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Melting glaciers, music virus, mustache in the washing machine: The reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.


Melting glaciers, music virus, mustache in the washing machine: The reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.

Dear reader,

the alpine glaciers are disappearing as a result of climate change.

Where the ice is giving way, organisms now appear that had been frozen for millennia.

Swiss researchers are trying to solve the riddle of whether these microbes are dangerous to us - or whether they can save our lives.

My colleague Viola Kiel was there


After several hours of hiking to the icy open-air laboratory, Viola was amazed that the researchers quenched her thirst with glacier ice.

“But when do you have the opportunity to try 10,000 year old ice cream?” She didn't bring a Stone Age sorbet from the mountains, but she did bring my favorite item of the week.

While reading, I felt like putting on my boots right away.

Stay healthy - and vote!

Hilmar Schmundt

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The excesses of violence of the Vikings:

Psychologists try to find out from which mental disorder the Northmen, notorious for their bloodthirstiness, probably suffered.

Were the elite fighters forerunners of today's divine warriors?

The music virus:

New songs spread like viruses in population groups, shows an analysis with tools from epidemiology.

Some genres are more contagious than others.

Forest fires in California:

Firefighters wrap giant sequoias in aluminum foil for protection.

In this interview, fire researcher Stephen Pyne explains why this is primarily »political theater« and what happens next with the »Pyrozene«, the age of fire.

Support for species protection:

With a five billion dollar donation, nine foundations want to help put a third of the earth's surface under nature protection by 2030.

New special unit:

The Federal Police want to deploy new investigators, who can even recognize the wanted person in a crowd at lightning speed.

How does the muff get into the washing machine?

Markus Egert knows where bacteria lurk in the household.

In a new study he examined the conditions under which microbes activate stink genes.

And tells in this interview why liquid detergent can be problematic.

Picture of the week

A great white shark is elegantly circling off Australia.

Sharks are seen by many as a danger to humans, but the truth is that it's the other way around. While the predatory fish usually kill significantly less than a dozen people per year with bites, humans kill tens of millions of sharks every year - consciously or as bycatch. Around a third of the cartilaginous fish species, which include sharks as well as rays, are threatened according to the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Cartilaginous fish are actually evolutionary survivors who swam through the oceans 400 million years ago and even survived the great extinction of species that killed the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago. Species conservationists are calling for stricter rules for fishing - and for image reasons they are asking not to speak of shark attacks any more, but rather of "shark bites" or, even more neutrally, of "shark interactions".

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Source: spiegel

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