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Sustainable Cruise Ships? A New Way Forward for a Dirty Industry

Sustainable Cruise Ships? A New Way Forward for a Dirty Industry

June 06, 2019, 05:27 PM

The cruise industry is booming -- but it is incredibly damaging to the environment. Most companies rely on dirty heavy oil, but some lines are taking a different approach. Can cruise ships become sustainable? By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


'Literature, Not Journalism': The Historian Who Invented 22 Holocaust Victims

'Literature, Not Journalism': The Historian Who Invented 22 Holocaust Victims

June 06, 2019, 03:49 PM

A German blogger living in Dublin and pretending to be Jewish spread fictitious stories about her family's Holocaust history, even submitting false claims to the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem. But it was all made up. By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

Avicii's Journey: The Untimely Death of a Superstar

Avicii's Journey: The Untimely Death of a Superstar

April 20, 2019, 08:16 AM

Tim Bergling, alias Avicii, produced hits that became the soundtrack of the Instagram generation. At the age of 28, he took his own life. A year later, his family and friends look back. By Felix Hutt more... Comment ]


Our Lady: The Profound Lesson of the Notre Dame Fire

Our Lady: The Profound Lesson of the Notre Dame Fire

April 19, 2019, 06:02 PM

As the flames shot out of the roof of Notre Dame de Paris on Monday evening, a global community of concern quickly formed. It shows that the idea of cultural heritage is much more than just a UNESCO list. By Ullrich Fichtner more...

2019 Social Design Award: Good Ideas for How We Want To Live

2019 Social Design Award: Good Ideas for How We Want To Live

February 19, 2019

The theme of this year's Social Design Award, presented by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN for the sixth time, is about how we want to live, what new forms of living there are and the architecture that is necessary to make this happen. more...


'Considerable Danger': A Growing Workload for Alpine Mountain Rescuers

'Considerable Danger': A Growing Workload for Alpine Mountain Rescuers

January 24, 2019, 05:10 PM

The quest for mountain adventures is constantly growing -- sometimes becoming so irresistible that tourists ignore weather and avalanche warnings. Mountain rescuers risk their lives to save them, but they often only return with dead bodies. By Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]

Interview on Microplastics: 'Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain'

Interview on Microplastics: 'Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain'

January 22, 2019, 09:40 AM

Microplastics are everywhere, but nobody really knows what dangers they might present once they enter the human body. British toxicologist Rosemary Waring warns our oceans will be inundated with the stuff. Interview Conducted by Philip Bethge more... Comment ]


Avi Loeb on the Mysterious Interstellar Body 'Oumuamua: 'Thinking About Distant Civilizations Isn't Speculative'

Avi Loeb on the Mysterious Interstellar Body 'Oumuamua: 'Thinking About Distant Civilizations Isn't Speculative'

January 07, 2019, 03:13 PM

Astronomer Avi Loeb believes that the interstellar object dubbed 'Oumuamua could actually be a probe sent by alien beings. Given the evidence that has so far been gathered, he says, it is a possible conclusion to draw. Interview Conducted by Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

Fergus Falls: The Relotius Scandal Reaches a Small Town in America

Fergus Falls: The Relotius Scandal Reaches a Small Town in America

December 21, 2018, 10:51 AM

Claas Relotius, the DER SPIEGEL journalist outed this week for churning out fraudulent stories, wrote for the magazine about the U.S. town of Fergus Falls. Two locals fact-checked his reporting, and their verdict is devastating -- a perfect example of how DER SPIEGEL's editorial safeguards failed. more... Comment ]


Relotius Journalistic Fraud Case: Statement from DER SPIEGEL's Editors-in-Chief

December 20, 2018, 07:33 PM

Claas Relotius wrote many seemingly excellent feature stories for DER SPIEGEL, but unfortunately most of them apparently contain fabricated passages. We are sorry about what has happened and we are investigating with the requisite humility. By Steffen Klusmann and Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Reporter Forgery: DER SPIEGEL Reveals Internal Fraud

Reporter Forgery: DER SPIEGEL Reveals Internal Fraud

December 20, 2018, 02:01 PM

A DER SPIEGEL reporter committed large-scale journalistic fraud over several years. Internal clues and research have provided significant evidence against reporter Claas Relotius, who has since admitted to the falsifications and is no longer employed by DER SPIEGEL. Other media organizations may also have been affected. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]