On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Enhanced speed, contrast, and information
    13.01.2021 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Xenon magnetic resonance imaging offers deep insights into the human body. Physicists have now achieved a considerable improvement of the method.

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  2. Can Twitter ban Trump?
    13.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    In order to study how online platforms decide what can be said online, a "Private Ordering Observatory" is being set up.

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  3. Bought, exchanged or looted?
    11.01.2021 · German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    Many museum objects date from the colonial era. How they ended up here is now being critically scrutinized worldwide. The research museum DSM also questions the origin of its objects.

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  4. Severe decline of puku antelope
    07.01.2021 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    The results of the now published study show a decline of 84% of the puku population size compared to a previous survey in 2009-2010. Increased poaching might have had the most severe impact.

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  5. Guinea baboons grunt with an accent
    07.01.2021 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Scientists analyzed the sound structures of Guinea baboons to shed light on the evolution of vocal learning and were able to show a modification of their call in multi-level baboon society.

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  6. Drought of the century in the Middle Ages
    06.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

    The published study investigates the rapid climate change in the early 14th century and its effects on late medieval Europe. The findings also display similarities to the 2018 weather anomaly.

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  7. New synthesis in perfumery
    06.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V. at the University of Rostock

    The woody-amber base notes to perfumes can be produced more efficiently in the future than before: with less effort and higher yields.

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  8. Fragmented rivers
    05.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The extent of river fragmentation in Europe is much higher than anyone had anticipated. A study shows opportunities for reconnecting streams and rivers.

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  9. Deep-sea plastic trap
    05.01.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    As sediment samples from the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench show, plastic remains can even be found in the deepest oceans. The results show that the trenches on the ocean floor can serve as plastic sinks.

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  10. Light-emitting diodes to fight coronaviruses
    04.01.2021 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    Like bacteria and fungi, viruses can be inactivated by light. A project team is developing special UVC LEDs and is investigating parameters such as wavelengths, irradiation doses and virus habitats.

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  11. Shaper of the Open Science movement
    17.12.2020 · ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

    The director of the ZBW, Klaus Tochtermann, has been elected as one of eight members of the Board of Directors of the European Open Science Cloud Association.

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  12. Dangerous plans to regulate the River Oder
    17.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The River Oder is one of the last relatively near-natural large rivers in Europe. The plans to develop the river violate EU law and endanger not only the environment but also agriculture.

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  13. World’s oldest python found
    16.12.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The almost completely preserved snakes were discovered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Messel Pit” and are about 47 million years old. The fossils suggest that the constrictors’ origin lies in Europe.

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  14. Rapid shift to carbon-neutrality
    16.12.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    In an unprecedented science-backed statement, Europe’s truck manufacturers have concluded that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050.

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  15. Living lab could fix contact-tracing app
    16.12.2020 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The “Corona-Warn-App” does not currently meet its objective. A lab could serve to systematically test the measures to promote the app’s dissemination, optimise its use and measure its success.

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  16. Regenerative wonder
    16.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Flatworms consist of 25 percent stem cells and are almost immortal. Researchers want to use this knowledge to clarify the unknown causes for the development of diseases during ageing.

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  17. Novel microscope for cancer diagnostics
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    The novel microscopy technology should help to track down the cellular origins of cancer diseases. The European Commission is funding the project with more than €5 million over 42 months.

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  18. Recommendations against the spread of COVID-19
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    From an aerosol experts' point of view, a variety of measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals and nursing homes.

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  19. Glyphosate in the sea
    15.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    A new reliable method allows measuring glyphosate in the seawater and for the first time detecting it in the Baltic Sea. The disputed herbicide is suspected to be carcinogenic among other things.

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  20. Recommendations for handling child influences
    14.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    Children are more and more active as influencers on social platforms. Researchers compiled a list for action on how parents should deal responsibly with pictures and videos of children on the Internet.

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