Doing mobile phone calls, checking electronic mails while being away, listening to the news in the car: Mobile communication at any time and place is part of our everyday life. It is based on a physical effect discovered by German scientist Heinrich Hertz in Karlsruhe in 1886. Hertz presented it to the world in 1888, exactly 125 years ago: The electromagnetic wave.
125 years of the electromagnetic wave
Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses against the misuse of indulgences on October 31, 1517. Luther famously nailed the theses to the door of Wittenberg's 'Castle Church'; this event is considered the beginning of the Reformation. A global movement grew out of his action: it influenced not only Germany in a lasting way, but also the rest of Europe and North America, and made its mark around the entire world.
The Luther Decade
Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, employees of the former secret police shredded about 40 million pages of documents by hand. The result: about 600 million paper fragments that contain the information about Stasi employees, human assets, and victims. Fraunhofer researchers devised sophisticated software that reconstructs the files, earning it this year's European Innovation Prize.
European Innovation Prize for Fraunhofer
Europeans are beginning to get to grips with the Great War. Three exhibitions in Germany are currently dealing with the subject.
The First World War
December 2013: DW's culture calendar
Pre-Christmas celebrations, mulled wine and scented candles... You get all this in hundreds of Christmas markets throughout Germany. But December in Germany offers even more than that.