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Resin leaks from a damaged conifer.

Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures more

Looking forward to taking part in this year's Nobel Laureate Meeting: atmospheric chemist Clara Nussbaumer (on the left) and polymer scientist Tilmann Herberger.

PhD students from the two Max Planck Institutes in Mainz will be attending the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau between June 26 and July 1 more

Honorary doctorate for fire ecologist

Greek University honors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Georg Goldammer for his fire ecological research more

Chemical triad forms seeds for clouds

Synergistic particle formation in the upper troposphere by nitric acid, sulfuric acid and ammonia more

Dust catchers: Biological crusts strengthen the soil in dry areas and play an important role for the climate

Study brings comprehensive facts and figures on the importance of biological soil crusts for the regional and global dust cycle more

Man and Woman in bed smiling at each other lovingly

Love is in the air

April 28, 2022

Sexual arousal can be determined from breath
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artificial hail

Vertical wind tunnel at Mainz University supplies important data to facilitate the prediction of heavy rain, hail, and graupel precipitation more

Brown carbon from biomass burning imposes strong Arctic warming

Increasing wildfires in a warming climate can reinforce the circum-Arctic warming and further contribute to global warming, forming a concerning feedback loop more

Polar aircraft Polar5 and Polar6 on expedition. Runway in Inuvik, Canada.

International research campaign begins investigating air masses in the Arctic. more

Summit at the German-Brazilian research tower in the Amazon

Brazilian government announces million-dollar investment in Amazon research
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Legend Rock site: depiction of a large, human-like being, also called anthropomorph. 
Photo: Meinrat O. Andreae, MPI for Chemistry

Non-destructive method dating petroglyphs in the American West more

Honor for superconductivity researcher Mikhail Eremets

Physicist from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz receives the Bernd T. Matthias Prize for material research in the field of superconductors more

Biomass burning increases low clouds over southeastern Asia

Through interactions with planetary boundary layer development and monsoon circulation, biomass burning aerosols from wildfire are leading to strong enhancement of cloud formation in southeastern Asia and have important climate effects. more

Hidden talents of mosses and lichens

Mosses and lichens in tropical rainforests emit highly reactive and particle-forming molecules that affect air quality, climate, and ecosystem processes. more

The diversity of plants’ water use strategies makes forests resilient to extreme drought 

In Biosphere 2 researchers undertook the largest tracer experiment to date on how H2O, CO2 and VOCs flow through drought-stressed plants and soil more

Competition in the lungs

Competition in the lungs

November 22, 2021

Particulate matter overrides the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide. This can lead to adverse health effects from oxidative stress. more

Stalagmites as key witnesses of the monsoon

Greenland meltwater stopped Gulf Stream and weakened Indian summer monsoon more than 100,000 years ago
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Indonesia honors fire ecologist Johann Georg Goldammer

High-ranking award of the Republic of Indonesia for services to the country presented at the World Climate Change Conference to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Georg Goldammer, Head of the Global Fire Monitoring Center. more

Why did glacial cycles intensify a million years ago?

A new study suggests that a million years ago, glaciers began sticking more persistently to their beds, triggering cycles of longer ice ages. more

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