Coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. more info

What a lake’s colour can tell

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

With the help of satellite observations from 188 lakes worldwide, scientists have shown that the warming of large lakes amplifies their colour.  more info

The power of auxin

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

Plants are smart enough to grow toward the light, they recognize their main shoot and know when to form lateral roots. The plant hormone auxin controls almost everything — what is the secret of... more info

Can we see monkeys from space?

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, scientists propose that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously possible. The new multi-disciplinary... more info

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Wild emmer wheat genome sequence published

Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

A team of researchers has published the first-ever wild emmer wheat genome sequence. The study will have a significant impact on the global food supply and world hunger. more info


Film gems from the field of ethnology

16/10/2017 | German National Library of Science and Technology

Easier access for science: Almost 2000 ethnological films of historical value will soon be available online. more info

Female choice turns males into better performers

16/10/2017 | Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Giving female fruit flies an opportunity to choose the male they mate with leads to the evolution of better performing males. more info

Effects of air pollution on the brain

15/09/2017 | Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

Researchers showed that traffic-related airborne pollutants accelerate the formation of amyloid plaques and enhance motor function impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. more info

Networked and protected

16/08/2017 | Halle Institute for Economic Research

During the financial crisis, billions were spent to rescue banks. Besides the size of the banks, the centrality within the global financial network was also pivotal for financial institutions to... more info

A powerful laser

20/07/2017 | Max-Born-Institute

Laser pulses have been used in a few laboratories worldwide to study light-induced dynamics in atoms and molecules. Now a powerful laser system enables an entirely new class of experiments. more info

Introducing antibodies into cells

20/07/2017 | Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

Scientists have managed to introduce nano antibodies into living cells. The "nanobodies" open up a new door to treatments for diseases that have so far been untreatable. more info

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