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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

Theories and practices of management often spring from the opportunities created by new technologies. Interchangeable parts spurred ideas about structuring assembly lines and logistics. The complex calculations of the field known as Operations Research were enabled by mainframe computing. …

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

Commuting

How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith once more

After experiencing the horrors of war, <b>Bryan Mealer</b> lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore it<p>A few mornings a week, I go running with a priest.<p>We meet at 5.30 under a streetlamp in central Austin and make our way down to the state capitol …

What If the Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning? New Study Proposes Alternative

Was the universe created with a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, or has it been expanding and contracting for eternity? A new paper, inspired by …

This planetary scientist has a new idea for why we haven't heard from aliens yet

During the summer of 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi posed a question to his colleagues over lunch, "Don't you ever wonder where everybody is?" Fermi was referring to alien life. In the 4.4 billion years it took a species capable of space travel to form on Earth, Fermi proposed that the galaxy should …

Universe

The material that built the world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix

Piscataway, New Jersey<p>Remarkably, the material that built the first modern civilization remains key to building today’s global economy. The cement we use in 2017 is not so different from the stuff used to build the concrete dome of the Roman Pantheon in 125 AD.<p>What has changed is that today we use …

Carbon Dioxide

Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

A pair of amateur explorers in Canada have found a vast underground passage stretching hundreds of metres underneath the bustling streets of Montreal whose formation dates back more than 15,000 years ago to the Earth’s last ice age.<p>“It’s just beautiful,” said Luc Le Blanc, who found the network of …

Behold the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

Houston, Texas<p>From the top of the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge, more than 50 meters (160 ft) above Buffalo Bayou, in every direction you look, you can see huge oil tankers, massive piles of coal, and uncountable smokestacks. This small corner of Houston is home to some of the world’s most …

Natural Gas

No Wonder Millennials Hate Capitalism

On a Friday night last month, I moderated a debate in Manhattan about whether we should scrap capitalism. It was organized by the socialist magazine Jacobin; defending capitalism were editors from the libertarian publication Reason. Tickets for all available 450 seats sold out in a day. So Jacobin …

South Australia turns on Tesla's 100MW battery: 'History in the making'

Jay Weatherill marks the official launch as Elon Musk delivers on his promise to complete project within 100 days<p>The world’s largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South Australia promising to usher in a revolution in how electricity is produced and stored.<p>Tesla boss Elon Musk …

Lithium Ion

How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

A middle manager at a global technology organization — let’s call her “Denise” — had a problem.<p>She’d come up with the idea of revamping the company’s inventory management approach by networking together “sleeping” resources. Specifically, she proposed a system that tracked the real-time inventory …

Why poor countries invest too little in R&D

Innovation is widely seen as central to the growth of developing countries, and available evidence suggests that the returns to R&D investment should …

Developing Countries

From A Casino Economy To A New Golden Age: Carlota Pérez At Drucker Forum 2017

When Carlota Pérez, the distinguished economic historian, finished speaking last week at the Drucker Forum 2017 , her talk elicited a sustained round of applause and there was already an avalanche of tributes on Twitter.<p>That’s because Pérez drew on decades of research, decoded economic problems …

The Latest: US slaps new sanctions on NKorean, Chinese firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local):<p>2 p.m.<p>The United States has …

North Korea

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

If You Think Electric Cars Will Save the Planet, Think Again

So you think Climate Change will be beaten one Tesla, one Chevy Volt at a time?<p>Time to think again.<p>Even if the ambitious targets of the world’s …

Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?

There is a broad assumption in society and in education that the skills you need to be a leader are more or less transferable. If you can inspire and motivate people in one arena, you should be able to apply those skills to do the same in another venue.<p>But recent research is rightly challenging …

Formulating policies that will 'benefit all' a key challenge for every country: S Iswaran

SINGAPORE: The pace of global economic change, as well as trends like digitalisation, will create opportunities but also cause "dislocations" for …

LightingEurope issues whitepaper on evolving LED lighting to support a circular economy

European organization explores how the circular economy movement could add to the growth opportunity in the SSL sector and how policy can encourage …

LED Lighting

Technology cannot solve all of Africa’s problems, but it can help with many - Light in the tunnel

Special report<p>Light in the tunnelTechnology cannot solve all of Africa’s problems, but it can help with many<p>AT LUNCHTIME IN Mombasa, Kenya’s humid …

What technology can do for Africa - The leapfrog model

Special report<p>The leapfrog modelWhat technology can do for Africa<p>TO FLY NORTH from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), is to …

Education in the Innovation Economy

By: John Eger. Many tech CEOs prefer employees with liberal arts degrees, as “the liberal arts train students to thrive in subjectivity and …

Innovation Economy

Full text of the Da Nang Declaration: Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

<b>THE 25TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING</b><p>Da Nang, Viet Nam<p>11 November 2017<p><b>Da Nang Declaration</b><p><i>Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future</i><p>1. We, the …

Children losing the ability to hold a conversation because of technology, Wimpy Kid author says

Children are losing the ability to hold a conversation because of their use of technology, the best-selling author of the Wimpy Kid series has said.<p>Jeff Kinney, who created the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, warned children are not being "fully socialised".<p>The American author has sold over 150 million …

Books

Britain once punched above its weight. Now we are irrelevant | Jonathan Powell

After Brexit and Trump, with the two pillars of its foreign policy broken, the UK’s allies can only look on in puzzlement<p>• Jonathan Powell was Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1995 to 2007<p>Britain has lost its way and is having an identity crisis, says the New York Times. Just as Dean Acheson’s barb …

Great Britain

The Guardian view on homophobia in church schools: let a thousand tutus bloom | Editorial

A sensible report on letting all children be themselves in school should not become an occasion for transphobic hysteria<p>The religious use of the word “Tutu” used to be a reference to the archbishop of Cape Town and tireless campaigner against injustice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This week a “tutu”, …