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

'Considerable Danger' A Growing Workload for Alpine Mountain Rescuers

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'

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'

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

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

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

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 ]


Social Design Award: Vote For Your Favorite Neighborhood Project

Social Design Award Vote For Your Favorite Neighborhood Project

Waffles for everybody, a children's hotel, a community beer garden: We have narrowed down the Social Design Award submissions to a shortlist of 10. Which one is your favorite? It's time to submit your vote for the Audience Award. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Social Design Award 2018: The Final Dash in Our Readers' Competition!

Social Design Award 2018 The Final Dash in Our Readers' Competition!

Joint activities, joint projects and improved cooperation: SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN are looking for the best ideas for creating a vibrant neighborhood. Send us your proposal by August 31! By Marianne Wellershoff more...


Hamburg Refugee Helper: 'Integration Cannot Succeed Like This'

Hamburg Refugee Helper 'Integration Cannot Succeed Like This'

Christine Simon-Noll is active helping refugees in Hamburg's HafenCity neighborhood. She says it is getting much tougher to find volunteers. In an interview, she outlines what needs to happen in order to ensure successful integration. Interview Conducted by Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]