On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Insulator-metal transition
    04.07.2018 · Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    There are materials that can exhibit metal or insulator behaviour depending on their temperature. Being able to switch their properties, these materials could lead to a new generation of electronic devices.

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  2. How does our brain work when planning a movement?
    21.06.2018 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    A rhesus monkeys study shows that planned movements and spontaneous reactions are processed differently in the brain: The monkeys have the same brain activity during the movement but the preceded brain activity differs.

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  3. Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants
    28.06.2018 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants.

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  4. Sharp images with flexible fibers
    13.06.2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology

    Endoscopes allow to see into a patient’s body but their large diameter hampers their application in sensitive body regions. Researchers have discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost...

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  5. New antibiotic against tuberculosis
    07.06.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    A new active compound for tuberculosis is now entering clinical trail. The newly developed test substance is also effective against multi-resistant pathogens that are making treatment increasingly difficult worldwide.

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  6. Women and the risks of cardiovascular disease
    13.06.2018 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Women with obesity are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, women of normal weight are at risk of heart attack or stroke if they suffer from a metabolic disease such as diabetes.

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  7. Investigation of the atmosphere
    06.06.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    Unmanned mini-airplanes can contribute significantly to the investigation of the causes of Arctic climate change: They provide new insights into ground-level air layers that are not monitored by other measuring stations.

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  8. Resistance against works councils
    31.05.2018 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    Studies have shown that works councils have a positive impact on productivity and profits. Despite this, employers are sometimes resistant to the idea of staff involvement in company decision-making.

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  9. Gene switch for healthy aging found
    31.05.2018 · Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute

    A calorie-restricted diet is known to alleviate frailty and age related-diseases. Researchers now demonstrate in a mouse model that a gene regulator is involved in the aging process.

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  10. Genetic diversity protects
    31.05.2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Diversity is the key: a team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease.

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  11. Electrons in a dual state
    26.04.2018 · Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Researchers managed to control the shape of laser pulses to place an electron in a dual state by keeping it both free and bound to its nucleus.

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  12. Lavish blue-green algae
    26.04.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Blue-green algae produce an excess of amino acids at a late stage of their bloom. This leads to a surprising food supply for marine microorganisms and thus for the entire food web in nutrient-poor seasons.

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  13. Smart Taxing
    23.03.2018 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    A policy package of bequest taxes and land value taxes could be the optimal solution to reduce wealth inequality and rising land prices.

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  14. Responsibility as a burden
    28.03.2018 · Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

    People in high-power positions experience more stress if they are aware of their responsibility than if they recognize the freedom their position provides.

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  15. Impact of air pollution on cognitive decline
    28.03.2018 · Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

    Air pollution is a risk factor for cognitive impairment in elderly people. But where does this effect come from - is there a direct relation or is it mediated by lung function?

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  16. Surveying the Arctic
    15.03.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    The research aeroplane Polar 5 departs for Greenland where a team of researchers will spend four weeks studying the consequences of wildfires and carbon particles in the Arctic.

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  17. Social media pays off
    14.03.2018 · Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

    Constant checking of status messages is often associated with stress, envy and reduced wellbeing. Research on social networks has shown that Social Media help us get useful information and emotional support.

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  18. Faster diagnostics
    14.03.2018 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    The mass use of antibiotics causes drug-resistances. A new rapid test helps with administering the available antibiotic which is still effective in a concrete case.

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  19. Ant raids: It’s all in the genes
    09.03.2018 · Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseen

    Certain ants capture closely related ant species and make them work in their own colonies. The raids required to achieve this are controlled by different genes.

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  20. Paying attention as the eyes move
    07.03.2018 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    The visual system optimally maintains attention on relevant objects even as eye movements are made. This poses a challenge for the brain.

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