Category: Science

Ransacks and Social Media – How Police Fight Fake News

Shortly after an 18-year-old went on a rampage in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University, a lot of information was circulating on the internet. But many were misleading: fake photos, unfounded information. False leads, manipulated photos Conflicting information on several crime scenes or several perpetrators could, for example, make the work of the police considerably […]

On the death of the philosopher Gernot Böhme

“Gernot Böhme was extremely tolerant,” says his former student Dieter Mersch, who now teaches aesthetics and theory at the Kunsthochschule Zürich. “I came from a more semiotic, post-structural, deconstructive direction, which he didn’t like at all. But his attitude was: I’m interested, I’m interested in what somebody else thinks – like a moment of resistance […]

Hate speech and acts of violence – The ability to be seduced by language is limited

What drives people to commit politically motivated crimes, in extreme cases to violence? To date, this is only insufficiently understood. In the discussion, we can very roughly distinguish two approaches. According to the manipulation thesis, people hear propaganda and conspiracy theories and thereby change their political opinion. Because they see the state as an aggressor, […]

Immune to Corona – It’s not just about antibodies

Antibodies are small proteins that adapt precisely to certain surface structures of a pathogen and deactivate it if they attach to it. They are effective, but the immune system has different ways of dealing with pathogens, explains immunologist Leif Erik Sander of Charité Berlin. “That’s a good thing, because infectious agents are also very different. […]