On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Electrodes from the magnolia tree
    03.07.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    Researchers have built electrically conductive and optically transparent electrodes from the leaves of magnolia. The leaf-structure electrodes could be used to design novel solar cells.

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  2. 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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  3. New DFG Vizepräsident
    01.07.2020 · German Research Foundation

    The molecular biologist Axel Brakhage has been elected vice president of the German Research Foundation.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Cellular spring cleaning
    29.06.2020 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    With the help of a recycling system, cells keep themselves young. But what actually gets this process going? In addition to starvation, osmotic stress can be a trigger, as a study shows.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Faster diagnosis thanks to new software
    17.06.2020 · Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V.

    Lipids are often notorious as fats that make people ill and fat - although they play an important role in the human body. A unique software may be helpful for analysis of all lipids.

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  15. National Library Award
    16.06.2020 · TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology

    Pioneer of digital transformation: TIB is "Library of the Year 2020".

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  16. The best parents
    15.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Plant hybrids become more and more productive depending on the genetic distance between their parents.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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