On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. The mechanisms of speciation
    23.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Even 160 years after Charles Darwin it is still controversial if sympatric speciation is a rare or common mechanism driving the evolution of new wildlife species.

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  2. Aquaculture in Southeast Asia
    23.02.2021 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    From the coastal aquaculture ponds, the water is discharged unfiltered into the coastal waters. A new study shows the impact of human-produced nitrogen.

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  3. Fears over COVID-19 infections at screenings
    18.02.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    Fear of contracting COVID-19 seems to be a major reason why patients avoid screening appointments. This finding was confirmed by survey data.

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  4. Removing space debris with Gecko technology
    18.02.2021 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    A new mechanism for “capturing” space debris, which is inspired by the gecko’s adhesive ability, has been successfully tested under space conditions onboard the ISS.

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  5. Artificial intelligence feeds natural brains
    17.02.2021 · DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation

    Leibniz researcher Daniele Di Mitri has been elected as AI Newcomer 2021.

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  6. Mammalian virus transmission via water
    16.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    In dry seasons animals congregate near freshwater sources, often reaching large densities, potentially operating as key locations for pathogen transmission.

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  7. Companies’ cybersecurity
    15.02.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The risk of a cyberattack has increased in the past year, according to many companies. This is the result of a recent survey among more than 900 companies.

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  8. Defeating the enemy within
    11.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    According to theory, clonal vertebrates have a harder time succeeding. The Amazon molly has found a way to cope with the challenges of its origin.

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  9. The NoCovid strategy
    11.02.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    The NoCovid research group aims to end the state of emergency in Germany with four new tools by supporting the current downward trend in new infections.

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  10. Coal and COVID-19
    09.02.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    COVID-19 has reduced the share of power generated by burning coal. Findings show that emissions could decline more rapidly than previously thought.

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  11. Great Potential for Work-from-Home Arrangements
    09.02.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The majority of companies have not observed any loss of productivity due to remote work. Three-quarters of companies in the information economy report that productivity has been constant or increased.

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  12. Increase in COVID-19 infections after ‘Querdenken’ protests
    09.02.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The ‘Querdenken’ protests in November 2020 led to a sharp increase in coronavirus infections in Germany. Researchers estimate that up to 21,000 COVID-19 infections could have been prevented.

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  13. Climate change and COVID-19
    09.02.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, by driving growth of forest habitat favoured by bats.

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  14. Mini may beetles from China
    08.02.2021 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    Scientists, in collaboration with Chinese researchers, have described 152 new species of “mini cockchafer”. Many of these species were mainly collected by amateur scientists.

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  15. White-nose syndrome in bat species
    04.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    White-nose syndrome, caused by a fungus, has become a major cause of death for hibernating bats in North America, while European bats survive when infected. What are the reasons?

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  16. Colorectal cancer and lifestyle
    04.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology

    Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers and increasing in younger individuals. The new LifeCRCscore provides a simple method to estimate their 10-year risk of developing colorectal cancer.

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  17. Microscopic enemies in the crosshairs
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    Two bacterial species cooperate chemically with each other to fight off amoebae that generally consume them. They can provide impulses for the development of new drugs such as antibiotics.

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  18. Coworking space in rural areas
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

    How can the model of collaborative workspaces contribute to regional development in structurally weak regions? This is what a group of researchers will be investigating over the next four years.

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  19. From coelacanths to humans
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    Bitter receptors are a relatively recent invention of nature. What 400 million years of evolutionary history reveal about the function of both fish and human bitter receptors shows a recent study.

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  20. Ultrasound for drug activation
    01.02.2021 · DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    A completely new approach allows controlled drug action, i.e., the ability of active ingredients to achieve only the desired effect. Apart from antibiotics, this affects drugs against cancer in particular.

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