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

Inequality Persists Over Generations

Institute for the World Economy

According to research, socio-economic prospects in Germany are being transmitted across multiple generations. Your great-grandparents’ status still predicts your status today. 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

Contact with migrants reduces electoral success of right-wing parties

18/07/2018 | Centre for European Economic Research

A new study shows that direct contact between local residents and refugees in municipalities with high numbers of newly arrived migrants leads to less support for far-right parties at the local level. more info

How does our brain work when planning a movement?

21/06/2018 | German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

A rhesus monkeys study shows that planned movements and spontaneous reactions are processed differently in the brain: The monkeys have the same brain activity during the movement but the preceded... more info

Sharp images with flexible fibers

13/06/2018 | Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology

Endoscopes allow to see into a patient’s body but their large diameter hampers their application in sensitive body regions. Researchers have discovered a new way to transfer image information through... more info

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