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Drone warfare: life on the new frontline | Chris Woods

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …


The revolution that could change the way your child is taught

The video does not seem remarkable on first viewing. A title informs us that we are watching Ashley Hinton, a teacher at Vailsburg Elementary, a school in Newark, New Jersey. Hinton, a blonde woman in a colourful silk scarf, stands before a class of eight- and nine-year-old boys and girls, almost …


The future of loneliness | Olivia Laing

As we moved our lives online, the internet promised an end to isolation. But can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance?<p>At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a …


This sinking isle: the homeowners battling coastal erosion

Bryony Nierop-Reading is being evicted by the sea. Since Cyclone Xaver struck the Norfolk coast in December 2013, threatening to destroy her bungalow atop the sandy cliffs of Happisburgh, she has been living in a ramshackle caravan perched on what is left of her small paddock.<p>Beyond a temporary …

Scotland votes no: joy and despair after a long night – in pictures

Excitement, disappointment and exhaustion for campaigners and voters alike in Edinburgh and Glasgow as the counts come in and the result becomes clear