On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. With 35,000 eyes in the sky
    02.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Astronomers have completed the world's largest fibre spectrograph that will help understand how and why the expansion of the universe is speeding up over time.

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  2. Genetic sex marker in sturgeon
    02.12.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Sturgeon cannot be sexed by any external features, and the species have no differentiated sex chromosomes that can be distinguished. After all, scientists have discovered a molecular marker for sex determination.

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  3. Coral reefs in crisis
    01.12.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    An international team of researchers has now presented a new common scientific framework to help research into coral bleaching and thus accelerate scientific knowledge.

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  4. Working from home
    01.12.2020 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    German companies had hardly any problems implementing working from home. A survey showed that 44 percent of the managers saw no deterioration in work results and 18 percent worked even better.

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  5. Transparent barley plant
    26.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    With the complete sequencing of 20 different genotypes, the scientists completed the first step in decoding the genetic information of the entire species "barley" - the barley pan-genome.

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  6. A microscope for everyone
    26.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    Researchers have developed an optical toolbox to build microscopes that deliver high-resolution images comparable to commercial microscopes that cost a hundred to a thousand times more.

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  7. Where to put the poultry dung?
    25.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy

    A new modelling approach provides more robust results on the emission of climate-relevant gases from manure management and, thus, offers decision support for the climate-friendly use of poultry manure.

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  8. Intervention against aging?
    24.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Metformin is a common type 2 diabetes drug that is able to extend the life span of young non-diabetic animals. Recent findings suggest that aging sets a limit for the health span benefits.

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  9. Loyal couples in the rainforest
    23.11.2020 · Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

    Coppery titi monkeys living in the Amazon lowland rainforest seem to be monogamous. Mate choice is so successful that a potential genetic advantage does not outweigh the social costs of infidelity.

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  10. Master of adaptation
    23.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The largest freshwater bacterium, Achromatium oxaliferum, is highly flexible in its requirements. It lives in places that differ extremely in environmental conditions such as hot springs and ice water.

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  11. Starved, stuffed, squandered
    19.11.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Researchers assessed the consequences if the current nutrition transition continues. By 2050, more than 4 billion people could be overweight, while 500 million people continue to be underweight.

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  12. New rodent genus discovered
    17.11.2020 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    A recent scientific study carried out in two Ecuadorian protected areas led to the discovery of a new genus of rice rats containing at least three new species with a unique tooth pattern.

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  13. Bird diversity in cities
    17.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    The more prey is available, the more diverse the urban bird communities are. A team of scientists collaborated to analyse breeding bird data gathered by citizen scientists.

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  14. Positive effects of citizenship
    17.11.2020 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    Researchers found that citizenship by birth might lead to better school performance for children of migrants.

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  15. As if in a flip-book
    17.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Using a sediment core from the Black Sea geologists reconstructed a climate warming 41,000 years ago. The in-depth study contributes to the understanding of recent global warming.

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  16. The architecture of bacteria eaters
    17.11.2020 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    With growing antibiotic resistance, phages have become the focus of research. Now there are new insights into its structure.

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  17. New primate species discovered in Myanmar
    16.11.2020 · Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

    The Popa langur is described in a new scientific paper that documents the extensive genetic and morphological studies and field surveys. Altogether there are only 200 to 250 animals of the new species.

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  18. Digital key technology
    11.11.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    The Leibniz-IPHT is a partner in the new European center for photonics innovations. The major initiative is funded with 19 million euros and is designed to help companies by introducing light-based technologies.

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  19. Sweet taste reduces appetite?
    11.11.2020 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    To date, very little is known about how sweetness perception contributes to satiety. A study provides new insights into the taste of sugar, energy intake and the regulatory process of hunger and satiety.

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  20. Partial autonomy
    10.11.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The process of one species splitting into two new ones does not have to lead to its complete isolation. A new study raises questions regarding the current concept of biological species.

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