On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Big brain = more intelligence?
    02.10.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    The relationship between brain size and cognitive abilities of different primate species cannot be generalized.

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  2. A small piece of Jurassic Park
    02.10.2020 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    For the first time, genetic material from insects that were embedded in resin samples was successfully extracted. The study clarifies whether DNA embedded in resin can be preserved.

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  3. The illuminated museum
    01.10.2020 · German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    The lighting installation FRAME at the Bangert Building of the German Maritime Museum offers a foretaste of the interactive use of the batten luminaires.

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  4. Stability check on Antarctica reveals enormous risks
    24.09.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    If global warming continues, the ice in Antarctica could irreversibly melt - and thus raise global sea levels by more than six meters.

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  5. Together we can do it
    24.09.2020 · Leibniz Association

    A statement by the presidents of the non-university research organizations on the COVID-19 epidemic

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  6. The long arm of the Atlantic
    24.09.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Researchers have studied the long-range effects of the Atlantic on the Baltic Sea during the last millennium - and have come across astonishing connections.

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  7. Refugees in Eastern Germany
    23.09.2020 · Berlin Social Science Center

    Xenophobia is widespread in more than 200 examined East German communities. However, the arrival of refugees had hardly any influence on these attitudes.

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  8. Reefs in danger
    23.09.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    94 percent of the world's coral reef habitats must be considered endangered, as a new study shows. Reefs in the Caribbean or the Red Sea are considered particularly threatened.

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  9. ZALF researcher honored
    23.09.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

    For her work on sustainable land management, Jana Zscheischler receives the "Transformative Science" research award.

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  10. Preclinical study on nerve tumors
    17.09.2020 · Leibniz-Institut für Alternsforschung - Fritz-Lipmann-Institut

    Researchers identified a compound that inhibits the growth of tumors in the peripheral nervous system and improves nerve function. The group will now conduct a multi-center preclinical study.

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  11. Climate migration depends on the context
    17.09.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Environmental migration is most pronounced in middle-income and agricultural countries. However, impacts on migration vary by types of environmental hazards.

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  12. Convert energy like nature
    17.09.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    A new approach makes it possible for the first time to store and regenerate light energy independently of the day-night cycle.

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  13. Dams threaten biodiversity
    15.09.2020 · Leibniz Institut of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    In order to adapt to climate changes, river fish colonize new habitats. But dams restrict their movement - and often do not prevent the spread of invasive species.

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  14. Out of balance
    15.09.2020 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    Antibiotics impair the interaction between fungi and bacteria in our intestines – and can thus favour fungal infections.

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  15. Tree rings exaggerate
    14.09.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Scientists deduce historical climatic conditions for the past hundreds of years from the width of the annual growth rings of trees - but the analyzes are flawed, as a new study shows.

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  16. Compensation for National Socialist injustice
    09.09.2020 · FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

    A new project for the digital indexing of compensation files bundles the information in a thematic portal and makes it available online for research, educational, and other purposes.

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  17. Strong fields and ultrafast motions
    08.09.2020 · Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Researchers have succeeded in using an external electric field with frequencies in the range of 1 terahertz to generate and manipulate free electrons in liquid water.

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  18. LSB director honored
    08.09.2020 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    Veronika Somoza has received the AGFD Fellow Award from the American Chemical Society for her research on food ingredients.

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  19. Scaring Nemo
    08.09.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    Clownfish often serve as model organisms for behavioural studies. But how do they react to encounters with humans? Not every species is frightened.

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  20. Change affects knowledge
    07.09.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    With increasing external influences, not only the biological diversity of a region but also the depth and complexity of traditional ecological knowledge of the local population is being lost.

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