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Get the latest science news. Broadcast from Germany throughout the week. Stay safe by being informed.

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Weekly roundup —Breastfeeding, happiness & bad drinking


From a risk/reward standpoint, does it make sense to fly to another country to get vaccinated there? Also, is it OK to breastfeed if you have a COVID-19 infection but don't know it yet? Or if you just got vaccinated? Finally, human happiness takes a hit, and Twitter users hit the bottle a bit too hard.


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Tweets about 'blackout' drinking doubled during lockdown


One more beer? Or an extra glass of wine? Sure. It's a pandemic. But drinking to the point of blackout — entirely ON YOUR OWN — really is a problem. And if previous pandemics are any clue, what happens during lockdown doesn't stay there.


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People get unhappier (not happier) as they get older


Researchers in Germany have disproven the idea that happiness is 'u-shaped'— saying the data clearly shows we're more likely to become unhappier over time. So... what on earth are we supposed to do with that information?


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Weekly COVID-19 roundup — Inhalers & underwear


If you’ve happened to hear about an asthma medication that will ameliorate or perhaps prevent COVID-19, think twice before you go looking for an inhaler. And, of all the things that have changed in the past year, is your personal hygiene one of them?


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EU to reopen for some summer travelers, a malaria vaccine with huge potential & do COVID-19 curfews actually work?


Want to visit the EU this summer? There's a good chance you'll be able to (if you've got the right vaccine and passport). Also, some fantastic news in the fight against a disease that infects 200 million people a year, and a look at the raw research on curfews.


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Don't use asthma drugs to fight COVID-19 — yet


It was called a "breakthrough"— a study showing that a common asthma medication could be used to improve people's chances of surviving COVID-19. Now, doctors in Germany and Austria are not only casting doubts on the study itself, but are extremely concerned about its consequences.


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COVID-19: Human beings are taking fewer showers now?


"Life is different now than before." Blah-blah-blah you've probably heard that once or twice over the past year - ever since the pandemic put a proverbial straitjacket on life and warped what we thought was normal. But of the things that have changed, would you say your personal hygiene is one of them?


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Weekly roundup — The (not-so) great indoors


Just how high are the number of COVID-19 infections that happen inside compared to outside? So high that aerosol experts are recommending we drop the masks outside as long as we're social distancing. Also, one of the hosts gets stuck in his apartment as curfews take hold.


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People with lower-pitched voices cheat on their partners more often


It's one of the most frequently asked questions on the internet: "Is my boyfriend/girlfriend/partner cheating on me?" Now, a new study out of Germany suggests part of the answer may lie in the pitch of that person's voice — with some unexpected results when it comes to women.


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Germany's curfews, the Chile question & COVID-19


What's it like being stuck inside your home from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.? Well, just ask one of the hosts of this show. Also, amongst the world's best-vaccinated countries, why are Chile and Uruguay seeing their coronavirus infections spike massively upwards?


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