Brazil – Women Take Over

After having elected Dilma Roussef to be its first female president, Brazil is now almost completely led by women. Consequently appointing and/or replacing male with female ministers, Ms Roussef’s government now consists of 10 women and there is only one man left. Even it is of course not the first time in Latin America, it…

Research – Rehabilitating Failure

Which are the better scientists? Those who fail an experiment or the confirmation of their hypothesis or those, who deliver a shining success? The answer is of course ambiguous many bright breakthroughs being the result of multiple failures but also because failing a task generally triggers much greater learning processes than success. Anyway, it is…

Flu – One Step Ahead of the Virus

The current flew vaccination is unsatisfactory. The vaccine has to be redeveloped and patients to be re-immunized on an annual basis. A costly measure particularly as the effect cannot be guaranteed – especially not for older people. Now, a British research lab aims at improving this situation by introducing a new approach. Instead of adapting…

Washing-up – Dishwashers wash just greener

The debate is officially closed: Dishwashers are more efficient, faster, cause less CO2 pollution and wash 400 times cleaner than human hands. A British study delivers very clear results and this despite the significant disadvantage of dishwashers heating water with electricity produced in CO2-intensive power plants. Notwithstanding their advantage of mainly using hot water produced…

Saving Energy – How Conservative US-Americans can be Tricked Into Protecting the Climate

US-Americans living in the conservative, deeply religious US-mid-western-states are not exactly known for environment consciousness and an energy-efficient way of live. To most of them, climate change – in spite of clear signs in nature and overwhelming evidence in science is an invention of scientists. So far so bad but good news is coming: Even…

Career – Altruism wins

Humans are not selfish homo oeconomicus’ as which they are described by many economists. To the contrary, helping others is a natural instinct – already infants, which are not yet able to calculate social relations are helping without reward. Altruistic behavior is not only morally nicer but also career-wise superior to a plain egoist strategy….

Electric Cars – Getting as Far as Gas Cars

Electric cars are commonly considered to be restricted to cities because most of them get no further than 150km /100m before needing a several hours wait to be recharged. However, this thinking may need to be adapted to new realities sooner than previously anticipated. German engineers recently demonstrated the capability of their new Lithium-metal-polymer battery…

Energy – Charge Batteries From Thin Air

It sounds too good to be true but if Nokia is right, cellphones will be charging their batteries out of thin air. More precisely by converting electrical-magnetic waves (radio wave, wireless internet, mobile phone waves, etc.) that constantly surround us in electrical energy . Already today small sensors can be powered by ambient radio waves….

Traffic – Without Rules And Without Accidents

It is generally considered that more rules, signs, markers, etc. would increase safety on the roads. However, accident figures probably decreased more slowly than rules and signs increased – not a really satisfying situation. The German community Bohmte – a village with heavy through traffic including many heavy trucks – now tries a radically different…

Diet – Vitamin Pills are unnecessary

Hoping they may strengthen their immune system and preventing cancer, a significant portion of the population is regularly taking vitamin pills. However, a new comprehensive study now delivers convincing proof that additional vitamins not only fail to deliver any of these benefits, but – in excess – can also be responsible for actually developing several…