On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. A tale of two seasons
    28.10.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Why do migratory birds undertake such long and dangerous journeys each year? Although it seems they move to the winter ranges to follow climatic conditions, this is not the case for the return flight.

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  2. Bats practice social distancing as well
    27.10.2020 · Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science

    Staying away from others when feeling sick cannot only be observed in humans these days but also in wild vampire bats. A behavior which slows how quickly a disease will spread.

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  3. Protection of freshwater biodiversity
    26.10.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    An international research team formulated 14 recommendations to policy and administration actors in order to highlight the dramatic loss of freshwater biodiversity and help to mitigate and stop it.

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  4. Who are your neighbours?
    20.10.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    A new method allows identifying genome sequences more efficient and inexpensive. Scientists tested it on a complex model of the koala retrovirus.

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  5. Brain plasticity in old age
    20.10.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Researchers discovered the role of a small regulator in the learning-dependent phases of plasticity. The observation opens new therapeutic perspectives for brain plasticity during aging.

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  6. Surveying the Arctic
    19.10.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    With the return of the Polarstern, the largest Arctic expedition of all times has come to a successful end advancing knowledge about the Earth's climate system and its changes by a decisive step.

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  7. Stopping the Virus and Closing Borders
    16.10.2020 · WZB Berlin Social Science Center

    A new study shows that countries with international travel restrictions suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities. A new study shows that countries that had international travel restrictions suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities.

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  8. Marthe Vogt Podcast: Inspiring women in science
    16.10.2020 · Forschungsverbund Berlin

    In a series of interviews, eight women, doctoral students, postdocs, and junior researchers share stories about their journey into science.

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  9. Climate catastrophe 233 million years ago
    15.10.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A series of massive volcanic eruptions in present-day Canada provoked a climate change and the creation of new ecosystems, such as coral reefs, and favoured a rapid spread of dinosaurs.

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  10. Leibniz researcher awarded for innovation project
    15.10.2020 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    The Berlin team, including Dr Markus Krutzik from the FBH, wins the INNOspace Masters innovation competition with a project about tap-proof quantum communications.

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  11. Biggest CO2 drop
    14.10.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    A new study shows, using real-time data, Covid-19’s massive impact on global emissions during the first half of 2020.

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  12. Small area, great effect
    09.10.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Peatland rewetting can stabilize our climate. Global peatlands store about twice as much carbon than forests.

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  13. Equality jeopardised
    08.10.2020 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    School closures could lead to learning deficits among pupils. Inequalities relating to a child’s family background may increase, particularly in terms of academic achievement.

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  14. Search for traces of microplastics in humans
    07.10.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    A new project aims to investigate the consequences of microplastics in the human body by applying methods from astrophysics.

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  15. Big brain = more intelligence?
    02.10.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    The relationship between brain size and cognitive abilities of different primate species cannot be generalized.

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  16. A small piece of Jurassic Park
    02.10.2020 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    For the first time, genetic material from insects that were embedded in resin samples was successfully extracted. The study clarifies whether DNA embedded in resin can be preserved.

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  17. The illuminated museum
    01.10.2020 · German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    The lighting installation FRAME at the Bangert Building of the German Maritime Museum offers a foretaste of the interactive use of the batten luminaires.

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  18. Stability check on Antarctica reveals enormous risks
    24.09.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    If global warming continues, the ice in Antarctica could irreversibly melt - and thus raise global sea levels by more than six meters.

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  19. Together we can do it
    24.09.2020 · Leibniz Association

    A statement by the presidents of the non-university research organizations on the COVID-19 epidemic

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  20. The long arm of the Atlantic
    24.09.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Researchers have studied the long-range effects of the Atlantic on the Baltic Sea during the last millennium - and have come across astonishing connections.

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