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

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


New era for gene banks

14/11/2018 | Leibniz Insitute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples. more info

Arctic warming effect on jet stream

02/11/2018 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

While the connection between stalling atmospheric waves and extreme weather events has been demonstrated by previous studies, researchers now found two crucial conditions that favor a slow jet stream. more info

Drained peatlands

01/11/2018 | Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Peatlands are the most efficient carbon sinks of terrestrial ecosystems. However, around one per cent of all bogs worldwide are lost each year. Researchers now concern measures of rewetting. more info

US Tech Companies Devour Smaller Rivals

30/10/2018 | Centre for European Economic Research

In the past decade, the US tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon bought a total of 313 companies. Economic researchers now give warning of the harm they do to the competition. more info

"Rocket" collects microplastics

22/10/2018 | Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

Microplastics are omnipresent in the environment but at the same time difficult to record. Now, researchers have developed a novel device that collects very small particles without contamination.  more info

Can old injured nerves regenerate?

19/10/2018 | Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

The regenerative capacity of the nervous system declines during aging. Researchers found that a disturbed immune response leading to chronic inflammation is significantly involved in this. more info

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