On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. In search of the “Golden Spike”
    01/28/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    The Golden Spike is used in geology to document the beginning of an epoch. Plastic particles could be used to identify the beginning of a new, not-yet formalised geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

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  2. Diabetes: New evidence underlines the role of obesity
    01/27/2021 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Weight loss is considered to be an integral part of the therapy for type 2 diabetes. New data from a large-scale observational study support the current recommendations of physicians.

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  3. Cultural heritage as a factor for quality of life
    01/27/2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    With their historical centres, many towns and small cities in Germany and Europe have a unique quality of life. A list of relevant indicators ensures that this is more easily recognized.

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  4. White turns into (extreme-)ultraviolet
    01/26/2021 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Researchers have developed a new method to modify the spectral width of extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light. Its generation is interesting for applications such as electron spectroscopy.

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  5. Eye scan detects Alzheimer's disease
    01/25/2021 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    Researchers have succeeded in discriminating between healthy and diseased retinal tissue.

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  6. Natural substances as an effective protective agent
    01/21/2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Insecticides are suspected of having a damaging effect on birds and bees. A new study shows that when storing grain for more than 150 days, natural pesticides achieve the most effective results.

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  7. Electricity from the house wall
    01/21/2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    Roofs are not the only suitable places for installing photovoltaic modules to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Facades could also play a much more significant role in Germany’s energy transition.

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  8. The idea of an environmental tax is finally gaining strength
    01/20/2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    In 2020 the theory of environmental taxation has gained strength, important objections are being invalidated, and carbon pricing appears more efficient than regulations and bans.

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  9. Annual tax revenue losses in Germany
    01/20/2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    Profit shifting to countries with particularly low corporate taxes causes the German public sector to miss out on EUR 5.7 billion in revenue each year.

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  10. Website of the German Nagoya Protocol HuB goes online
    01/19/2021 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    The GNP HUB project sees itself as a contact point and source of support for academic researchers in Germany. The information is aimed at both newcomers and experienced researchers.

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  11. Berlin mix
    01/18/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Hedgehogs are not very mobile, yet despite barriers in the cityscape they do not become isolated and still function as one population. Now scientists analysed the genome of 143 Berlin hedgehogs.

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  12. New hope for northern white rhinos
    01/18/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists are happy to announce that despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, two new northern white rhino embryos were produced. The next steps to save the endangered species are underway.

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  13. Stress lowers reproductive success
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists have found that stress seems to be more important in determining the number and quality of offspring than physical traits such as attractiveness and fighting ability in male spotted hyenas.

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  14. Enhanced speed, contrast, and information
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Xenon magnetic resonance imaging offers deep insights into the human body. Physicists have now achieved a considerable improvement of the method.

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  15. Can Twitter ban Trump?
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    In order to study how online platforms decide what can be said online, a "Private Ordering Observatory" is being set up.

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  16. Bought, exchanged or looted?
    01/11/2021 · German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    Many museum objects date from the colonial era. How they ended up here is now being critically scrutinized worldwide. The research museum DSM also questions the origin of its objects.

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  17. Severe decline of puku antelope
    01/07/2021 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    The results of the now published study show a decline of 84% of the puku population size compared to a previous survey in 2009-2010. Increased poaching might have had the most severe impact.

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  18. Guinea baboons grunt with an accent
    01/07/2021 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Scientists analyzed the sound structures of Guinea baboons to shed light on the evolution of vocal learning and were able to show a modification of their call in multi-level baboon society.

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  19. Drought of the century in the Middle Ages
    01/06/2021 · Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

    The published study investigates the rapid climate change in the early 14th century and its effects on late medieval Europe. The findings also display similarities to the 2018 weather anomaly.

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  20. New synthesis in perfumery
    01/06/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V. at the University of Rostock

    The woody-amber base notes to perfumes can be produced more efficiently in the future than before: with less effort and higher yields.

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