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Sex or food? Decision-making in single-cell organisms

Diatoms show complex behavior: They can select between the search for sex partners or nutrient sources.


Desert ants have an amazing odor memory

The insects can learn many food odors and remember them all their lives


Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology used behavioral experiments to show that desert ants are able to…


Europe-wide research flights focus on greenhouse gas methane

The CoMET research mission measures the two most important greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in the atmosphere. The specially equipped aircraft will examine the airspace from…


Fraunhofer IOF_ILA 2018: Direct bonding of diffraction gratings and prisms for earth observation

Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena are able for the first time to connect compact prism grid systems by direct bonding permanently and…


FLI_Additional 5 Million Euro Funding for Aging Research in Jena

The Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI) in Jena, Germany, was approved 5 million EUR additional funding by the German Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK), which thus…


MPI-CE_Scientists identify specialized brain areas for feeding and egg-laying in hawkmoths

The search for food is linked to other areas in the olfactory center of female tobacco hawkmoths (Manduca sexta) than the search for plants to best lay eggs, researchers from the Max Planck Institute…


FLI_Cancer or degenerative deseases? One out of the two is likely to be our cause of death when we get older

Above the age of 50, the most likely causes of death are cancer and degenerative diseases such as heart failure, dementia or diabetes. Since life expectancy has been considerably growing over the last…