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Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

December 19, 2013, 04:32 PM

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 ]


Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

December 17, 2013, 05:17 PM

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]


Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

December 12, 2013, 01:47 PM

Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

December 04, 2013, 12:43 PM

A Pakistani who works as an operative for the CIA spoke to SPIEGEL about his motives for helping the Americans, the civilian casualties of drone attacks and his fear of the Taliban. An Interview By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

December 04, 2013, 12:41 PM

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 ]

Purity Pride: Germany Wants World Heritage Status for Its Beer

Purity Pride: Germany Wants World Heritage Status for Its Beer

December 02, 2013, 06:20 PM

Germany's brewers are so proud of their 500-year-old beer purity law, which states that it must consist only of water, malt, hops and yeast, that they want it inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list -- alongside the pyramids, the Taj Mahal and Flamenco dancing. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

November 28, 2013, 05:11 PM

From hermaphroditic wood carvings to stacks of 250,000 papers, a collection showcases the greatest artistic works by German psychiatric patients. By Jana Hauschild more... Comment ]

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

November 25, 2013, 05:57 PM

Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility. By Hiltrud Bontrup more... Comment ]

Campfire Kids: Going Back to Nature with Forest Kindergartens

Campfire Kids: Going Back to Nature with Forest Kindergartens

November 22, 2013, 06:12 PM

Radical back-to-nature forest kindergartens where children are allowed to climb trees and play with fire have spread across the country. Will the concept of the Waldkindergarten become Germany's next export success? By Rupert Neate more... Comment ]

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

November 21, 2013, 05:46 PM

Cookie Monster at the kitchen table, a dragon playing the piano: Klaus Pichler likes to photograph people wearing costumes in their homes. In an interview, he talks about the unusual subjects of his work. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]