Nazi plan to teach dogs to talk uncovered

Nazi plan to teach dogs to talk uncovered

The Nazis supported a bizarre project to teach dogs to talk, according to a new book. The Local's Moises Mendoza spoke with the author Jan Bondeson about the German fascination with “educating” the beasts for the Third Reich.

Doctors test robotic suit to help paraplegics

Doctors test robotic suit to help paraplegics

Scientists hope robotic suits to be tested at a Bochum University clinic will enable paraplegics to regain the ability to walk, according to a Friday news report.

Farmers set to sue over E. coli warning

Farmers set to sue over E. coli warning

Farmers are threatening to sue German health authority the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Consumer Ministry for damages over warnings about eating vegetables made to the public in the wake of the E. coli bacteria outbreak.

Web makes kids more sociable, study finds

Web makes kids more sociable, study finds

The internet, far from isolating children and adolescents as some parents fear, in fact facilitates social activities and makes youngsters more likely to have hobbies, German researchers have found.

Farm girls calendar casting begins

Farm girls calendar casting begins

Casting for the 2012 German Farm Girls Calendar kicked off Friday in Hamburg. But this is no typical beauty contest, as candidates must be able to drive a tractor or milk a cow – and look good doing it.

Media roundup: The contagious madness of E. coli

Media roundup: The contagious madness of E. coli

Another 60 people in Germany fell ill overnight Friday to E. coli bacteria. Roughly 82 million woke up feeling fine. Newspapers in The Local's media roundup ask whether the reaction to the latest food scare is rational.

Tiny instrument makes big impression on German musicians

Tiny instrument makes big impression on German musicians

The ukulele may be cute and small, but in just the last few years its influence has become outsized in German music circles. Moises Mendoza explores the country's burgeoning scene.

Toasting the renaissance of Germany’s oldest Sekt

Toasting the renaissance of Germany’s oldest Sekt

Who needs French Champagne when you’ve got quality Sekt? Tracy Moran travels to the birthplace of German sparkling wine in the heart of Esslingen’s old town.

Beer purity law proposed as UN world cultural heritage

Beer purity law proposed as UN world cultural heritage

A group of German brewers, politicians and public figures have called for the country's 16th-century beer purity law to be included on the UN's list of "intangible" world cultural treasures.

Seven old reactors set to be mothballed

Seven old reactors set to be mothballed

Germany’s seven oldest atomic reactors are likely to be switched off permanently after federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen struck an agreement with state counterparts on a final shutdown.

Death toll from E. coli outbreak rises to five

Death toll from E. coli outbreak rises to five

As authorities fought to identify the source of the Germany's E. coli outbreak, the public health authority Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirmed Friday that five people have now been killed by the deadly bacteria.