Apocalypse No

For millennia, man has been fascinated by the idea of global apocalypse. We're now able for the first time to develop preventive and defense technologies against some of the most destructive natural threats.

The digital Revolution in Europe

50 entertaining questions about the digital Revolution in Europe.

Universities’ bureaucratic rule

Three tendencies characterize modern education, especially at the university level. Can they be reversed? Maybe not, but they should be.

The same tired arguments

Despite his conservative critics, Obama's opening to Cuba is as significant as Nixon's opening to China in 1972. The arguments against this step forward just don't pass muster.

Calm after the Storm?

The West’s response in the fight against Ebola was sluggish at best. What lessons need to be learned in order to prevent such crises and help the countries that have been most affected by the virus?

Every body

Too thin, too big, too tall, too small: we are permanently trying to transform our bodies. But corporeal improvement doesn't equal happiness.

Superheroes XXL

For defying our terrible health norms, fat people are actually heroes – which tells us a lot about our society.

Battle of the bodies

Our bodies are complex, the systems which oppress them are many – and they can’t be wholly escaped.

A war without shadows

You cannot see it and you cannot hear it. It happens silently every day, can hit anyone anywhere, and we can all be its unsuspecting victims. This is the new type of warfare:

Lies, Inc.

We know that climate change is a reality, but an army of deniers led by business interests and supported by the mainstream media makes us believe that warnings of a climate calamity are overblown.

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Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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