On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Wisdom of the crowd
    15.01.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Collectively, environmental stakeholders are just as smart as scientific experts, as a study shows. Researchers advocate more systematic use of swarm intelligence.

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  2. Loss of microRNA leads to fibrosis
    15.01.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Researchers have identified microRNA molecules that are responsible for the development of fibrosis and thus promote the progression of cancer.

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  3. In search of balance
    09.01.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

    In order to better harmonize agriculture and biodiversity, a new project is developing concepts for the protection of species in European agricultural landscapes.

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  4. Reforms against decay
    08.01.2020 · Institute for the World Economy

    25 years after its foundation, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is in a crisis. To prevent a collapse, and thus a loss of prosperity worldwide, it needs reform.

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  5. Land-use impacts biodiversity in the long-term
    07.01.2020 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Changes from grassland to cropland that happened as long as 20 years ago impact the biodiversity of species inhabiting agroecosystems in the long-term, i.e. today.

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  6. Together you're less alone
    07.01.2020 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Pair living plays a key role in the evolution of primates' social systems: as a stepping stone from solitary life to complex societies.

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  7. Urban skyglow suppresses melatonin
    07.01.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Even the low light intensities of urban skyglow are sufficient to suppress the nocturnal melatonin production and thus to disrupt our day-night rhythm.

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  8. Germans desire simplified tax system
    07.01.2020 · ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    More than 90 per cent of Germans consider the tax system to be in need of simplification. However, there is no social consensus on what reform should look like.

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  9. Fight Malaria
    06.01.2020 · Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin

    Researchers have identified the mechanism responsible for resistance to artemisinin, currently the most important malaria drug.

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  10. Digital insects
    06.01.2020 · Museum für Naturkunde

    The world´s first 3D scanner for insects enables researchers to digitally image and preserve beetles and flies that are hundreds of years old.

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  11. Planetary Boundaries under pressure
    06.01.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Nine systems - including climate change - regulate the state of our planet. Interactions between them can amplify human impacts on the Earth system even more.

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  12. Climate change threatens yeasts
    20.12.2019 · Leibniz Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    Researchers isolated a new yeast from tree sap. The microorganisms threatened by climate change could be of great biotechnological importance.

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  13. Interview: Life on Mars
    09.12.2019 · Leibniz Insitute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Although the surface of Mars is extremely dry, living organisms such as microorganisms may exist in certain types of rock, especially salt rock.

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  14. Health care in baboons
    05.12.2019 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Female baboons avoid mating if either the male or the female themselves showed visible signs of sexually transmitted diseases - but the males did not.

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  15. Creating real knowledge
    04.12.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The volume of information continues to grow rapidly, but our real knowledge is not. A new database aims to shed light on "knowledge in the dark".

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  16. Electricity without coal
    22.11.2019 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Of all possible ways to decarbonise the electricity supply, renewable energies offer the greatest health benefits to people and environment.

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  17. Merging galaxies
    22.11.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    For the first time, astronomers have discovered three black holes at the core of one galaxy - a new hint for understanding the evolution of galaxies over time.

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  18. Ecologically intact rivers
    21.11.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The total willingness to pay for ecologically intact rivers in four european countries amounts to 27 to 47 billion euros per year.

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  19. Celestial turbulences
    20.11.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    Vertical air motions increase ice formation in mixed-phase clouds, as researchers were able to observe for the first time in nature.

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  20. Surveillance with consequences
    20.11.2019 · ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    Citizens who lived in counties of the GDR, where the proportion of Stasi employees was relatively high, are in a worse economic situation today.

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