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Behold, The Latest Laser Built For Frying Rogue Drones

Here comes yet another drone-zapping laser: A German missile manufacturer built this Death Star-like beam to protect world leaders. And it works, too: in a field test, it took down a mini-drone in three seconds flat.


Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal In Germany Before 10pm 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $US56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply.


KFC Launches 'Keyboard Trays' For A Grease-Free Smartphone Experience

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Germany just cooked up the weirdest fast-food techno-marketing stunt. For a week, restaurants lined their serving trays with disposable Bluetooth keyboards instead of paper liners. Grease-free texting is the future of fast food. Maybe.


Stunningly Restored Colour Footage Of Germany In 1945 Right After WWII

It’s hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we’ve read it all in history books and and we’ve seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it’s just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it’s hard to fully understand how life worked back then.


Germany's Investigating Claims That It Illegally Spied On Europe For NSA

German prosecutors are rallying to assess whether its BND foreign intelligence agency has broken laws by spying on officials and companies throughout Europe for the National Security Agency.


A Look At The Tefifon, Germany's Doomed 1950s Music Player 

After World War II, people in the US started buying vinyl and record players more than ever before. But over in West Germany, another music player took off: the Tefifon.


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.


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