Smoke and Mirrors: Big Tobacco's Dubious Health-Conscious Makeover

Smoke and Mirrors: Big Tobacco's Dubious Health-Conscious Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2018

Tobacco companies claim they want to move away from cigarettes and focus on expanding the market for healthier electronic devices. But outside of Europe and the United States, they are still working to hook as many people on cigarettes as possible, even if it breaks the law. By Hauke Goos and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Dr. Smartphone: The Medical Profession's Digital Revolution Is Here

Dr. Smartphone: The Medical Profession's Digital Revolution Is Here

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2017

The health care sector is facing a far-reaching and unpredictable revolution. Smartphones are capable of replacing many devices that have become standard in medical practices and some apps will soon be able to provide diagnoses as well. Patients are becoming less reliant on doctors. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]


Bill Gates Interview: I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

Bill Gates Interview: I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2017

Amid wars, fake news and Donald Trump, the risk of a global pandemic is getting little attention these days. In an interview, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates warns of the dramatic consequences. Interview Conducted By Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito: Fighting the Most Dangerous Animal in the World

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito: Fighting the Most Dangerous Animal in the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2016

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika, dengue fever and other illnesses, appears unstoppable. It is posing a unique threat to this year's Olympic Games in Rio and is rapidly spreading around the world. Europe, too, is at risk. By Marian Blasberg, Hauke Goos and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]


Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Infant and maternal mortality rates in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world. A pair of German siblings wants to support midwives in the country in the form of an app. Villages may be without electricity, but the mobile grid is strong and lives could be saved. By Heike Le Ker more... Comment ]

Invasive Species: Tropical Mosquitoes Gain Foothold in Northern Europe

Invasive Species: Tropical Mosquitoes Gain Foothold in Northern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

Invasive species of mosquitoes from the tropics have long since become established in Europe. Now they are moving north. Scientists are particularly worried about the Asian tiger mosquito due to its ability to carry pathogens. By Irene Berres and Anna Behrend more...


The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?

The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2016

Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster, it has become clear that radioactivity might be less harmful than originally thought. Some researchers even believe it may be beneficial in small doses. By Manfred Dworschak more... Comment ]

Expedition BeyondTomorrow: The Fit Children of Seinäjoki

Expedition BeyondTomorrow: The Fit Children of Seinäjoki

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2016

The Finnish city Seinäjoki has successfully tackled the problem of obesity in children with a program emphasizing physical fitness and better nutrition in schools. Can the lessons learned here also be applied in Germany and elsewhere in the world? more...


Sustainable in the Supermarket: Apps That Help You Buy Responsibly

Sustainable in the Supermarket: Apps That Help You Buy Responsibly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

Are strawberries already in season? Do those eggs have the right organic certification? It isn't easy to shop sustainably. But there are several apps out there to help. Are they any good? By Philipp Seibt more... Comment ]

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2015

When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang's story is an allegory of the struggle to modernize the Chinese healthcare system. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]