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By Carl Dowse | Fun, interesting articles and resources to help you improve and benefit from your English.

Why North Korea keeps changing its time zone

THE meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, on April 27th was widely considered a success. The goodwill …

Jeff Bezos: the boy who wanted to colonise space

In 1994, Jeff Bezos held 60 meetings with family members, friends and potential investors in an attempt to persuade them to invest $50,000 (£35,000) in his revolutionary idea to create an online bookshop. He failed to convince 38 of them, and 24 years later some of them still cannot bring …

A study finds nearly half of jobs are vulnerable to automation

A WAVE of automation anxiety has hit the West. Just try typing “Will machines…” into Google. An algorithm offers to complete the sentence with …

The “national shame” of Britain’s treatment of Windrush migrants

THE past few years have been a “nightmare”, says Anthony Bryan. After his passport application was turned down, the Home Office claimed he was an …

Why do we believe things that aren't true? | Philip Fernbach | TEDxMileHigh

Good news at last: the world isn’t as horrific as you think | Hans Rosling

Training yourself how to put the news into perspective – practising ‘factfulness’ – will change your outlook for the better<p>Things are bad, and it feels like they are getting worse, right? War, violence, natural disasters, corruption. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer; and …

Poverty

Germany is becoming more open and diverse

SINCE the fall of the Berlin Wall the <i>Ampelmännchen</i>, the jaunty, behatted “little traffic-light man” of communist East Germany, has escaped his …

The battle for digital supremacy

“DESIGNED by Apple in California. Assembled in China”. For the past decade the words embossed on the back of iPhones have served as shorthand for the …

Intellectual Property

Google to ban adverts for cryptocurrency and ICOs

Google is to ban cryptocurrency adverts following a similar move by Facebook that sees the two giants of online advertising blocking controversial cryptocurrency promotions.<p>Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are unregulated and many adverts promoting Bitcoin are misleading or scams. Google's ban will …

One of the world's biggest investment firms thinks Bitcoin is worth zero

Bitcoin's value is zero, but there's potential in blockchain as technology, says a recent note from Allianz Global Investors (AGI), the investment …

Xi Jinping is using his growing authority to amass even more

IDEOLOGICAL flexibility has long been critical to success in China. The office of a state-owned company in Wuhan, a big central city, testifies to …

You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

Google Song Maker adds a music suite to your browser

Google loves using sequencers as a way of teaching folks how to make music, and it's a neat toy to put on its homepage every now and again. The repository for all of these experiments is Chrome Music Lab, a suite of kooky music-makin' tools for budding musicians. And now, the company has added Song …

How the West got China wrong

LAST weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he …

Apple is trying to lock down battery components before electric carmakers get them

Cobalt is a key mineral used in lithium-ion batteries<p>Apple is in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners to help shield it from any shortages sparked by the boom in electric cars, according to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. Cobalt is a key mineral used in lithium-ion batteries, and <i>Bloomberg</i> says that …

To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

DETROIT (AP) — The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk.In eight U.S. cities, the ride-hailing company is rolling out a service …

The glass-ceiling index

“PRESS for progress” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8th. As our sixth glass-ceiling index shows, disparity between …

How does Chinese tech stack up against American tech?

AMERICANS, and friends of America, often reassure themselves about its relative decline in the following way. Even if the roads, airports and schools …

Airbus’ autonomous ‘air taxi’ Vahana completes its first test flight

Fifty-three seconds of glory<p>Airbus conducted the first successful test flight of its Vahana electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on January 31st, the aerospace giant announced. At 8:52AM, the full-scale vehicle reached a modest height of five meters (16 feet) before descending …

Going to university is more important than ever for young people

IN A classroom in Seoul a throng of teenagers sit hunched over their desks. In total silence, they flick through a past exam paper. Stacks of …

Higher Education

Why the world still awaits its first space elevator

FOR decades engineers and science-fiction writers have dreamed of lifts capable of carrying things into orbit from the Earth’s surface. Konstantin …

Online courses don't work, but education can still be disrupted

The labour force is changing at a rapid pace. Technology is generating entirely new industries and jobs, while eradicating antiquated ones. Some may …

World Economic Forum

Winter sports face a double threat, from climate and demographic change

THE great limestone peaks of the Dolomites glow ochre and pink in the summer sunset. The slab of the Marmolada glacier, the “Queen of the Dolomites”, …

Bitcoin Explained: Why Is It Worth So Much Money?

Advertisement<p>Do you follow Bitcoin? At the start of December, the price of the cryptocurrency rocketed up to over $19,000 per coin. Early investors …

The Donald versus Davos Man

THE 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum gets underway today amid heavy snowfall in Davos, a Swiss ski resort. The forum was created in …

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone …

Amazon Go

Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts

<b>In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon has opened a supermarket with no checkout operators or self-service tills.</b><p>Long queues formed outside the Amazon Go store in Seattle before it opened its doors to the public on Monday.<p>It uses hundreds of ceiling-mounted cameras and …

Amazon Go

8 brilliant innovations helping homeless populations around the world

Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.<p>It's a complex …

Homelessness

The plastic-free stores showing the big brands how to do it

Retailers at the vanguard of Britain’s zero-waste movement say business is booming, so why are major supermarkets not doing more to cut plastic waste?<p>Read more: Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging<p>In the past few weeks Richard Eckersley has noticed a change in the …