On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. When every particle counts
    12.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Microplastics can be detected in almost every ecosystem. But how can even the smallest particles be extracted? A new overview of methods provides an orientational aid.

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  2. To the rhythm of the environment
    11.05.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    By contracting and dilating, the pupil regulates how much light enters the eye. But its movement can also be controlled unconsciously by our mind.

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  3. Drastic loss of water insects
    11.05.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Even in areas that are mostly unaffected by anthropogenic factors, climate change has a significant impact on ecosystems, as a new long-term study reveals.

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  4. Households do not like to admit to stockpiling
    11.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

    Households that are stockpiling do not admit to do so in surveys. Survey findings and purchasing behavior differ particularly when it comes to toilet paper.

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  5. Global sea levels could rise faster than expected
    08.05.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Global mean sea-level rise could exceed 1 metres by 2100 with unchecked emissions, a survey among 100 leading international experts finds.

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  6. Controlling your home by the power of thought
    06.05.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Neuroscientists developed a new experimental environment to study action plans during walking. These findings could be harnessed to develop brain-machine interfaces that control smart homes.

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  7. Activation of the SARS coronavirus 2 revealed
    04.05.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Infection researchers identify starting points for vaccine development and therapy.

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  8. Multidrug-resistant pathogen analyzed
    28.04.2020 · Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center

    A genome analysis reveals insights into the global spread of S. maltophilia strains – multidrug-resistant pathogens causing hospital-acquired infections.

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  9. Iran on the verge of economic collapse
    27.04.2020 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    The outbreak of COVID-19 could drive Iran into economic and political chaos. Worldwide export restrictions are now impeding access to urgently needed medical products.

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  10. Negative effects of minimum wage
    21.04.2020 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    The minimum wage has triggered measurable displacement effects in Germany. The fact that less volume of work was displaced than predicted was due to the circumvention of the minimum wage.

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  11. Climate researcher meets Swedish activist
    21.04.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    On the occasion of the 50th Earth Day, Johan Rockström talks to Greta Thunberg about how to stay brave in Corona times and what the virus has to do with the climate crisis.

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  12. Germany hardly dependent for medical goods
    20.04.2020 · ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    In 2019, Germany depended very little on non-European countries for trade in medical goods. However, experts argue in favor of creating a national stockpile of medicines.

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  13. Communicator Prize for Leibniz Researcher
    20.04.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Robert Arlinghaus, Professor of Fisheries, receives the highest national award for science communication.

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  14. Innovative companies are more resilient to crises
    17.04.2020 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    Past recessions show that innovative companies are significantly more resilient than non-innovative. However, investments in research and development is more difficult due to the coronavirus crisis.

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  15. Novel method of water desalination
    15.04.2020 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    A breakthrough in the field of electrochemical water desalination has been achieved. The zinc-air desalination removes much larger amounts of salt from the water compared to previous processes.

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  16. Ion channel enhances immune response against viruses
    14.04.2020 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    By transporting the messenger cGAMP from cell to cell, VRAC ion channels strengthen the immune response to infections with DNA viruses. They might play a similar role in cancer.

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  17. Crisis management textbook in open access
    08.04.2020 · TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology

    How can public health departments systematically prepare for handling crisis situations? A new online textbook provides recommendations for action.

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  18. A piece in the shell puzzle
    07.04.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    An international research team sheds new light on the evolution of the turtles' skull architecture. The results indicate a close link between the skull and neck evolution.

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  19. Invasive species with charisma have it easier
    07.04.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Invasive species perceived as cute or exotic are socially more accepted. This can hamper nature conservation measures designed to contain the spread of a species.

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  20. Ways out of the corona shutdown
    06.04.2020 · ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    An expert group is now calling for the current restrictions to be gradually eased. Regions with low infection rates and available capacity in the health system could lead the way.

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