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Ninety-Six Break-Ins Solved: German Police Identify Burglar by His Earprints

Ninety-Six Break-Ins Solved: German Police Identify Burglar by His Earprints

April 30, 2012, 04:22 PM

Criminals beware -- don't leave earprints. They are as useful to the police as finger prints. A burglar in Germany made the mistake of pressing his ear to front doors to check if anyone was home. The unique prints have allowed the police to pin 96 burglaries on him.  more...


Competing under False Pretenses: Fake Handicaps a Growing Problem for Disabled Sports

Competing under False Pretenses: Fake Handicaps a Growing Problem for Disabled Sports

April 27, 2012, 06:29 PM

Cheating is becoming an increasing problem in sports events for athletes with disabilities. Rigorous inspections are supposed to root out those who are only faking a handicap, but some imposters get through -- like the supposedly blind athlete who cheered when she saw her result on the board. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]


Auschwitz at the Biennale: Polish Curator Lights a Fire under Berlin Art Scene

Auschwitz at the Biennale: Polish Curator Lights a Fire under Berlin Art Scene

April 26, 2012, 11:51 AM

The Berlin Biennale may have disappointed in recent years, but now it's back with a bang, thanks to Polish curator Artur Zmijewski. He wants to put politics back into art -- and he's succeeding. The exhibition, which opens Thursday, includes an encampment by the Occupy movement, Palestinian stamps and transplanted trees from Auschwitz. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Extreme Climbing in Moscow: 'You Can't Hesitate, You Can't Doubt'

Extreme Climbing in Moscow: 'You Can't Hesitate, You Can't Doubt'

April 25, 2012, 03:04 PM

Marat Dupri, AKA the "skywalker," has become famous for climbing skyscrapers and heavily guarded buildings in Moscow in search of the best views and biggest thrills. In a conversation with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses fear, photography and how it feels to be at the top. more...

Feeling Broody: Eagle Owl Adopts Baby Chickens at German Zoo

Feeling Broody: Eagle Owl Adopts Baby Chickens at German Zoo

April 25, 2012, 02:49 PM

An eagle owl named Flea was feeling broody, but couldn't have babies of her own. So keepers at Saarburg's Birds of Prey Park took pity on the bird and gave her chicken eggs to incubate. Now the surrogate mother is doing a great job of raising the chicks. more...

Hello Hara-Kiri Kitty: Cartoon Figures Hit Rock Bottom in Berlin

Hello Hara-Kiri Kitty: Cartoon Figures Hit Rock Bottom in Berlin

April 24, 2012, 05:49 PM

SpongeBob as a suicide bomber, Winnie the Pooh in a noose and Ernie as a degenerate drunkard: A new exhibition of crocheted artworks in Berlin uses an unconventional medium to explore the question of how fame and commercialization might affect children's favorite fictional characters. By Kristen Allen more...

Hipness and History: Old Jewish Girls' School Reborn as Berlin Hotspot

Hipness and History: Old Jewish Girls' School Reborn as Berlin Hotspot

April 20, 2012, 04:48 PM

After sitting derelict for some 15 years, Berlin's first Jewish Girls' School has been brought back to life. When the Jewish community couldn't afford renovations, two of the city's cultural fixtures came up with a slick new concept that honors the building's past with new artistic and culinary energy. By Renuka Rayasam more...

German File Sharing & Copyright Debate: 'Just Shut Them Down, Man'

German File Sharing & Copyright Debate: 'Just Shut Them Down, Man'

April 20, 2012, 04:44 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, German pop star Jan Delay and Christopher Lauer, a Pirate Party member of the Berlin state parliament, debate the value of art in the digital age and whether music and movies should be made available for free download on the Internet. By Thomas Hüetlin and Philipp Oehmke more...

The Missionary's New Position: Former Pastor Opens Sex Shop For Christians

The Missionary's New Position: Former Pastor Opens Sex Shop For Christians

April 20, 2012, 04:18 PM

While lust might be considered a deadly sin by many Christians, one former Dutch pastor is on a crusade against lust "phobia." He has opened an online sex shop for Christians in the hope of improving their private lives and helping them to embrace sexuality. By Alexander Krex more...

Protecting Tradition: German Dance Bans Under Fire

Protecting Tradition: German Dance Bans Under Fire

April 19, 2012, 06:17 PM

Dancing can get you in trouble in Germany. Laws on the books prohibit the practice on certain religious holidays -- and the bans are taken seriously. But this week Bavaria moved to weaken its law and a Cologne dance-in was allowed to go ahead on Good Friday. Religious leaders are concerned. more...

Chief Among Non-Believers: Only the Old Embrace God in Former East Germany

Chief Among Non-Believers: Only the Old Embrace God in Former East Germany

April 19, 2012, 04:20 PM

Belief in God varies greatly between different countries, but the percentage of believers in the former East Germany is lower than anywhere else, "anchoring the secular pole" internationally, according to a new report by an American research organization. But even in this unpious region, the rate of believers increases with age. more...