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 ]

Pentagon Contracts: German Scientists Accused of Naivete

Pentagon Contracts: German Scientists Accused of Naivete

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

German research institutions have accepted more than $10 million in contracts from the Pentagon since 2000 to cover seemingly benign topics like congenital tumors. But it appears some of these projects also have controversial military applications. By Lena Greiner more... Comment ]

Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world's climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. Interview by Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The eastern German area of Westhavelland is blessed with magical night skies, darker than almost anyplace else in the country. A "dark-sky park" for amateur astronomers and nature lovers is in the works for the region, and idealists are championing efforts to reduce light pollution elsewhere. By Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Douglas Henderson is probably the most important living paleoartist. Influenced by 19th-century landscape painting, he depicts a long-disappeared world. He tells SPIEGEL ONLINE about the stigma attached to his art -- and the trouble with ever-changing science. Interview Conducted By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. But the God angle is somewhat of a red herring -- the real step forward is the example it sets of how computers can make scientific progress simpler. By David Knight more... Comment ]

Eccentric Habits: The Bizarre Rituals of Famous Geniuses

Eccentric Habits: The Bizarre Rituals of Famous Geniuses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

One drank 50 cups of coffee a day, another disappeared to a stone hut in the forest to compose: Many celebrated geniuses have practiced quirky everyday rituals to help them overcome the difficulties of creating great works. more... Comment ]

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

For his new book, author Andrew Solomon spoke with parents who have children completely unlike them -- with autism, Down syndrome or dwarfism. SPIEGEL spoke with him about his findings and how they changed his parenting. Interview Conducted By Johann Grolle and Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Is Your Coffee too Cheap? Using Brainwaves to Test Prices

Is Your Coffee too Cheap? Using Brainwaves to Test Prices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

A German scientist is developing a new way of testing prices by measuring brain waves. Some marketing critics are horrified by the idea of feel-good pricing, but others argue it could make products more successful. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]