Zoo and zoo open again: dive, play, scuffle

How cassowaries and horned ravens eye the first visitors and why you couldn’t have a video conference with rose cockatoos.

Polar bears do well on their own Photo: Helmut Hoge

"People have revered animals not because they are good to eat, but because they are good to think," Claude Levi-Strauss opined. For the first time, it is louder in West Berlin’s inner city zoo than on the streets around it. A seal and many birds make noise, a rooster crows. Strangely, no children’s screams. 2,000 visitors are allowed in for half a day at a time. In the East Berlin zoo, which is three times as large, there are 3,000. There, a long line formed at the entrance, but it was attended to in a good mood by a young woman wearing a mouth guard.

Second novel by sven heuchert: “where there are weapons, they are used”.

The new novel by Sven Heuchert, "Alte Erde," tells of the hard-to-bear life in the provinces. Hunting with the writer

The hunter’s term "red work" describes the gutting and bleeding of game Photo: Reiner Bernhardt/imago

Sven Heuchert, 43, sturdy, bearded and tattooed, looks hit. His first novel, "Dunkels Gesetz" ("Dark Law"), caused a stir among established crime critics three years ago, and his second novel, "Alte Erde" ("Old Earth"), now has the same "silence in the forest" as the motto for his new book.

Circus animals in ukraine: kiev wants to ban lion and co.

Many stars and also the Ukrainian Ministry of the Environment are campaigning for the ban. What will happen to the animals afterwards is unclear.

The image of the Kiev National Circus has been tarnished since animal rights activists showed what it looks like behind the scenes (symbol photo) Photo: dpa

The Ukrainian parliament wants to ban animals in the circus. Two bills have been before the parliament for a vote for some time. One of them wants to prohibit the use of animals in traveling circuses, the other one wants to ban animals completely from Ukrainian rings.

Where to put the nuclear waste: marathon run to final storage site started

The Federal Society for Final Disposal has officially begun its search for a new site. Not everyone believes it will succeed.

To stop or to continue? That is the question in Gorleben Photo: dpa

It is the really big time that is at stake on Tuesday: a final repository in which nuclear waste can be safely stored for a million years is to be found. Even the search for a site is expected to take 15 years, and optimists expect it to be commissioned in the second half of the century. Nevertheless, the mood at the ceremony to mark the start of the search for a site is good – because at least it is getting underway. And with a unity that makes people forget the decades-long dispute about nuclear power and the final repository.

Against the basic idea of the network

Will Instagram soon allow users to link to external content for money?

After two days of speculation, Facebook was forced to issue a denial on Monday evening: "We have no plans to introduce this feature on Instagram."

"This function" was first presented last week on a website that specializes in publishing patents of large digital corporations. Published there last week, for example, was also a patent for a device that can simultaneously draw blood and administer injections (Google) and one for magnified Apple headphones. The patent with which Facebook is causing a stir could cause headaches for influencers and publishers.

Touring exhibition: forced labor in germany: pan-european experience

Historians have for the first time comprehensively researched the exploitation of forced laborers during World War II. The traveling exhibition is currently on display in Hamburg.

Under duress: This Ukrainian family was deported to Volzum in Lower Saxony in 1943. Photo: ischer Geschichtsverein e.V./Staatsarchiv Woltenbuttel

"Among the captors, the sadists played first fiddle," wrote an inmate of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941. Who it was and whether he survived his letter is not known. What is certain is that he meant German Wehrmacht soldiers and SS men who humiliated Jews and forced them to work.

Wall street and the coal: ecorock?

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is whitewashing itself green. Why the climate movement is cheering, even though the announcement has loopholes.

BlackRock wants to offload coal securities Photo: Stratenschulte/dpa

Larry Fink is probably the most powerful man on Wall Street: He is the head of BlackRock, the largest financial manager on the globe. His assessments move the financial world. And that’s why what he published on Tuesday is likely to have a significant impact: "Consciousness is changing rapidly, and I am convinced that we are on the verge of a fundamental transformation of the financial world," Fink wrote in a "CEO Letter".

World market for seeds: the power over seeds

Fewer and fewer breeders have an increasing share of the market: activists fear for diversity in the field – and on the plate.

Even where it says Dekalb on it, Monsanto is in it. Picture: ap

Seeds are a highly emotional topic for many people. Because whoever has it controls to a considerable extent what ends up on our plates. This explains why the EU Commission’s proposals for seed legislation, which were presented on Monday, are capable of heating up emotions to such an extent.

Science as an open source project: by all and for all

The Wissenschaftsladen Potsdam believes that knowledge should be available to everyone instead of being patented. And puts that into practice.

"Citizen science" can be done by anyone Photo: ap

A blue circuit board and a plug-in board with a few colored needles are stuck on a plate the size of a cigarillo box. "You screw a lid on top of it, and then it’s a sensor station with which you can measure ozone and fine dust," explains Mario Parade of the Potsdam Science Shop.

Security guards at the hamburg youth emergency service: security keeps watch at night

In the house next door to the youth emergency service in Alsterdorf, so-called individual care takes place. This means that security guards watch over the children. Partially over 667 days.

This is where "individual care" takes place: Shelter in the Feuerbergstrabe Photo: dpa

The practice is extremely controversial: That young people in aid facilities are guarded by security staff instead of trained professionals. However, the Kinder- und Jugendnotdienst (KJND) in Hamburg-Alsterdorf, a drop-in center for children in crisis situations with 40 inpatient places, has three security guards on board. The reason for this is the individual care, the head of the responsible state education agency, Klaus Dieter-Muller, told the taz in June. It happens that young people are cared for separately and the security service watches "when the educators take a break.