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How To Talk About Your Eyebrow-Raising Job At A Cocktail Party

Employees in controversial industries from animal testing and tobacco to arms manufacturing and alcohol explain what they say when people ask them what they do for a living.


Reaching Immortality, But Would We Even Want That?


Welcome To The Trumpocene

A guiding principle of modern democracy holds that a system of checks and balances helps prevent any single person or faction from making radical changes to the existing order. That the wheels of l...


Math Is Taking Over The Economy, That’s A Good Thing

PARIS — Find the distribution of random paths on a directed graph. Of course, when you say it like that, such a problem will hardly excite the masses. But if you had managed to ...


In China, Local Governments Crack Down On Sharing Economy

Mirroring some of the battles Uber has faced in cities around the world, local car-hailing apps in China like Didi Chuxing are getting heat from municipal administrations trying to protect the stat...


The Open-Source Group Trying To "De-Google" The Internet

PARIS — How can we surf the web without using Google, Amazon or Facebook? French group Framasoft, which promotes the use of open-source software, offers a way. Under t...


Speed And Anonymity On The Internet Is Killing Truth

The great paradox of our time is that we've never had access to so much information, and yet have never been so badly informed.


Take 5 — Water Innovation Around The World

Droughts, demographics, industri...


In Increasingly Virtual World, Reality Becomes A Luxury

-Essay- PARIS — Will reality become a rare commodity? The digital revolution has given humans the greatest power — that of creating and


Chile Creates Latin America's Largest Marine Park

In August, Chile broadened the protected sea zones under its watch to create a marine park that covers an area of 300,000 square kilometers, the largest such


At Former Soviet Nuclear Test Site, “Best Not To Take Souvenirs”

Hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in eastern Kazakhstan during the Soviet regime. Scientists are now conducting research on the site, which was shuttere...


Digital Oases For Cuba' Internet Revolution

HAVANA — Cuba's belated embrac...


Just About Everything In Your House Can Be Hacked

Israeli researchers recently showed how data can be stolen from an offline computer. But computers aren't the only devices that can be compromised.


Epigenetics: Are Darwin' Theories About To Evolve?

MUNICH — The field of epigenetics is being lauded for its discoveries, which some describe as revolutionary. There's talk of a wide range of scientific textbook...


Can Chinese Solar Panels Keep The Lights On In Ghana?

ACCRA — It's a hot and humid night in this capital city and a long line waits at the entrance of Papaye, Ghana's top fast-food chain and a symbol of the countr...


Pokemon Go Gives Lesson To Online Health Sector

The virtual hunting game Pokémon Go, for which players have to walk and walk in search of monsters and objectives, has just taught the eHealth sector a valuable lesson.


Living In Space, Russia Probes 55 Years After Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin was the first to prove that humans can survive in outer space. For 55 years since, humanity has been striving to adapt to life in space, but the questions of e......


Digital Fort Knox: Inside The World's Most Secretive Data Center

You won't find gold or weapons stored deep in the granite caves of Switzerland's Bernese Alps. Instead, the mountain range holds more precious treasure — servers and hard drives.


The Sly History Of Robots, Pre-Frankenstein To Post-Tesla

Robots have always fascinated us. In fiction or in real life, they crossed our path, for better or for worse. But where do they really come from?


Opticale, Pokemon Go Rival Pops Up In Neutral Switzerland

LAUSANNE — Inside Studio Furinkazan's offices, the Celestial Cascades suddenly appear. The heavenly jungle, naturally, can only be seen through your smartph......


When Progress Kills Jobs, Facing The AI Employment Trap

Technology is bringing us closer to Artificial Intelligence, which will undeniably wreak havoc with employment for millions worldwide. Smart solutions are needed now.


Qwant It! French Search Engine Takes On Google By Protecting Your Privacy

PARIS — For more than three years now, the French startup Qwant has been trying to prove that a search engine can be efficie...