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Why the Bavarian train crash should never have happened
A trackside magnet used by the PZB system. Photo: DPA

Why the Bavarian train crash should never have happened
1 day ago

Over 96 percent of Germany's rail network is fitted with the PZB system, which is supposed to prevent collisions – so how did Tuesday morning's full-frontal crash happen?

Man sues to end alimony over ex's Facebook snaps
Romantic holiday pictures don't mean you're living together. Photo: DPA

Man sues to end alimony over ex's Facebook snaps
February 04, 2016

A man in Munich asked a judge to relieve him of the duty to pay alimony when he saw pictures on Facebook indicating his former wife was in a relationship – but the court wasn't convinced.

New army camo 'can fool night vision goggles'
A soldier wearing the new uniform in a field of scrub. Photo: Bundeswehr

New army camo 'can fool night vision goggles'
February 02, 2016

A new type of camouflage developed for the Bundeswehr (German army) has been designed to fool even enemies using night vision equipment.

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VIDEO: five genius inventions Germany gave the world
An x-ray in 1940. Photo: National Cancer Institute.

VIDEO: five genius inventions Germany gave the world
January 26, 2016

German inventors have made contributions to our everyday lives in more ways than you may know.

Frankfurt court bans app's discount taxi rides
myTaxi lets customers order a cap to their exact location using their smartphone. Photo: DPA

Frankfurt court bans app's discount taxi rides
January 19, 2016

Taxi-hailing app mytaxi will no longer be allowed to offer customers 50 percent off trips, a court in Frankfurt has decided, saying that the deals represent unfair competition.

Joiner's testicle switch could revolutionize sex

Joiner's testicle switch could revolutionize sex
January 04, 2016

A joiner from Berlin has invented a switch which can turn off the flow of sperm from a man’s testicles. The device could change contraception forever.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Hint: it's not because of the young people. Photo: DPA

Why educated Germans avoid social media
December 22, 2015

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Robot pals to teach refugee kids German
Photo: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld/DPA

Robot pals to teach refugee kids German
December 22, 2015

Refugee children could soon be learning German with the help of a tiny humanoid robot, thanks to a new project from researchers at the University of Bielefeld.

Drone ban at German castles and palaces
Photo: DPA

Drone ban at German castles and palaces
December 22, 2015

German castles have started banning drones from their grounds, claiming they are a nuisance to tourists and threaten public safety.

PLAY: Beethoven gets Google birthday game
Image: Google/Screenshot

PLAY: Beethoven gets Google birthday game
December 17, 2015

Thursday is Ludwig van Beethoven's 245th birthday, and Google is celebrating by asking users to re-assemble the legendary composer's works after an accident on the way to the concert hall.

Germany's most-Googled word of 2015 is...
Photo: Tom Barfield

Germany's most-Googled word of 2015 is...
December 16, 2015

With so many massive breaking news events in 2015, you might think it would be easy to guess what Germans searched for most. But new statistics released by Google on Wednesday turn up a surprising winner.

Internet giants pledge to battle online hate speech
File photo: Jens Schierenbeck/DPA/tmn

Internet giants pledge to battle online hate speech
December 15, 2015

Germany announced a deal Tuesday with social network giants Facebook, Twitter and Google to clamp down on hate speech, with the Internet companies pledging to remove offending posts within 24 hours.

'Forgot password' resets cost VW €1 million a year
Photo: DPA.

'Forgot password' resets cost VW €1 million a year
December 11, 2015

Employees who just can't seem to remember their passwords apparently cost Volkswagen's headquarters €1 million per year, according to company emails.

German scientists make big stride towards fusion
Wendelstein 7-X scientific director Sibylle Gunter in front of the machine with an image of the first plasma it generated. Photo: DPA

German scientists make big stride towards fusion
December 11, 2015

Scientists in Germany said Thursday they had reached a milestone in a quest to derive energy from nuclear fusion, billed as a potentially limitless, safe and cheap source.

German man 'used spy app to track ex-lover'
The man reportedly installed the hidden app when his girlfriend left the room. File photo: DPA

German man 'used spy app to track ex-lover'
December 09, 2015

A 20-year-old man faces a Baden-Württemburg court this week after admitting he installed a spy app on his ex's smartphone and tracked her every move for over three months.

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