Andreas Richardson

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How the lift transformed the shape of our cities

<b>We don't tend to think of lifts as mass transportation systems, but that's what they are. They move hundreds of millions of people every day, and China alone is thought to be installing 660,000 lifts a year.</b><p>The tallest building in the world, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, has more than 300,000 sq m (3.2 …

Cities

May v Corbyn: debate tactics explained by former top Tory aides

As prime minister and Labour leader get ready to face a TV grilling, a Conservative former spin doctor and special adviser lay out what’s at stake<p>On the evening of the 2 April 2015, you could have cut the tension with a knife in the Thatcher room at Conservative campaign headquarters. That was …

Referendums

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

Education

I was struck by lightning yesterday—and boy am I sore

Ars technical director: "I, I, I... think we need to call 911."<p>Around Memorial Day weekend four years ago, Ars Technical Director Jason Marlin was …

North Carolina

Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix

In early June 2014, accountants at the Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis noticed that several of their slot machines had—just for a couple of …

Las Vegas

The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

<b>How do you farm surrounded by concrete and millions of people? What does urban sprawl mean for food safety and supply? Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.</b><p>In Ramagondanahalli village, Muniraju Hanumanthappa bends …

The worst terror attack in 12 years happened in Manchester because our politicians are blind to the needs beyond London

For people across the North-west, the terror attack at the Manchester Arena feels much too close to home. After all, terror attacks don’t happen in …

How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, it’s been an iconic symbol on the American landscape.<p>By 1870, people had …

San Francisco

General election 2017: Osborne: Tory plans badly thought through

<b>Former Chancellor George Osborne has said the Conservatives have failed to think through commitments made in their election manifesto.</b><p>Mr Osborne, now editor of the London Evening Standard, stood by headlines in the paper critical of Tory pledges on social care and immigration.<p>He also said Theresa …

Referendums

Microsoft’s weapon in high-stakes cloud-computing battle with Amazon? Freebies

DefinedCrowd, a Seattle software startup, had a choice to make when it was developing its first product last year — build on the cloud-computing …

Microsoft

Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?

Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over …

Privacy

Fallon left red faced after condemning Boris Johnson extremism comments

Defence secretary assumed comments were Jeremy Corbyn’s but they were actually by foreign secretary<p>• Manchester attacks - latest updates<p>The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, has been left embarrassed after mistakenly assuming comments about extremism were made by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, …

Referendums

The Pentagon Will Test Shooting Down An Intercontinental Missile for the First Time

The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland.<p>Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM …

North Korea

Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber’s CEO, has died in a boating accident

Travis Kalanick’s father Donald was seriously injured.<p>Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has died in a boating accident, a company spokesperson said.<p>She was with her husband Donald, who has been seriously hurt in the incident.<p>There are no other details about the accident, …

Uber

Medical research centre frozen in time

Evgenia Arbugaeva photographs the people maintaining the Amani Hill Research Station, a semi-abandoned colonial research facility in the jungle of Tanzania.<p>Started by the Germans in the late 19th Century as a botanical garden, the facility was converted by the British into a malaria research …

Research

This election ignores the most pressing issue: our economic outlook is disastrous

Politicians cannot avoid addressing the fall in living standards forever – it is foremost in the minds of voters<p>This is clearly a very different sort of general election campaign. Conducted in advance of a Brexit process that will profoundly reshape Britain, the focus is on the nature of the deal …

Economics

Huntington’s disease: the pope steps in to help raise awareness

A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma – and open vital doors in the search for a cure<p>It was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room …

Dementia

Still Haunted After a Case Goes Cold

The night it happened he was outdoors. It was a syrupy thick summer evening in Brooklyn, abundant with promise. Bernard Sowells lingered near the front stoop of his rental home on Van Siclen Avenue in the East New York neighborhood. It had a metal fence and a smear of parched lawn. Neighbors …

Crime

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with …

Surveillance

Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat?

Inside the strange courtship between industrial behemoths and Western video game studios.<p>Samo and Iza Login were Slovenian high school sweethearts …

China

Trump used to be more articulate. What could explain the change?

State of (Trump's) Mind<p>Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?<p>I<p>t was the kind of utterance that makes …

Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books

The joy of the bookstore lies in what might be called the analog experience of the physical space: Hushed page-flipping; the sound of two covers sliding against each other as a book is returned to its spot on the shelf; the quiet murmur of, “Have you read this one?” Luddites and Twitter junkies …

Barnes & Noble

The inevitable future of Slack is your boss using it to spy on you

Constant interruptions are the bane of life in today’s open-plan offices. And a Swedish-Swiss industrial engineering company, ABB, says it has a solution: It has given some of its employees a kind of automated “do not disturb” sign: custom-designed traffic lights for their desks.<p>The FlowLight …

Collaboration

The End of Sand

It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think.<p>The final event of last year’s beach-volleyball world tour was held in Toronto, in September, in a parking lot at the edge of Lake Ontario. There’s a broad public beach nearby, but few actual beaches meet the …

Beaches

The Bot Makers Who Rule the Obsessive World of Streetwear

Early on a steamy June morning in Plantation, Florida, Matt Steiner sits working at his parents’ 10-person dining room table. It’s the start of …

Sneakers

Autodesk’s Generatively Designed Cabin Seat Could Make Flying Cheaper

The redesigned seat could also save airlines $200 million.<p>The airline industry is undergoing drastic change, heralded both by the economy and new advancements in technology. And with very small profit margins, airlines are always looking for ways to save money.<p>advertisement<p>One way to do that is to …

Autodesk

Norway’s central bank made a catchy music video about turning cod into money

“The cod is our friend, and suddenly one is worth 200 kroner!”<p>Norway loves cod. And rightly so, since the Nordic nation is the world’s second-largest exporter of seafood. Today, Norway’s central bank has taken the nation’s devotion to the fish—dubbed “white gold”—to fanatical new heights.<p>Enlisting …

Central Banks

A Swedish mining company is moving an entire town of 18,000 people—including its buildings—to a new location

You know that sinking feeling? For residents of Kiruna, in the far north of Sweden, it’s not just a feeling. That’s why the town of 18,000 is being moved 3 kilometers (2 miles) to the east, to more stable ground. Some people have moved already, and the first of the town’s historic buildings was …

Mining

Why You Secretly Hate Cool Bars

<i>This post was originally published on 5/27/14.</i><p>In most cities around the world, bars are at the core of the social scene and go hand in hand with …

Why Greek mountain villagers have healthy hearts

<b>Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives.</b><p>They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of "bad" fats and cholesterol.<p>Despite a diet rich in animal fat, …

Cardiovascular Disease