On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Cosmic dances
    27.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    So far, researchers have disagreed about the properties of the bar-like structure of stars that our Milky Way harbours in its center. Now the riddle is solved.

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  2. Climate crisis is damaging global economy more than expected
    26.08.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Global warming can cause greater damages to economies in some regions than previously assumed. Tropical and poor areas in particular would be affected.

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  3. How thunderstorm cells communicate
    26.08.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A large part of the rainfall in the tropics is the result of several thunderstorm cells merging to form a large thunderstorm complex. Researchers have now found out how these clusters are formed.

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  4. From principles to practices
    25.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    What rules do we need when programming AI so that it increases everyone’s well-being? A new project discusses ethical questions of digitization and develops answers.

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  5. Garbage chutes do not save seas
    24.08.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    Floating barriers designed to collect the plastic waste and bring it ashore are hardly effective in cleaning up the oceans. In order to solve the problem, sustainable plastic alternatives are needed.

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  6. Beats & Bones
    24.08.2020 · Museum für Naturkunde

    The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin launches a podcast that will give an exclusive look behind the scenes.

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  7. Air humidity influences the spread of COVID-19
    21.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    An indoor relative humidity of 40 to 60 per cent could reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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  8. What the corona crisis teaches us about climate change
    18.08.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    What lessons can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for mitigating climate change? An intergeneration contract could help to cope with global crises.

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  9. Babytalk in animals
    18.08.2020 · Museum für Naturkunde

    Depending on whether they address their own pups or an adult conspecific, female bats consistently change the sound of their voice, just like humans.

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  10. What makes atoms vibrate faster
    17.08.2020 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Hammer-on is a technique that allows guitarists for faster playing. Researchers now demonstrated a hammer-on analogue in crystals by switching the frequency of atomic motions.

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  11. Robust laser technology for climate satellites
    17.08.2020 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    In order to better understand the effect of the greenhouse gas methane, MERLIN is due to be launched into space in 2025. A radar-like laser system measures natural and anthropogenic emissions.

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  12. Is modern wheat off the hook?
    12.08.2020 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    In recent years, the number of people affected by wheat allergy has risen sharply. Many suspect the cause for this in changes caused by breeding. But how big are the differences really?

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  13. How protein protects against fatty liver
    12.08.2020 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    A high-protein, calorie-reduced diet melts non-alcoholic liver fat more effectively than low-protein food. A new study shows the processes behind it.

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  14. Independent for 6,000 Years
    10.08.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The first cats known from Europe did not rely on humans. Instead, the cats fed both on wild animals as well as rodents that were closely associated with human agriculture.

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  15. Where is the water during a drought?
    10.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Vegetation has a major influence on water storage and distribution. Innovative solutions in agriculture and forestry could fight droughts and promote groundwater recharge.

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  16. Saving the Baltic Sea waters
    07.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    River discharges of the two main drivers of eutrophication, nitrogen and phosphorus, were significantly reduced in the past years but the nutrient concentrations still show no improvement.

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  17. Uncertainty leads to emigration
    06.08.2020 · WZB Berlin Social Science Center

    Migration from the UK to Europe has surged since the Brexit vote. As a result, the UK is losing a growing number of highly educated people.

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  18. Fight aggressive breast cancer
    05.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Triple-negative breast cancer is a particularly aggressive form of tumors for which treatment options are poor. But a new therapeutic approach gives hope.

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  19. Improve animal welfare, protect employees
    04.08.2020 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    The majority of economists support government intervention in the meat industry. They are divided over the question of whether working conditions should be regulated uniformly at EU level.

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  20. Galactic archeology
    04.08.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    For more than a decade, RAVE has been studying the motion of the stars in our Milky Way. The final results of the sky survey have now been published.

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