Stuttgart: Exotic Animals and Plants

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Wilhelma is more than just a zoo. The heritage-protected park is home to exotic animals as well as plants; therefore it is the only zoo-botanical garden in Germany. There are terraces with roses, old sequoia trees, a small forest of magnolias, and historic green houses, where the climate is optimal for tropical flowers. More than 10,000 animals also live on the 30 hectares. Especially popular in Wilhelma are the aquarium and the primates. The kindergarten of gorilla babies is great.

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Salzburg: More Than Just Mozart

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Original German text from dw video:

SALZBURG: MEHR ALS NUR MOZART

“Salzburg gehört zu den beliebtesten Reisezielen in den österreichischen Bergen, nicht zuletzt weil Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dort geboren wurde und gelebt hat. Touristenführerin Inez Reichl zeigt besondere Orte in Salzburg wie das Café Classic, das Museum der Moderne und die Steingasse, die nicht in jedem Reiseführer zu finden sind.”

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Salzburg: More Than Just Mozart

“Salzburg is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Austrian mountains, not only because Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and raised there. Tour guide Inez Reichl shows us unique places in Salzburg, such as Cafe Classic, Museum der Moderne  (Modern Art Museum), and Steingasse (Stone alley), that cannot be found in every tour.”

Germans are Working Longer, More Frequntly, and Later

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Arbeit: Länger, öfter, später

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Die Deutschen haben immer weniger Freizeit. 1,7 Millionen Menschen arbeiten mehr als 48 Stunden pro Woche. Im Jahr 1995 waren es noch 1,3 Millionen. Auch ist Arbeit an den Wochenenden und an Feiertagen für viele kein Tabu mehr. Jeder Vierte in Deutschland – das sind 8,8 Millionen Menschen – ist samstags und sonntags im Job aktiv (1995: sechs Millionen). Außerdem arbeiten 5,6 Millionen Deutsche im Schichtdienst(1995: 3,8 Millionen).
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German have less and less free time. 1.7 million people work more than 48 hours a week. In 1995, they were 1.3 million people. Working on weekends and holidays, for many, is no longer taboo. One in every four people in Germany- 8.8 million people- are active in their jobs on Saturdays and Sundays (1995: 6 million). Also, 5.6 million people in Germany work in shifts (1995:3.8 million).
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Hainich National Park: Forest from Above

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Hainich National Park: Forest from Above

06.07.2016

2000 years ago, nature in Germany looked completely different- beech trees dominated the landscape between northern Germany and the Alps. Today, only small areas remain. One of these is the Hainich National Park in Thuringia, home to wild animals and many plant species. You can come especially close to them on a path almost 24 meters high, allowing you to walk above and through the highest part of the trees. You can go even higher up with the tower where you can see this forest from 44 meters above and take a look at how Germany looked once upon a time.

Hainich National Park

Tel. +49(0)361/57391000

nationalpark-hainich.de

You can read the original Deutsch perfekt article here.

Translation of Deutsch Perfekt’s “Art Cologne” Article

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Art Cologne

11.04.2016

As the world’s oldest art fair, Art Cologne has accompanied many trends right from the start. It was established in order to bring back energy into the German art market, which had lost popularity after World War II.

Later, a new audience, alongside trade professionals such as art dealers, collectors, gallerists and museum directors, became interested in the Fair. Here, curious individuals can get to know the contemporary and new stars of the art scene.

This year, almost 200 international galleries will exhibit paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, installations and video art. The Fair supports young artists and galleries through its scholarship programs “New Positions” and “New Contemporaries”. This is how Art Cologne can remain the oldest art fair in the world.

Original Deutsch Perfekt Article:http://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/nachrichten/kultur/art-cologne

Jury Chooses German Youth Word of the Year

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Adults probably don’t know this word-you won’t find it in dictionaries either. “Smombie”, a new word creation, was chosen by a jury this year as the Youth Word of the Year. It’s made up of two words: “Smartphone” and “Zombie”. That’s what young people call someone who doesn’t really see because they’re too busy looking at their phone.

In second place came the word “Earthporn”. A vulgar expression? No: To the youth, this is nothing more than another word for “a beautiful landscape”.

Another word that was at the top of the online poll for a long time is”merkeln” ( or “to merkel”). The verb means “to fail to come to a decision” and is a critique of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reason why the word didn’t win in the end is perhaps due to the politician’s recent engagement in the refugee crisis.

Also in the top 10 are words like “Tinderella” (a woman who does a lot of online dating, for example using apps such as Tinder) and “Augentinnitus” (or “eye tinnitus”). The latter is said when someone has or sees only unpleasant people in their environment.

The Jury is made up of 20 people- linguists, youth, educators, and media representatives. The Youth Word is chosen annually. In addition to the “Word of the Year”, a “Non-Word of the Year” is also chosen.

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Ebola Virus

Ebola- Hunting for the Killer

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Ebola. Vor vier Jahrzehnten wurde das Virus erstmals identifiziert, aber sein plötzliches Auftauchen und sein ebenso plötzliches Verschwinden sind bis heute ein großes Mysterium. Seit Ebola und ein eng verwandtes Virus 1976 im damaligen Zaire (heute Demokratische Republik Kongo) und im Süden Sudans (heute Südsudan) ausbrachen, flackerte die Seuche zwar immer wieder auf – aber nur in sporadischen Episoden. Von 1977 bis 1994 wurde kein Ebola-Opfer registriert. Hätte das Virus in jenen 17 Jahren Menschen in einem größeren Ausbruch getötet, wäre das nicht verborgen geblieben. Denn Ebola ist kein heimlicher Killer. Sondern ein unheimlicher.

Ein Virus kann auf sich gestellt weder lange überleben noch sich vermehren. Es braucht dazu einen Wirt, einen lebenden Organismus: ein Tier oder eine Pflanze. Das Virus wird durch den Körper dieses Lebewesens geschützt, und es vermehrt sich, indem es dessen Zellenfabrik benutzt. Nicht immer bringen Viren ihren Wirt um. Und nur einige von ihnen springen von Tieren auf Menschen über. Sie verursachen Krankheiten, die Mediziner Zoonosen nennen. Ebola ist eine Zoonose, die im Falle eines Ausbruchs viele ihrer menschlichen Opfer innerhalb von Tagen tötet, andere an den Rand des Todes bringt – und dann wieder verschwindet. Doch wo versteckt sich das Virus in der Zwischenzeit?

Jedenfalls nicht in Schimpansen oder Gorillas. Bei jedem neuen Ebola-Ausbruch sterben auch viele unserer nächsten Verwandten, oft stecken sich Menschen erst dadurch an, dass sie das Fleisch von Affen essen, die an Ebola gestorben sind. Es ist unwahrscheinlich, dass die Viren dauerhaft in Affen leben. Wenn sie die Tiere befallen, töten sie sie auch. Sie müssen sich also anderswo verbergen.

Dauerwirt oder Reservoirwirt ist der Fachbegriff für ein Lebewesen, das einem gefährlichen Erreger auf längere Zeit Unterschlupf bietet. Affen zum Beispiel sind Reservoirwirte für das Gelbfieber-Virus: Sie tragen es, ohne selbst zu erkranken. Flughunde der Gattung Pteropus sind Reservoirwirte für das Nipah-Virus, das für Menschen tödlich sein kann. In Australien tragen Flughunde das Hendra-Virus, das auf Pferde übertragen wird und von diesen wiederum auf Pferdehalter und Tierärzte, die häufig daran sterben. Sind Flughunde auch die Reservoirwirte für das Ebola-Virus? Das ist oft zu lesen. Doch bis heute konnte niemand das Ebola-Virus bis zu seinem Ursprung zurückverfolgen.

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Ebola. The virus was first identified four decades ago but its sudden appearance and just as sudden disappearance remain a great mystery until this day. Since Ebola and a closely related virus spread in 1976 in Zaire (what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and in south of Sudan (what is today South Sudan), the plague continued reappearing- but in sporadic episodes. From 1977 until 1994 no deaths by Ebola were registered. Had there been an Ebola outbreak in those 17 years that caused deaths, the virus wouldn’t have stayed hidden. Ebola is no silent killer.

On its own a virus can neither survive nor multiply. To do so, it requires a host, a living organism: an animal or plant. The virus is protected in the bodies of these living creatures and multiplies by using their cell factory. However, viruses don’t always kill their hosts. Only a few are transmitted to humans from animals; these diseases are what doctors call zoonoses. Ebola is a zoonosis that, in an outbreak, kills its human victims within days and brings others to the brink of death. And then disappears again. Where does the virus hide in the time between the death of its host and its next attack?

In any case, not in chimpanzees or gorillas. In every new Ebola outbreak, many of these species also die. Often, humans are first infected by eating apes that have died from Ebola. It is improbable that the viruses live permanently in monkeys and apes as when the viruses strike the animals, they also kill them. So they must hide somewhere else.

A reservoir host is the technical term used to describe a living organism that offers a dangerous pathogen long-term harbor. Monkeys, for example, are reservoir hosts for the Yellow Fever Virus: they carry it without being infected with the virus themselves. Flying foxes of the species Pteropus are reservoir hosts for the Nipah virus, which can be deadly for humans. In Australia, flying foxes carry the Hendra virus which is transmitted by horses and is then transmitted to horse owners and veterinarians, who frequently die of the disease. Are flying foxes also the reservoir hosts of the Ebola virus? That is frequently read, but until today no one can trace back the Ebola virus to its origin.

Original German text written by David Quammen

http://www.nationalgeographic.de/reportagen/ebola-jagd-auf-den-killer