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Last winter, the “Beast from the East” (known in the Netherlands as the “Siberian bear” and in Sweden as “snow cannon”) brought a flurry of snow and heavy rain to the UK. It disrupted major transport routes, closed schools and was generally greeted with resentment by the majority of...
The ease with which information can be spread online is both a blessing and a curse. Technology has enabled and protected those speaking truth to power; it also empowers those too trigger-happy with the share button. Facebook drew a lot of heat in the days after Donald Trump’s shock election...
On Tuesday, the UN celebrated World Environmental Day by publishing a report on fighting the world’s growing plastic problem. In a year which began with the shocking news that plastic would outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050, the report was surprisingly optimistic. More than fifty nations are currently...
Ten women in Saudi Arabia have become the first to be issued driving licences, having swapped their foreign licences for a state-approved one ahead of the official lifting of the ban in a few weeks’ time. The blanket ban on female drivers is due to end on the 24th of...
In recent years, Barcelona has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading smart cities. Its impressive 500km fibre-optic network connects the city’s public services, and forms the so-called ‘internet of things’. This smart network allows bins to let authorities know when they’re reaching capacity, bus stops to...
North Korea’s three top-ranking military officials have all been suddenly replaced. An anonymous senior US official confirmed the news to Reuters, which was first leaked to South Korean Yonhap news agency over the weekend. It’s the latest turn in the helter-skelter route the much-anticipated US-North Korea summit has taken. It’s...
Last year, China’s online food delivery market was valued at $37 billion, and demand is surging ever higher. Currently, three delivery giants are fighting to keep up with the growth: Didi, which recently frightened Uber off the scene, Ele.me, and Meituan. All three use apps which allow users to...
Air quality in major urban centres is under increasing scrutiny. According to recent data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as nine out of ten people breathe in dangerous pollution on a daily basis. It is estimated that this causes seven million deaths a year around the...
When does tech become too much? Since Amazon launched its Echo and Echo Dot in 2014, Alexa has become a familiar household name. Inspired by the computer system aboard the Star Trek’s  USS Enterprise, this voice recognition technology allows Echo owners to order groceries, play music and make calls...
Empty supermarket shelves, assembly lines paused and airports bereft of fuel – these are just some of the consequences of Brazil’s truckers’ strike this week. For three days, truckers across all 27 Brazilian states created blockages on major roads to protest rising diesel prices. Yesterday evening, Brazil’s state-owned oil...