“We need to express the importance of evidence”

Leibniz visits Smithsonian: Goal of the meeting was to discuss aim, scope and challenges of research museums and to explore possible cooperation. more info

What increases crop productivity?

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

Heterosis describes the situation where the performance of a hybrid progeny exceeds that of its parents. This phenomenon is primarily dependent on interactions between genes. more info

Coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. more info

What a lake’s colour can tell

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

With the help of satellite observations from 188 lakes worldwide, scientists have shown that the warming of large lakes amplifies their colour.  more info

The power of auxin

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

Plants are smart enough to grow toward the light, they recognize their main shoot and know when to form lateral roots. The plant hormone auxin controls almost everything — what is the secret of... more info


Maternal stress

11/12/2017 | German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

A new comparative analysis across mammals  shows that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy. more info

Girls consider themselves less gifted

13/11/2017 | German Institute for Economic Research

Research shows that girls underestimate their math abilities in school. The results are especially relevant when it comes to the significant... more info

Gauging the Elusive

03/11/2017 | Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

Scientists developed a program for gauging the sizes and shapes of plant cells. In a single pass, it automatically measures and records specific... more info

Lessons for the future from waves in the past

03/11/2017 | Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

Giant boulders were washed onto a cliff in the Bahamas many years ago. Were the rocks transported by ancient “super storms”?  more info

Soil depth influences vegetation

03/11/2017 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

New research suggests that vegetation formations are influenced by the depth to which plants can root. If trees have access to a larger volume of... more info

Film gems from the field of ethnology

16/10/2017 | German National Library of Science and Technology

Easier access for science: Almost 2000 ethnological films of historical value will soon be available online. more info

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