On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Follow your memory
    24.05.2017 · Senckenberg Research Institute

    Zebras may use memory to guide their migration each year. In contrast, current vegetation conditions along the way are less important for the orientation.

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  2. Two Giants Discovered in Madagascar
    24.05.2017 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    Two species of giant pill-millipedes, newly described from shrinking rainforest fragments in northern Madagascar show the importance of the sustainable use of small forest patches in the tropics.

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  3. Ventilation for corals
    23.05.2017 · Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research

    Many stony corals live in close partnership with different species of damselfish. Reef ecologists have now discovered a previously unknown advantage for the corals: The fish support them in their photosynthesis.

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  4. Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions
    18.05.2017 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning, a new study shows.

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  5. Is individuality unavoidable?
    18.05.2017 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Same genes, same environment, different personality: a recent study shed a new light on the question of which factors are responsible for the individuality of vertebrate animals.

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  6. Peeking Through the Cloud’s Dusty Veil
    18.05.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    The biggest infrared image ever taken of the Small Magellanic Cloud: With VISTA, astronomers have been able to see the myriad of stars in this neighbouring galaxy much more clearly than ever before.

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  7. Saving angels
    15.05.2017 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    Researchers have published a study to identify the distribution patterns and habitat use of the critically endangered angelshark in its last stronghold: the waters around the Canary Islands.

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  8. Picky fruit-eating birds are more flexible
    11.05.2017 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Birds that are specialized on particular fruit types are the most flexible in switching to different fruit types in other seasons — good news in view of the global climate change.

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  9. Policy Proposals to G20
    11.05.2017 · The Kiel Institute for the Word Economy Kiel

    Leading think tanks have been grappling with key policy issues facing the 20 largest industrialized and emerging economies and are now presenting their recommendations to the G20 on an internet platform.

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  10. German Economists Favour Tax Cuts
    11.05.2017 · ifo Institute - ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

    The vast majority of German economists favours tax cuts for middle-income earners, according to the results of the latest Economists Panel. They also call for a reduction in the so-called middle-class bulge.

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  11. Endoscopic Diagnosis of Cancer
    11.05.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    A newly developed handheld fiber optic probe can perform multiple microscopy techniques without the need for tissue staining. It represents an important step toward endoscopic cancer diagnosis.

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  12. Extreme Weather, extreme wheat prices
    28.04.2017 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Price peaks of wheat on the world market are mainly caused by production shocks such as induced for example by droughts, researchers found.

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  13. Water issues for policymakers
    27.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Water and water bodies are essential resources of high value and relevance. In the run-up to the Bundestag elections in 2017 researchers identified five urgent water-related issues.

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  14. Barley Genome Sequenced
    27.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    A ten-nation consortium has reported the first high-quality reference genome sequence of barley. For the first time, scientists can now locate all genes precisely in the genome and analyze complex gene families.

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  15. Same game, different eyes
    24.04.2017 · Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

    Research has shown that after a game fans have a distorted memory of it in favor of their own team. The perception processes are the same during the game - the fans' memories are biased towards their own team.

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  16. Hydrogels for a better treatment of chronic wounds
    21.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden

    Diabetes is often associated with chronic wounds whose treatment remains challenging. Researchers have now developed hydrogels that promise new treatment modalities for patients suffering from chronic cutaneous wounds.

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  17. A New Role for Autophagosomes in Neurodegeneration
    11.04.2017 · Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Autophagosomes are small membrane vesicles in charge of waste disposal to promote recycling of its components. A new discovery shows autophagosomes in a completely new light and fuels hope for new treatments for neurodegenerative...

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  18. Smelling the risk of infection
    10.04.2017 · German Primate Center

    Mandrill primates are able to smell an infected group member and consequently groom them less than healthy individuals. This behavior plays a crucial role in the co-evolution of host and parasite.

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  19. Virtual Reality meets Astrophysics
    10.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    A new Virtual Reality (VR) website invites visitors to experience the cosmos and to take virtual tours through astronomical observatories - offering 360 degree videos and panoramas.

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  20. The “Research Fab Microelectronics Germany” gets off the ground
    11.04.2017 ·

    To reinforce the position of Europe's semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz...

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