On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Loyal consumers are left to foot the bill
    28.11.2018 · Centre for European Economic Research

    Electricity companies tend to increase their baseline electricity tariffs if more consumers search for cheaper tariffs on the internet. The ones that are losing out are consumers who remain loyal.

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  2. WZB Berlin Social Science Center
    27.11.2018 ·

    Senate Statement incl. attachments

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  3. Multifunctional forests
    22.11.2018 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide.

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  4. Danger in the desert
    22.11.2018 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    An infection with the MERS virus causes only a cold in camels, but can be fatal for humans. Researchers now analyze mutations to predict the risk of a pandemic.

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  5. New era for gene banks
    14.11.2018 · Leibniz Insitute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples.

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  6. Like the earthworm
    21.11.2018 · INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    Due to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer earthworms are always clean. Inspired by this, researchers developed a friction-reducing material that might be applicable in industry or biomedicine.

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  7. Arctic warming effect on jet stream
    02.11.2018 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    While the connection between stalling atmospheric waves and extreme weather events has been demonstrated by previous studies, researchers now found two crucial conditions that favor a slow jet stream.

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  8. Drained peatlands
    01.11.2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Peatlands are the most efficient carbon sinks of terrestrial ecosystems. However, around one per cent of all bogs worldwide are lost each year. Researchers now concern measures of rewetting.

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  9. US Tech Companies Devour Smaller Rivals
    30.10.2018 · Centre for European Economic Research

    In the past decade, the US tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon bought a total of 313 companies. Economic researchers now give warning of the harm they do to the competition.

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  10. The picture shows a Rhodiola.

    Rhodiola improves memory
    26.10.2018 · IPB | LIN

    So far, no drugs are known to prevent age-related memory loss. A study now proves the memory-enhancing effect of a plant ester as an active ingredient from the medicinal plant Rhodiola rosea.

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  11. "Rocket" collects microplastics
    22.10.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

    Microplastics are omnipresent in the environment but at the same time difficult to record. Now, researchers have developed a novel device that collects very small particles without contamination.

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  12. Can old injured nerves regenerate?
    19.10.2018 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    The regenerative capacity of the nervous system declines during aging. Researchers found that a disturbed immune response leading to chronic inflammation is significantly involved in this.

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  13. Future Data Storage Technology
    18.10.2018 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Magnetic stray fields cause problems when trying to generate particularly tiny bits. An invisibility cloak put over the structures could help to increase the information density of hard disk drives.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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