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… » 3/07/15 3:57pm 3/07/15 3:57pm

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… » 1/08/15 11:15am 1/08/15 11:15am

One Man's Quest To Surf Berlin

Berlin lies hundreds of miles 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. » 12/18/14 2:07pm 12/18/14 2:07pm

A 1000-Foot 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 1,000 feet 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… » 9/15/14 2:51pm 9/15/14 2:51pm

Why Ikea Is Ditching Giant Parking Lots

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 this summer, the company is testing out a new paradigm for its empire: Stores in the city. With far fewer spots for cars. » 8/25/14 3:37pm 8/25/14 3:37pm

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… » 7/17/14 9:25am 7/17/14 9:25am

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 favor of something more secure: typewriters. » 7/15/14 7:50am 7/15/14 7:50am

Germany's Puma Personnel Carrier Is Agile Like an Armored Jungle Cat

Moving troops through hostile territory is a heck of a lot safer for everyone involved when they're traveling in an armored personnel carrier. But Germany's new state-of-the-art APC does so much more than just move soldiers. It moves them in packs. » 6/20/14 11:40am 6/20/14 11:40am

I Want to Spend All Weekend in This Treehouse Perched Over a Pond

Like a tiny wooden spaceship, this two-story treehouse by the German treehouse design specialists at Baumraum is picturesquely perched over a pond, as if it's preparing for blast off. » 6/13/14 12:00pm 6/13/14 12:00pm

One Year After Snowden, What's Really Changed?

Father's Day is here again, but this year, dad won't be getting an exciting bucket of leaks from Edward Snowden. No, instead we all get to look back on a year of NSA revelations and wonder what's actually changed. The truth is, depressingly little. » 6/05/14 10:40am 6/05/14 10:40am

Take a Tour Through the Mother of All Airports

In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This aging, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans—and PBS just got a look inside. » 3/11/14 2:20pm 3/11/14 2:20pm

Berlin Can't Finish Its Reunification Memorial On Time Because of Bats

It took Berliners years to agree upon a design for a memorial to the reunification of East and West—but now that the project is underway, an unexpected hurdle is slowing it down: Bats. Lots of them. » 3/07/14 4:00pm 3/07/14 4:00pm

Germany Is Relocating Entire Towns To Dig Up More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it's also increased its dependence on a form of energy that's anything but clean: coal. And it's demolishing or relocating entire towns to get at it. » 2/14/14 3:40pm 2/14/14 3:40pm

Moby wants you to join his perpetual pool party in Los Angeles, and a group of scientists wants China to use "spatial economics" to design more walkable cities. Plus: informal transit in Nairobi, a failed utopia in California, radical ideas for the Vegas of 2034, and a significant prehistoric site that's currently… » 2/10/14 12:40pm 2/10/14 12:40pm

This Abandoned Nazi Bunker Just Reopened As a Clean Energy Plant

The last time Hamburg's hulking air raid bunker saw use, it was 1945—and locals were taking cover from Allied bombs inside its six-foot-thick concrete walls. That was almost 70 years ago. This year, the bunker is serving a new purpose: Supplying the city with renewable energy. » 2/10/14 9:55am 2/10/14 9:55am

Behold One of the Biggest Controlled Skyscraper Implosions Ever

It took more than 2,000 pounds of explosives to bring down this 32-story tower in Frankfurt yesterday—roughly the same amount as a Mark 84 bomb. Thankfully, since we live in the age of YouTube, there are plenty of astounding videos of the demo. » 2/03/14 8:40am 2/03/14 8:40am

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

Crazy Man Puts Computer Inside Arm (Without Help From Doctors)

American Tim Cannon is a "biohacker". That unsightly bulge on his arm there is where he stuck a giant computer chip beneath his skin, which transmits his biometric data to Android devices. Which will be interesting data and all but oh God just look at those stitches. » 11/01/13 7:40am 11/01/13 7:40am

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

German Chancellor to Obama: Have You Hacked My Phone?

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, spoke to Barack Obama on Wednesday evening to demand explanations over reports suggesting that the NSA has been monitoring her mobile phone. » 10/24/13 3:50am 10/24/13 3:50am