Photo of the Day
Unprecedented numbers of Louisiana crayfish are chasing park visitors in Berlin after they were released from a local aquarium. The red swamp crayfish are native to the southern US but are now reproducing in record numbers at Berlin's central Tiergarten park. The freshwater crabs are a delicacy in the state's cuisine but considered a nuisance when roaming the streets. Despite this, laws prevent Berliners from taking them home and cooking them up for dinner.
Graph of the Day
Hitting a New Low
Following Sunday’s TV debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz, his party dropped further in an election poll. The SPD reached the lowest figure in the poll since he announced his candidacy as party leader in January. If the poll predictions are correct and the party only wins 21 percent of the votes on September 24, it would mark an all-time low in the post-war era. Ms. Merkel is expected to secure a fourth term as chancellor and form a new coalition with either the pro-business party FDP, the Social Democrats or the Greens, or a combination of all three.
Person of the Day
Astrophysicist Karsten Danzmann has won the Körber Prize for Science for designing laser technology used to measure gravitational waves. The lasers help humanity to "listen" to the universe, he said, noting that until now, people have observed space but were unable to hear it. Mr. Danzmann, who directs the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover, and heads the Institute for Gravitational Physics at the Leibniz University, will spend the €750,000 money on better equipment for the future. He is pictured in the middle receiving the award.
Quote of the Day
A Horror List
Germans are most concerned about terrorism, according to a survey by insurer R+V. Some 71 percent of respondents mentioned terror attacks as a fear, followed by political extremism (62 percent) and tensions due to immigration (61 percent). Listed fourth and fifth were the high costs for German taxpayers associated with bailouts of euro-zone members Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal, and toxic substances in food (both 58 percent). The fear of becoming unemployed fell to an all-time low since the survey was first held in 1992, with only 27 percent of respondents worrying about losing their job or not being able to find work, down from 45 percent in 2010.