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24 May, 2019

The Secret of the Rock Drawings

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry are developing a method that enables more accurate dating of petroglyphs

23 May, 2019

Another major step towards room-temperature superconductivity

A hydrogen-rich material becomes superconductive under high pressure and at minus 23 degrees Celsius. The discovery is another important step towards reaching zero electrical resistance at temperatures relevant for energy...

27 March, 2019

Rapid global shift to renewable energies can save millions of lives

Fossil energy is the main source of air pollution and related health burdens

12 March, 2019

Polluted air shortens the lifespan of Europeans by about two years

A re-evaluation of the health risks associated with air pollution shows an unexpected high mortality risk, especially due to cardiovascular diseases

08 March, 2019

The deep Southern Ocean is key to more intense ice ages

Over the last million years, ice ages have intensified and lengthened. According to a new study, this important climate transition coincides with a decrease of the mixing between deep and surface waters in the Southern Ocean....[more]

07 December, 2018

Wildfires bring climate’s dark forcings to the stratosphere

Large amounts of black carbon particles from wildfires reach the stratosphere where they can induce strong local heating and thus influence regional climate

01 November, 2018

Tree of Remembrance and Human Responsibility in the Anthropocene

Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, Max Planck Director Ulrich Pöschl and colleagues remember the deceased scientist Abraham Horowitz with a tree planting in the botanical garden of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

21 September, 2018

A chemical criterion for rating movies

The isoprene concentration in the air is an objective indicator for setting the age rating of films

11 September, 2018

Multiyear Tracking of Atmospheric Radicals

Researchers developed a new method to derive both short-lived atmospheric hydroxyl and chlorine radical concentrations over several years.

05 September, 2018

Scholars discuss the formalization and implications of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene Working Group holds a meeting at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz