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I suppose it must be a bit annoying to listen to English speakers ruining your language and heritage by making up their own way of pronouncing the names of companies and products from your native country – let alone place names. But it is so common-place that some foreign speakers use English pronunciations of their own words when addressing an English speaking audience.German Maximillian Heinric
Germany has a long history of producing some of the best cameras and lenses ever to appear in the history of photography, but German brand names can be a bit tricky to pronounce. In this 8.5-minute video, photographer Maximilian Heinrich of Analog Insights shares the native German speaker’s pronunciation of some well-known brands.Heinrich says that his channel recently received a comment fr
An early engineering model of the autofocus-capable Praktica BY60.Photo: Praktica CollectorDuring much of the Cold War, Praktica-brand cameras – manufactured in the East German city of Dresden by camera conglomerate Pentacon – were ubiquitous among Soviet photography enthusiasts and budget-conscious western hobbyists. But as the 1980's rolled around, one key feature that Prakticas noticeably lack
According to Germany's University of Hohenheim, about 80 percent of the fruit trees in that country aren't regularly pruned – despite the fact that doing so makes them structurally stronger and more resistant to disease. That's why a team at the university is creating a robot to do the job.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: University of Hohenheim, Agriculture, Fruit, Tree
Italian architect Franco Stella has completed his reconstruction of the baroque Berlin Palace, which was formerly home to Prussian kings and German emperors and will now house the Humboldt Forum museum. Read more
Although fire-resistant windows do already exist, they contain a carcinogenic gel, plus their production generates a lot of waste. A new technology that works in the same basic fashion, however, is claimed to be much safer and less wasteful.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Fraunhofer, Glass, Fire-Proof Coatings, Hydrogels
Many industries use heat-intensive processes that generally require the burning of fossil fuels, but a surprising green fuel alternative is emerging in the form of metal powders. Ground very fine, cheap iron powder burns readily at high temperatures, releasing energy as it oxidises in a process that emits no carbon and produces easily collectable rust, or iron oxide, as its only emission.Continue
Here’s a fascinating 4-minute video that offers a tiny window into what life in one German town was like back in 1902.The original 2-minute black-and-white was released by the Museum of Modern Art and shows “aerial” views shot from a suspended train, the Wuppertal Schwebebahn. It’s surprisingly clear because it was shot on proprietary 68mm film by the American motion pictu
No offense to Volkswagen's ID. Buzz, a successful design in its own right, but when we close our eyes and imagine an all-electric Volkswagen Type 2 for the 21st century, it's the new eBussy that we see. That was true before we knew it existed, and it's definitely true now that we've seen the actual design. Beyond timelessly simple styling, the new German-designed electric mini-bus also promises s
Architecture studio Zeller & Moye has built a house entirely from timber, which is arranged in five boxes to avoid existing pine trees in Klein Köris, eastern Germany. Read more


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