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  1. Fingerprints of stars
    19.01.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Researchers present a new spectral atlas of the Sun, a total of 48 atlases of bright benchmark stars, and a detailed analysis of the chemical abundances of the 10-billion year old planet-system host Kepler-444.

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  2. Ancient Bird in an Oversized Tuxedo
    08.01.2018 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Researchers described a hitherto unknown fossil giant penguin species. In their study they show that “gigantism” was not a rare occurrence in early penguins and probably developed as a result of the birds’ flightlessness.

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  3. New fluorescent particles
    15.01.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    In order to be able to make pathological tissue visible, scientists are conducting research on new types of fluorescent particles. These can be decomposed with the help of immune system cells once they have fulfilled their...

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  4. Maternal stress
    11.12.2017 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    A new comparative analysis across mammals  shows that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy.

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  5. Girls consider themselves less gifted
    13.11.2017 · German Institute for Economic Research

    Research shows that girls underestimate their math abilities in school. The results are especially relevant when it comes to the significant underrepresentation of women working in STEM fields.

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  6. “We need to express the importance of evidence”
    02.11.2017 ·

    Leibniz visits Smithsonian: Goal of the meeting was to discuss aim, scope and challenges of research museums and to explore possible cooperation.

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  7. Gauging the Elusive
    03.11.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

    Scientists developed a program for gauging the sizes and shapes of plant cells. In a single pass, it automatically measures and records specific parameters for several hundred epidermal leaf cells. As open source software it is...

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  8. Lessons for the future from waves in the past
    03.11.2017 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    Giant boulders were washed onto a cliff in the Bahamas many years ago. Were the rocks transported by ancient “super storms”?

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  9. Soil depth influences vegetation
    03.11.2017 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    New research suggests that vegetation formations are influenced by the depth to which plants can root. If trees have access to a larger volume of soil, this increases the establishment of rainforest whereas shallower rooting...

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  10. What increases crop productivity?
    23.10.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Heterosis describes the situation where the performance of a hybrid progeny exceeds that of its parents. This phenomenon is primarily dependent on interactions between genes.

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  11. Film gems from the field of ethnology
    16.10.2017 · German National Library of Science and Technology

    Easier access for science: Almost 2000 ethnological films of historical value will soon be available online.

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  12. Female choice turns males into better performers
    16.10.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Giving female fruit flies an opportunity to choose the male they mate with leads to the evolution of better performing males.

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  13. Coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
    16.10.2017 · Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

    While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation.

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  14. What a lake’s colour can tell
    16.10.2017 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    With the help of satellite observations from 188 lakes worldwide, scientists have shown that the warming of large lakes amplifies their colour.

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  15. Effects of air pollution on the brain
    15.09.2017 · Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

    Researchers showed that traffic-related airborne pollutants accelerate the formation of amyloid plaques and enhance motor function impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

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  16. Networked and protected
    16.08.2017 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    During the financial crisis, billions were spent to rescue banks. Besides the size of the banks, the centrality within the global financial network was also pivotal for financial institutions to receive a bail-out.

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  17. The power of auxin
    16.08.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

    Plants are smart enough to grow toward the light, they recognize their main shoot and know when to form lateral roots. The plant hormone auxin controls almost everything — what is the secret of its power?

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  18. Can we see monkeys from space?
    25.07.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Using a combination of satellite and ground data, scientists propose that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously possible. The new multi-disciplinary approach provides a wealth of...

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  19. A powerful laser
    20.07.2017 · Max-Born-Institute

    Laser pulses have been used in a few laboratories worldwide to study light-induced dynamics in atoms and molecules. Now a powerful laser system enables an entirely new class of experiments.

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  20. Introducing antibodies into cells
    20.07.2017 · Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Scientists have managed to introduce nano antibodies into living cells. The "nanobodies" open up a new door to treatments for diseases that have so far been untreatable.

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