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

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


Evolutionary history of baboons

30/01/2019 | German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

Researchers have reconstructed the phylogenetic tree of six African baboon species. The genetic information provides clear indications that genes were exchanged between the monkeys. more info

Freshwater fish in danger

18/01/2019 | Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Freshwater fish are among the world´s most at-risk species. Around one-third of freshwater fish species are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change - particularly in the Mediterranean region. more info

Viruses in real time

08/01/2019 | Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

For the first time during an ongoing Lassa fever outbreak, scientists have used portable genomic sequencing technology to identify viruses, which enabled puclic health interventions to be tailored. more info

Sugar molecules modulate immune system

28/11/2018 | Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

Sugar is more than just a pure source of energy. The body itself produces a whole battery of complex sugar chains which can influence mechanisms of the immune system, e.g. in reproductive biology. more info

Loyal consumers are left to foot the bill

28/11/2018 | Centre for European Economic Research

Electricity companies tend to increase their baseline electricity tariffs if more consumers search for cheaper tariffs on the internet. The ones that are losing out are consumers who remain loyal. more info

Multifunctional forests

22/11/2018 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide. more info

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