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

Faster diagnostics

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

The mass use of antibiotics causes drug-resistances. A new rapid test helps with administering the available antibiotic which is still effective in a concrete case. 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

The invisible made visible

27/07/2018 | Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

Observations with X-ray satellites open a window to regions of the Universe that are invisible to human eyes. The first catalogue of X-ray sources in overlapping observations has now been published. more info

Neptune's clouds

19/07/2018 | Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam

The atmosphere impairs the astronomical images. A technology used for the first time suppresses the blurred effects of the atmosphere and produces very sharp images of the universe. more info

Flipping the switch

18/07/2018 | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Carbon pricing could make financial resources available for succeeding with the global Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. At the same time, it could be a central contribution to... more info

Big eyes but diminished brain power

18/07/2018 | Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains: Despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli. more info

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