At Lufthansa's technical training center in Hamburg, trainees need sharp eyes. When it comes to aircraft upkeep, not even the tiniest nuts and bolts can be overlooked. The aim is to teach perfect maintenance procedures.
While Ryanair saw profits slump by a third, Air France-KLM posted a huge loss in the second quarter of 2012. High fuel costs, low consumer spending and the euro crisis are compounding the woes of Europe's carriers.
Germany's performance fell short of expectations at the 2012 London Olympics. Now some medal winners are criticizing the German sports funding system - and they're not alone.
The seeds of the jatropha plant yield oil that can be burned in almost any diesel engine. So is jatropha a solution to the world's search for new energy? Or just another flop in the new generation of biofuel crops?
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