Transparent Teeth

INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials

To stay invisible to prey animals the deep-sea dragonfish has evolved transparent teeth that reduce light scattering. The predator turns out to be a natural model for materials research. more info

Floating plastic

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Microplastics may represent a significant habitat and transport medium for microorganisms including toxic species. On plastic items, they exhibit much higher densities than in the surrounding water. more info

Evolution of language

German Primate Center

West African green monkeys warn their conspecifics against predators with special alarm calls. Their structure allows conclusion about how language developed in the course of evolution. more info

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


Growing roots

11/06/2019 | Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

Plants respond to nutrient deficiencies by adapting the growth of their roots. Low levels of nitrogen stimulate a foraging strategy by which the roots can exploit nutrients from a larger soil volume. more info

Coal phase-out

11/06/2019 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

It cannot be taken for granted that Germany’s plan to phase out coal will decrease CO2 emissions. To make sure it really helps stabilise the climate, it must be combined with a minimum price for CO2. more info

Living Water

29/05/2019 | Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Inland and coastal waters are among the most threatened ecosystems. However, the loss of biodiversity often remains unnoticed. A new research agenda aims to raise awareness. more info

Acidified oceans

29/05/2019 | Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

The chemical composition of the limestone skeleton of tropical corals reflects ocean acidification - a consequence of the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere. 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

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