On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. The history of horse coat colours
    07.12.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Human preferences for horse coat colours have changed greatly over time. A new study reveals that the diversity of coat colours in horses has been strongly affected by cultural differences.

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  2. Nagoya Protocol Creates Disadvantages
    07.12.2016 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    The international agreement is unlikely to generate revenues for developing countries, but instead threatens collaborative microbiological research.

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  3. Gases important for cloud formation
    07.12.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    Particles from gases play an important role in the formation of clouds. Now an additional reaction pathway could be proved and explains why these gases are formed during the daytime under sunlight.

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  4. Back to the Start
    07.12.2016 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Leibniz-Researchers show that the re-activation of embryonic genes after muscle injury in old age impairs the functionality of muscle stem cells — instead of improving it.

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  5. Lack of equal rights
    07.12.2016 · The German Institute for Economic Research Berlin

    DIW Berlin examined the causes for the gender gap in financial literacy in several countries. Cultural factors play a key role in addition to income, education, and experience.

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  6. Impact of sea smell overestimated
    04.11.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    The formation of sulfur dioxide from the oxidation of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and, thus, of cooling clouds over the oceans seems to be overvalued in current climate models.

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  7. High-Protein Diets Reduce Liver Fat
    03.11.2016 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    According to a new nutritional study on individuals with type 2 diabetes, high-protein diets reduced liver fat by up to 48 percent within six weeks.

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  8. New approach to HIV treatment
    14.10.2016 · German Primate Center

    A cure for the deadly virus infection HIV has not yet been found. Scientists have now developed a new treatment strategy against the HIV-related Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).

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  9. Prenatal stress in monkeys
    22.09.2016 · German Primate Center

    The offspring of mothers that are stressed grow faster. But they pay for that with slower motoric development and probably also a weakened immune system.

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  10. Not one, but four giraffe species
    30.09.2016 · Senckenberg Nature Research Society

    A large study on the genetic makeup of giraffe shows that there are four distinct giraffe species. Until now, only one giraffe species had been recognized.

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  11. Solutions for future integration?
    16.09.2016 · German Institute for Economic Research

    Scientists researched the integration of refugees who arrived in Germany between 1990 and 2010. The study on past refugees helps develop possible solutions for future integration.

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  12. Social image concerns promote cooperation
    16.09.2016 · Institute for the world economy

    Long before Facebook and eBay: concerns about social image are key factors in human behavior. We tend to cooperate better when our social image is at stake.

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  13. Biodiversity can help mitigate climate risks
    31.08.2016 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region.

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  14. Discovery of an ape virus in an Indonesian rodent species
    29.08.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    The gibbon ape leukemia virus is a medically important tool in cancer therapies. It is thought to have originated from a cross-species transmission and may not originally be a primate virus at all.

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  15. Nerve cells with a sense of rhythm
    26.08.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Thinking, feeling, acting - our brain is the control center in the head that steers everything we do. Neuroscientists show how nerve cells communicate with each other in neural networks.

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  16. A Vegan Gone Extinct
    25.08.2016 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    The Cave Bear subsisted on a purely vegan diet. Scientists propose that it was this inflexible diet that led to the bear’s extinction approximately 25,000 years ago.

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  17. Power-political approaches as a solution?
    24.08.2016 · Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

    The latest HSFK-Standpunkt traces the conflict in Syria, its origins, the involved actors and their particular interests.

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  18. Damages grow faster than our economy
    24.08.2016 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't. Researchers now analyzed the magnitude of future hurricane losses in relation to economic growth.

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  19. Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics
    19.08.2016 · Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Scientists have managed to successfully apply the spectral imaging method, developed in astrophysics, to diagnostics in the field of medicine.

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  20. How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses
    18.08.2016 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Gaited horses are able to perform special gaits which allow for a smoother ride. New results suggest that Vikings first encountered gaited horses on the British Isles and transported them to Iceland.

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