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A college degree is worth less if you are raised poor

People with more education have higher earnings. Boosting college education is therefore seen by many—including me—as a way to lift people out of …

Neanderthals May Have Interbred With Humans 50,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed

Close<p>Neanderthals and modern humans may have interbred 50,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new study found.<p>Early modern humans were said …

Goldman Sachs banker embroiled in massive overseas money scandal

Goldman Sachs’ cozy relationship with the Malaysian government is coming back to haunt the firm and one of its regional chairmen.<p>The fallout from the …

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Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast

The company has won plaudits for its admission of forced labour in the Thai seafood industry but much of the supply chain remains hidden<p>It’s hard to think of an issue that you would less like your company to be associated with than modern slavery. Yet last November Nestlé, the world’s largest …

Scientists get 'gene editing' go-ahead

<b>UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos.</b><p>It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it.<p>The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a …

Switzerland will be the first country in the world to vote on having a national wage of £1,700 a month

Switzerland is set to vote on a proposal that wants to pay everyone 2,500 Swiss francs (£1,700) a month regardless of whether people are working or …

Mexican cops again at center of a mass disappearance

1 / 4<p>A relative of one of five youngsters who went missing on January 11 in Mexico prays as she camps at the public prosecutor's office in Tierra …

Why real-world governments don’t have the consent of the governed – and why it matters

The Declaration of Independence famously states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” But, sadly, this is almost never the case in the real world. If it is indeed true, as Abraham Lincoln famously put it, that “no man is good enough to govern another man</i> …

Uni degree? You don’t need one

This week, international publishing house Penguin Random House decided to drop degrees as a requirement for job applicants, following in the …

Sixty-two people have the same amount of wealth as half the world, says Oxfam

"The big winners in our global economy are those at the top. Our economic system is heavily skewed in their favour. Far from trickling down, income …

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

World’s richest 400 people lose $305bn in one month

The world’s wealthiest people have lost hundreds of billions of dollars between them in less than three weeks.<p>In what amounts to the biggest losses …

Why Can’t You Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy?

If you’re struggling to pay credit card debt, car loans or even gambling debt, you can wipe the slate clean in bankruptcy. Struggling to pay your …

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

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Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

Hong Kong start-up to bet millions on hedge fund run by artificial intelligence

A financial tech start-up based in Hong Kong will soon launch a hedge fund in the US managed by artificial intelligence.<p>Ben Goertzel, co-founder and …

Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets

The final week of January saw an annual ritual in government statistical gathering that few people know about — the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Point-in-Time survey of the homeless population, in which HUD recruits volunteers around the country to go out and try to count up all …

Survival of the richest: how London's super-rich are trying to buy immortality

You’ve got the Lamborghini and the Learjet, the houses and quite possibly the palaces; Erdem designs your dresses and you’ve got heaps of diamonds. …

French soldiers accused of raping and abusing refugee children in Central African Republic in exchange for food in 'leaked UN report'

French soldiers working as peacekeepers for the UN in the Central African Republic have been accused of raping and abusing desperately poor young …

Facebook’s ‘Freebooting’ Piracy Problem Just Cost Casey Neistat 20 Million Views

Casey Neistat, who has 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, recently created a fun Halloween video called "Aladdin in Real Life" with his friend, Jesse …

Intellectual Property

UK becomes only G7 country to increase fossil fuel subsidies

Tory government is giving billions in ever increasing handouts to oil and gas majors at the same time as cutting support for clean energy, report reveals<p>The UK is alone among G7 nations in dramatically increasing its fossil fuel subsidies, despite an earlier pledge to phase them out, a new report …

158 Families Make Up Half of 2016 Election Funding

With little over a year to go until the 2016 election, just 158 families have spent nearly half of all money fueling the campaigns, according to data …

Government

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes

Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters<p>The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and …

Research

Feeling like you're an expert can make you closed-minded

"Not listening ..."What happens to us as we accrue knowledge and experience, as we become experts in a field? Competence follows. Effortlessness …

Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word 'Cure'

In addition to raising millions of dollars a year for breast cancer research, fundraising giant Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a lesser-known mission that eats up donor funds: patrolling the waters for other charities and events around the country that use any variation of "for the cure" in their …

Despite successes, labor violations still haunt Apple

Despite Apple's best efforts, unsavory labor practices are still being used to build iPhones, iPads, and Macs. In its ninth annual report on supplier responsibility, the company says it's auditing more factories than ever, reimbursing unpaid workers, and tackling violations "proactively." However, …

Codes of Conduct

Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

After training, men move legs independently, without stimulation.