On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Corona savings
    01.02.2021 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    During the Corona crisis, European households increased their savings dramatically – not for fear of unemployment but for lack of spending opportunities.

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  2. Premiums for vaccine doses
    01.02.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    The EU should pay tardy suppliers of Covid vaccines an additional premium for each extra dose delivered earlier. They would still be much cheaper than a prolonged lockdown.

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  3. Sulphate in water bodies
    01.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Acid rain seems to be a thing of the past, yet sulphate continues to rise in many inland waters worldwide. Researchers provide an overview of the sources and its effects on freshwater ecosystems.

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  4. Coffee enterprises have social responsibility
    01.02.2021 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    Due to the special structure of the global coffee trade, smallholders in coffee-growing countries have few opportunities to increase their value added and thus earn higher incomes.

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  5. Pan-European coronavirus action plan
    28.01.2021 · ifo Institute

    Given the high numbers and the new variants, scientists are calling to contain the virus across the whole continent.

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  6. One-two punch against corals
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A new study shows that stress from rising water temperatures reduces the ability of corals to adapt to ocean acidification. The ocean heatwaves could lead to extensive bleaching events.

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  7. Corona genome sequencing: Portal for free data analysis launched
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    A central German start-up company has launched a portal for the free analysis and processing of raw data from the genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 isolates.

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  8. In search of the “Golden Spike”
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    The Golden Spike is used in geology to document the beginning of an epoch. Plastic particles could be used to identify the beginning of a new, not-yet formalised geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

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  9. Diabetes: New evidence underlines the role of obesity
    27.01.2021 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Weight loss is considered to be an integral part of the therapy for type 2 diabetes. New data from a large-scale observational study support the current recommendations of physicians.

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  10. Cultural heritage as a factor for quality of life
    27.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    With their historical centres, many towns and small cities in Germany and Europe have a unique quality of life. A list of relevant indicators ensures that this is more easily recognized.

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  11. White turns into (extreme-)ultraviolet
    26.01.2021 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Researchers have developed a new method to modify the spectral width of extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light. Its generation is interesting for applications such as electron spectroscopy.

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  12. Eye scan detects Alzheimer's disease
    25.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    Researchers have succeeded in discriminating between healthy and diseased retinal tissue.

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  13. Natural substances as an effective protective agent
    21.01.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Insecticides are suspected of having a damaging effect on birds and bees. A new study shows that when storing grain for more than 150 days, natural pesticides achieve the most effective results.

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  14. Electricity from the house wall
    21.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    Roofs are not the only suitable places for installing photovoltaic modules to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Facades could also play a much more significant role in Germany’s energy transition.

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  15. The idea of an environmental tax is finally gaining strength
    20.01.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    In 2020 the theory of environmental taxation has gained strength, important objections are being invalidated, and carbon pricing appears more efficient than regulations and bans.

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  16. Annual tax revenue losses in Germany
    20.01.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    Profit shifting to countries with particularly low corporate taxes causes the German public sector to miss out on EUR 5.7 billion in revenue each year.

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  17. Website of the German Nagoya Protocol HuB goes online
    19.01.2021 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    The GNP HUB project sees itself as a contact point and source of support for academic researchers in Germany. The information is aimed at both newcomers and experienced researchers.

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  18. Berlin mix
    18.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Hedgehogs are not very mobile, yet despite barriers in the cityscape they do not become isolated and still function as one population. Now scientists analysed the genome of 143 Berlin hedgehogs.

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  19. New hope for northern white rhinos
    18.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists are happy to announce that despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, two new northern white rhino embryos were produced. The next steps to save the endangered species are underway.

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  20. Stress lowers reproductive success
    13.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists have found that stress seems to be more important in determining the number and quality of offspring than physical traits such as attractiveness and fighting ability in male spotted hyenas.

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