On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. "Rocket" collects microplastics
    10/22/2018 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

    Microplastics are omnipresent in the environment but at the same time difficult to record. Now, researchers have developed a novel device that collects very small particles without contamination.

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  2. Can old injured nerves regenerate?
    10/19/2018 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    The regenerative capacity of the nervous system declines during aging. Researchers found that a disturbed immune response leading to chronic inflammation is significantly involved in this.

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  3. Future Data Storage Technology
    10/18/2018 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Magnetic stray fields cause problems when trying to generate particularly tiny bits. An invisibility cloak put over the structures could help to increase the information density of hard disk drives.

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  4. The picture shows a wheat field.

    Too hot or too dry?
    10/17/2018 · Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

    The summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial.

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  5. Fish undisturbed by flash photography
    10/16/2018 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Fish experience stress, as do humans. Directors of display aquariums are anxious that flash lights may disturb the fish. The good news: you need not worry about taking snapshots of the Ram cichlid.

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  6. Why it doesn’t get dark when you blink
    09/25/2018 · German Primate Center

    Even though we constantly blink and move our head and eyes, we still see our world as a stable whole. How does the brain put together the visual information to form a conclusive image?

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  7. Solid material, mobile particles
    09/25/2018 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    A newly developed material can “answer” temperature changes or, in the future, the presence of chemical substances and toxins with a color change.

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  8. Self-medicating lemurs
    08/09/2018 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Researchers observe that red-fronted lemurs may chew on millipedes to rid themselves of intestinal parasites. They eat the millipedes because they secrete benzoquinone, a substance that is also known to repel mosquitoes.

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  9. Fairness pays off
    08/07/2018 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    Employees become less productive even if it is their colleagues who are treated unfairly and not them. This was demonstrated in a behavioural economic experiment with 195 subjects.

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  10. The invisible made visible
    07/27/2018 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Observations with X-ray satellites open a window to regions of the Universe that are invisible to human eyes. The first catalogue of X-ray sources in overlapping observations has now been published.

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  11. The picture shows a bookshelf.

    Predatory publishers harm academia
    07/25/2018 ·

    Predatory publishers that only simulate academic quality-assurance procedures harm the credibility of academia, which must develop greater awareness of this kind of business model.

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  12. Neptune's clouds
    07/19/2018 · Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam

    The atmosphere impairs the astronomical images. A technology used for the first time suppresses the blurred effects of the atmosphere and produces very sharp images of the universe.

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  13. Flipping the switch
    07/18/2018 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Carbon pricing could make financial resources available for succeeding with the global Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. At the same time, it could be a central contribution to meet global climate targets.

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  14. Big eyes but diminished brain power
    07/18/2018 · Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

    Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains: Despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli.

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  15. Contact with migrants reduces electoral success of right-wing parties
    07/18/2018 · Centre for European Economic Research

    A new study shows that direct contact between local residents and refugees in municipalities with high numbers of newly arrived migrants leads to less support for far-right parties at the local level.

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  16. Insulator-metal transition
    07/04/2018 · Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    There are materials that can exhibit metal or insulator behaviour depending on their temperature. Being able to switch their properties, these materials could lead to a new generation of electronic devices.

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  17. Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants
    06/28/2018 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants.

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  18. How does our brain work when planning a movement?
    06/21/2018 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    A rhesus monkeys study shows that planned movements and spontaneous reactions are processed differently in the brain: The monkeys have the same brain activity during the movement but the preceded brain activity differs.

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  19. Women and the risks of cardiovascular disease
    06/13/2018 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Women with obesity are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, women of normal weight are at risk of heart attack or stroke if they suffer from a metabolic disease such as diabetes.

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  20. Sharp images with flexible fibers
    06/13/2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology

    Endoscopes allow to see into a patient’s body but their large diameter hampers their application in sensitive body regions. Researchers have discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion.

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