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The Politics of Dress: Double Standards in the Headscarf Debate

The Politics of Dress: Double Standards in the Headscarf Debate

September 09, 2016, 09:29 AM

When cultures clash, women's clothing is often at the center of the debate. While for Western women, the issue is how much skin they should be allowed to show, for Muslims the focus is on how much they must show. An Essay by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Faraway, So Close! Earth-Like Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri

Faraway, So Close! Earth-Like Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri

August 16, 2016, 06:35 PM

European astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet that is orbiting Proxima Centauri, our nearest fixed star. It's possible it has water -- and, with it, life. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

One Helluva Fella: The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

One Helluva Fella: The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

August 11, 2016, 04:30 PM

Impaled heads and burning bodies: Hieronymus Bosch, the great Dutch painter whose images depicted the horrors and terror of the past, present and future, died 500 years ago. In the era of Abu Ghraib and Islamic State, his work feels as contemporary as ever. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Mathematician Ken Ono: 'You Will Never Succeed'

SPIEGEL Interview with Mathematician Ken Ono: 'You Will Never Succeed'

July 29, 2016, 02:30 PM

Ken Ono is an award-winning mathematician who specializes in number theory. As a kid, his parents pushed him hard to be the best, and it almost drove him to ruin. He talked to SPIEGEL about young prodigies, suicide in Japanese culture and divine afflatus. more... Comment ]

Smartphone Addiction: The Slot Machine in Your Pocket

Smartphone Addiction: The Slot Machine in Your Pocket

July 27, 2016, 05:25 PM

Smartphone apps are addictive -- by design. They take advantage of human weaknesses to ensure your constant attention. But there is another way. An Essay by Tristan Harris more... Comment ]


Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

February 28, 2016, 02:47 PM

SPIEGEL meets up with one of the creators of the anonymous whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, which has shaken professional soccer with its revelations about player contracts and salaries. We visited a man forced into hiding by the powerful industry. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]


East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers

East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers

October 28, 2015, 06:57 PM

Joy Womack is from California, Sergei Polunin from a poor city in Ukraine. One went East to pursue a career in ballet, the other West. For both, talent has proven to be a double-edged sword. By Samiha Shafy in Moscow more... Comment ]

End of Life Care: 'We're Reluctant to Talk About Death'

End of Life Care: 'We're Reluctant to Talk About Death'

October 08, 2015, 04:01 PM

Interview Bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande's new book focuses on medical care for the dying. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about end-of-life priorities, when treatment is a mistake and how rules in care homes are made to be broken. Interview Conducted by Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]


Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

September 24, 2015, 05:58 PM

Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking? Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography reveal Astrid Lindgren, author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character. By Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]