5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad—even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honor of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history. » 1/13/14 9:42am 1/13/14 9:42am

German Telecom Wants Germany-Only Internet Because of the NSA Debacle

As relations between the US and Europe become increasingly strained because, uh, the NSA spied on 35 world leaders, the state-backed Deutsche Telekom has declared that it wants to create a national internet to protect Germany from future privacy infringements. » 10/25/13 7:02am 10/25/13 7:02am

This Tower Exists Solely for Dropping Things

The 475-foot "drop tower" in Bremen, Germany, is not a rocket disguised as a building, but a giant hollow tube used for experimentally dropping things—letting go of objects, watching them plummet toward the ground, and using those nearly 10 seconds of free-fall as a way to study the effects of weightlessness. » 10/01/13 5:20pm 10/01/13 5:20pm

The Intricate Makeshift Money Germans Relied On Between World Wars

State-issued currency is the scaffolding upon which capitalism was built, but it's always been prone to mayhem. For instance in 1920s Germany, extreme inflation forced German businesses to actually print millions of their own customized paper bills. Now largely forgotten, this notgeld, or "emergency money," was once… » 9/24/13 10:40am 9/24/13 10:40am

German Neo-Nazi Tweets Are the First Ever Censored by Twitter

In an effort to stay on the right side of German law, Twitter has blocked access within Germany to all tweets by the neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover. This is the first time Twitter has censored speech to keep a government happy. But before you cry "censorship," keep in mind that this is just good business. » 10/18/12 10:15am 10/18/12 10:15am

Flexible Solar Panels Stack Cells on Sheets Printed Like OLEDs

Solar panels are finicky devices—they have to be specially mounted, angled, and presented with the precisely correct environmental conditions to function at capacity. The complexities make it hard for the technology to gain mainstream appeal. A German startup could change all that with flexible solar cells built using… » 4/24/12 11:30am 4/24/12 11:30am