Aid to the rescue

FIFTY years ago the first United Nations Con­fer­ence on Trade and Devel­op­ment launched a debate about how much money rich coun­tries should give to poor ones to reduce poverty and […]

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Aid to the rescue

In a paper pub­lished in 2011 Markus Brückner, then of the Uni­ver­sity of Ade­laide, esti­mates the impact of aid on 47 coun­tries between 1960 and 2000. Donors tend to give […]

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A new bug killer

In America leafy greens are respon­sible for over a fifth of all food-​​​​borne ill­nesses (more than any other food), despite pro­cessing that often involves nasty chem­i­cals and unpop­ular irra­di­a­tion treatments. […]

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Why climb the greasy pole?

Most aca­d­e­mics would view a post at an elite uni­ver­sity like Oxford or Har­vard as the crowning achieve­ment of a career—bringing both acco­lades and access to better wine cel­lars. But […]

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The backlash against big data

BOLLOCKS”, says a Cam­bridge pro­fessor. “Hubris,” write researchers at Har­vard. “Big data is bull­shit,” pro­claims Obama’s reelec­tion chief number-​​​​cruncher. A few years ago almost no one had heard of “big […]

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Faecal position

SMEARING the place you inhabit with faeces is, among people, an act of des­per­a­tion rarely seen out­side the con­fines of a prison. Some cock­roaches, though, do it all the time. Rebeca […]

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Dr Seldon, I presume

FOUNDATION”, a novel by Isaac Asimov from the golden age of sci­ence fic­tion, imag­ines a sci­ence called psy­chohis­tory which enables its prac­ti­tioners to pre­dict pre­cisely the behav­iour of large groups […]

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MoneyBombs in the 2012 election

MAPPING Amer­ican elec­tion cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions has devel­oped into an art form. Usu­ally the infor­ma­tion is pre­sented by loca­tion and amount. But researchers at North­eastern University’s Laz­erLAB have pro­duced an animated […]

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Getting past the guards

BY ACCIDENT and by design, human bodies are hard to break into. They are sur­rounded by defen­sive walls (the skin, the lining of the gut, the bar­rier between the bloodstream […]

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Welcome to the fall fare hike

MOST of the travel news this week has been focussed on the bomb threat against New York and Wash­ington and the changes to air travel since the 9/​​11 attacks. But […]

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The Q&A: Mohammed Saeed Harib, animator

MOHAMMED SAEED HARIB is the cre­ator of “€œFreej”€, the first 3D ani­ma­tion show to come from the Middle East. Since pre­miering in 2006, the show has gained the region-​​​​wide, cross-​​​​generational […]

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