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

The ecological role of fruit aroma

German Primate Center

Scientists show that the aroma of ripe fruits may be an adaptation whose function is to attract primates to consume the fruits and consequently disperse their seeds. more info

The world’s biggest telescope gets the world’s best instrumentation

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

Scientists have begun mapping out the specifications for the High Resolution Spectrograph HIRES that will be part of the instrument suite on ESO’s forthcoming European Extremely Large Telescope.  more info

Unnoticed Sex Reversal in Amphibians

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Hormonally active substances can affect the hormonal system and the sexual development of animals. Artificial estrogen can lead to a complete feminization of genetic males.  more info

Gender-based division of household labor persists

German Institute for Economic Research

Germany: Even in two-income households, women who work full time are still doing considerably more housework than their male counterparts - and hardly any changes are in sight. more info


The last big cat on Java

18/05/2016 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Scientists reconstructed the evolutionary history of the Javan leopard. The study highlights the urgent need for concerted conservation efforts to preserve the Javan leopard from extinction.  more info

Indian monsoon: novel approach allows early forecasting

04/05/2016 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Indian monsoon’s yearly onset and withdrawal can now be forecasted significantly earlier than previously possible.  more info

Three new primate species discovered in Madagascar

21/04/2016 German Primate Center

Scientists have described three new mouse lemur species. They live in the South and East of Madagascar and increase the number of known mouse lemur species to 24. more info

Optimized analytics

07/04/2016 | INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

If nanoparticles are lost in the analytical apparatus, they are not detected, and a “false negative” result occurs. Researchers managed to reduce the loss and to improve the limit of detection.  more info

“Even if this was feasible, it would only buy time”

06/04/2016 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Future sea-level rise is a problem probably too big to be solved even by unprecedented geo-engineering such as pumping water masses onto the Antarctic continent.  more info

Border Controls Will Come at a Low Price for Austrians

11/03/2016 | Ifo Institute

The results of a new study show: Checks on persons at all borders on the Balkan and Italian routes would cost Austria between 80 and 210 million euros at its current annual economic output. more info

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