Sean Gong

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Facebook blocks 'social suicide' app

<b>A Facebook app offering users a one-in-six chance of deleting their account has been pulled from the site.</b><p>Social Roulette mimicked the lethal game of Russian Roulette, in which players spin the cylinder of a revolver hoping to avoid the one loaded chamber.<p>According to its developers, the app was …

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Difference Engine: The caring robot

WITH many of his friends and family getting on in years, Babbage has had perforce the chance to compare how the elderly are cared for professionally …

Brad Pitt: Angelina Jolie is ‘heroic’ for undergoing double mastectomy

Brad Pitt says Angelina Jolie is ‘heroic’ after she took the brave steps to reveal to the world she has had a double mastectomy.<p>Jolie’s proud fiancé …

Daily chart: If you ask a Westerner to name the most disgusting thing they have eaten, there is a good chance that a crunchy cricket or a chewy grub could be mentioned. Yet around 2 billion people eat insects as part of their traditional diet says the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. Today’s chart shows why eating more insects might be good for the planet and good for you http://econ.st/10wgvRb

An emphatic win

AS POWER is peacefully handed from one democratically elected government to another for the first time in Pakistan's history, our correspondents ask …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist<p>Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at <i>The Economist</i>. His …

Bruce Schneier

In 2011 America spent $2.7 trillion on health, equal to 17.9% of GDP. The government paid for nearly half of this. As public health spending continues to grow, it threatens to widen America’s deficit and eclipse other public programmes, such as infrastructure and education. Nearly every politician, regardless of party, agrees that this is dangerous http://econ.st/11YL6Jn