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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) has published its format “Research Topics” since 2008. Every six to eight weeks, researchers present individual contributions of one relevant aspect of their research or present a new research project. Since 2017, scholars at the MPIWG have been contributing to “The Conversation,” a public platform for research content related to current topics, which are accessible on this page. 

Latest Research Topics

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Epidemics in Context: Cholera and Plague in North Africa (1798–1919)

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From Electrotype to the Electric Image: Global Vision, circa 1830–1930

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Latest Articles on "The Conversation UK"

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Captive Breeding Has a Dark Side—as Disturbing Czech Discovery of Trafficked Tiger Body Parts Highlights

The rotting remains of a number of tigers, lions and cougars were recently discovered in a raid on a house in Prague. This disturbing find was the culmination of a five-year investigation that ...

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Why Genes Don't Hold All the Answers for Biologists

It is still widely believed that the gene is the foundation of life—that its discovery has provided information about how all living beings are controlled by the genetic factors they inherit fr...

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Spotlight on Women in Science

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Dr. Dora Ilse: The Senses of Butterflies

How do butterflies find food? Do they smell flowers’ nectar, or identify them from their colors? Do they even have a sense of what color is? The biologist Dora Ilse (October 9, 1898–October 21,...

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