Evolutionary Ecology

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

When animals “differ from the rest” they may be able to conquer new ecological niches. Scientists have provided evidence for this phenomenon. more info

© Matthias Stöck

Chimpanzees cannot learn a new language

German Primate Center

Researchers postulated they would have found the first evidence that non-human primates can learn different “referential calls” for the same object. Julia Fischer took a critical look at the data. more info

Tracking down the secret of aging

Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute

Researchers have found differences between normal and pathologic peptidomic changes that may lead to an improved understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying aging.  more info

© Michal Jarmoluk

Distinguishing coincidence from causality

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Detecting how changes in one spot on Earth – in temperature, rain, wind – are linked to changes in another, far away area is key to assessing climate risks. more info

© madochab/photocase.de

No discrimination against men

German Institute for Economic Research

A study on “Women’s Quota” shows that long-term positive effects are anticipated: a quota could combat gender stereotypes and is likely to have a positive impact on the quality of the talent pool.  more info

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Researchers increase estimates of refugee costs

13/11/2015 | ifo Institute

The Ifo Institute estimated the costs for the state at 10 billion euros for the first twelve months. It now expects 21.1 billion euros. more info

Social media: researchers use Wikipedia the most

13/11/2015 | Goportis – Leibniz Library Network for Research Information

Wikipedia, tools for sharing and exchanging data, and professional and research networks – these are the three most frequently used social media by researchers in their everyday work. more info

Herpes viruses with an unusual broad host range

06/11/2015 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Although herpes viruses are known to be host specific, two viruses are somewhat unusual and lack strict host specificity –  with fatal consequences.  more info

Labour Migration Affects Migrants' Children Left Home

28/10/2015 | Centre for European Economic Research

When parents emigrate to find employment and leave their children behind in their country of origin, this has a negative impact on the health and on the psychological well-being of the children. more info

Mass exodus from Kosovo: How a struggling state loses its citizens

07/10/2015 | Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies

The migration drivers continue to exist unchanged, irrespective of any classification of Kosovo as a safe or unsafe country of origin.
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Surface of the oceans affects climate more than thought

02/10/2015 | Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung

A study underlines the global significance of the chemical processes at the border between ocean and atmosphere. The identified photochemical reaction is important to improve climate models.   more info

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