On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.

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  1. The picture shows a rainforest.

    Climate change
    06.03.2019 · Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

    Regions of the Amazon forest with generally higher rainfall variability are more resilient to climate disturbances.

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  2. Retirement at 63 in Germany leads to higher costs
    28.02.2019 · ifo Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

    The retirement at 63 is more expensive than originally thought. Costs are expected to rise even more when bigger birth cohorts are able to take advantage of the deduction-free early pension.

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  3. Evolutionary history of baboons
    31.01.2019 · Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

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

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  4. Freshwater fish in danger
    29.01.2019 · Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei

    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.

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  5. The picture shows a sign with the inscription IFW Dresden and a Lego minifigure.

    Electricity from waste heat
    09.01.2019 · 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. WZB Berlin Social Science Center
    27.11.2018 ·

    Senate Statement incl. attachments

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  10. 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.

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  11. Danger in the desert
    22.11.2018 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    An infection with the MERS virus causes only a cold in camels, but can be fatal for humans. Researchers now analyze mutations to predict the risk of a pandemic.

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  12. New era for gene banks
    14.11.2018 · Leibniz Insitute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples.

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  13. Like the earthworm
    21.11.2018 · INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    Due to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer earthworms are always clean. Inspired by this, researchers developed a friction-reducing material that might be applicable in industry or biomedicine.

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  14. Arctic warming effect on jet stream
    02.11.2018 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    While the connection between stalling atmospheric waves and extreme weather events has been demonstrated by previous studies, researchers now found two crucial conditions that favor a slow jet stream.

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  15. Drained peatlands
    01.11.2018 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Peatlands are the most efficient carbon sinks of terrestrial ecosystems. However, around one per cent of all bogs worldwide are lost each year. Researchers now concern measures of rewetting.

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  16. US Tech Companies Devour Smaller Rivals
    30.10.2018 · Centre for European Economic Research

    In the past decade, the US tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon bought a total of 313 companies. Economic researchers now give warning of the harm they do to the competition.

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  17. The picture shows a Rhodiola.

    Rhodiola improves memory
    26.10.2018 · IPB | LIN

    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.

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  18. "Rocket" collects microplastics
    22.10.2018 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

    Microplastics are omnipresent in the environment but at the same time difficult to record. Now, researchers have developed a novel device that collects very small particles without contamination.

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  19. Can old injured nerves regenerate?
    19.10.2018 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    The regenerative capacity of the nervous system declines during aging. Researchers found that a disturbed immune response leading to chronic inflammation is significantly involved in this.

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  20. Future Data Storage Technology
    18.10.2018 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Magnetic stray fields cause problems when trying to generate particularly tiny bits. An invisibility cloak put over the structures could help to increase the information density of hard disk drives.

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