Time change – clocks are reset – panorama

Sleep an hour longer: In Germany, summer time ends on Sunday morning. Exactly at 3 a.m. on October 25th, the clocks will be set back by one hour to 2 a.m. Then normal time applies until the end of March, often also called winter time. On March 28, 2021, the hands will be turned back one hour.

The time change should actually be abolished next year, at least the European Parliament decided in 2019. That this will happen is more than questionable – a quick end to the half-yearly time change at European level is currently not in sight, because there is not a sufficient majority among the 27 member states which time should apply in future

A patchwork of different time zones among neighboring countries should be avoided. A Europe-wide impact assessment is currently lacking, according to the German government recently.

The time change was introduced in 1980. At that time, the goal was to be able to make better use of the daylight.

With permanent summer time, it would get light very late in winter in the west of the continent. With constant standard time, the sun would rise very early in the east in summer.

Children struggle with new bed times

According to a survey by the Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH), families in particular suffer when the clocks are changed again at the weekend. Children would have to get used to new bed times.

In a Forsa survey last year, more than half of those questioned said that this caused their offspring to have problems falling asleep and to be more irritable or tired than usual.

The technical impulse for the time change comes from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig again this Sunday. The authority is responsible for the dissemination of the legal time in Germany. Experts from the institute ensure that radio-controlled clocks, station clocks and many industrial clocks are supplied with the signal via a long-wave transmitter called DCF77 in Mainflingen near Frankfurt / Main.

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Let there be light: The All-Good-Column – Panorama

Before Corona, you have to imagine, there were people who fought their autumn-winter depression with a light shower. With a light shower! Artificial brightness from the socket. People did this because they couldn’t get their daily dose of light anywhere else because of all the bureaucracy. That’s why they put such a light device next to the computer. 50 centimeters distance, 30 minutes, 10,000 lux – according to the operating instructions that should be enough for a little luck. Unfortunately, the billigneon tubes jumped on again immediately in the badly ventilated office. The depression was great. “Even the smallest light has its own atmosphere,” says Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. Apparently she didn’t know the fluorescent tube yet.

Then, still in front Corona, at some point you had the idea to collect your 10,000 lux on your bike. Half an hour in the morning on the way to work, half an hour back in the evening. It was believed that this would make it possible to endure the inhuman work light for the rest of the day. But then suddenly the time change happened and it got light earlier in the morning, but dark earlier in the evening. It didn’t make you any funnier either. “If you are alone now, you will stay so for a long time,” says Rilke’s poem from “Autumn Day”. It’s lonely to wander in the fog.

Corona and everyday life
(Photo: Steffen Mackert)

Time change is again this weekend. And it’s Corona. And risk area almost everywhere. Some are lucky enough to be able to work from home. For the first time in your professional life you have the opportunity to determine your own working atmosphere in the year that is coming to an end. For example, by turning your desk lamp here and there. Or put your nose out of the window without a mask during intermittent ventilation so that it no longer sticks to the monitor or cell phone. Yes, some even leave the house occasionally! And, interestingly, at the end of the day, even under the permanently overcast Munich autumn sky, you somehow have the impression that you have still got your 10,000 lux.

Isn’t life wonderful when you don’t spend it in the pale, permanent light of the office fluorescent tube? For painters like William Turner or Caspar David Friedrich that would have been death. Cold, glaring light belongs in horror films like those by Friedrich W. Murnau or in the works of art by Bruce Nauman. It belongs to Las Vegas, Times Square and Piccadilly Circus. But people need their little atmosphere if they don’t want to fall into sadness. Even the time change, which unfortunately even Jean-Claude Juncker was unable to abolish, cannot harm him in the least.

In this column, SZ editors write weekly about the beautiful, comforting or even curious little stories in these times plagued by the coronavirus. All episodes below sz.de/allesgute

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Coronavirus news up-to-date: Antidepressant apparently helps against Covid-19

Could an antidepressant help fight the coronavirus?
Image: AdobeStock / ZIQUIU

A well-known antidepressant could apparently fight that Coronavirus help. Scientists from Münster have now found out in a study. The drug apparently prevents the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in the body. The researchers at Wilhelms-Universität have now published the results of their study in the journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections”.

Coronavirus news: Prozac antidepressant inhibits Sars-CoV-2 absorption in the body

Ursula Rescher’s team of researchers investigated how fluoxetine, better known as Prozac, could be used to treat Covid-19, an antidepressant that has been used to increase serotonin levels since 1988. During their investigation, the scientists from Münster found out that the drug also inhibits the absorption and spread of coronaviruses. Cells and tissues are not damaged in the process.

Medicines against Covid-19 apparently discovered in study

But that’s not all: Fluoxetine (Prozac) might not be the only drug that could help in the fight against Corona. Further tests have shown that active ingredients such as amidarone and imipramine also inhibit the uptake and spread of Sars-CoV-2 in the cell. “Research into licensed pharmaceuticals that are already in use could lead to the fact that many active ingredients are also used antivirally,” says Ursula Rescher, “ntv” quotes senior scientist Ursula Rescher.

Also read: New Covid-19 symptom discovered! Researchers warn against delirium.

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Coronavirus news up-to-date: Well-known antidepressant apparently helps against Covid-19

Could an antidepressant help fight the coronavirus?
Image: AdobeStock / ZIQUIU

A well-known antidepressant could apparently fight that Coronavirus help. Scientists from Münster have now found out in a study. The drug apparently prevents the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in the body. The researchers at Wilhelms-Universität have now published the results of their study in the journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections”.

Coronavirus news: Prozac antidepressant inhibits Sars-CoV-2 absorption in the body

Ursula Rescher’s team of researchers investigated how fluoxetine, better known as Prozac, could be used to treat Covid-19, an antidepressant that has been used to increase serotonin levels since 1988. During their investigation, the scientists from Münster found out that the drug also inhibits the absorption and spread of coronaviruses. Cells and tissues are not damaged in the process.

Medicines against Covid-19 apparently discovered in study

But that’s not all: Fluoxetine (Prozac) might not be the only drug that could help in the fight against Corona. Further tests have shown that active ingredients such as amidarone and imipramine also inhibit the uptake and spread of Sars-CoV-2 in the cell. “Research into licensed pharmaceuticals that are already in use could lead to the fact that many active ingredients are also used antivirally,” says Ursula Rescher, “ntv” quotes senior scientist Ursula Rescher.

Also read: New Covid-19 symptom discovered! Researchers warn against delirium.

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In the middle of Absurdistan: Curiosities from all over the world – Panorama

In the middle of … Istanbul

(Illustration: Marc Herold)

One more time to the Black Sea, before this summer also completely goes out in Istanbul. On the beach, the white plastic loungers are exemplary with a safe distance. The couple’s argument about raising children five meters further to the right cannot be overheard. Now the little one is yelling too, in the midst of the squabbling. Left: Two young bikini wearers, dripping wet from bathing in the waves, get beer bottles out of their pockets. Actually you are only allowed to consume food and drinks from the beach bar, after all they want to earn something. A disgruntled waiter, however, stays at a Corona distance. One of the two women begins to sing, first softly, then louder, a Turkish love song. The arguing are finally quiet. Then the two women get up, they dance in the sand. It should always be summer. Christiane Schlötzer

In the middle of … Spiekeroog

(Illustration: Marc Herold)

The world is fine on the island of Spiekeroog off East Frisia. There are benches and handcarts for everyone. House doors don’t just fall into the lock, you would have to actively lock them, which hardly anyone does. After all, the village policeman has so little to do that you can see him cutting the blades of grass one by one in front of the guard. This challenges the criminal energy of a group of Upper Bavarian women. The pensioners in the four beach chairs wear expensive sunglasses, they read Southgerman newspaper and believe that nobody understands Bavarian here. “Guad” that the “Koab” was not booked online by name, one calls out. If you only pay for one day on the spot, you can simply keep the deposit-free key and take a seat for free for the next few days. Consent: “So do it.” The islanders are obviously too good for this world. Kia Vahland

In the middle of … Munich

Illustration: Marc Herold

The hotel in the Munich industrial area, where I lived during my internship, is quite nicely designed, only something like a restaurant is missing. The best option when the partner comes to visit is therefore a bank at the bus stop. It’s a bit out of the way, so you can talk to yourself without being disturbed, actually better than in any hotel bar. The charm of the functional buildings in the area even seems very romantic at dusk. Only the bus bothers. As a bank occupant, you inadvertently mislead the bus driver: the bus has to stop a few times for free. So you wave the next buses by as soon as you see them coming from a distance. That goes well until you notice that passengers are waiting next to you. Intensive conversations can be a nuisance – at least for others. Cristina Marina

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Dubai: The largest fountain in the world – panorama

“I want to be number one. Not in the region, but in the world.” These are the words of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. For him, gigantomania is obviously not a dirty word, but a design principle. In the middle of the Corona crisis, the ruler of Dubai has come a little closer to his goal, once again. Because in Dubai there are not only the highest tower and the first artificial palm island in the world, but also the largest fountain.

The so-called palm fountain extends with two large floating platforms over a total area of ​​more than 1,300 square meters, which corresponds to the area of ​​an Olympic swimming pool. It is not only wider, but also high: the system can shoot water fountains up to 105 meters high into the air.

Attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest fountain in Dubai

The water on the system can be shot into the air up to a height of 105 meters.

(Photo: Rula Rouhana / Reuters)

More than 3000 LED lights can light up the fountain and water. The inauguration on Thursday evening was celebrated with a large fireworks display and a music show. The palm fountain is said to be open all year round.

“This fountain is an example of yet another milestone in Dubai’s architectural achievements,” Guinness Book of Records Shaddy Gaad said in a statement. “We’re excited to declare it officially amazing.”

The palm island of Jumeirah on a photo taken in 2007

(Foto: Kamran Jebreili / AP)

There are many architectural achievements in the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Behind the glittering facade are usually hosts of foreign migrant workers. One of the most famous construction projects in the metropolis on the Persian Gulf is the setting for the recently inaugurated palm fountain. This is namely – and that’s where the name comes from – on the trunk of an artificial palm. No, not a plastic palm tree, but the palm island of Jumeirah: a raised island in the shape of a five by five kilometer palm tree.

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Above the clouds: The Burj Khalifa (far right) stands out in the skyline of Dubai.

(Photo: Tom Dulat)

In contrast to the palm island Jumeirah and the palm fountain, the city’s most famous landmark is not built into the water, but into the air. The fountains of the record fountain, which are up to 105 meters high, appear small. The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai rises 828.9 meters and has 163 floors – the tallest building in the world.

Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have even played a tennis match on the tower’s helicopter landing pad – on the highest tennis court in the world, of course. Other world records that Dubai holds: the largest indoor ski resort, the largest plant cut into shape, the longest live underwater radio broadcast or the perfume bottle with the most diamonds.

Dubai through a picture frame

(Photo: Karim Sahib / AFP)

Major projects such as the Burj Khalifa or the new fountain are intended to increase Dubai’s prestige according to the motto bigger, more modern, more glamorous. In keeping with this, the Dubai Frame has been in the coastal city for a few years. The 150 meter high structure is actually, as the name suggests, a picture frame. Depending on your perspective, you can see the old or new city of Dubai through the walk-in frame. A superlative of self-expression. The brightly colored palm fountain looks almost modest.

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Corona and hamsters: toilet paper from the machine – panorama

From

Martin Zips

That the entertainment program “Do you understand fun?” often has machines on the subject, can not be a coincidence. It is precisely those devices that make people despair again and again. Whether stubborn ice machines, talking parking machines or photo booths splashing water – the authors of this show had all sorts of ideas with which they drove the victims of their hidden cameras insane. Because nothing and no one is as helplessly at the mercy of humans as the machines they have developed themselves.

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Police catch flying squirrel smugglers in Florida

Smugglers have sold thousands of protected flying squirrels to South Korea. To do this, she set up more than 10,000 traps throughout the state of Florida.

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Seven suspects have been arrested in Florida for trafficking in flying squirrels. They are said to belong to a ring that in less than three years captured up to 3,600 of the animals that are under species protection in the US state and sold them to South Korea, as the regional wildlife authority FWC has now announced. In this Asian country, rodents, also known as flying squirrels, are popular pets.

Worth over a million euros

The flying squirrels were reportedly caught in around 10,000 traps in Florida. The FWC put the total value of the smuggled flying squirrels on the international market at more than one million dollars. Those arrested are charged, among other things, with organized crime and money laundering. The authority expects further arrests in the case.

Flying squirrels can’t really fly. They have a skin between their front and rear legs that acts like a paraglider when they jump back and forth between branches.

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Most wanted mafia boss in Italy sentenced to life on the run

A Sicilian court has given the most powerful man in the island mafia a life sentence. The strange thing about it: The 58-year-old has not yet been found.

Italy’s most wanted Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sicily. The 58-year-old is considered the most powerful man in the Sicilian mafia, even if it is unclear whether he controls the entire Cosa Nostra.

Denaro so far further submerged

The court in the city of Caltanissetta sentenced Denaro on Tuesday evening for his involvement in bomb attacks in 1992, in which the judges acting against the mafia Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino and other people were killed, the Ansa news agency reported. Denaro went into hiding in 1993 and has been on the run ever since. He was convicted in absentia.

The court had also awarded the victims’ relatives amounts between 10,000 and 500,000 euros, and the three survivors of the bombings should receive 100,000 euros, it said. Denaro is considered to be the successor of the Mafia godfather Salvatore “Totò” Riina, who died in 2017 at the age of 87 in an Italian maximum security prison. The police have already arrested dozens of his relatives and helpers.

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Banksy’s new facility in Nottingham: Interview – Panorama

Surinder Kaur, 42, is the owner of “AVI Hair and Beauty Salon”, an expert in hair removal of all kinds and currently also a gallery owner, albeit involuntarily. The street artist Banksy immortalized himself on the wall of her shop on Rothesay Avenue, Nottingham with his latest work: a girl in black and white dancing the hula hoop with a stolen bicycle tire.

SZ: Graffiti on house walls: is that art or can it be removed?

Surinder Kaur: To be honest: When I saw the work, I was initially slightly shocked. But that changed when I found out it was a real Banksy. I am proud now. So yes: graffiti is art.

A Banksy piece on the wall of your own shop, that’s good publicity, isn’t it?

Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people come every day to see the graffiti. It’s almost overcrowded. But it makes me happy to see that they like the picture, especially now that Corona is bothering us so much.

So if it were up to you, Banksy could easily paint house walls in Nottingham.

Oh yeah! Hopefully the work will stay with us for a long time. In any case, the city has already put a transparent plastic disc over it to protect it from vandalism.

Banksy is not the first sprayer to have immortalized himself on this house wall.

No, but he’s the first artist.

Have you already adapted the offer of your beauty salon to the hype? I’m thinking of nails, for example, manicured in the Banksy look …

I specialize in waxing and threading, so unfortunately not a nail expert. But actually a good idea!

Do you have to work at all when you have a real Banksy on the wall?

Well, unfortunately I only rented the business premises in this house.

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