Self-optimization - We speak to an expert03. July 2020 12:30
In Good Shape meets up with journalist and author Isabell Prophet in Berlin. She talks about the modern-day pressure to improve yourself and where it comes from. And she explains why it’s important to learn to be content with who you are.
Cosmetic surgery - a booming market03. July 2020 11:20
The field of cosmetic surgery has changed dramatically in recent years. While in the past, operations were lengthy and expensive, today there are many cheaper options. An operation may be as quick as a visit to the dentist. And demand is growing.
How lab animals have fared in the coronavirus crisis01. July 2020 11:46
The current pandemic has impacted lab animals, with US research labs culling thousands of mice. Germany has coped somewhat better, but the situation has once more highlighted the contentious practice of animal testing.
Why do more men die from COVID-19?30. June 2020 08:55
Men, women and children all become infected with the new coronavirus equally often. But men tend to suffer more severe cases of COVID-19 and are more likely to die of it. DW looks at possible explanations.
Climate activism in the age of the coronavirus pandemic27. June 2020 11:36
The coronavirus pandemic has forced climate protest groups like Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion to find new ways to get their message out. Activists are gathering for socially distanced sit-ins or bike rides. DW met with both groups in Berlin.
What is the coronavirus reproduction number 'R'?26. June 2020 14:17
The reproduction number 'R' is used to determine how fast the coronavirus spreads through a given community. But what exactly does this number mean? And what is its significance? Professor Dirk Brockmann of Berlin's Humboldt University explains.
Vaccines - we talk to an expert26. June 2020 12:30
In Good Shape goes to the German Museum of Technology in Berlin to meet virologist Professor Dr. Hendrik Streeck. He talks about which vaccinations we need and the potential risks behind them. And he explains what ‘herd immunity‘ is.
Untold health crisis: Coronavirus didn't stop illicit drug use26. June 2020 06:00
Public health bodies have warned that illicit drug users are at high risk due to the pandemic lockdown. But whether the reason is boredom or anxiety, home-cooked drugs or more users injecting, the data is slow to come.
Germany: Scientists test artemisia plant against coronavirus25. June 2020 19:25
A derivative of the Artemisia annua plant, also known as sweet wormwood, has long been used in the treatment of malaria. Scientists are currently testing the plant’s potential against the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2.
Germany bans single-use plastic products24. June 2020 21:21
The German Cabinet came to the agreement after months of speculation and the ban will mean the country falls in line with an EU directive to reduce waste. The prohibition will come into effect from July 2021.
Reading your partner's emotions well: A boon or a bane?23. June 2020 10:50
Empathy is important. Being able to read a partner's emotions accurately can benefit relationships. A new study shows, however, that it is sometimes even harmful to recognize correctly what your partner is feeling.
Coronavirus: What does blood type have to do with COVID-19?19. June 2020 09:54
A case of COVID-19 can take mild to severe courses: Sometimes there are no symptoms, and sometimes people die. New research suggests that blood types could play a rather important role by affecting the immune response.
Will mutations soon make the coronavirus less harmful?17. June 2020 09:38
The new wave of infections in China seems to be associated with a mutation of the coronavirus — but there's no need to panic. SARS-CoV-2 might mutate so it causes a form of rhinitis — often known as the sniffles.
Germany launches 'best' coronavirus tracing app16. June 2020 11:04
Germany has launched a new app aimed at speedily tracking down new clusters of coronavirus infection as the country's lockdown is relaxed. However, Berlin may struggle to convince many Germans to sign up for the service.
'Our prosperity must be compromised because it is killing us'16. June 2020 10:10
Coronavirus has forced the global economy to shrink. Is this what a more sustainable world without growth could look like? DW spoke to environmental economist Niko Paech about his ideas for a post-growth society.
How are Germans reacting to the new coronavirus app?16. June 2020 08:33
Germany has rolled out its coronavirus tracing app aimed at helping to find new cases quickly in an effort to avoid a second wave of infections. But will the privacy-minded Germans use it? As DW discovered, there's a lot of uncertainty and a desire for more information.