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04.07.15 Liam Mathews

A German sociologist who probably doesn’t get along with his neighbors made a pet project out of studying the habits of dog walkers to determine why some people don’t clean up after their dogs. In a study published in the journal Environmental Sociology, too-perfectly-named professor Matthias Gross observed folks walking their dogs in public places […]

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01.09.15 Rhett Jones

It’s only the second time in history that a cyberattack delivered confirmed physical damage to its target, but no one seemed to notice because the hacking story at the time was all about a Seth Rogen movie and Sony executives. Just before Christmas a German report confirmed that an unnamed steel mill was attacked by […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

In an example of the ways that hackers actually perform a service by pointing out security flaws, Jan Krissler says he cloned a German politician’s thumbprint using nothing but a close-up photo that was taken by a “standard photo camera” and various angles from press photos. Krissler is a member of the Chaos Computer Club, […]

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12.02.14 Rhett Jones

Step right up, vacation spot deal hunters, because Germany is now selling condo spots in a Hitler-planned mega-resort. That’s right — you can get your own beach side bunker, approved by the Führer himself, and they’re going for up to 70% off. Back in 1936, Hitler ordered the construction of “the largest resort ever” to be done in […]

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08.22.14 Sophie Weiner

German artists Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, who claimed responsibility for swapping the Brooklyn Bridge’s American flags with flags bleached white, to U.S. officials at the U.S. embassy in Germany. According to CNN, they will be handed over to the NYPD today. The artists maintain that they had no anti-American sentiment in mind with their art project, and merely wanted to bring […]

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06.04.14 Sophie Weiner

The destiny of Vincent Van Gogh’s missing body part has been unveiled! Karlsruhe’s Center for Art and Media is displaying the closest thing we’ve got to the artist’s ear, grown with genetic material from Van Gogh’s actual relatives. Assertions that this is a perfect replica of Van Gogh’s ear are questionable. The DNA used to create the cells […]

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11.05.13 Kyle Petreycik

Numerous experiments over the past forty years suggested that a pigeon’s sense of smell aided directed their advanced navigational skills when the pigeons were already familiar with specific smells and their directions, referred to as “natural winds.” A pigeon that stayed in a loft somewhere, for example, wouldn’t be a good navigator. A new scientific study […]

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11.04.13 Marina Galperina

Krokodil has (allegedly) hit New York, Arizona and now… Ohio? A homeless man in Columbus was picked up with gaping, oozing holes and tales of having used “the drug.” Media mania aside, we explained in detail that “Krokodil” is not some  Russian import designer drug, it’s a terribly un-fun sounding, slightly cheaper heroin substitute of morphine-based Desomorphine cooked with mixers of rubber, gasoline and miscellaneous, under […]

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10.30.13 Andy Cush

Design buffs looking for that authentic minimalist, utilitarian German experience are in luck, as the Bauhaus school’s Dessau campus is now renting former dorm rooms to visitors for just €35-60 (about $50-80) a night. The famed academy operated out of Dessau from 1925-1932, before moving to Berlin then eventually closing in 1933. Bauhaus Dessau now operates as […]

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07.15.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Berlin police are investigating German guerilla light artist Oliver Bienkowski for projecting an image of internet activist and/or hustler Kim Dotcom and the phrase “United Stasi of America” onto the U.S. Embassy last Sunday night. According to Bienkowski, the stunt was meant as a direct criticism of the NSA and their mass surveillance of the internet. […]

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