Beijing residents with a variety of approaches to urban air pollution.
In recent years the number of motor vehicles – and the pollution they generate – has grown astronomically, leading some citydwellers to wear facemasks in the hopes of protecting themselves. So do they work?
The French “carte vitale” guarantees citizens and residents access to care, even in case of severe illness.
The French health care system is rated as one of the best in the world, but it’s a shield that’s under increasing stress.
A man lays out flattened fish for drying in the sun, near Lowarengak on the western shores of Lake Turkana, in Kenya.
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Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013. Subways abound in fine particles often carried by brakes or trains.
Diego Torres Silvestre/Flickr
Subways seem like the perfect solution to improve air quality in cities. But what about air quality underground?
Graduate School EdUHK/Flickr
In a complex system, academics and doctoral students must take part in collaborative efforts to succeed in their projects. Feedback after a seminar in Hong Kong.
While doing business in Angola with the state-owned Sonangol oil company, Halliburton engaged in practices that resulted in a settlement of 29.2 million US dollars with the SEC.
Two cases remind us of the international presence of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the importance of designing, adopting and enforcing effective anti-corruption policies.
A U.S. supermarket.
Weather has an impact on the sales of certain products, and new research shows that timely adjustments in price and advertising can make it possible for firms to increase profits.
A woman in Seoul, South Korea, talks over her phone as computer screens show the Korea Stock Exchange collapsing during the financial crisis of 2008.
The craze for measurement has become a hallmark of local and national public policy. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to understand the advantages of developing alternative indicators.
Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) photographed at Thésée-la-Romaine, France.
Daniel Jolivet / Flickr
The caterpillar and the butterfly: two forms, a single individual? A biologist and a philosopher explore this paradox.
« La danseuse de cordes s'accompagne avec ses ombres », by Man Ray (1916).
A biologist and a philosopher discuss the illusion of being oneself and religion.
The central square of Real del Monte, Mexico.
In 1825, more than 130 Cornish miners and engineers landed in Mexico to work in the silver mines. Their legacy lives on.
Young doctoral candidate on the stage of the competition “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” at Polytechnique.
Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay/Flickr
Despite an international context in transformation, the doctorate seems to have difficulty evolving in Europe. What are experiments have been tried and what are the avenues of innovation?
Two spacecraft concepts for the Plato mission.
While we on Earth are familiar with our own star, the Sun, the European Space Agency's PLATO mission will explore solar systems similar to ours as well as those that are more exotic.
At a memorial honouring the victims of the recent Spanish terrorist attacks, a family embraces a Barcelona policeman who helped them during the mayhem.
(AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)
Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Spain, the European Union has dramatically improved its counterterrorism efforts. Here's how.
Members of the Black Bloc light flares as riot police arrive during a street protest against the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July.
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Black Blocs sprung from an anarchist movement in western Germany. Anti-capitalism and anti-government, the original Black Blocs marched against nuclear energy and neo-Nazis.
Online cosmetics tutorial.
In two years Kylie Jenner has gone from socialite to the head of a leading cosmetics brand. What does this success say about the power of social media in building strong brands?
Simple and inexpensive gene-editing technology such as CRISPR has made the creation of genetically modified organisms much easier. But could nature still keep the upper hand?
Autism manifests in different ways. The signs are often less visible in women than in men, leading many to be underdiagnosed.
A young breast-cancer patient in her home.
Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of "chance" in cancer.
What’s the meme war all about?
Star Wars Memes/Facebook
The term “meme” was coined in 1976. Today, these cultural artefacts have gone viral, and are redrawing the boundaries of acceptable political discourse.