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Why was MH17, a civilian airliner, flying over a war zone? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
THE news that a passenger jet had been shot down on July 17th, apparently following the bungled targeting of a surface-to-air missile, was met with horror. Along with many other questions about the tragedy, some have wondered what Malaysia Airlines f...
How to get ahead in a dictatorship NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Day, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
MOBUTU SESE SEKO, who ruled Congo for 32 years, was notorious for his “musical chairs” approach to his cabinet. His deputies were constantly shuffled around, passing unpredictably from ministerial posts to prison and exile, before once ag...
How to print a house NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 4 Days, 21 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
3D PRINTERS are not just being used to fabricate small plastic toys.  Researchers are now experimenting with ways to use the technology to build full-scale buildingsContinue reading...
How to measure illegal drug use NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 5 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
IN MUCH of the western world, teenagers and young adults are turning sober. In England and Wales the proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds trying a drug in an average year has halved, from about one-third in 1996 to just 16% last year. In America, mariju...
Big data, small wins NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 5 Days, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
THIS week our correspondents discuss Microsoft’s future and a new look at big data...
Getting from C to B NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Days, 3 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
CHEMISTS delight in finding out new ways atoms can arrange themselves to form novel, potentially useful molecules. Historians of science, meanwhile, delight in documenting the dramas of discovery. The observation in 1985 of the 60-carbon-at...
Zeroing in NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Days, 12 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
IN OUR special report on cyber-security in this week’s issue of The Economist, we highlighted the threat posed by so-called “zero-day vulnerabilities” in software. Spooks and cyber-criminals love to get their hands on thes...
How Israel's "Iron Dome" works NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
ISRAEL has long been protected by its famed “iron walls”. Now those walls have a rooftop. Israel’s arms manufacturers have devised an anti-missile system, offering what they call an “Iron Dome” overhead. Iron Dome’...
What happened to Syria's chemical weapons arsenal NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
HIGH pressure in the North Atlantic in recent days has enabled the smooth passage of the Ark Futura, a Danish vessel, from Syria to Britain. The stable conditions are helpful, as the Ark Futura is carrying the worst of the remaining Syrian chemical w...
The meaning of Manhattanhenge NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
WHEN traffic lights changed to red on the evening of July 11th, hundreds of New Yorkers raced out to the middle of Manhattan’s roads, cameras in hand, safety be damned. They faced west, where the setting sun was lighting up the sky. The skyscra...
In praise of the humble USB NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
ANYONE lining up at airport security abroad for a direct flight to America while carrying a phone, tablet, laptop or other portable gizmo with a dead battery will have to leave it behind. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced rec...
How can a goalkeeper save a penalty? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 18 Hours ago
A QUARTER of the 2014 World Cup games in the knockout stage have been decided by a shootout. With only a split second to react, the keeper has a few ways to increase his oddsContinue reading...
Defending the digital frontier NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
COMPANIES, markets and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies. They need to get much better at protecting themselvesContinue reading...
Why Scottish nationalists want to keep the pound NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
CURRENCIES, like flags and anthems, are symbols of national identity. Even in Europe, where the euro consigned the French franc and German deutschemark to history, individualised national coins retain a sense of local pride and history. In this sense...
Jerks NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
THIS week our correspondents discuss cyber security and “jerk tech” ...
Why America can't fix its immigration problem NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
THERE are an estimated 11m-12m immigrants living in the United States illegally, most of them Latino. Many have families, jobs and property, and far deeper roots in America than in their countries of origin. President George W Bush tried to pass a la...
Equal and opposite NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
HALF a century of research has shown that people do not always follow the “rational” rules of classical probability theory when making decisions, particularly under conditions of uncertainty. Psychologists have come up with various workar...
Why airport security just got even stricter NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
THE halcyon days when passengers could carry knitting needles and Swiss Army knives onto flights are long gone, and speedy passage through security in any large airport is a distant memory. On July 6th a new category was added to the list of forbidde...
Why the French are so strict about Islamic head coverings NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
THE FRENCH breathed a collective sigh of relief on July 1st when the European Court of Human Rights upheld the country’s 2010 ban on the wearing of full-faced veils in public places. It followed a separate ruling in June by a top French appeals...
Through a glass darkly NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
ANYONE interested in how art and science are intertwined should track down “Tim’s Vermeer”, an 80-minute documentary, released earlier this year, about the optical techniques the 17th century Dutch Master used to make such extraordi...