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When America landed on the moon, the whole world did

It was an American mission to land on the moon. But it would have been impossible without the rest of the world. The Apollo program relied on a global network of tracking stations and their engineers. 15.7.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3LOlw

From Apollo 11 to the new space race

Space exploration was about politics and power. Then, science. It's now also about money. And a growing list of players. 12.7.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3LTZs

Why NASA turned Apollo tough guy pilots to geologists

The '69 moon landing was science-free. Until someone said, "they'd better have something to do." So they studied rocks. 12.7.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3LQMG

Real Sci-Fi: Anarchists, tech utopians and digital cash

The story of cryptocurrency reads like science fiction - technology shaping the real world. Finn Brunton wrote the book. 9.7.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3LYzO

Why every brain needs a user's manual

The brain is the most complex machine. It's misunderstood, does go wrong. Marco Magrini has written a "user's manual." 5.7.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3LYoF

When smart devices pass secrets to the police

It may crackdown on crime — and privacy, too. That's if German police get powers to seize personal data on smart devices. Germany's discussing plans that are already a reality in the USA. 14.6.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3KT8n

Ill communication: Will Brexit end EU roaming in the UK?

EU roaming — the ability to use your cell around Europe at no extra charge — is seen as part of Europe's digital future. So, if Brexit ever comes, will it bring "no roaming, no future"? 13.6.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3KAlE

Boson predictor Peter Higgs: A fundamentally modest physicist

They called it the God Particle and then the "elusive" one. But they found the Higgs boson in the end. And British physicist and Nobel Laureate Peter Higgs has lived to see the impact of his science. 29.5.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3JC4F

SpaceX's Starlink satellites: 7 questions for Elon Musk

Starlink is the epitome of a megaconstellation: It aims to provide global internet with a constellation of 12,000 satellites. Its nearest competitor, OneWeb, aims to launch just 600. But what does any of it mean? 16.5.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3Iaxe

A safer internet and the stupid things we do online

You don't have to be savvy to be safe online. Just sensible. On Password Day, here are 5 things you should avoid doing, ranked by their increasing stupidity. Check number two for password advice! 2.5.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3CaBT

Opinion: Israel is playing politics on the moon

Whether it lands or crashes, Israel's Beresheet moon mission can only score big, politically, says DW's Zulfikar Abbany, as space becomes one of the most competitive domains next to land, air and sea. 11.4.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3Gcwk

Artificial intelligence: The EU's 7 steps for trusty AI

Do you trust AI? If not, what would it take? The European Commission says there are seven steps to building trust in artificial intelligence. It's published the latest findings from a high-level expert group. 8.4.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3GS9v

#Modi2Moon: What's up with India's space ambitions?

India's staking its future — and that of its leader Narendra Modi — on a new space race 50 years after the first moon landing. So what's it got planned and can it compete in the major league: USA, Europe, Russia, China? 28.3.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3Fpv5

Unconscious bias in NASA's spacewalk wardrobe fail?

A much hyped "all-female" spacewalk by two American astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain has been cancelled because they don't have the right-sized suits. How could NASA afford to be so careless in their planning? 26.3.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3Ffx4

Why is 5G mobile broadband technology such a mystery?

Answer: no one knows. When we contacted the very academic responsible for "polar code" — a technology vital to Huawei's bid for 5G dominance — he told us he couldn't talk because he didn't have the "factual information." 20.3.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3FJm2

Citizen scientists and an app for Alzheimer's disease

Mobile devices are often blamed for damaging our brains. So can apps help scientists research memory loss? 27.2.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3E8gk

OneWeb of 600 internet satellites in space

It's one planet, a mega-constellation of satellites, one web. Like internet for everyone, anywhere. Sounds great. Right? 26.2.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3E6YD

Sexy Siri, you made a fool of everyone

Some say it's sexist, some say it's science. Is there any solid reason why speech assistants are a default female voice? 11.2.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3D7Ur

Celebrities and the 'Big C'

Actors and musicians lead charmed lives, don't they? But they are human like the rest of us and can be struck by very ordinary things, like cancer, an indiscriminate disease. Celebrities get it — and survive it — too. 4.2.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3CV7l

Oh, sweet sexism!

Ever heard of a sweets machine with unconscious bias? Nor had we, until a box of chocolate nipples landed on our desks. 31.1.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3CWEk

We know what you're thinking. We read your brain

Researchers at Columbia University say they've translated brain signals directly into speech. This could help people recovering after a stroke. Ostensibly. 29.1.2019. https://p.dw.com/p/3CNcB


Gemstones, precious metals hold all this useful beauty

Gemstones and precious metals are pretty, and pretty useful, too. Cobalt, silver, diamonds...everywhere you look. 27.12.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/3AR7F

A new year for artificial human intelligence

Predicting the future of artificial intelligence is a fool's game. Predicting human intelligence is far easier. 20.12.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/3AQWg

How mysterious smell memories overpower us

Out of nowhere, a random odor can send you hurtling back to a childhood memory, and you won't know why. Smell is one of our most powerful senses, and it's powerfully under-researched. 19.11.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/38LYb

How the Soyuz rocket compares with the rest

Even a reliable workhorse like Russia's Soyuz rocket has bad days. Some missions go horribly wrong. So while the basics of rocket science are the same as ever, there are always new contenders to shake things up. 19.11.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/38IOv

Like, yesterday: Drugs and dementia discovered early

In drug discovery and dementia, too much happens too late. Candidate drugs fail late in clinical trials, and people get diagnosed when their memory is gone. But two new technologies show new ways ahead for health care. 07.11.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/37mrl

Opinion: Big prizes are bad for science

The Breakthrough Prize may be the "Oscars of Science." It's certainly one of the richest awards. But DW's Zulfikar Abbany says big prizes risk leaving out fields of research and ignoring some researchers. 02.11.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/37RGC

Can autonomous cars have a moral conscience? Views from DW's science desk

A study by MIT about self-driving cars as "moral machines" has triggered a hefty and controversial debate among journalists at DW's Science Department. Here are five contentious aspects — and what five authors think. [co-author]. 26.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/37FRq

Open source pharma: How to stop the rot in drug discovery

There's something rotten in the state of pharma — greed, secrecy, inefficiency — it's all there. And there's no easy fix. But moves toward a more caring, sharing industry through "open source pharma" may be a start. 12.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/36MmF

Non-stop madness: How long-haul flights affect your mind

Long-haul travel is as common as cola. We're flying ever greater distances more often and non-stop, like 19 hours from Singapore to New York. But the psychological and biological effects are under-researched. 10.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/36HXA

Ammonia economy: Shining light on carbon-free fuels

Chemistry postgrad Dayne Swearer talks about how he and his team are using light in their search for carbon-free fuels, a year after meeting DW at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. They could be onto something big. 09.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/36DL1

Overproduction of Truth: Are there too many scientists?

Ever more scientists are publishing ever more papers, faster than ever — and the quality's dropping. Gianfranco Pacchioni, author of "The Overproduction of Truth", says modern science is heading for a fall. 04.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35xty

A fine line between chemistry, cash and the Nobel Prize

The 2018 Nobel Prize in chemistry has recognized a "revolution in evolution" and biotechnology. But is it one we want? 03.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35vWV

Eyeing a 'third woman' at the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognized revolutions in laser physics. And the lack of a revolution in equality and diversity. 02.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35s4P

3 things we can do with the 2018 medicine Nobel Prize

The 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine recognized James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for discoveries in immune regulation and cancer therapy. So what good is that? 01.10.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35nRa

UK astronomer: Scientists are 'rotten forecasters' of the future

It's tough predicting the future, especially when people expect you to be right. But that hasn't stopped Britain's Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees. Rees spoke to DW about his new book, "On the Future." 28.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35a5u

Asteroids and comets: How to tell them apart

Landing a probe on an asteroid? It's been done before, hasn't it? Nope. The last time space scientists landed a probe on a smaller celestial body, it was a comet. So what's the difference? 27.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35Ztj

Towards the Moon: Why Europe wants to work with China

There was a time when "space" meant "space race." And that time was during the Cold War. Now, space is a race to collaborate — and not just with the usual suspects, but with new players like China, India or South Africa. 26.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/35WJD

Who's afraid of artificial intelligence in China?

China has set itself on a 10-year trajectory to become the world's leader in artificial intelligence. What's it got planned and should we be worried? 18.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/356qa

Anti-plagiarism tools: A new age of truth at university

Heading to college? Then read the terms and conditions of your faculty's anti-plagiarism and online exam tools, and click okay. Or forgo your degree. 13.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/34oFF

The world's deadliest hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones

Tropical storms are seasonal weather events. But they never fail to shock us with the destruction they wreak. DW ranks some of the worst and fiercest ever. 12.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/34kK4

Reality check: How to crash a flight simulator

Flight simulators are a safe way to train young pilots before they fly an actual airplane. But exactly how real are these simulators, and does the experience transfer to flight? 07.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/34TQL

Why automated art by creative Twitterbots is not all fake

Twitterbots have a bad rap — that all they do is spread false news. But some are creative geniuses, and computer scientist Tony Veale told DW why. 05.09.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/34IbE

Shooting stars: What we know and still need to find out about the Perseid meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower is as regular as clockwork. It peaks August 12, same as last year. This time we can expect to see twice as many shooting stars, perhaps even a "double peak." But there's loads we don't know. 09.08.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/1Jewv

Wacken your head: Is headbanging dangerous?

The Wacken music festival is the biggest heavy metal headbangers' ball. Enjoy it. But spare a thought for your brain. 01.08.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/32RRa

Doctors don't scale like Artificial Intelligence does

Using artificial intelligence in healthcare may seem counterintuitive if you have access to good human doctors. But even then, perhaps AI can help. 31.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/32OMh

India aerospace: 'Nothing can stop us'

India may not necessarily spring to mind when you think of aerospace manufacturing and precision parts. But perhaps it should. Take a company like Aequs. You may not know them, but when you fly, you rely on them. 30.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/32GyU

Opinion: They must know they're bad

It's an open secret at the Farnborough International Airshow that a huge chunk of the business done is military. So why, asks DW's Zulfikar Abbany, don't we, or the arms companies, want to talk about it? 19.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/31jaR

Farnborough Airshow: Brexit? What Brexit?!

Sure, there's been the odd mention of the UK's leaving the European Union at Farnborough, and the odd announcement that says "there's still a great in Great Britain." But aerospace is so global, you're unlikely to care. 18.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/31iDD

A fly by the 2018 Farnborough Airshow

The Farnborough Airshow is a week of hot heavy metal, military choppers, fantastic fly displays, and dreams of future space travel all in one. And it's on now in the UK. 16.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/31Yvd

DW Discoveries launches on Google Home, smartphones

Fascinated by science? Care about the environment? Want daily health tips? Then say, "OK, Google. Open DW Discoveries." 12.07.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/30jtb

Of 'white guys on the Moon' and black America

The Moon landings were a success for American science – but not for African-Americans, as historian Neil Maher tells DW. 01.06.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2ylJm

Your favorite astronaut

Astronauts are scientists, engineers - but they're also superstars. Europe's got seven. Who's your favorite? 30.05.2018. http://multimedia.dw.com/your-favorite-astronauts#1969

Top 5 experiments on the Horizons Mission

Orbiting Earth on the International Space Station is not all fun and games. Astronauts do space science for our planet. 28.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2ySC7

A question about race in space

The Apollo missions to the Moon were very much a "white" science. Or so it's said. Where was the diversity? 25.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2yKmd

This cyberwar just got real

Is death and destruction the only way to do war? Or can it be less graphic, like a cyber attack on air traffic control, or an artificial intelligence bombarding emergency services with fake calls? 24.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2yEen

Our vanishing world of physical units

It must be a baker's worst nightmare: a world where a kilo ain't a kilo anymore. Next May 20, the universal standard for a kilogram gets its first upgrade in 130 years. There'll be screams a la patisserie. 18.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2xwkE

No Irish. No blacks. No dogs. No Galileo

Stuff business! The Brexit-tinged tussle over the EU's satellite navigation system, Galileo, is all about the technology and the engineering expertise that the UK desperately wants - and needs - to keep. 17.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2xtrk

What good is AI for UN Development Goals?

The United Nations may have a reputation for being a talking shop. But when it comes to artificial intelligence and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, it's trying to get ahead of the conversation. 16.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2xllV

Why risk living on a volcano like Kilauea?

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been a constant threat since the current eruption began in 1983. But things just got real, with a series of earthquakes and new fiery fissures, sending residents fleeing for shelter. 07.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2xJVY

Fail by design: Banking's legacy of dark code

Is it modernize or die? Or modernize and die? For banks updating their computer systems with secure mobile features it can be both. Many run mainframes on legacy code that's gone dark — no one understands it anymore. 03.05.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2x8C2

Who needs privacy anyway?

We hear the words data breach, and we gasp in horror. Then we go on as before. There are so many leaks, it's hard to care. Is there any use protecting personal data? Perhaps the post-privacy movement had a point. 20.04.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2wOis

How spacesuits work

Astronauts never leave home without a spacesuit, and nor will you if you want to live on Mars or the moon. This is how the most versatile suit of all works. 16.04.2018. http://multimedia.dw.com/how-spacesuits-work#1850

Hey, there are ethical uses for satellites too!

The past few years have seen a band of young actors get into space with big plans to commercialize the satellite industry. But it's still not all about money. Some are focused on more ethical uses for space data. 13.04.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2w1bS

Are miracles 'outside the realm of science'?

Using science to study Biblical events like the 'parting of the Red Sea' or miracles like the 'resurrection' is tricky — even if you're religious. Just ask software engineer and atmospheric scientist, Carl Drews. 11.04.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2vl5h

Opinion: Science is scared of religion

There's so little scientific study into the facts of religious events that DW's Zulfikar Abbany says it feels like most scientists would rather not touch it - and those who do get shouted down. 01.04.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2vDg3

Caledonia dreaming: Think Scotland, think space

Brexit is not all the UK's handling right now. It's passed a new law to help it become the first European country with its own spaceports. DW visited one of the potential sites on a stormy Scottish afternoon. 29.03.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2vDRk

Would a global cyber ethics commission help 'counter the lies' of the tech lobby?

For computer scientist Hany Farid, developing image analysis tools that can stop illegal content online is not enough. He says we all need to take responsibility, not least the companies that lobby and lie hard. 27.03.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2v3Yt

How deepfake porn is killing our trust in tech

Months after fake "celebrity porn" reared its head online, there's a bad-tech aftertaste. Clearly our sense of truth is morphing, with clever dickies using AI to fool us. So how can we trust AI to tell us what's real? 22.03.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2unuy

Opinion: The one way to control Facebook — delete your account

Tougher security settings on Facebook just won't cut it, says DW's Zulfikar Abbany. In his opinion, you shouldn't be using Facebook in the first place — and users have themselves to blame in part for data breaches. 21.03.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2uh3O

Moving hot spots: Scientists explain mystery bend in Hawaii-Emperor volcano chain

Geoscientists used to think volcanic hots pots were stationary. It helped us understand how tectonic plates - and continents - moved and where earthquakes lay. Now, evidence says they aren't stationary. Time to reassess? 27.02.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2tP5I

SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet: It's time for tough talk on cyber security in space

On Wednesday, SpaceX postponed the launch of two tester satellites for a super-fleet of 12,000 — part of its Starlink space-based global internet. Good. That gives us an extra day to talk about cyber security in space. 21.02.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2t4gC

Opinion: The Trump administration is sucking NASA in a space-shaped bubble

So the Trump administration wants to privatize the International Space Station. Should we be surprised? Not really. But it's feeding into the biggest financial bubble of the century, says Zulfikar Abbany. 13.02.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2savL

Poison candy: Are chocolates, sweets and sugary snacks ever healthy?

We're trained to think sugar is bad — and that vegan cookies or vegetarian wine gums are good as god. But at ISM 2018, Cologne's international sweets fair, "poisons" depend on the dose. 30.01.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2rml5

Seven Lives from Mass Observation: ordinary people share personal history

Imagine confessing your feelings and thoughts to an anonymous archive like Mass Observation in the UK. It's unlike anything in the digital world and can provide real insights into British society, says James Hinton. 26.01.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2rS9i

Hawaii's Pornhub missile alert, or pleasuring yourself 'til the end of the world

Pornhub's statistics purport to show that Hawaiians don't think of sex when they're under missile attack. Really. But the moment they're safe again… 18.01.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2r4uK

If you live near one of these volcanos, move!

If you live in the Philippines or Papua New Guinea right now, you'll know the score: Active volcanos can come alive and erupt any time, spewing lava and destruction. Here are some of the world's most dangerous hot spots. 17.01.2018. https://p.dw.com/p/2qzw8


The New Analog: a musician's view on why we need noise in a digital world

Have we lost all feeling in a pursuit to perfect digital audio signals? Or can we readjust our ratio to noise? Musician Damon Krukowski says contextual sounds, like analog noise, stop us falling off our bikes. 15.12.2017. https://p.dw.com/p/2pQ1i