Canary Islands Eruption: Undersea Volcano Now Just 70 Meters from Surface

Canary Islands Eruption: Undersea Volcano Now Just 70 Meters from Surface

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2011

In the Atlantic Ocean, off the Canary Island of El Hierro, 20-meter high jets of water are being spat into the air as the sea boils amid the stench of sulfur. The undersea volcano, which is set to create new land, is growing ever-nearer to the surface -- but is the existing island at risk from the explosive eruptions? By Axel Bojanowski more...

Cosmic Research: A Trip to Mars -- Without Leaving Russia

Cosmic Research: A Trip to Mars -- Without Leaving Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2011

A simulated mission to Mars is drawing to a close in Moscow after 520 days. The test astronauts will be weak and pale, but an international team of researchers has learned a number of vital medical lessons. Now German scientists hope to start a more modern test of manned space flight near Cologne. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Underwater Lava: Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canaries

Underwater Lava: Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canaries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2011

What would the island be called? And who would own it? Spewing magma and growing in height, an underwater volcano off the Canary Island of El Hierro has captured the imagination of locals in recent weeks. It could eventually rise from the sea to create a new part of the archipelago. By Axel Bojanowski more...

The Changing Climate: Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

The Changing Climate: Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2011

Glaciers are shrinking worldwide -- some of them rapidly. Now Chinese researchers have sounded the alarm in their country too, where they say warmer weather and increased precipitation are reducing the size of glaciers. Water shortages and floods could result. By Markus Becker more...

The World from Berlin: 'German Reasoning Won Out' in Stem Cell Ruling

The World from Berlin: 'German Reasoning Won Out' in Stem Cell Ruling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2011

The European Court of Justice on Tuesday ruled that research using embryonic stem cells, in which the embryos are destroyed, cannot be patented. In Germany, where the research that prompted the original lawsuit was based, editorialists are mixed in their views of the ruling. more...

Landmark Ruling: EU Court Strictly Limits Stem Cell Patents

Landmark Ruling: EU Court Strictly Limits Stem Cell Patents

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2011

The European Court of Justice on Tuesday issued a ruling which prohibits the patenting of stem cells extracted from human embroyos. The verdict could have far-reaching implications for stem cell research in Europe, with critics calling it an "unbelievable setback." more...

Unparalleled Preservation: Near-Perfect Young Dinosaur Fossil Found in Bavaria

Unparalleled Preservation: Near-Perfect Young Dinosaur Fossil Found in Bavaria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2011

German paleontologists have discovered what they believe is the best-preserved dinosaur skeleton ever found in Europe. Some 98 percent of the fossil found in the southern state of Bavaria is intact, and it will soon be placed on display for a short time in Munich. more...

A Locked Treasure: Stunning Grotto Becomes Spelunker Holy Grail

A Locked Treasure: Stunning Grotto Becomes Spelunker Holy Grail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2011

A fantastic limestone cave was discovered in eastern Germany during the digging of a railway tunnel three years ago -- but then sealed off with concrete. Now, local cave enthusiasts are trying to find a way back into the magical grotto. By Matthias Schulz more...

Neanderthals vs Humans? German Scientists Bring Fossils into the Computer Age

Neanderthals vs Humans? German Scientists Bring Fossils into the Computer Age

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2011

Researchers in Leipzig are compiling a ground-breaking digital archive of artefacts from around the world. Created to contrast Neanderthals with modern man, the archive could revolutionize their field -- which is exactly why many oppose it. By Johann Grolle more...

Berlin's Cabinet of Horrors: World's First Pathology Museum Threatened with Closure

Berlin's Cabinet of Horrors: World's First Pathology Museum Threatened with Closure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2011

For over a century, Berlin's Charité Hospital has been home to the formaldehyde-soaked brains and babies making up the collection of Rudolf Virchow, the grandfather of pathology. But hospital administrators are now threatening to shut its doors for good. By Frank Thadeusz more...