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Interview with Ornithologist Richard Prum: What Duck Sex Reveals about Human Nature

Interview with Ornithologist Richard Prum: What Duck Sex Reveals about Human Nature

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2017

In an interview, Richard Prum, an ornithologist and curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, discusses the violent mechanics of duck sex, the beauty of bird-mating rituals and why human civilization was made possible by love. Interview Conducted By Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

Jane Goodall Interview: 'Even Chimps Understand Sustainability'

Jane Goodall Interview: 'Even Chimps Understand Sustainability'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2015

Jane Goodall spent years observing chimpanzees in the wild. She discovered that the animals can commit murder and wage war. As an environmentalist, the British activist now spends more time observing humans -- and says she still has hope for humanity. Interview Conducted by Philip Bethge and Johann Grolle more... Comment ]


Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Fears As Predator Returns To Europe

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Fears As Predator Returns To Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2015

The wolf has returned to Germany and along with it, ages old fears. But these worries are unfounded, argues Italian biologist Luigi Boitani, who has studied the creature's return across Europe. Interview Conducted by Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Kidnapped in Mozambique: In the Clutches of Rhino Poachers

Kidnapped in Mozambique: In the Clutches of Rhino Poachers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2015

We traveled to Mozambique to report a story about the region's destructive and illegal trade in rhinoceros horns. But when photographer Toby Selander and I were taken captive by poachers, we found ourselves staring death in the face. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]


UN Backtracks: Will Global Warming Really Trigger Mass Extinctions?

UN Backtracks: Will Global Warming Really Trigger Mass Extinctions?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

In 2007, the IPCC predicted that rising global temperatures would kill off many species. But in its new report, part of which will be presented next Monday, the UN climate change body backtracks. There is a shortage of evidence, a draft version claims. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Hunters believe wolves may have caused a serious accident in the state of Saxony in December. They claim the animals, which have been repopulating Germany over the past decade after a 150-year absence, are increasingly feared by the local community. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]


Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

The European Commission plans to tighten rules on the booming organic food sector due to concerns that many products aren't as pure as claimed. More rigorous checks are needed and loopholes must be removed, says a draft paper seen by SPIEGEL. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]


Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

Last week's winter storm appears to have taken its toll on the German island of Helgoland, where nearly 50 seal pups have since been reported missing. Officials there say they probably didn't survive. more...

Escape to Freedom: Large Runaway Crabs Roam German Train

Escape to Freedom: Large Runaway Crabs Roam German Train

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Large hairy crabs escaped from a box and went scuttling down a train in Germany. Only 10 were caught, the others remain at large: under the seat, in the luggage rack, or behind the fold-down table. more... Comment ]