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China is among the 20 most innovative economies for the first time

In the last few decades, China has made huge progress in science and technology. This new age of innovation has seen the birth of ‘unicorn’ tech …

China

Chart of the day: This is how much Americans distrust the media

Fake news! It’s the slogan du jour for many. But just how widespread is the belief that the mainstream media can’t be trusted, and how does that …

Social Media

Mountain gorillas are the only great apes increasing in number

The news coming out of East Africa's Virunga Mountains these days would have made the late (and legendary) conservationist Dian Fossey very happy. …

Wildlife

Failure to educate girls could cost the world $30 trillion

Failing to let girls finish their education could cost the world as much as $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity, yet more than 130 million …

World Bank

What Spain’s majority-female cabinet says about the future of gender-equal governments

Gender-equal governments, which include the same number of men and women as ministry heads and in other cabinet posts, used to be the purview of …

Gender

This could be the reason behind slow wage growth in the US

Wages in the US have grown slowly in recent years, even as the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest levels in decades. This is puzzling. …

Economics

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course

There are ominous signs of growing turbulence around the world. The number of civil wars has doubled since 2001 - ​jumping ​from 30 to 70. The number …

World Economy

Rising temperatures are putting over a billion people at risk

More than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as …

Climate Change

Back to the future: flying cars are becoming a reality

In 2011, Peter Thiel confronted his Silicon Valley peers with this observation: “We were promised flying cars, but instead we got 140-character …

Peter Thiel

DeepMind created an IQ test for AI, and it didn't do too well

<b>General Intelligence</b><p>AI has gotten pretty good at completing specific tasks, but it’s still a long way from having general intelligence, the kind of …

Artificial Intelligence

What Croatia’s president taught the world about leadership at the World Cup

Spectators in the VIP section of the FIFA World Cup tend to be a far more sedate and stolid crew than fans elsewhere in the stadium. At Sunday’s …

Luka Modrić

Clean water for all is still centuries away, according to WaterAid

Supplying clean water and toilets for all could take hundreds of years in countries like Eritrea and Namibia unless governments step up funding to …

United Nations

These are the three main problems affecting blockchain

Traditionally, records have been maintained by centralised entities. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has provided us with a radical alternative …

Blockchain

This chart shows the huge number of wireless signals in the US

As it turns out, the hottest real estate market may be one we can’t see.<p>Everything from space exploration signals to HAM radios are vying for room on …

Telecoms

These 'living labs' are showing the real impact of robots on cities

Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these …

Robotics

This film is causing the cost of cancer drugs in China to fall

The black comedy “Dying to Survive” has again made the availability of cancer medication a hot topic across Chinese social media — and now, China’s …

Health Care

These are the world's smartest cities in 2018

For the second year in a row, New York has been declared the smartest city in the world, according to the IESE Cities in Motion Index. London and …

Smart Cities

This is how science is trying to save our coral reefs

Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. Under pressure from climate change, overfishing, pollution, introduced species and apathy, coral colonies …

Coral Reefs

These pieces of art were painted by robots

Hold still while Vincent van Bot paints your portrait.<p>That’s right, sophisticated robots can now create works of art comparable to the old masters. …

Artificial Intelligence

How women are transforming the Arab world's start-up scene

It may surprise some to learn that one in three start-ups in the Arab World is founded or led by women. That’s a higher percentage than in Silicon …

Innovation

Here's what keeps CEOs awake at night (and why it might be bad news for your next job)

What’s keeping top company executives awake at night?<p>Muted revenue growth and whether or not to hire staff before that improves, according to a …

CEOs

What will happen to Antarctica in 30 years time?

Three decades from now, several crucial elements of the Antarctic Treaty will come up for possible renewal, plunging the future of the continent into …

surrounding

The connection between children and gender inequality in Denmark

The last century has brought considerable convergence in the labour market outcomes of men and women. However, despite the reversal of gender gaps in …

genderbias

Sex and gender both shape your health in different ways

When you think about gender, what comes to mind? Is it anatomy or the way someone dresses or acts? Do you think of gender as binary — male or female? …

Non-binary

How the rest of the world can avoid a trade war

Economists typically argue against focusing excessively on the losers from freer trade, and they decry the tendency to overlook the beneficiaries on …

Economics

What has driven the globalization of US firms?

Many commentators have referred to the last few decades as the ‘second era of globalisation’ and written at length about the consequences of these …

Globalization

Online government services could change your life. But only if you have access to the internet

Estonians can register a new company online without leaving their desks. Brazilians can file their taxes online. Muscovites and Porteños - citizens …

Telecoms

Good grub: why we might be eating insects soon

Finding a bug in your food can be a moment of horror that kills the mood and your appetite in one fell swoop. But that might be about to change, …

Agriculture

Could this innovative idea solve urban storm flooding?

Flooding, on the rise due to climate change, can devastate urban areas and result in drawn-out, costly repairs. Cities are in dire need of new …

Ecology

Retirees are urged to become entrepreneurs to stem China's ageing problem

China has an aging problem: By 2030, about a quarter of its population will be over 65 years old — almost surpassing Japan as the oldest country in …

China