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The MAGIC telescope system at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (Photo: G. Ceribella/MAGIC Collaboration)

In 2019, the MAGIC telescopes detected the first Gamma Ray Burst at very high energies. This was the most intense gamma-radiation ever obtained from such a cosmic object. But the GRB data have more to offer: with further analyses, the MAGIC scientists could now confirm that the speed of light is...

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The SuperKEKB tunnel during reconstruction (Photo: KEK/Shota Takahashi)

Tailwind for the search for rare particle decays in the Belle II experiment: The SuperKEKB accelerator ring has now achieved the highest luminosity ever measured. The electron-positron accelerator beats not only its predecessor KEKB but also the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This has just...

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The LST-1 on the Canary Island of La Palma (Photo: Otger Ballester/IFAE)

Following its inauguration in October 2018, the first LST (Large-Sized Telescope) is currently in the commissioning phase. The LST-1 will commence research operations in 2021. But the imposing gamma-ray telescope has already provided an important proof of its performance: It recorded the extremely...

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On 19 June 2020 CERN presented the update to the European Strategy for Particle Physics. In an Interview with Der Tagesspiegel Prof Siegfried Bethke from the MPI for Physics explains which technical concepts are under discussion and what the costs might be.

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The Max Planck Institute for Physics mourns the loss of Professor Roberto Peccei, who passed away on 1 June 2020 aged 78. Roberto Peccei conducted research at our Institute from 1978 to 1984, during which time he wrote outstanding and much-cited papers. Through his ideas and activities he had a...

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Artistic view of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus (Image: Romolo Tavani/iStock)

Scientists around the world are doing their part to help with the Covid-19 pandemic. Numerous studies are investigating the corona virus, its transmission paths, and the course of the disease. The investigations often provide contradictory statements – for example, when it comes to how many people...

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Café & Kosmos on May 26, 2020

What the heck is String Theory?

Although restaurants are likely to open soon, we do not know when we be able to present our Café & Kosmos in the usual surroundings again. Therefore we decide to offer our next event in an online video conference.


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The Belle II detector searches for the Z’ boson. This particle could reveal itself by an unexpected high number of muon pairs with opposite charges, as shown here. (Image: Belle II)

The Belle II experiment has been collecting data from physical measurements for about one year. After several years of rebuilding work, both the SuperKEKB electron–positron accelerator and the Belle II detector have been improved compared with their predecessors in order to achieve a 40-fold higher...

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Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst died on March 31, 2020.

Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst, was a great researcher, a visionary and a pioneering leader in science policy, his death has come as a great loss. Reimar Lüst died on 31 March 2020 aged 97. As a Scientific Member, Reimar Lüst played a key role from 1960 onwards in designing and shaping research at the...

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Professor Dr. Klaus Gottstein in the year 2002

The Max Planck Institute for Physics is mourning the loss of its scientific Emeritus Professor Dr. Klaus Gottstein, who died on 20 March 2020 aged 96. Klaus Gottstein was a highly respected physicist and peace researcher, who with his many scientific papers earned longstanding acclaim in two very...

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