Fortune cookies, fireworks at midnight, twelve grapes, mandarins in the sea: people all over the world have different traditions when it comes to celebrating the new year. But one thing they promise above all is happiness in the year to come. These customs aside, there are scientifically proven factors that determine whether we are happy. So what precisely is the formula for happiness? Is happiness perhaps also a question of our genes? Researchers in Germany are studying the phenomenon of happiness, and attempting to answer a question which no doubt interests us all: what would make me happy – or even happier? You can also read about how a bioengineer in Karlsruhe intends to improve cancer treatment, learn about current funding programmes, discover our number of the month and find out whether birds can sleep on the wing.