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Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in the 2017 film Darkest Hour. Jack English/Focus Features

Brexit and the lessons of history

Not just period pieces, the 2017 films "Dunkirk" and "Darkest Hour" shed light on the intense Brexit debate, and raise important questions about Britain’s fundamental identity.
How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

Passwords: security, vulnerability, constraints

Passwords are an integral part of our daily IT life – and a major source of vulnerabilities. What are the problems and risks, and how can we reduce them?
So how will the students rate their professor when the class is over? U.S. Department of Education/Flickr

Student evaluations and hazards in the classroom

In many European universities and specialized schools, professors are now being assessed by their students. While this has long been standard in the United States, many issues can arise.
A street theatre performance on domestic violence at the Bridge Market Plaza in Chandigarh, India (2016). Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia

#YouToo? When the predator is your partner

Intimate partner violence has tremendous negative consequences for women, their families and societies, yet it have not received the political attention it should.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the eponymous foundation speaks at Pretoria University, Mamelodi Campus. His foundation is particularly active in the field of health care but also finances numerous institutions dedicated to research. Marco Longari/AFP

What is the influence of American foundations on universities in Africa?

American charitable foundations have gradually established themselves as key players in the African academic sector. If the benefits have been remarkable, there are risks as well.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla. Peter Thoeny/Flickr

Elon Musk and Tesla: a magician in space?

Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
Servers hosting your favorite websites may be subject to denial-of-service attacks. Visualhunt

When the Internet goes down

The Internet provides us with many services thanks to sites hosted by servers. These may be the victims of denial-of-service attacks that paralyze the entire server.
Teaching in Paris in the 14th century (Grandes Chroniques de France).

Teaching is not a science, it is a culture of educative action

Affirming that teaching is a science is tantamount to legitimating the forms of violence that are based on the affirmation of “truths”. Instead, it is a coupling of the activities of a subject-learner and a subject-intervener.
London’s financial district at night. Gordon Williams/Unsplash

LIBOR: elections, manipulations – and a possible fix

The London Interbank Offered Rates is one of the world's key financial tools, but the 2008 rigging scandal has led to calls for its being phased out. Can we find better ways of building the LIBOR rate?
Renault Zoé is currently the best-selling electric vehicle in the European Union (15% market share) and leader in France (with 70% of market share). Wikimedia Commons

The future of electric vehicles according to experts in the energy sector

The overall analysis of the results of the new Energy Market Barometer confirms that the road to a change in the dominant mobility model is still long.
Charles Platiau

Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

While France and the US both guarantee individual religious freedom, the two nations’ approach to religion in the public sphere and the separation between church and state are profoundly different.
Survivor of the mudslide are seen attending school on November 15, 2017 at the Old Skool Camp, in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Saidu Bah/AFP

Can education become truly egalitarian worldwide?

About 263 million children and youth worldwide are out of school. If some progress have been made, especially on school attendance, huge gaps remain on gender parity or equity in schooling choices.

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