On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Treasure trove of biodiversity
    01.07.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    New surveys in Vietnamese Bidoup Nui Ba National Park have revealed surprising mammal biodiversity. Seven of them are threatened with extinction worldwide.

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  2. Germ-free with LEDs
    01.07.2020 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    A newly developed LED irradiation system eliminates germs on critical surfaces such as mobile phones. The device could also be used in the healthcare sector.

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  3. Weather affects air pollution
    01.07.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    The traffic density is most significantly responsible for nitrogen oxide concentrations. However, two weather parameters also have a significant impact on air pollution.

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  4. New compressor generates high-energy laser pulses
    30.06.2020 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    A new compressor delivers terawatt light pulses with 1,5 optical cycles at a repetition rate of one kilohertz – breaking a ten-year-old record.

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  5. Climate scenarios for central banks
    29.06.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Climate-related risks can heavily impact economies across the globe. Scenarios are intended to illustrate how exactly and under what conditions these can occur.

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  6. Why coffee tastes bitter
    26.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology

    Caffeine is surely the best-known bitter coffee constituent. However, this stimulating substance is not solely responsible for the bitter taste of the beverage.

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  7. Populist governments hedge power
    25.06.2020 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    Populist governments record significantly lower increases in popularity during the pandemic than non-populist ones. Nevertheless, they hedge power – with the help of emergency laws.

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  8. From land to water
    25.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    During the Mesozoic era, the now extinct crocodile relatives thalattosuchians ventured into the ocean after a long semiaquatic phase. This is shown by high-tech CT images.

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  9. Ray of hope for endangered species
    18.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Researchers have managed to create four embryos of the southern white rhinoceros using assisted reproduction. This was the team's most successful procedure of its kind.

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  10. Small organism with a big impact
    17.06.2020 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    By actively intervening in the gut ecosystem, the bacterium Prevotella spp. can increase the susceptibility to inflammatory bowel diseases.

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  11. A spider named Greta
    15.06.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    A new genus of spiders from Madagascar is named in honour of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. 'Thunberga' comprises five species of huntsman spiders.

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  12. Economic stimulus package for the climate
    11.06.2020 · ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    Economic policy must be examined in terms of its impact on the climate. Otherwise, economic stimulus packages will greatly impede the future achievement of climate targets.

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  13. Fate of a young star
    11.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Extreme X-ray radiation heats the exoplanets of the star V1298 Tau - and could even boil them away.

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  14. Fungi keep blue-green algae in check
    10.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Blue-green algae can become sick when infected by fungal parasites, which helps to slow down excessive growth and improve water quality.

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  15. Gene therapy for poor eyesight
    05.06.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    With the help of a new therapeutic approach, the light sensitivity of degenerated retinas can be restored.

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  16. Making sense of climate scenarios
    04.06.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    An interactive online platform is designed to help policy makers and businesses understand climate scenarios and better assess the threat of global warming.

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  17. DNA elimination in plants unveiled
    03.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics und Crop Plant Research

    By eliminating chromosomes some plants ensure that the DNA content between some of their organs differs. Researchers have now finally been able to explain the underlying mechanisms.

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  18. "Dead Urchin Walking" on the Ocean Floor
    03.06.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    In order to survive as prey, sea urchins have developed a high regenerative capacity. This is shown by photographs of a severely damaged echinoderm on the ocean floor off Spitsbergen.

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  19. The long way back into freedom
    29.05.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Contrary to expectations, the population of Przewalski’s Horse is not threatened by inbreeding. Reintroduced into the wild since 1992, the animals are the last surviving species of wild horse.

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  20. Same father, same face
    28.05.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Mandrills with the same father look more alike than half-siblings who share the same mother – a result of selection that makes it easier to recognize each other as relatives.

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