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ARM, the $44 billion company you've never heard of

You may remember that at the end of July, the financial press reported on one of the biggest acquisitions of the British high-tech firm ARM by …

Which countries invest the most in renewable energy?

In terms of the environment, 2015 was a year of wake up calls for the planet.<p>The Paris climate agreement was formulated. Several countries across the …

Books
Psychology
Universe

Want great teachers? Copying success stories isn't the answer

Most of us know the difference a good teacher makes in the life of a child. Many global institutions working to improve access to education, such as …

How to outrun the algorithms that try to define your love and life

In the latest instalment of the popular movie franchise, Bridget Jones's Baby, one of the male leads decided to check his compatibility with Bridget …

A portrait of an empire

At its height in the 19th century, the British Empire covered one quarter of the world's land surface, including parts of North America, Australia, …

A floating nuclear power plant - off Singapore?

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 left the world with a deep aversion to nuclear power.<p>However, the approval last month by Britain for the …

Why arts and culture is like vegetables

The results of the 2015 National Population Survey on the Arts have got me thinking about vegetables.<p>Just like eating greens - which many shy away …

Brainy computers

ZURICH • Ever since the American computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" in 1955, the public has imagined a future …

Artificial Intelligence

More Singaporeans supported the arts last year: Survey

Incentive malus

IN 1962 Jacob Cohen, a psychologist at New York University, reported an alarming finding. He had analysed 70 articles published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Replication

Every Move You Make

<b>The acceleration of surveillance</b> required a construction boom of a scale unprecedented in the history of U.S. intelligence. On March 5, 2012, …

Brave new worlds

IT MAY turn out to be a bare and barren rock. The fact that liquid water could be flowing across the surface of the planet just discovered orbiting …

Proxima Centauri

Why we should stop grading students on a curve

Ask people what's wrong in American higher education, and you'll hear about grade inflation. At Harvard a few years ago, a professor complained that …

Education

Taking Singapore's multiracial, multi-religious harmony to next level

Singapore is a multiracial and multi-religious society which has enjoyed many years of relative peace.<p>Harmonious living, however, is not guaranteed …

When Evolution Fights Back Against Genetic Engineering

“Gene drives,” a technology for controlling genetic traits, could revolutionize disease prevention. But nature has a way of thwarting scientific meddling.<p>In a crowded auditorium at New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in August, Philipp Messer, a population geneticist at Cornell University, …

Genetics

Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict, according to …

Mind the gap: Fighting inequality in education

When inequality is the topic, it can seem as if all the news is bad. Income inequality continues to rise. Economic segregation is growing. Racial …

Much ado about decline of handwriting

I thought politicians had enough to fight over. Apparently not - legislatures around the United States are now debating the future of cursive …

Education

Inventions that changed our genetic code

Of all living things, why do humans alone create advanced technology? Not long ago, scientists thought it was because we are the only intelligent …

Climate change going on since 1830s, say scientists

WASHINGTON • A new paper is challenging Man's understanding of how long human-caused climate change has been at work on earth.<p>And the authors say …

How Singapore will never go thirsty

We have to accomplish three things so that Singapore will never go thirsty: Overcome scarcity, reduce the cost of production, and ensure long-term …

Muslim woman detained under terror laws for reading a book on Syrian culture

A British woman from Leeds was detained under terror laws after she was seen reading a book on Syrian culture during her honeymoon flight, it has emerged.<p>Faizah Shaheen was on her way back from her honeymoon in Turkey , when she was detained by officers at Doncaster airport.<p>Ms Shaheen, who helps …

Students' Broken Moral Compasses

The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.<p>A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my junior English students: Your boyfriend or girlfriend has committed a felony, during which other people were badly harmed. Should you or …

Education

Responding to catastrophe with culture

POLITICS intruding on culture can be unnerving. Stalin restricted Shostakovich’s work in the name of state order. The Third Reich’s appropriation of …

Flute

Pokemon Go backlash reflects privacy fears

Singapore government to monitor impact of Pokemon Go on society

While Singapore fans of Pokemon Go cannot wait for the game to be launched here, the Government has said that it will monitor the game's impact on …

Pokémon Go

Striking a balance in regulating cyberspace

Singapore has shown many times that it has no qualms about being tough on those who espouse extreme views on social media.<p>The authorities have to …