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Appliances of science: the synthetic body parts used to reconstruct humans

A robotic arm and a bionic penis both made headlines this week. Here are eight other prosthetic innovations that could revolutionise surgery<p>“There’s a pump in my testicles. When I want to have sex, I pump it up, inflate it … And then, when I’m done, I deflate it again.” So said Edinburgh’s Mohammed …

Travel The German Fairy Tale Route

To celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, Germany is throwing a year long, country wide festival to honor and pay homage to the …

I'm learning German so I can go clubbing in Berlin

The Fifth Estate only really gets interesting when Assange and Domscheit-Berg head off to a gritty warehouse, neon lights pulsating out of its industrial windows, wobbling to the thumping techno. Inside what the viewer can assume to be the infamous Berghain nightclub, Assange and his bearded …

Grimm seeker: A journey along Germany's fairytale trail

Puss in Boots strides towards me, a handsome fellow with a walrus moustache and a rapier on his belt. Next comes Red Riding Hood, a blonde girl with …

In Nazi Germany, women were killers too

The author of “Hitler’s Furies” on women’s participation in the Holocaust, a subject all but ignored by historians<p>It's a testament to Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem" that "the banality of evil" remains one of our most enduring clichés, a convenient shorthand not only for bureaucrats but any …

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Top 10 historical must-sees of Berlin

Some of the biggest events of 20th Century European history have played themselves out on the streets of Berlin. If you’re a history enthusiast then …

Bahn Voyage! Through Germany by Train

Hey there, yes, you, the traveler with the phrase book. Are you touring Germany this summer? I'll bet you're planning to rent a car to get around. For Americans, driving is second nature, the right to go where we want, when we want, and damn the torpedoes.<p>Why don't most of us take the train? Well, …

Train travel in Germany from Frankfurt to Berlin

When we boarded our train in Frankfurt bound for Berlin it was apparent we were no longer in Kansas (and by Kansas, I mean Thailand). Modern, clean …

Nuremberg Castle- Tour, Photos and Tips for Visiting

Nuremberg, out of all the places we visited during our five weeks in Europe, surprised me the most. It was a place I hadn’t done much research on, …

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Frankfurt am Main for a stopover or city break | Go Eat Do

Frankfurt Airport is, by far, Germany’s busiest. Yet compared to cities such as Munich and Berlin, Frankfurt am Main remains largely undiscovered by …

Berlin's Best Ice Cream: Guide

We live in glorious ice cream times in Berlin, with new and creative parlors popping up all over the city while the troupers still excel in their …

Words and signs you might encounter in deepest Bavaria

If you visit Bavaria (especially if it’s a little place out in the depths of the <i>Bayerischer Wald</i>), you are likely to encounter the Bavarian language …

Girls Guide to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Munich starts on Saturday, and that means drinking too much beer, stuffing your face with grilled chicken, and tying the bow of your …

Oktoberfest, Beer Drinkers Paradise

Six Surprises About German Life (Including the Baths)

Last week, the New York Times published a story about Stuart Emmrich's experience at the famous baths of Baden Baden -- an experience that my fellow Frankfurt ex-pats and I hilariously related to.<p>On a personal level, it reminded me of the first time I visited the naked baths of Bad Homburg, a …

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10/22/2014<p>The division of Germany, the confinement of an entire people, the centre of the Cold War: there was hardly any other structure in the 20th …

10 Important Lessons I Learned While Visiting Germany

For me, Germany's rich history alone made it a truly special place to visit, the type of destination that constantly shifts your perspective. As the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches on Sunday, I thought it would be relevant to share these lessons and allow you to further …

10 things Americans learn when they move to Germany

Did you run the washer after 8pm? Did you blend, grind, or frappé between 1 and 3 pm? Recycled on Sundays? German society works as well as the …

Winter 2016

<i>Cozy cafes and</i> <i>welcoming wine bars,</i> <i>indulgent spas and winter walks…</i><p>Winter in Berlin has a fearsome reputation – but like the famous Berliner Schnauze, …

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Traditional markets open across Europe as visitors get into spirit with mulled wine, sweets

• <b>Christmas markets are open across Europe with less than a month to go until December 25</b>• <b><br>In Germany alone it is estimated that there are as many as</b> …

The Beauties Of Germany Discovered

<b>The Black Forest</b><p>The Black Forest covers around 4,600 square miles and contains valleys, beautiful rolling hills, and of course the forests it’s named …

9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany

1. Idle chit chat<p>During my first days of work in Germany, I made sure to be super friendly to all of my coworkers. Whenever anyone passed me in the …

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26 signs you were born and raised in Germany

1. Your mother ironed your bed linen, underwear, and towels.<p>What would the neighbors think if she allowed you to leave the house with unironed …

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Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Feeling powerful increases how much time you think you have

A new study titled "Power and Time Availability" by the University of California Berkeley has found that the more power you possess, the more time you feel like you have at your disposal. The study asked a few hundred people, some primed as "bosses," and others as "employees," to fill out surveys …

A woman with deadly Ebola virus escapes quarantine, now loose in a city of 1 million

<b>Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions (Public Library of Science)</b><p>The deadly virus has killed 660 people across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since February<p>Sarah Gray<p>July 25, 2014 6:27pm (UTC)<p>A woman who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus is now on the loose in a Sierra …