A Buddhist monk releases birds, symbolizing the spirits of the victims of the 2004 tsunami. This Chinese tradition of analogy was taken up by the demonstrators in Hong Kong. Samantha Sin/AFP

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

A study by the Apicil Chair in Health and Work Performance at EM Lyon business school highlights the link between chronic pain and engagement in work. Nopphon_1987/Shutterstock

Chronic pain, a silent yet devastating disease in the workplace

A new study shows that stress, fatigue, and even feelings of injustice are felt more strongly by those who have been suffering from chronic pain for three or more months.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems. Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Quantum computing, the new frontier of finance

On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali), Mahamadou Issoufou (Niger), Roch Marc Christian Kabore (Burkina Faso) and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritanie). Olympia De Maismont/AFP

How the Sahel has slipped into a new post-Jihadist era

Local communities only see "crime" and "banditry" when it comes to religious-based Jihadism.
A new act in the drama of the 58 scene medieval tapestry unfolds, as an art historian says the tapestry was made for Bayeux Cathedral. (Shutterstock)

Bayeux tapestry mystery: England’s cultural icon may have been made for France

The 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry is as much an object of fascination for its mysterious origins and formidable craft as it is for the nationalist debates it continues to inspire.
L'appel des camps, Street Art, bâtiment de la “Tour Paris 13”, avant destruction dans le cadre d’une opération de rénovation urbaine. Jeanne Menjoulet/Flickr

Debate: Welcome to the new-old global age of weaponised racism

We have entered a resurgent age of racism wherein discrimination is globalised, normalised and weaponised.
The Disney brand, a major asset to establish itself among the players in audiovisual streaming. Photo Hall/Shutterstock

Disney takes on Netflix in the streaming wars

Netflix's competitors are multiplying, and they're ambitious. After Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and a dozen others, Disney+ has lauched, and Netflix is clearly in the crossehairs.
Beijing residents with a variety of approaches to urban air pollution. Bryan Ledgard/Flickr

Can facemasks help reduce the negative health impacts of 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?
Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer (from left to right on the screen) during a press conference held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on 14 October 2019. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

2019 Nobel Prize in Economics: the limits of the clinical trial method

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics pays tribute to randomized control trials, but can they really help us fight poverty?
Chilean police clash with anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019. Santiago is one of a dozen cities worldwide to see mass unrest in recent months. AP Photo/Esteban Felix

Urban unrest propels global wave of protests

From Santiago and La Paz to Beirut and Jakarta, many of the cities now gripped by protest share a common problem: They've grown too much, too fast.
Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, left, and Foreign Service officer George Kent are sworn in before the House Intelligence Committee during the first public impeachment hearing. AP/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo

Trump impeachment: Two quotes that defined the first day of public hearings

The first day of public impeachment testimony was defined, in part, by strongly worded statements from Representatives Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes.
The Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, California on Oct. 31. AP/Noah Berger

California is living America’s dystopian future

'California is America fast-forward,' writes one scholar. Does that mean that the dystopian infernos that have consumed parts of the state are simply a picture of what awaits the rest of America?
More and more employees are using digital tools to acquire new professional skills. Shutterstock

Digital technology and the rise of new informal learning methods

As new ways of working have spread throughout the workplace, a culture of lifelong learning is competing with the traditional practice of on-the-job training.

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