Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2014

Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]

Interview with Alex Pentland: Can We Use Big Data to Make Society Better?

Interview with Alex Pentland: Can We Use Big Data to Make Society Better?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, American data scientist Alex Pentland discusses how data streams can be used to determine the laws of human interaction. He argues the information can be used to help forge better societies. more... Comment ]

A Heated Debate: Are Climate Scientists Being Forced to Toe the Line?

A Heated Debate: Are Climate Scientists Being Forced to Toe the Line?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2014

After joining a controversial lobby group critical of climate change, meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson claims he was shunned by colleagues, leading him to quit. Some scientists complain pressure to conform to consensus opinion has become a serious hindrance in the field. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Climate Change Debate: A Famous Scientist Becomes a Skeptic

Climate Change Debate: A Famous Scientist Becomes a Skeptic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2014

Meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson has long been considered a cool head in the often heated conflict over global warming. In an interview, he defends his decision to join an organization that is skeptical of climate change. Interview Conducted By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2014

Smaller dairy farms in Germany are rapidly disappearing, and with EU quotas on milk production set to expire next year, the process is likely to accelerate. The only way to survive is to turn cows into machines and keep them away from the meadow. By Jonathan Stock and Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Montana Boy: Bones Show Ancestral Links to Europe

Montana Boy: Bones Show Ancestral Links to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2014

Despite general resistence, representatives of tribes in the US recently gave their blessing for DNA analysis of the remains of a Stone Age child. Research conducted on the boy's genes indicate that Native Americans have European roots. By Rex Dalton more... Comment ]

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2014

People have long believed that Bavarian King Ludwig II, the man responsible for building the famous castle of Neuschwanstein, was mentally ill. Indeed, he was dethroned for that very reason. But a recent study casts doubt on that diagnosis. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

Germany plans to wean itself off CO2-belching coal-fired power stations. But new figures show that coal power output in 2013 reached its highest level in more than 20 years. Researchers blame cheap CO2 emissions permits, and demand urgent reforms. more... Comment ]

Filmmaker Randy Olson: Climate Change Is 'Bo-Ho-Horing'

Filmmaker Randy Olson: Climate Change Is 'Bo-Ho-Horing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

Has the climate change "brand" been ruined? Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson says that the problem with trying to raise awareness about global warming is that it's the most boring subject on earth. Interview Conducted By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]