Electricity from waste heat

Leibniz Insitute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden

Scientists have developed a magnetic generator to convert waste heat into electricity. A clever arrangement of the components has succeeded in improving the electrical yield by orders of magnitude. more info

Rhodiola improves memory


So far, no drugs are known to prevent age-related memory loss. A study now proves the memory-enhancing effect of a plant ester as an active ingredient from the medicinal plant Rhodiola rosea. more info

Too hot or too dry?

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.  more info

Predatory publishers harm academia

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. more info

Insulator-metal transition

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... more info


Cytogenetic torch

27/03/2019 | Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

Researchers have developed a new CRISPR/Cas9 based molecular visualisation method that enables real-time investigation of genome sequences without denaturating the chromatin structure. more info

Protected habitats

14/03/2019 | Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

More than 25,000 sites in Europe were designated protected areas under Natura 2000. Now, researchers have examined how effectively the network protects listed habitat types in Germany. more info

Prickly danger

13/03/2019 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

A recent study identified a close relative of the diphtheria causing bacterium in hedgehogs. The bacterium has already been detected in native wildlife species and can be transmitted to humans. more info

Amazon rainforest and climate change

28/02/2019 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Regions of the Amazon forest with generally higher rainfall variability are more resilient to climate disturbances. However, the ecosystem might not be able to cope with the pace of climate change. more info

Retirement at 63 in Germany leads to higher costs

28/02/2019 | ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

The retirement at 63 is more expensive than originally thought. Costs are expected to rise even more when bigger birth cohorts are able to take advantage of the deduction-free early pension. more info

Evolutionary history of baboons

30/01/2019 | German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

Researchers have reconstructed the phylogenetic tree of six African baboon species. The genetic information provides clear indications that genes were exchanged between the monkeys. more info

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