Original kilogram replaced

Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth

The kilogram is now defined by a natural constant: the Planck constant. It replaces the original kilogram which has been the measure of all things for almost 130 years. more info

Fit sturgeons

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Sturgeon training can increase their fitness for the wild. Already a two-week learning lead made the search for food more efficient. This may facilitate the reintroduction of the endangered species. more info

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


Well integrated

23/05/2019 | German Institute for Economic Research

A refugee´s personality is one of the factors which decides how successful integration is. Refugees who are more willing to take risks and who tend to reciprocate friendliness integrate faster. more info

Hidden Champions

20/05/2019 | ZEW - Leibniz-Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim

They combine innovative technology with tailor-made solutions for their customers: 'Hidden Champions' are among the most successful small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany. more info

Stressed farm animals

15/05/2019 | Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

Climate change may become a major problem for livestock farming. Researchers have found that the increasing heat stress leads directly to health consequences in the intestines of dairy cows. more info

Climate change and migration

13/05/2019 | Berlin Social Science Center

Climate change refugees are accepted by the public in Germany at a far higher rate than economic refugees. However it is often difficult to seperate the reasons why people flee in the first place. 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

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