On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Fragmented rivers
    05.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The extent of river fragmentation in Europe is much higher than anyone had anticipated. A study shows opportunities for reconnecting streams and rivers.

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  2. Deep-sea plastic trap
    05.01.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    As sediment samples from the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench show, plastic remains can even be found in the deepest oceans. The results show that the trenches on the ocean floor can serve as plastic sinks.

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  3. Light-emitting diodes to fight coronaviruses
    04.01.2021 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    Like bacteria and fungi, viruses can be inactivated by light. A project team is developing special UVC LEDs and is investigating parameters such as wavelengths, irradiation doses and virus habitats.

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  4. Shaper of the Open Science movement
    17.12.2020 · ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

    The director of the ZBW, Klaus Tochtermann, has been elected as one of eight members of the Board of Directors of the European Open Science Cloud Association.

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  5. Dangerous plans to regulate the River Oder
    17.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The River Oder is one of the last relatively near-natural large rivers in Europe. The plans to develop the river violate EU law and endanger not only the environment but also agriculture.

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  6. World’s oldest python found
    16.12.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The almost completely preserved snakes were discovered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Messel Pit” and are about 47 million years old. The fossils suggest that the constrictors’ origin lies in Europe.

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  7. Rapid shift to carbon-neutrality
    16.12.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    In an unprecedented science-backed statement, Europe’s truck manufacturers have concluded that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050.

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  8. Living lab could fix contact-tracing app
    16.12.2020 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The “Corona-Warn-App” does not currently meet its objective. A lab could serve to systematically test the measures to promote the app’s dissemination, optimise its use and measure its success.

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  9. Regenerative wonder
    16.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Flatworms consist of 25 percent stem cells and are almost immortal. Researchers want to use this knowledge to clarify the unknown causes for the development of diseases during ageing.

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  10. Novel microscope for cancer diagnostics
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    The novel microscopy technology should help to track down the cellular origins of cancer diseases. The European Commission is funding the project with more than €5 million over 42 months.

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  11. Recommendations against the spread of COVID-19
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    From an aerosol experts' point of view, a variety of measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals and nursing homes.

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  12. Glyphosate in the sea
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    A new reliable method allows measuring glyphosate in the seawater and for the first time detecting it in the Baltic Sea. The disputed herbicide is suspected to be carcinogenic among other things.

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  13. Recommendations for handling child influences
    14.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    Children are more and more active as influencers on social platforms. Researchers compiled a list for action on how parents should deal responsibly with pictures and videos of children on the Internet.

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  14. On the trail of 1.8 billion stars
    10.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    The ESA Gaia mission has now published the first part of its third data release (EDR3). It provides the most precise measurements of positions and motions of 1.8 billion objects across the sky.

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  15. Chemistry in motion: Leibniz researcher receives Consolidator Grant
    10.12.2020 · Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie

    Jochen Mikosch receives 2.0 million Euro over a funding period of 5 years to perform basic research on time-resolved structural dynamics of chemical reactions.

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  16. Protecting cheetahs and calves at the same time
    09.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    New insights into the wild cat's spatial behaviour suggest that moving the breeding herds with young calves out of the hotspots of cheetah activity might reduce livestock losses by more than 80 percent.

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  17. Do not disturb!
    07.12.2020 · Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors

    At work, we are interrupted and distracted from time to time. Scientists are focusing on how such interferences affect the performance of the working memory.

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  18. Movement planning in the brain
    07.12.2020 · Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

    Neurobiologists developed a model that for the first time can completely represent the neuronal processes from seeing to grasping an object.

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  19. Biological diversity evokes happiness
    03.12.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    An additional ten percent of bird species in the immediate vicinity increases life satisfaction of Europeans at least as much as higher income.

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  20. Poverty and ethics
    02.12.2020 · WZB Berlin Social Science Center

    Whether income influences ethical behavior is a topic of much debate. A new study shows that poverty itself does not cause unethical behavior.

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