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Get the latest science news. Broadcast from Germany throughout the week. Stay safe by being informed.

Get the latest science news. Broadcast from Germany throughout the week. Stay safe by being informed.


Bonn, Germany


DW Germany


Get the latest science news. Broadcast from Germany throughout the week. Stay safe by being informed.






Deutsche Welle D-53110 Bonn Germany


Weekly roundup — Flourishing & the undecided

The more people who vaccinate, the quicker life goes back to normal. But is there a (proven) way to convince the "on the fence" crowd to go get jabbed? Also, once life does get back to normal, how do I get back to normal — and maybe even start growing again?


How do we start feeling good again?

COVID-19 vaccination rates are going up. Spring birds (at least here in the northern hemisphere) are chirping an end to the winter of Corona. But research says we might need help recalling how to feel happiness and live fulfilling lives. Here are a few thoughts on how to start flourishing.


3 quick ways to get more people to vaccinate against COVID-19

Will countries actually reach herd immunity? It's an open question. But studies have shown that there are a few "tricks" to get people to immunize — even if they've already decided not to.


Violent religious scripture leads to increased support for deadly violence

"A life for a life, an eye for an eye." There's a tendency to downplay, or even willfully ignore, some of the most blatant, barbaric language that's tucked inside the holy books of Christians, Muslims and Jews. But a novel experiment shows that these outdated verses, when quoted to believers, cause real-world harm today.


Weekly roundup —Breastfeeding, happiness & bad drinking

From a risk/reward standpoint, does it make sense to fly to another country to get vaccinated there? Also, is it OK to breastfeed if you have COVID-19 but don't know it yet? Or if you just got vaccinated? Finally, human happiness takes a hit, and Twitter users hit the bottle a bit too hard.


Tweets about 'blackout' drinking doubled during lockdown

One more beer? Or an extra glass of wine? Sure. It's a pandemic. But drinking to the point of blackout — entirely ON YOUR OWN — really is a problem. And if previous pandemics are any clue, what happens during lockdown doesn't stay there.


People get unhappier (not happier) as they get older

Researchers in Germany have disproven the idea that happiness is 'u-shaped' — saying the data clearly shows we're more likely to become unhappier over time. So... what on earth are we supposed to do with that information?


Weekly COVID-19 roundup — Inhalers & underwear

If you’ve happened to hear about an asthma medication that will ameliorate or perhaps prevent COVID-19, think twice before you go looking for an inhaler. And, of all the things that have changed in the past year, is your personal hygiene one of them?


EU to reopen for some summer travelers, a malaria vaccine with huge potential & do COVID-19 curfews actually work?

Want to visit the EU this summer? There's a good chance you'll be able to (if you've got the right vaccine and passport). Also, some fantastic news in the fight against a disease that infects 200 million people a year, and a look at the raw research on curfews.


Don't use asthma drugs to fight COVID-19 — yet

It was called a "breakthrough" — a study showing that a common asthma medication could be used to improve people's chances of surviving COVID-19. Now, doctors in Germany and Austria are not only casting doubts on the study itself, but are extremely concerned about its consequences.


COVID-19: Human beings are taking fewer showers now?

"Life is different now than before." Blah-blah-blah you've probably heard that once or twice over the past year - ever since the pandemic put a proverbial straitjacket on life and warped what we thought was normal. But of the things that have changed, would you say your personal hygiene is one of them?


Weekly roundup — The (not-so) great indoors

Just how high are the number of COVID-19 infections that happen inside compared to outside? So high that aerosol experts are recommending we drop the masks outside as long as we're social distancing. Also, one of the hosts gets stuck in his apartment as curfews take hold.


People with lower-pitched voices cheat on their partners more often

It's one of the most frequently asked questions on the internet: "Is my boyfriend/girlfriend/partner cheating on me?" Now, a new study out of Germany suggests part of the answer may lie in the pitch of that person's voice — with some unexpected results when it comes to women.


Germany's curfews, the Chile question & COVID-19

What's it like being stuck inside your home from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.? Well, just ask one of the hosts of this show. Also, amongst the world's best-vaccinated countries, why are Chile and Uruguay seeing their coronavirus infections spike massively upwards?


99.9% of COVID-19 infections happen indoors

1 in 1,000 — those are the absurdly low odds you'll contract the coronavirus outside as opposed to inside. So with social distancing in place, does it make sense to require face masks when people are outdoors? Or could such rules actually do more harm than good?


Weekly roundup — Mental aerobics, Mars & music

What is going wrong in the minds of conspiracy theorists when they end up jumping to false conclusions? Also, why are people talking about a helicopter on Mars? And finally, when music makes us feel good, why does it do that?


We humans have a lot of cognitive biases — but only a few tend to correlate with COVID-19 conspiracies

Whenever we're confronted with new information (see: the internet), we tend to use cognitive shortcuts to try and make sense of it all. But as we reconfigure that information to fit our understanding of reality (or choose to dismiss it entirely), we can arrive at totally false conclusions.


Wait —there's a helicopter on Mars?

Yes, there really is. Perched inside a crater on Mars, a boxy little drone-copter is set to become the first aircraft to ever fly on another planet. But how'd it get there? Who's controlling it? What are the odds it'll crash (or get blown away)? And if we've already got rovers, who needs drones?


Why does music make us feel so good?

We all know that feeling when the right song hits at the right moment and it's just ... really, really good. No other form of art can quite match the feeling of music-induced pleasure. And brain scientists are getting closer to understanding what it's all about by delving deep into our reward system. But why is music so rewarding?


A quiet Easter

When we look back on this pandemic, 'Corona Easter, part 2' may very well mark the low point in people's moods (at least here in Germany). But all signs indicate that better days really are are just around the corner. See you next week!