From vision to hand action

German Primate Center

Neuroscientists decipher how our brain controls grasping movements. The results contribute to the development of neuroprosthetics that should help paralyzed patients to regain their hand functions. more info

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A membrane for highly efficient energy storage

Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

Scientists now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems: A hydrophobic membrane with nanopores. more info

Aging monkeys become more selective

German Primate Center

Scientists study parallels in aging Barbary macaques and humans: the monkeys also become more selective as they age. Selectivity appears to be deeply rooted in primate evolution.  more info

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Put all your penalties in the same corner

Institute for the World Economy

A study of penalty shootouts at international soccer tourna­ments reveals that goalkeepers tend to dive the opposite way from the previous kick. more info

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Candidalysin – the first toxin of Candida albicans

Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

Scientists have discovered a toxin in the fungus Candida albicans, which plays a crucial role during human mucosal infection. more info


Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics

19/08/2016 | Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

Scientists have managed to successfully apply the spectral imaging method, developed in astrophysics, to diagnostics in the field of medicine. more info

How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses

18/08/2016 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Gaited horses are able to perform special gaits which allow for a smoother ride. New results suggest that Vikings first encountered gaited horses on the British Isles and transported them to Iceland. more info

“A very special co-benefit of climate stabilization: peace”

12/08/2016 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Climate disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts in multi-ethnic countries, a novel statistical approach shows. Natural disasters may fuel smoldering social tensions. more info

Crowdworking – currently only a marginal source of income

12/08/2016 | Centre for European Economic Research

Crowdworking is currently only a marginal form of employment: The majority of crowdworkers are in paid employment, or are completing vocational training or university studies. more info

Flies as a possible vector for the Treponema bacterium

09/08/2016 | German Primate Center

Yaws is a tropical disease that infects the skin, bones and cartilage. An international research group published a study that suggests flies as mechanical vectors for the bacterium. more info

Are forests of the future at risk?

27/07/2016 | Senckenberg Nature Research Society

Human impacts not only threaten today’s forests, but also those of tomorrow: Forest disturbance caused by human activities threatens the pollination and seed dispersal of trees around the world.  more info

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