Eat sugar, live longer?

Leibniz Institute for Age Research

Aging mice that were switched to a sugar-rich diet exhibited a 20 percent increase in lifespan compared to other mice. It now needs to be tested whether the results hold true in humans.  more info

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Antibiotics – more harm than good?

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS

A Study of 5 EU member states shows: Antibiotics are prescribed too often. Their utilization promotes the emergence of multi-resistant germs and exposes children to the risk of side effects.  more info

Education pays off

Centre for European Economic Research

German State revenues generated by taxes and duties of employees with a vocational training or a university degree are considerably higher than the public expenditures invested in their education. more info

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Gibbon genome sequenced

German Primate Center

An international team of researchers have decoded the genome of gibbons. For the first time, they sequenced the entire genetic information of five different species of this primate family. more info

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Scramble for Arable Land

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Agrofuel production is one of the main drivers of the global rush for land, shows a new study. more info

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Big foray in the „DNA pool”

28/10/2014 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Scientists found a simple way to retrieve genomes from a mix of various organisms. The discovery opens doors to completely new possibilities, for example  in the genetic analysis of pathogens. more info

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

13/10/2014 | German Institute of Human Nutrition

Researchers quantified the impact of combined multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors on the risk of developing bowl cancer, and found that this impact is stronger in men than in women. more info

Renewable energies: Consumers are willing to pay

13/10/2014 | Kiel Institute for the World Economy

A worldwide comparison shows the consumers’ willingness to pay more than 10 Euros for the deployment of renewable energies, although there are significant differences from one country to another. more info

Greece: No Progress without an Innovation System

02/10/2014 | German Institute for Economic Research

Economically, Greece is still at rock bottom. At the same time, Greece has enormous research potential. To better take advantage of this, the country needs to expand its innovation system. more info

Internet demobilizes voters

18/09/2014 | Kiel Institute for the World Economy

The introduction of broadband Internet access has led to a decline in voter turnout in Germany. This effect is due to a reduction in TV consumption and an increase in entertainment activities. more info

Conquering the World at a Snail’s Pace

18/09/2014 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

The invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug already inhabits parts of Europe and Australia as well as North and South America. Scientists assume that the slugs will continue to expand to other regions.  more info

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