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In recent days, the Indian government approved a new education policy — the first for 34 years. The policy comes after an expert group produced a draft report last year. What’s in the policy? The National Education Policy (NEP) is an impressive document. It would help deliver...
Memes might seem like they emerge “naturally”, circulated by like-minded social media users and independently generating momentum. But successful memes often don’t happen by accident. I’ve spent the past two years studying the history and culture of “meme factories”, especially...
Do-it-yourself (DIY) and at-home labs gained popularity through movies and TV shows like Breaking Bad. DIY labs are increasingly influential and may change lives — the OpenInsulin project, for example, is looking for DIY ways to produce insulin and reduce its...
To control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 50 countries have implemented applications to trace the contacts of people who may be infected. The installation and use of these applications are voluntary in the majority of countries, but in others they’re...
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to work from home, often in less than ideal circumstances. Many employees had little choice in the decision, limited time to prepare, patchy technology skills, and inadequate home workspaces. Some managers neglected...
This week US President Donald Trump made good on his threat to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending a formal letter of withdrawal to the UN Secretary-General. In so doing, the president has initiated the Congressionally-mandated...
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted retailers to ask customers to wear masks, maintain physical distancing and avoid the use of cash when possible. Despite scientific evidence indicating that currency doesn’t transmit COVID-19, there continues to be an unprecedented weariness around...
Electric scooters will become legal on roads in England, Scotland and Wales from Saturday July 4 2020 if obtained through a share scheme. Following the release of government guidance as part of a 12-month trial of such schemes, e-scooter companies are...
To beat the coronavirus pandemic, countries need to collaborate. We need the best possible science to develop vaccines and drugs, and to test, track and contain the virus. If we’ve learned anything from the rapid global spread of this...
It is now almost six months since the world became aware of COVID-19, and almost four months since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic. As the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus grows, so does our knowledge of how it...

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