On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Fossil snake with infrared vision
    24.03.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Thanks to a "pit organ", an ancient snake discovered in the Messel Pit was able to generate an infrared image of its surroundings - and thus refine its sensory perception.

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  2. Save the oldies!
    18.03.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Measures against overfishing tend to protect young fish. A team of researchers recommends also keeping the particularly large megaspawners alive.

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  3. UV light against underwater growth
    16.03.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    An innovative antifouling system uses lens optics to focus the UV light and thus keeps irradiated surfaces permanently free of fouling.

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  4. Discovering what makes durian stink
    16.03.2020 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology

    Despite its pungent odor, durian is very popular in Southeast Asia. A plant-specific enzyme releases the malodorous substance - from a rare amino acid.

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  5. The Earth as a transiting planet
    12.03.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Astronomers succeeded in recording sunlight shining through the Earth’s atmosphere during a lunar eclipse – and thereby detected sodium, calcium and potassium.

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  6. Potential coronavirus drug identified
    06.03.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    In order to enter host cells, the new coronavirus requires a cellular protein. However, this process can be blocked – by a clinically proven drug.

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  7. Spider bite leads to new active compounds
    03.03.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    The bite of a spider cost an Australian woman her forearm and helped an international team of researchers find new substances.

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  8. Extracellular ligand helps to prevent muscle loss
    28.02.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Researchers have discovered an extracellular ligand that counteracts muscle wasting in cachexia. The metabolic disorder is often associated with cancer.

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  9. Pretty good relatives
    27.02.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Mandrills consolidate their relationships by social grooming. In the case of close maternal kin they do so even if this increases the risk of infection for them.

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  10. Protection of mangroves shows success
    27.02.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    The global loss of mangrove forests is less alarming than previously thought. Nevertheless, great efforts are needed to continue the positive trend.

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  11. How laser pulses manipulate magnetization
    25.02.2020 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    When exposed to ultrashort light pulses, it is observed that magnetic materials change their magnetization. Researchers have now disentangled the underlying process.

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  12. Multi-connectivity in future private networks
    25.02.2020 · Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics

    A new project is developing AI solutions for beyond 5G private networks integrating multiple wireless access technologies and their evolutions.

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  13. Low-cost housing concepts for Namibia
    21.02.2020 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    Living conditions in Namibia are precarious in large parts of the country. A fireproof building material made of domestic resources could contribute to the construction of affordable housing.

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  14. Consortium researches artificial liver replacement
    19.02.2020 · DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    A project aims to develop solutions that enable the 3D printing of tissue and thus provide patients with End-Stage Liver Disease an alternative to donor organ transplants.

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  15. Prestigious award for materials researcher
    19.02.2020 · INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    Eduard Arzt, Scientific Director of INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, has been elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering.

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  16. Europe under pressure
    13.02.2020 · Halle Institute for Economic Research - Member of the Leibniz Association

    Is the increasing strength of populist parties due to economic causes? An international project is devoted to this question.

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  17. Towards the sun
    06.02.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    On February 10, the spacecraft Soler Orbiter starts its journey into space. The mission of the European Space Agency will explore the Sun at close range.

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  18. Cooperation against cardiac insufficiency
    06.02.2020 · Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften - ISAS -

    A German–Chinese project aims to develop a new drug for the treatment of cardiac diseases and is being funded by a grant of around EUR 1 million from the German BMBF.

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  19. Protection against poaching in tropical hotspots
    05.02.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Wildlife populations in Southeast Asia are increasingly at risk of illegal poaching. To address the defaunation, large-scale systematic surveys are necessary.

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  20. Ten things to watch in Africa in 2020
    03.02.2020 · GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

    Power struggles, controversial elections and structural problems continue to determine the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. Other developments justify a more optimistic outlook.

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