- 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? more...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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. more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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. more...
- 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. more...
- 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. more...