Humboldt 'topical as ever‘ on globalism, against exclusion14. September 2019 16:09
Alexander von Humboldt is as ‘topical as ever’ in a globalized world riven by racism and nationalism, Culture Minister Monika Grütters has told guests at Berlin's 250th birthday party for Germany’s universal scientist.
Low water levels in Germany expected to mean fewer cranes13. September 2019 11:53
Record high temperatures often mean record low precipitation this summer. This is a problem for a quarter of the cranes in Germany, which breed in the state of Brandenburg. This year about 500 fewer young cranes are expected to hatch than in normal years.
Pen-chewing research wins Ig Nobel prize for German scientist13. September 2019 10:34
A German scientist was awarded an Ig Nobel prize for discovering that holding a pen in your mouth does not bring joy. Other winners proved that one testicle is warmer than the other and that banknotes spread disease.
Universe might be 2 billion years younger: study13. September 2019 01:50
Researchers at the Max Planck Society in Germany have said the cosmos is expanding faster than previously believed, leading them to believe the universe is significantly younger. But some are skeptical of the findings.
What's in a name? The Humboldt edition12. September 2019 14:28
The name Alexander von Humboldt may not be instantly recognizable, but it is plastered across the globe in seemingly endless ways. From mountains and squids to schools and flowers, the Prussian explorer is omnipresent.
Alexander von Humboldt, the extraordinary plant collector09. September 2019 13:19
Explorers have long collected plants, but hardly any as feverishly as Alexander von Humboldt in the Spanish American colonies at the turn of the 19th century. He brought the wild colors of the New World to Europe.
Biodiversity in the Orinoco basin06. September 2019 17:12
Travelling up and down the river, Alexander von Humboldt was ravished by the beauty and variety of the landscapes, flora and fauna. Today nature conservationists are battling to preserve the region's many threatened species.
Pregnancy - Our expert interview06. September 2019 12:30
Dr. Martina Dombrowski gives us some pregnancy advice - what lifestyle changes to make; how much sport to do; when is a caesarian indicated? Dr. Dombrowski heads the gynaecology and obstetrics clinic at Berlin Spandau's Evangelischen Waldkrankenhaus.
Seeing the unicorn. The curious journey of Humboldt's travel journals06. September 2019 09:17
Alexander von Humboldt's Latin American travel journals are a wonder. Their pages detail his expedition and are once again stored in the vaults of Berlin's State Library. Will they ever reveal all their secrets?
Instant gratification and the pursuit of perfection: Why our brains love Instagram02. September 2019 14:29
While some Insta-influencers try to keep it real, others set impossible standards that can leave us feeling dissatisfied and inadequate. But why is it so hard for us to take a step back? A brain scan offers some answers.
Tracing Humboldt's tracks - Part 502. September 2019 10:12
During his journey to the Spanish colonies of South America, Alexander von Humboldt witnessed the inhumane treatment of slave laborers. In our fifth installment of our Humboldt series we trace his journey to Palenque, Colombia.