How birds get by without external ears: Scientists discover how birds localize sound sources

Birds can hear without the need for external ears – and now a TUM research team has found out how. (Image: Reddogs / Fotolia)

Unlike mammals, birds have no external ears. The outer ears of mammals play an important function in that they help the animal identify sounds coming from different elevations. But birds are also able to perceive whether the...[more]


Protecting the rainforest through agriculture and forestry: Study investigates land use concepts in tropical mountain forests

Conservationists are always looking for ways to halt the pace of deforestation in tropical rainforests. One approach involves recultivating abandoned agricultural land. An international team* investigating this concept has just...[more]


Scientists develop new technologies for processing milk: How concentrates help to save energy

Powdered milk is a vital ingredient in infant formula and also used in a wide a range of baked goods and confectionary products. It is manufactured using an energy-intensive process chain that involves concentrating and drying...[more]


On the scent of a wine’s bouquet: Researchers pinpoint mechanism for aroma formation in wine

The majority of wines are produced from around 20 different types of grape, all of which have their own typical aroma. This is due to the terpenes, a diverse category of chemical substances including cholesterol and estrogen....[more]


Trees continue to grow at a faster rate: Study highlights forest growth trends from 1870 to the present

Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated – by as much as 70 percent. This was the outcome of a study carried...[more]


Good networkers make prime targets: Pathogens specifically target multi-function proteins

Proteins form either small or large networks to perform their functions. How these protein networks are subverted by pathogens, has been investigated on a plant model by a research team headed by Technische Universität München...[more]

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