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

Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants

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. more info

Genetic diversity protects

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Diversity is the key: a team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease. more info


Future Data Storage Technology

18/10/2018 | 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.  more info

Fish undisturbed by flash photography

16/10/2018 | 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. more info

Why it doesn’t get dark when you blink

25/09/2018 | 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? more info

Solid material, mobile particles

25/09/2018 | 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. more info

Fairness pays off

07/08/2018 | 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. more info

Self-medicating lemurs

09/08/2018 | 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... more info

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