons

When someone stands opposite us and purposefully raises their arm to make some kind of movement, our brain asks itself whether they intend to attack us or, perhaps, simply greet us. Scientists from the Department of Human Perception, Cognition and …

Black hole in a lonely galaxy

The most massive black holes are not confined to the highest density regions in the universe. An international team of astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the USA, and Canada analysed observations from a survey of massive …

Energy independence will not bring enough climate benefits

Reducing energy imports and mitigating climate change are often portrayed as complementary. However, new research shows that while ambitious climate policies would lower energy imports, energy independence would not bring significant climate benefits. Ambitious policies to reduce energy imports would …

LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations

European satellite mission successfully demonstrates technologies for a gravitational waves observatory in space After a picture-perfect launch and a journey of approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth towards the sun, the scientific phase of LISA Pathfinder began on March 1, …

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change. The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have …

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