Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are joining Trump’s economic advisory team

Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick, the chief executives of Tesla and Uber, are joining US President-elect Donald Trump’s new economic advisory board. The two tech-transportation executives have been named as members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, it was announced on Wednesday, alongside PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. Launched in early December, the forum[…]

Being close to the boss is as dangerous as being enemies

Having a bad relationship with the boss can create all kinds of angst. But, it turns out, a close and cosy connection can actually be just as stressful — sometimes more so. Gabby Sullivan, a design professional in northern California, in the US, knows first-hand how stressful it can be. Sullivan and her boss were[…]

German refugee murder arrest in Freiburg heightens tensions

For days now photographs of a smiling young woman have haunted newspaper headlines and online news sites. Maria L was 19 when she was murdered in October. The circumstances of her death are horrifying enough. But Germans have been sickened by revelations that a teenage Afghan asylum seeker may have been responsible for the rape[…]

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The past, present and future of the food we eat

“You look amazing – are you banting?” In the 1860s there was only one diet, and it was the Banting. Conceived of by a corpulent English undertaker and coffin-maker called William Banting – who was clearly well positioned to observe the consequences of over-indulgence – it became the first popular diet. Banting advocated reduced consumption[…]

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The astronaut who wants to change how we see the world

The World View manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona contains what looks like the world’s largest wallpaper-pasting table. At 540ft-long (165 metres), the bench stretches into the distance within an otherwise mostly empty warehouse. Lying across the top is the fragile translucent fabric of a giant plastic bag. This carefully engineered polyethylene envelope – which will[…]

What would happen if all animals were as smart as us

In Planet of the Apes, a man finds himself in a world governed by hyper-intelligent primates that lord over enslaved human underlings. Pierre Boulle, author of the 1963 book on which the film series was based, said his now-classic story fell under the genre of “social fantasy”. What if that fantasy was expanded, however, to[…]

2016 ‘very likely’ to be world’s warmest year

2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data. With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015. Temperatures from January to September were 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The body[…]

The benefits and downsides of mind-controlled machines

Ever since neuroscientists and engineers started working on interfaces to connect our brains to machines, people have been thinking of weird and wonderful ways to use the technology. What if we could change TV channels just by thinking about our favourite programme? Or drive a car with the power of our minds, leaving our arms[…]

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