Bitcoins and benjamins: Which is the real currency? David McBee/Pexels

What is the real value of a bitcoin?

One of the hot questions regarding the bitcoin since the first ones were created in 2009 is its real value. We will try as well to answer to this question using two concepts in economics and finance.
The rebellious French generals Edmond Jouhaud, Raoul Salan, and Maurice Challe (from left to right) leave the General Delegation in April 23, 1961 in Algiers, after taking power (with General Zeller) to oppose the Algerian policy of General de Gaulle. The Public Salvation Committee intended to preserve French Algeria was formed on 13 May 1958 with General Massu as its president. AFP

‘I understood you!’: May 1958, the return of De Gaulle and the fall of France’s Fourth Republic

In May 1958 General de Gaulle returned to power and established the Fifth Republic. Yet despite the monumental changes of that time, many in France today still don’t understand what really happened.
Mural in Karachi. Pakistan multiple identities cannot be reduced to religious fanaticism. Wasif Malik/Flickr

Pakistan’s quest for identity: contesting Islam

Pakistan has often been misunderstood to be exclusively built upon a national Islamic identity, ignoring the multiculturality and divisive role of Islam in the definition of its national identity.
Finding the optimal route to benefiting from AI is like navigating a maze for most governments. Shutterstock

Navigating the AI maze is a challenge for governments

Most businesses are only just starting to figure out how to put artificial intelligence to work. But governments are also increasing their focus on this prediction enabling technology.
Circe and Her Swine: Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama, 1892 , New York, E. Hess. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer/University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

#BalanceTonPorc: the story behind pigs and lust

France's answer to #MeToo was #BalanceTonPorc -- "denounce your pig". An analysis of the idioms linking to sex and pigs provides some insights into why the hashtag hit home.
Isolated pancreas cells stained bright green are shown sitting in the wells of the transport “egg carton”. Aurelien Forget

We’ve made ‘smart egg-cartons’ to transport cells to cure diabetes

Doctors can treat diabetes by transplanting cells from the pancreas of a donor to the patient. But many of the crucial cells die - a better way to store and transport them can help.
Cowboys Coyote Quartet, Glacier National Park, April 17, 1927. Tullio Saba/Flickr

The bogus ‘crisis’ of masculinity

The notion of a 'crisis of masculinity” clouds the understanding of complex social phenomena and falsely asserts a vision of humanity as being radically divided between men and women.
Pay attention! Wikimedia

Are there two pilots in the cockpit?

In the cockpit of an aircraft, the hierarchy between captain and co-pilot is strictly respected. At the risk, sometimes, of poor decisions being made.
Anthropologist Georges Balandier in October 2003 in the gardens of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Eric Feferberg/AFP

Colonialism, power and culture: why reading French anthropologist Georges Balandier is crucial today

As early as 1953, Balandier demonstrated how the struggle against colonialism was associated with an inverted vision of the world.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Pentagon on January 18, 2018. Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr

A friendly reminder: impeaching Donald Trump will not remove him from office

Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump, but history indicates that – barring a dramatic turn of events – he is likely to serve out his first term.
On March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, an Uber self-driving car struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a street. The human driver was supposed to be monitoring the car’s behaviour, but did not do so. Its systems apparently did not detect the victim, as it neither slowed down nor tried to avoid hitting Herzberg Wikimedia

Artificial intelligence: between scientific, ethical and commercial issues

The report of the mathematician and deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani renders his report on artificial intelligence today.
David Davis and Michel Barnier in Brussels. So how’s Davis going to get out of this one? Francois Lenoir/Reuters

‘Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea!’ Brexit, crisis management and sensemaking

March 30 officially marked one year to go before the Brexit clock strikes. How can the "leave" camp get out of this one? The classic 1969 heist movie 'The Italian Job' provides clues.
Workers at Fukushima in January 2018. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Fukushima seven years later: case closed?

On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. Translated testimony by the power plant's manager reveals how close the world came to a greater catastrophe -- and how much there is to be learned.

 

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