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Spectrum is a 30-minute weekly radio show which keeps you abreast of developments in the realm of science and technology news.

Rank #1: Podcast Wissenschaft: Auf Schatzsuche

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Für die einen ist ein Schatz ein Edelstein, für andere vielleicht eine sensationelle Entdeckung oder auch Forschungsergebnisse, die unsere Welt auf den Kopf stellen und althergebrachte Auffassungen widerlegen.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #2: Spectrum: But I've only had 5 beers!

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It's "Action Week Alcohol" in Germany, so join us in-studio as we take "Das Quiz." Also, we hear from the author of a study that shows women perform cognitively better as the temperature in a room rises.

May 31 2019

30mins

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Rank #3: Podcast Wissenschaft: Spectrum - Marijuana, sex, soccer and sleep

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If Marijuana can make old mice brains younger, does that work with humans too? What is the point of monogamy if our instincts tell us to have sex with as many people as possible? And can robots help us fall asleep?

Jul 06 2018

30mins

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Rank #4: Spectrum: Kaboom

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Like destroying things? We all do. So much so that scientists in Europe are planning a 100-kilometer mega-project to destroy the smallest things possible. Plus, a gigantic natural disaster is boiling in Germany's belly.

May 10 2019

30mins

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Rank #5: Spectrum: Duh, duh duh-duh-duh duh, duh

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We’re going to be analyzing the song Seven Nation Army, the omnipresent anthem of soccer teams around the world. Why do groups of people sing this song together? What’s going on in our brain when we do that?

Jun 28 2018

30mins

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Rank #6: Spectrum: The true physics message of Christmas

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What would you do if you got a text message from an elf — an elf who says Santa doesn't use ANY magic. And this elf invites you to meet him to show you proof of how it all goes down on the 24th.

Dec 28 2018

30mins

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Rank #7: Spectrum: Bi bi

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Half of young British people say they're bisexually inclined, how to become a Jedi warrior right here on planet Earth, and why China's "artificial moons" might be artificial science.

Nov 09 2018

30mins

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Rank #8: Spectrum: A hyperloop dream for Europe

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Amsterdam to Barcelona in about an hour. Wouldn't it be great if Europe had its very own hyperloop system? Come with us to check out the radical plan being drawn up at the Delft University of Technology.

Dec 07 2018

30mins

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Rank #9: Podcast Wissenschaft: Eine App zum Tod

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Sterben werden wir alle eines Tages – das ist keine sensationelle Erkenntnis. Aber wollen wir wirklich tagtäglich daran erinnert werden? Genau das macht die amerikanische App "we croak".

Mar 16 2018

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Rank #10: Podcast Wissenschaft: Katastrophale Verschmutzung des Amazonas

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Das Amazonasbecken in Südamerika ist ein riesiges Gebiet. Es ist rund sechs Millionen Quadratkilometer groß, und es ist eine der artenreichsten Regionen der Welt. Doch viele Tierarten sind vom Aussterben bedroht.

Apr 13 2018

18mins

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Rank #11: Podcast Wissenschaft: Jobs zu Lasten des Umweltschutzes

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In der Nähe von Salamanca - im Nordwesten Spaniens - ist eine riesige Uran-Mine geplant. Dagegen gehen Bewohner auf die Barrikaden. In England hingegen will ein kleines Städtchen Vorbild in Sachen Umweltschutz sein.

Mar 29 2018

16mins

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Rank #12: Podcast Wissenschaft: Das ganze Jahr ist Weihnachten

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Schon lange ist es nicht mehr eine Puppe oder die Spielzeugeisenbahn, die ganz oben auf dem Wunschzettel von Kindern stehen. Es sind Computer und Roboter und so ziemlich alles, was elektronisch und innovativ ist.

Dec 08 2017

22mins

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Rank #13: Spectrum: Smart Cities in Finland

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Going by what the experts tell us, the cities of the future will be digital and connected. Smart cities use smart technology to improve the quality of life for their citizens. In Finland, some of that is already reality.

Jun 22 2018

29mins

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Rank #14: Spectrum: It hurts to let your football team down

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How can professional athletes who cause their team to lose by their blunders be helped? Also, can snail slime make us prettier? And we talk about asbestos, a very dangerously fine dust.

Jan 18 2019

30mins

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Rank #15: Podcast Wissenschaft: Aus Alt mach Neu – Altkleider-Recycling in Indien

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Ausgediente Kleidungsstücke, die in den westlichen Industrienationen niemand mehr haben will, werden einfach entsorgt. In Indien aber sind diese Textilien heiß begehrt. Dort werden sie recycelt.

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #16: Spectrum: Goodbye

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How artificial intelligence is seeping into peculiar corners of medicine, why we should keep an early eye out for dementia, and DW science's Fabian Schmidt bids farewell to his beloved Scottish Terrier.

Nov 23 2018

30mins

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Rank #17: Podcast Wissenschaft: Interaktiv im Leben und darüber hinaus

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Mit Computerspielen kennen sich auch ältere und alte Menschen bestens aus, wie zum Beispiel ein Team in Schweden. Bei Wettbewerben sind sie zu einer ernsthaften Konkurrenz für die Jungen geworden.

Dec 22 2017

16mins

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Rank #18: Spectrum: My computer and me

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Addicted to your smartphone? Just wait 'til you hear about what's coming next. Come follow us through the terrifying arc of personal computing.

Mar 15 2019

30mins

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Rank #19: Spectrum: Looking at Earth from above

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Will the UK win the space race and become the first European country with its own spaceport on European soil? Host Jessie Wingard meets an amateur radio operator connecting Earth with the International Space Station.

Aug 31 2018

29mins

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Rank #20: Spectrum: Where has all the sugar gone?

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At the biggest sweets trade fair in the world, you'd be surprised how many people are fighting against sugar. Where are sugar lovers in the modern-day manifestation of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory?

Feb 08 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Clean up after yourself

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Plug your nose, folks, because "poop streak science" goes well beyond the toilet bowl. Also, we plunge into the data (and psychology) of German "flings" and make an appeal for a bit – just a bit – of quiet.

Nov 29 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Hands and feet

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You know what's better than five fingers? Six. We look at this strange new research and talk to a "polydactyl" himself. Also, go barefoot, but then put some shoes on to meet a young German woman with "foot phobia."

Oct 11 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Alexander von Humboldt is still alive

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He was the most famous scientist in the world when he was alive. And then he was forgotten. Join us on the 250th birthday of scientist Alexander von Humboldt as we try (in vain) to summarize his achievements.

Sep 13 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Science on the move

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On the ground, up in the air, and in the belly of a barge — science is everywhere. Zip around with us to as we dip into batteries, inhale some helium and look inside a robot's brain.

Jul 26 2019

29mins

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Spectrum: Self-driving carnage

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Drive into a child, or swerve and hit two grandparents? Such horrendously difficult choices will soon be programmed into ours cars. Cast your own vote in this moral bloodbath of an episode.

Jul 05 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: But I've only had 5 beers!

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It's "Action Week Alcohol" in Germany, so join us in-studio as we take "Das Quiz." Also, we hear from the author of a study that shows women perform cognitively better as the temperature in a room rises.

May 31 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Kaboom

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Like destroying things? We all do. So much so that scientists in Europe are planning a 100-kilometer mega-project to destroy the smallest things possible. Plus, a gigantic natural disaster is boiling in Germany's belly.

May 10 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Buzzing and flapping

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On this week’s show, it’s all about bugs and birds. Is it end times for entomology, the study of insects? Can high-frequency, loud electronic music be used as mosquito spray? And, are European crows racist?

Apr 12 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: My computer and me

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Addicted to your smartphone? Just wait 'til you hear about what's coming next. Come follow us through the terrifying arc of personal computing.

Mar 15 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: You sound emotional

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We human beings make a lot of strange sounds with our mouths, and if you listen carefully, a lot of them are just PACKED with emotional meaning. Join us in-studio as we recreate a very interesting study.

Mar 01 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Only you can prevent cancer

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You'll read some pretty nasty news in the coming decade about cancer swallowing a record number of victims. That is unavoidable. The good news: Two in every five cases are preventable.

Feb 14 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: Where has all the sugar gone?

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At the biggest sweets trade fair in the world, you'd be surprised how many people are fighting against sugar. Where are sugar lovers in the modern-day manifestation of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory?

Feb 08 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: It hurts to let your football team down

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How can professional athletes who cause their team to lose by their blunders be helped? Also, can snail slime make us prettier? And we talk about asbestos, a very dangerously fine dust.

Jan 18 2019

30mins

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Spectrum: The true physics message of Christmas

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What would you do if you got a text message from an elf — an elf who says Santa doesn't use ANY magic. And this elf invites you to meet him to show you proof of how it all goes down on the 24th.

Dec 28 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: A hyperloop dream for Europe

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Amsterdam to Barcelona in about an hour. Wouldn't it be great if Europe had its very own hyperloop system? Come with us to check out the radical plan being drawn up at the Delft University of Technology.

Dec 07 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: Goodbye

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How artificial intelligence is seeping into peculiar corners of medicine, why we should keep an early eye out for dementia, and DW science's Fabian Schmidt bids farewell to his beloved Scottish Terrier.

Nov 23 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: Your breath smells like emotional tension

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Follow us into a darkened German cinema to talk about how the stuff we breathe out when we're watching a movie has implications on the future of film ratings — and on a young field of medicine.

Nov 16 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: Bi bi

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Half of young British people say they're bisexually inclined, how to become a Jedi warrior right here on planet Earth, and why China's "artificial moons" might be artificial science.

Nov 09 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: Self-driving carnage

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Drive into a child, or swerve and hit two grandparents? Such horrendously difficult choices will soon be programmed into ours cars. Cast your own vote in this moral bloodbath of an episode.

Nov 02 2018

30mins

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Spectrum: The dogged, interminable struggle with diabetes

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DW reports from a special conference in Bochum, where experts from around Germany - and Europe - met to discuss the psychological dimension of diabetes. Why is it so hard to live with this metabolic disease?

Oct 26 2018

30mins

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Sehr gut! Prima fur B2 Studenten :)

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Danke Ihnen fur der Podcast 1.000.000 Malen!