What it‘s like living near Hawaii‘s Kilauea volcano

What it‘s like living near Hawaii‘s Kilauea volcano

What it‘s like living near Hawaii‘s Kilauea volcano What would a volcano have to do for you to pack up and leave the home you‘d raised your family in? A woman writes DW from Hawaii and tells her story. Due to the sacred nature of volcanoes in Hawaiian culture, the author requested to remain anonymous. The text has been edited for formatting. We have lived here on Big Island for about 37 years. Thirty […]

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Hamburg Airport: Interconnected infrastructure is vulnerable

Hamburg Airport: Interconnected infrastructure is vulnerable

Hamburg Airport: Interconnected infrastructure is vulnerable A power blackout at Hamburg Airport has shown that even in highly developed industrial countries small triggers can lead to the collapse of huge systems. Backups are on overload, because they are used too rarely. Last weekend a power blackout completely   And last year, a computer glitch also caused chaos. It‘s far from being the only place where such things happen: In December, an electric fire […]

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German astronaut Alexander Gerst set for second space mission

German astronaut Alexander Gerst set for second space mission

German astronaut Alexander Gerst set for second space mission On Wednesday, German astronaut Alexander Gerst, Sergei Prokopyev and Serena Aunon-Chancellor will fly to the International Space Station (ISS). The “Horizons” mission will be Gerst‘s second mission. This Wednesday, German astronaut Alexander Gerst, along with a Russian and American counterpart, will take off abroad a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan‘s Baikonur spaceport after two years of intense preparations. Alexander Gerst, or “Astro-Alex” as […]

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Of ‘white guys on the Moon‘ and black America

Of ‘white guys on the Moon‘ and black America

Of ‘white guys on the Moon‘ and black America The Moon landings were a success for American science – but not for African-Americans, as historian Neil Maher tells DW. DW: The late 1960s must have been a manic time for the United States. On the one hand, there was this ambition to send people to the Moon, and on the other hand, there was this divided society, a little like […]

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A 7,000-meter-tall mountain — simulated in a laboratory

A 7,000-meter-tall mountain — simulated in a laboratory

A 7,000-meter-tall mountain — simulated in a laboratory This mountain has no peaks and offers no beautiful views — it is located inside a research facility in Cologne. Two mountain climbers have volunteered to spend four weeks there, under extreme atmospheric conditions. Ralf Dujmovits is the only German mountain climber who made it to all 14 mountains that are taller than 4,000 meters (13,100 feet). Since mid-May, he and his wife […]

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Pluto‘s marvelous methane ice dunes surprise scientists

Pluto‘s marvelous methane ice dunes surprise scientists

Pluto‘s marvelous methane ice dunes surprise scientists NASA images show a large field of dunes on the surface of the dwarf planet apparently composed of grains of frozen methane. But how did Pluto with extremely thin atmosphere muster the wind to form dunes? Scientists have discovered a large swathe of desert-like dunes on Pluto composed of frozen grains of methane, a research published in the journal Science on Thursday showed. […]

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A question about race in space

A question about race in space

A question about race in space The Apollo missions to the Moon were very much a “white” science. Or so it‘s said. Where was the diversity? It‘s funny how some online viral content can pass you by. We tend to think that absolutely everybody just has to have seen the latest meme, that tweet from Kanye West on slavery or Trump, or that video by some semi-famous comedian-come-musician on black […]

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‘Don‘t expect Kilauea to finish anytime soon‘

‘Don‘t expect Kilauea to finish anytime soon‘

‘Don‘t expect Kilauea to finish anytime soon‘ Hawaii‘s dramatic ongoing eruption has many wondering about the future for locals on Big Island. Seismologist Jessica Johnson talks to DW about blue flames, vog and laze, and what she‘d do if she could go there now. DW: What‘s new about this Kilauea eruption? Jessica Johnson: The main differences are that, this time, it‘s in a residential area. This time we have fissures […]

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Top five experiments on the Horizons Mission

Top five experiments on the Horizons Mission

Top 5 experiments on the Horizons Mission Orbiting Earth on the International Space Station is not all fun and games. Astronauts do space science for our planet. Astronauts these days are famous for some of the craziest social media stunts. In 2013, Canadian Chris Hadfield sang a David Bowie song, Major Tom, while floating about the International Space Station (how did he ever manage to stop his guitar crashing into […]

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DW‘s Health News: Diagnosing breast cancer sooner

DW‘s Health News: Diagnosing breast cancer sooner

DW‘s Health News: Diagnosing breast cancer sooner Did you know that the current screening method for breast cancer isn‘t the best? Or that EEGs could be used to fight depression? DW brings you this week‘s health news, all in one handy guide right here! How to boost your energy levels We all suffer from low energy at times, but if you enjoy being active outside of work, tiredness can be […]

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