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The climate change deniers have won

The American Association for the Advancement of Science came as close as such a respectable institution can to screaming an alarm last week. "As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do," it said as it began one of those sentences that you know will build to a "but". "<i>But</i> …

When robots take our jobs, humans will be the new 1%. Here's how to fight back

Will you be replaced by a machine? There's nearly a 50-50 chance, according to a recent study by Oxford University researchers who found that 47% of the labor market in the US alone is at risk of being mechanized out of existence. Approximately 702 jobs thus far held by humans are now threatened by …

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …

Technology Quarterly | The Economist

I know what you’ll do next summer<p>The relationship between information and crime has changed<p>Walls have eyes<p>Police have many new ways of monitoring …

Crime

Pope Francis has denounced the "evil, bloodstained" mafia at a prayer vigil for victims' families http://bbc.in/1f113Vs Many individual priests stand up to organised crime, but the wider Church has been accused of failing to distance itself from dons claiming to be good Catholics. Anti-mafia activists hope that the Pope's words are a signal that he is on their side.

China spots new possible plane debris in southern Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - China said on Saturday it had a new satellite image of what could be wreckage from a missing Malaysian airliner, as more planes and ships headed to join an international search operation scouring some of the remotest seas on Earth.<p>The latest possible lead …

The 10 greatest works of art ever

Leonardo da Vinci – The Foetus in the Womb (c 1510-13)<p>Leonardo expresses the human condition in a nutshell – indeed, his rendition of the womb resembles an opened horsechestnut casing. Inside is the beginning of us all laid bare. Five hundred years ago, this artist and scientist could portray the …