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Winter depression: Bathing in daylight to ward off winter gloom

We’re now in the shortest days of the year, when even at our latitude we hardly have any daylight. How does this “dark time” affect our mood? How might bathing in daylight help us and how does Rudolf Denkmann, head of a research base on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, cope without any natural daylight at all?


Neumayer-Station: White Christmas Guaranteed

For Barbara Fiedel, this will be the second Christmas Eve spent at the Antarctic research station Neumayer III. An interview about solitude in perpetual ice, medical emergencies - and the obligatory Christmas tree.


Leibniz-Prize: "Now I can trigger things"

The Jülich researcher Rainer Waser has been awarded the 2014 Leibniz Prize. Nanoelectronic components, electrochemical energy conversion and innovative sensors – these are only a few of the topics Waser and his colleagues investigate. 


Car Toll: Road tax vignette, here it comes?

The coalition agreement foresees the implementation of a car toll in Germany as early as in 2014. But toll is not the same everywhere. Barbara Lenz from the Berlin-based DLR Institute of Transport Research explains what must be taken into consideration


Astrophysics: IceCube discovery voted breakthrough of the year

Between May 2010 and May 2012, scientists managed to capture 28 high-energy neutrinos in the Antarctic using a large detector named IceCube. The IceCube discovery has now been voted the scientific breakthrough of 2013.


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