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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Special Exhibition: FLIES

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

“FLIES” is a new exhibition that may convince you that dipterans are not only an annoying nuisance, but even more largely misunderstood and underestimated contemporaries. more info

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Russia's Answer

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies

Russia announced an import ban on most agricultural products from the EU and other countries. The full extent of the effects is as yet unclear. more info

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A small wave of relief: Oxygen measured in the Baltic Sea

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

Oxygen-rich saltwater has entered the Central Baltic Sea and has displaced hydrogen sulfide in the deep water. more info

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Back from the atoll

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

Anke Mösinger, PhD candidate at ZMT´s Social Science Department, is back from her expedition to Takuu Atoll, where she spent eight months for her PhD research on local knowledge of climate change. more info

© Anke Mösinger


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

Best mates

10/09/2014 | German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

A Study found out that male Guinea baboons are cooperative towards their same-sex conspecifics, even if they are not related. This male–male bonds are a key to the evolution of complex social systems. more info

Economic Boycotts against Israel

09/09/2014 | Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Calls for boycotts are used as a means to influence Israeli settlement policies. However, these practices call forth opposing voices, too. A new study takes a differentiated look at the topic. more info

Sugary Weekend

09/09/2014 | Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology

A European study revealed that children’s consumption of sugar is higher on Fridays and weekends than on other weekdays. 9,500 children aged between 2 and 9 years were included in the analysis. more info

A Real Threat from Iran?

03/09/2014 | Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

A new study analyzes the current build-up of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe and programs by other NATO members. more info

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