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Automatic intellectuals

Journalists, doctors and lawyers thought theywere immune to automation. The conclusions are disconcerting: robots could replace flesh-andblood workers in 47% of professions in...

The charts of contention

Google maps the world in a way that satisfies most users, but not all. Digital mapping, satellite navigation systems (sat navs), smartphones and...

Who inhabits noman’s land?

The lost terrain where no-one can live turns out to be a paradise for animals. A ’no man’s land’ generally refers to a...

Is Africa really the continent of the future?

Growth is galloping, but 61% of the population still lives in poverty. The new emerging Africa”; “The boom of the African middle...

Battling to battle

Female Peshmerga troops in Kurdistan fight their way to the front to face the enemy. The Peshmerga – literally “those who face death”...

UN Notebook

Mogherini and Russia Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in New York at the end of September for the United General Assembly, and...

CHAMPIONS – Social networks try obligatory charity

Viral fakes aim to oblige footballers to devolve World Cup prizes in favour of Gaza victims. The starting whistle: on 12 June 2014,...

FOOD&CULTURE – The ramen noodle invasion

Pre-cooked instant noodles have swept out of Asia and are swamping the world. by Elisabeth Roman Invented in 1958 in Japan by...

FILM – The director as dictator

Cinematic propaganda is in the eye of the beholder. The term ‘propaganda’ in the Anglo- Saxon world has a strongly negative connotation, especially...

MUSIC – Those horrible pop songs that Theodor Adorno hated

Nothing but propaganda according to the Marxist critic, and so damned popular! During his American exile in the Forties, philosopher Theodor Adorno enjoyed...

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