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Are you with me? New model explains origins of empathy

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute and the Santa Fe Institute have developed a new model to explain the evolutionary origins of empathy and other related phenomena, such as emotional contagion and contagious yawning. The model suggests that the origin of a broad range of empathetic responses lies in cognitive simulation.
Tags: Santa Fe Institute, Max Planck Institute


Will California get rid of daylight saving? Only time will tell

Daylight saving time began at 2 a.m. today, so let’s take a minute to talk about time. Assembly Bill 7 After a failed attempt to end daylight saving time in California in 2016, Proposition 7 passed with 59.75 percent in favor of ending daylight saving time in 2018. It’s going to take time before daylight saving ends in the state. AB 7 needs a two-thirds vote by the Legislature and must be signed by the governor, then will need to be approved by the federal government. The state government is e...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Germany, Environment, Uncategorized, California News, Infographic, Sport, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Paris, Benjamin Franklin, Local News, Legislature, AB


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Single algae cells can help deliver targeted medicine

Scientists in Germany have found a potential improvement on the idea of bacteria delivering medicine.This kind of microtargeting could be useful in cancer treatments.The microswimmers are biodegradable and easy to produce. None Metin Sitti and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany recently demonstrated that tiny drugs could be attached to individual algae cells and that those algae cells could then be directed through body-like fluid by a magnetic field.The results were recently publ...
Tags: Medicine, Germany, Cancer, Microbiology, Innovation, Algae, Max Planck Institute, Surprising science, Metin Sitti, The Yale Quantum Institute


Evidence of Interbreeding Between Early Human Species

According to National Geographic, for some time researchers have suspected that two ancient human species, Neanderthals and Denisovans, interbred. It wasn’t until paleogeneticist Viviane Slon, of the Max Planck Institute, received the results from a 90,000-year-old flake of bone she had tested (and five other sample tests from the same “child”) that this was confirmed. Slon has published her findings in the scientific journal Nature and it’s groundbreaking as nobody …
Tags: Science, Design, Culture, Siberia, Linkaboutit, Max Planck Institute, Paleogeneticist, Viviane Slon, Slon


This is the best photo of a planet’s birth so far

Photos of distant planets are fascinating, right? But how often do we get to see a photo of a planet as it’s just being formed? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have recently captured a planet as it was forming around a young star. The photo is incredibly detailed and it’s the best photo of […] The post This is the best photo of a planet’s birth so far appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Inspiration, Universe, Telescope, Planet, Max Planck Institute


What’s under those clothes? This system tracks body shapes in real time

With augmented reality coming in hot and depth tracking cameras due to arrive on flagship phones, the time is right to improve how computers track the motions of people they see — even if that means virtually stripping them of their clothes. A new computer vision system that does just that may sound a little creepy, but it definitely has its uses. The basic problem is that if you’re going to capture a human being in motion, say for a movie or for an augmented reality game, there’s a frustrating ...
Tags: Google, TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Salt Lake City, Computer Vision, Motion Capture, Max Planck Institute, JNCO, Motion Tracking, CVPR, Tsinghua University in China, Beihang University Google USC


Oldest plague bacteria genome analyzed by Russian-German team

The team comprised researchers from Kazan Federal University and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The bacteria were retrieved from a mass grave in Samara Oblast, Russia. As evidence showed, that particular strain contained key virulence factors ancestral to those which later caused pandemics of the 6th century (Eastern Roman Empire), 14th century (Eurasia), and 19th century (China).
Tags: Eurasia, Kazan Federal University, Max Planck Institute, Samara Oblast Russia


Forget Roomba, your most important house robot could be the one that hugs you

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany are busy developing a robot whose only mission is to give you really, really good hugs. Here's why, The post Forget Roomba, your most important house robot could be the one that hugs you appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Robot, Emerging Tech, Stuttgart Germany, Max Planck Institute, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems


"Cave Found in Kenya in Which People Lived for 78,000 Years/Unique discoveries in tropical forest cave show gradual development of weapons and other skills, negating the theory of sudden spurts of innovation."

Haaretz reports.Panga ya Saidi is actually a network of caves about a kilometer long in limestone hills: the main chamber is about 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) co-author Prof. Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute tells Haaretz. It was used from the Middle Stone Age to this day, though people don’t live in it any more: now they use it for burials and rituals, he says. In any case, it was big enough to have supported hundreds of people....At Panga ya Saidi, tools go back to the e...
Tags: Law, Anthropology, Kenya, Haaretz, Max Planck Institute, Ann Althouse, Saidi, Michael Petraglia, Panga Ya Saidi, Haaretz It, Panga


Research: Neanderthals Made Art Too

"Neanderthals created meaningful symbols in meaningful places," co-author Paul Pettitt of Durham University said in announcing the findings, which are published in the journal Science. That ability has long been seen as "one of the main pillars of what makes us human," in the words of the study's lead author, Dirk Hoffmann of the Max Planck Institute. So this news may be […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Durham University, Max Planck Institute, 02.22.18, Dirk Hoffmann, Paul Pettitt


Lab-on-a-chip for tracking single bacterial cells

Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, together with researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, have set up a novel lab-on-a-chip with accompanying automatic analysis software. As they report in Nature Communications, this integrated setup can be used to study gene regulation in single bacterial cells in response to dynamically controlled environmental changes.
Tags: Science, Dresden, Nature Communications, University of Basel, Max Planck Institute


Jazz And Classical Pianists Use Their Brains Differently: Study

"While neuroscience has largely debunked the left-right brain divide, new research from the Max Planck Institute ... shows that a similar binary might apply to pianists."
Tags: Art, Music, Max Planck Institute, 01.19.18


Incredibly creepy skull-shaped asteroid is going to cruise by Earth next year

Giant rocks hurtling through space are probably scary enough all on their own, but when one of them looks like a human skull, well, that's just downright unsettling. Asteroid 2015 TB145 first cruised by our planet in 2015, but the creepy space rock is headed back towards us for another visit, and scientists are keeping a very close eye on it. The object, which has been dubbed the "Halloween asteroid" -- thanks to the timing of its visit in October of 2015 as well as its unusual shape -- meas...
Tags: Science, Germany, Earth, Thomas Muller, National Science Foundation, Max Planck Institute, Arecibo Observatory


Boy, girl... or intersex? Law and gender

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the birth of a child must, by law, be registered within 42 days of the baby being born. To register the birth, the parents (or parent) must provide various pieces of information including the sex of the baby. But what happens if the child has been born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t match the typical definitions of female or male? Since 2013, it has been possible for children born in Germany to be legally recorded on their birth ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, Germany, India, University, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Cambridge, Intersex, British Museum, Young, Brexit, Malta, Hub, Creative Commons Attribution


Why Does Amazon Want to Scan My Body?

 Recently Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced it was buying 3D modeling start-up Body Labs, for what sources say is close to $70 million. Body Labs makes software that models true-to-life 3D depictions of people's bodies. The product is most likely to be used in Amazon's nascent apparel businesses, but could also be applicable to other fields as well. Here's what investors need to know.Body Labs was formed in 2013, when it received $2.2 million in seed funding, with an $11 million follow-on Series...
Tags: Amazon, Finance, Intel, Body Labs, INTC, Farrell, Max Planck Institute, AMZN, Technology and Telecom, Billy Duberstein, D9997a8e-a93c-11e7-8a61-0050569d4be0, Michael Black Eric Rachlin, Alex Weiss, Bill O Farrell


Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds

Life on Earth began somewhere between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago, after meteorites splashed down and leached essential elements into warm little ponds, say scientists at McMaster University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Their calculations suggest that wet and dry cycles bonded basic molecular building blocks in the ponds' nutrient-rich broth into self-replicating RNA molecules that constituted the first genetic code for life on the planet.
Tags: Science, Germany, Earth, McMaster University, Max Planck Institute


Ancient skulls that mirror ours are part of a handful of archaeological findings that rewrite human history

Most people don't spend their free time imagining what it would be like to get on the subway and sit across from a 300,000-year-old person. But anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin isn't most people. In June, Hublin published two papers in the highly-respected journal Nature suggesting that the first Homo sapiens — that is, the first members of our species — lived 100,000 years earlier than previously thought in a place that no one would have expected. They also had faces that looked surprisingly ...
Tags: Australia, Russia, Africa, Americas, Trends, Harvard, Alaska, Denmark, Siberia, North America, Marrakesh, Business Insider, University Of Southampton, Bering Strait, Saharan Africa, University of Copenhagen


Scientists Report Birds Use Jazz Technique In Their Songs

The 'swinging' birds were found after scientists used mathematical analysis to study the song of the thrush nightingale. The nightingale's song deviates slightly in its note timing, making it more 'expressive' like a jazz swing track, the researchers, from the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, found.
Tags: Art, Music, FRANKFURT Germany, Max Planck Institute, 07.19.17


Faculty members receive named, distinguished service professorships

Twenty-four faculty members received named professorships or were appointed distinguished service professors. Steven Davis, Daniel Diermeier, Angela V. Olinto and Canice Prendergast received distinguished service professorships; and Zeresenay Alemseged, Bariş Ata, Katherine Baicker, Joy Bergelson, Michael Bourdaghs, John M. Cunningham, Thomas F. Gajewski, Mikhail Golosov, Rex Haydon, Jeffrey Hubbell, Emir Kamenica, Stefan Nagel, Madhav Rajan, Wilhelm Schlag, Sonali M. Smith, Nir Uriel, Christoph...


Evolution of a bacterial enzyme in green algae

A new jigsaw piece in the evolution of green algae has been identified by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum together with colleagues from Max Planck Institute in Mülheim an der Ruhr. They analyzed the hydrogen-producing enzyme of a phylogenetically old alga. Its properties were radically different from those of analogous enzymes in more recent algae. The team outlines their results in the journal 'Biochimica et Biophysica Acta.'
Tags: Science, Max Planck Institute, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Mülheim, Biochimica


Equipment Already In Space Can Be Adapted For Extremely Secure Data Encryption

Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: In a new study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Erlangen, demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 38,000 kilometers above Earth. This is the first time that quantum states have been measured so carefully from so far away. A satellite-based quantum-based encryption network would provide an extremely secure way to encrypt data sent over long distances. Developing such a system in just fiv...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Max Planck Institute, Tenerife Spain, Erlangen, Tesat Spacecom GmbH, German Space Administration, Tesat Spacecom, Ministry of Economics and Energy, European Union s Earth Observation Program, Teide Observatory, Optica Read


300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like us could rewrite the human origin story

Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and until now, scattered clues have suggested the answer lies somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, around 200,000 years ago. But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought, in a place man...
Tags: Africa, America, Trends, Earth, Morocco, Eden, Marrakesh, Saharan Africa, Homo, Max Planck Institute, Saharan Africa Skulls, Jean Jacques Hublin, Hublin, no Garden of Eden, Africa Hublin, Sonia Zakrzewski


300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the human origin story

Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago. But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn't...
Tags: Africa, America, Trends, Earth, Morocco, Eden, Marrakesh, Saharan Africa, Homo, Max Planck Institute, Saharan Africa Skulls, Jean Jacques Hublin, Hublin, no Garden of Eden, Africa Hublin, Sonia Zakrzewski


First year of elementary school improves child's attentiveness, research shows

The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child's attentiveness, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
Tags: Health, University Of California Berkeley, Max Planck Institute


First year of grade school sharpens kids' attention skills

The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child's attentiveness, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
Tags: Science, University Of California Berkeley, Max Planck Institute


Broad Institute wins gene-editing patent case

What many have described as the biotechnology trial of the century came to a close Wednesday, with the Broad Institute winning the patent to a popular gene-editing process known as CRISPR/Cas-9. The legal battle over who really invented the technology pitted Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute -- a research facility affiliated with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- against French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and bioch...
Tags: News, Berlin, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Jennifer Doudna, Broad Institute, Max Planck Institute, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Feng Zhang, Doudna, University of California Berkeley Charpentier


How fast is the universe expanding? Quasars provide an answer

The H0LiCOW collaboration, a cosmology project led by EPFL and Max Planck Institute and regrouping several research organizations in the world has made a new measurement of the Hubble constant, which indicates how fast the universe is expanding. The new measurement challenges some of the most recent ones, potentially pointing towards new physics beyond the standard cosmological model.
Tags: Science, EPFL, Max Planck Institute


How does water melt? Layer by layer!

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for polymer research have solved a controversial question concerning the melting of ice: it melts in a layer-by-layer fashion.
Tags: Science, Max Planck Institute