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Tankers bring energy, bulk carriers bring food

The sea's bounty includes wheat, meat and even Aussie beer “When I ask people to guess the percentage of freight that travels...

Lights out for lighthouses

GPS technology has condemned the lighthouse, and the lighthouse keeper, to extinction Alight in the darkness. A beacon for those astray. An...

The Danube, bluer than ever

The river, Europe’s ‘aorta’, crosses ten countries and both separates and unites East and West Unlike most other rivers, the length of...

Punishing pirates

Fighting the new buccaneers is difficult, taking them to trial, a nightmare Eight young Somalis are locked away in the Rebibbia Penitentiary...

Northeast Passage

 The icy Artic shipping route above Russia may be warming, but sailing it takes a stout heart Arctic shipping set a new...

Cross-training for diplomats

Diplomats, the combatants who "conduct war by other means" – von Clausewitz's famous dictum logically cuts both ways – need physical as well as...

Dropping a card

 Formal calling cards once allowed diplomats and officials who detested one another to maintain warm relations. The two leaders sit, facing, on...

Shared violence keeps the peace

 Two researchers at Oxford show that, between nations as between mafiosi, blackmail is the tie that binds. When the Neapolitan Camorra boss...

Animal nationality

 Citizenship for humans is not much older than the French Revolution – and we’re already granting it to animals. The most classic...

An imitation of life and man

 Humanoid robots will be living in our homes and taking care of us sooner than we think. In a building used for...

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