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Reading recommendations from the science editors: Highway to traffic jams


Unscrupulous gene researchers, farewell to the jumbo jet, world trade in ancient Egypt: the reading recommendations of the week from the science department of SPIEGEL.

I've lived in Washington DC for a number of years and drive here regularly.

I drive on routes that can neither be done by train nor by bike.

Whenever this is necessary, it seems like a law of nature: I get stuck in traffic.

It doesn't matter whether the road consists of four, five or six lanes.

Because of the many people sitting in the car, the story of my colleagues immediately caught my attention.

Among other things, because I found out about an interesting law in it: the »Law on Motorway Congestion«.

In 1962, US economist Anthony Downs proposed it.

It states that no matter how many lanes are offered, peak-time demand always fills maximum capacity.

I can confirm that for the I-495.

What helps?

The FDP's answer at the moment seems to be: build more lanes.

But my colleagues went in search of better solutions.

It's about taking the train, commuting together, suggesting tolls and taking your foot off the gas.

As paradoxical as it may sound, drivers usually make slow progress because they are trying to do it quickly.

For the I-495 I can currently only advise to make a good audio book.


Yours, Kerstin Kullmann

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In the necropolis of Saqqara, scientists came across an underground mummification workshop.

Their finds show how the deceased were prepared for life in the afterlife.


For more than 50 years, Boeing produced the Jumbo, an airplane that changed the world like no other.

Now his era is over - and the future of the once legendary company is uncertain.

Top chef on healthy nutrition:

Hardly anyone knows as much about food as Tim Raue.

Why is the star chef still struggling with his weight?

picture of the week

This fruit bat has to open its snout very wide

in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo.

Employees of the »Wildlife Conservation Society« take a smear from the animal to check for zoonoses such as the Ebola virus.

Around a hundred people who trade in the animals are also being tested to find out to what extent they are exposed to diseases when selling the animals.

The scientists want to determine what risk emanates from the trade and consumption of bat meat.

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Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2023-02-04

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