Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2014

It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal. By Manfred Dworschak more... Video ]

Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US

Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia. By Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

'Nothing Is Perfect': Tim Berners-Lee on 25 Years of the Web

'Nothing Is Perfect': Tim Berners-Lee on 25 Years of the Web

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2014

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. In an interview, he looks back on his creation -- its strengths, the threats it poses and how Edward Snowden's revelations have raised awareness about Internet integrity. Interview Conducted By Marcel Rosenbach 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 ]

The Krypton Temple: China's Surging Tech Start-Up Scene

The Krypton Temple: China's Surging Tech Start-Up Scene

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2014

A decade ago, the tech scene in China was grim. But these days young start-ups are turning heads and attracting investors from overseas. As their products find success abroad, Chinese entrepreneurs are acting locally, but thinking globally. By Bernhard Zand in Beijing more... Comment ]

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

Seventeen rescue robots are competing in Florida this weekend, where their task is to clear away debris, break through walls and climb ladders -- a test run for their use in future disaster scenarios. But the humanoid figures are still a little shaky on their feet. By Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

Telecoms Boss: US 'Should Abide by European Privacy Rules'

Telecoms Boss: US 'Should Abide by European Privacy Rules'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

The head of German Internet giant Deutsche Telekom has criticized European reaction to the NSA spying scandal and demanded the EU set international privacy standards. US technology players also published an open letter calling for major changes to spying laws. more...

Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution

Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

Millions visit the ruins of iconic Heidelberg Castle in Germany each year. A museum in the region recently commissioned archeologists to create an animation reconstructing the attack on the landmark during the Nine Years' War in 1693. By Frank Thadeusz more... Video | Comment ]

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

Vineyards built on dizzyingly steep hillsides have been a part of German viticulture for centuries, but high labor costs are threatening them with extinction. A group of university engineers is hoping their new technology will save the industry. By Matthias Bartsch more... Comment ]