Entrepreneurs such as Angola’s Isabel dos Santos have grown a portfolio of companies to very large scale rather than one big behemoth.
African governments should adopt a top-down rather than bottom-up approach to encouraging the creation of businesses.
Ice-T performing at a music festival.
Californian rap and jazz poetry may sound like an odd mix – but both are rooted in historic inequalities
Alessandro Di Meo
The Malta summit between the EU and Africa solves the symptoms of migration but fails to tackle the causes.
Jonathan Coe’s sales are four times higher in France than in the UK.
Jonathan Coe is under-read and underrated – in the UK. In France, his stinging social attacks on Britain are far more popular.
The screen is as close as many people get to experiencing prison. But do these dramas offer a realistic insight into life behind bars?
Apples bob around in ‘red sludge’ after an accident in Hungary.
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Highly-alkaline industrial waste is usually sent to landfill. But while it might be dangerous, it's also useful.
Viagra rendered in Minecraft.
The online building game offers a way to explore the world of molecules like no other.
“Now, what did I do with my old left leg?”
Newts are unique within the salamander family for the way they regrow limbs. And along with fossils are giving clues to a unique ability to regenerate.
James Bond may be pro-Snowden but Carrie Mathison’s lot aren’t so sure.
The battle for public opinion over whether Edward Snowden was right might just be won out, not in the press or the US Congress, but in fiction.
At the Nobel Chemistry Prize announcement.
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Without natural DNA repair processes we wouldn't be here. This year's Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry helped us crack how it all works.
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The plan is to devolve powers from Whitehall, giving local authorities more freedom and flexibility in the way they collect and spend money in their areas - but will it work?
La valse des espèces, avec ses périodes d'extinctions, est partie intégrante de l'histoire de la vie.
La possibilité d’une nouvelle extinction des espèces sur Terre, compris la notre, est prise au sérieux par les scientifiques. L’examen des crises passées montre que la vie y survit.
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The EU wants to ban fishing below 600m, but the scientific case doesn't stand up.
Pour éviter la flambée des factures d’électricité et de gaz cet hiver, il existe des méthodes simples et efficaces.
Baby boomers have benefited from a golden age in pensions that that will almost certainly never return.
Elegant but elusive. Simulation of merging black holes showing gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves: are they worth the hype?
Black holes will be all that remains before the universe enters heath death. But the story doesn’t end there…
In about 10^100 years, the universe will have passed away in a tragic 'heat death'. But don't despair, eventually random conscious brains may pop out in empty space to shake things up.
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
Windmill John / Tidal Steam
Imagine a wind turbine, but underwater, not fixed to the seabed, and able to work 24/7.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.