On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.

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  1. The picture shows a wheat field.

    Too hot or too dry?
    17.10.2018 · Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

    The summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial.

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  2. Fish undisturbed by flash photography
    16.10.2018 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Fish experience stress, as do humans. Directors of display aquariums are anxious that flash lights may disturb the fish. The good news: you need not worry about taking snapshots of the Ram cichlid.

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  3. Why it doesn’t get dark when you blink
    25.09.2018 · German Primate Center

    Even though we constantly blink and move our head and eyes, we still see our world as a stable whole. How does the brain put together the visual information to form a conclusive image?

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  4. Solid material, mobile particles
    25.09.2018 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    A newly developed material can “answer” temperature changes or, in the future, the presence of chemical substances and toxins with a color change.

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  5. Fairness pays off
    07.08.2018 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    Employees become less productive even if it is their colleagues who are treated unfairly and not them. This was demonstrated in a behavioural economic experiment with 195 subjects.

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  6. Self-medicating lemurs
    09.08.2018 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Researchers observe that red-fronted lemurs may chew on millipedes to rid themselves of intestinal parasites. They eat the millipedes because they secrete benzoquinone, a substance that is also known to repel mosquitoes.

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  7. The invisible made visible
    27.07.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Observations with X-ray satellites open a window to regions of the Universe that are invisible to human eyes. The first catalogue of X-ray sources in overlapping observations has now been published.

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  8. The picture shows a bookshelf.

    Predatory publishers harm academia
    25.07.2018 ·

    Predatory publishers that only simulate academic quality-assurance procedures harm the credibility of academia, which must develop greater awareness of this kind of business model.

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  9. Neptune's clouds
    19.07.2018 · Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam

    The atmosphere impairs the astronomical images. A technology used for the first time suppresses the blurred effects of the atmosphere and produces very sharp images of the universe.

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  10. Flipping the switch
    18.07.2018 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Carbon pricing could make financial resources available for succeeding with the global Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. At the same time, it could be a central contribution to meet global climate targets.

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  11. Big eyes but diminished brain power
    18.07.2018 · Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

    Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains: Despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli.

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  12. Contact with migrants reduces electoral success of right-wing parties
    18.07.2018 · Centre for European Economic Research

    A new study shows that direct contact between local residents and refugees in municipalities with high numbers of newly arrived migrants leads to less support for far-right parties at the local level.

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  13. Insulator-metal transition
    04.07.2018 · Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    There are materials that can exhibit metal or insulator behaviour depending on their temperature. Being able to switch their properties, these materials could lead to a new generation of electronic devices.

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  14. How does our brain work when planning a movement?
    21.06.2018 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    A rhesus monkeys study shows that planned movements and spontaneous reactions are processed differently in the brain: The monkeys have the same brain activity during the movement but the preceded brain activity differs.

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  15. Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants
    28.06.2018 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants.

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  16. Sharp images with flexible fibers
    13.06.2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology

    Endoscopes allow to see into a patient’s body but their large diameter hampers their application in sensitive body regions. Researchers have discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost...

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  17. New antibiotic against tuberculosis
    07.06.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    A new active compound for tuberculosis is now entering clinical trail. The newly developed test substance is also effective against multi-resistant pathogens that are making treatment increasingly difficult worldwide.

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  18. Women and the risks of cardiovascular disease
    13.06.2018 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Women with obesity are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, women of normal weight are at risk of heart attack or stroke if they suffer from a metabolic disease such as diabetes.

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  19. Investigation of the atmosphere
    06.06.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    Unmanned mini-airplanes can contribute significantly to the investigation of the causes of Arctic climate change: They provide new insights into ground-level air layers that are not monitored by other measuring stations.

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  20. Resistance against works councils
    31.05.2018 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    Studies have shown that works councils have a positive impact on productivity and profits. Despite this, employers are sometimes resistant to the idea of staff involvement in company decision-making.

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