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A Playmobil Martin Luther Is Finally Here To Reform The Toy Industry

Cheaper plastics, terrible battery life, buggy software and about a million different toys based on Disney’s Frozen? It’s about time that someone stepped forward and gave the toy industry a good shakedown. And who better than this tiny Playmobil version of Germany’s Martin Luther who was last seen nailing his latest theses to the main entrance of the Nuremberg Toy Fair a few weeks ago.


A Cyberattack Caused Real-Life Chaos At A German Steel Mill

At this point, it’s obvious that cyberattacks can have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Look at the fallout from the Sony hack. But it’s still very rare for digital aggression campaigns to cause direct physical damage, which is why a recent cyberattack that screwed with a blast furnace at a German steel mill is so disturbing.


One Man's Quest To Surf Berlin

Berlin lies hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean. But, that didn’t stop one determined man from discovering a rare local break, then teaching himself to surf it. This is his story.


A 300m Tower Is Being Built In The Amazon To Track Climate Change

In a remote stretch of the Amazon rainforest, a skinny steel tower will soon rise over 300m into the sky — higher than the Eiffel Tower, way higher than the trees. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a joint effort by Brazil and Germany to figure out exactly how carbon dioxide fluctuates inside the South American rainforest, one of the “green lungs” of the planet.


Why IKEA Is Ditching Giant Carparks

IKEA is synonymous with the suburbs; part of the furniture shopping ritual has always included an often-lengthy drive to a industrial or semi-rural area of your town. But now the company is testing out a new paradigm for its empire: stores in the city. With far fewer spots for cars.


Explore A Water Park Built Inside A Huge German Airship Hangar

Drive 45 minutes outside of Berlin, and you’ll find a hulking airship hangar once known as the Aerium — the largest free-standing building in the world. Today, the place is known as Tropical Islands Resort, a family fun hotspot that Casey Neistat and his son recently had the pleasure of visiting. Obviously, they brought back video.


German Government Is Using Typewriters To Avoid The NSA's Gaze

Germany hasn’t been best pleased by the NSA’s attention over the last few years. Now, though, it’s revealed that it’s taking drastic action, and ditching computers in favour of something more secure: typewriters.


Monster Machines: Germany's Puma Personnel Carrier Is Agile Like An Armoured Jungle Cat

Moving troops through hostile territory is a heck of a lot safer for everyone involved when they’re travelling in an armoured personnel carrier. But Germany’s new state-of-the-art APC does so much more than just move soldiers. It moves them in packs.


I Want To Spend All Weekend In This Treehouse Perched Over A Pond

Like a tiny wooden spaceship, this two-storey treehouse by the German treehouse design specialists at Baumraum is picturesquely perched over a pond, as if it’s preparing for blast off.


One Year After Snowden, What's Really Changed?

The first reports on Edward Snowden’s leaks were published one year ago on 6 June 2013. Four days later, the whistleblower revealed himself as a former NSA contractor, just 29 years old at the time.


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