Germany is opening a state of the art research lab that will look at medical issues and aerospace. The Envihab center in Cologne is bristling with technology including a huge human centrifuge.
World in Progress is a 30-minute radio show that connects the dots in a globalized era.
Building instruments for fancy space experiments is a tough job, but rewarding if your technology transfers to Earth. Dr Geraint Morgan went from compounds on a comet to sniffing bed bugs in hotels.
Authorities are struggling to contain colonies of fire ants brought into Japan in shipping containers, with fears rising that this aggressive and rapidly-multiplying species will wreak havoc on local flora and fauna.
Ties between far-right extremists in the US and Germany are flimsy. The Germans are more serious, but the laws are against them, even if they do end up finding inspiration in the Charlottesville white supremacist march.
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