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States are finding new ways of killing enemies abroad

AS EUROPEANS know to their lamentable cost, assassinations can start wars, even world wars. A bullet fired by a Serbian nationalist, killing Austria’s archduke in June 1914, sparked the calamitous first world war which arguably paved the way to the...

/ March 15, 2018

The Most Realistic Robots! (2018)

Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/9FS8uF How BIG is Disney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-xMYY3XG1U Check out the previous episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LATGGhQ2Rlc Become a Patron!: https://www.patreon.com/ColdFusion_TV CF Bitcoin address: 13SjyCXPB9o3iN4LitYQ2wYKeqYTShPub8 Hi, welcome to ColdFusion (formerly known as ColdfusTion). Experience the cutting edge of the world around us in...

/ March 13, 2018

The alternative to bad cops can be worse

A MAN came too close and asked for directions. Your correspondent noticed that he had stolen her mobile phone. She alerted a woman running a nearby cigarette stall. A crowd quickly assembled by the road, and decided to take the...

/ March 10, 2018

A chilling story from Kenya

SARAH WANGARI’S home in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, is hardly spacious. The corrugated tin walls are covered with sheets. In one room a tiny bed fills half the space; posters of Kenyan reggae musicians and Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s former...

/ March 8, 2018

In some countries, killer cops are celebrated

POLICE in the United States kill roughly 1,000 people a year. No other rich country comes close. Finnish police fired only six bullets in 2013, fewer than half the number that one Chicago cop put into Laquan McDonald, a black...

/ March 8, 2018

From Total War to Yesterday’s Pizza – The Microwave Oven Story

Episode 1 of the series "New Thinking". The series is based on stories from within my upcoming book of the same title. Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Fusion-Presents-Technology-Transformed/dp/1633537501 Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/9FS8uF Become a Patron!: https://www.patreon.com/ColdFusion_TV CF Bitcoin address: 13SjyCXPB9o3iN4LitYQ2wYKeqYTShPub8 Hi, welcome...

/ March 8, 2018

Mercedes Presents Its Top 5 Must-Have Features

Which would you want? Mercedes is running a video series on its YouTube channel where the automaker makes a quick-hitting list of something automotive related. Mercedes has already named its top five luxury cars and given us five untold stories...

/ March 5, 2018

Porsche 911 Turbo S Puts AWD To Work By Hustling Up A Ski Slope

The right technology can get you almost anywhere. Sports cars and snow are mortal enemies, pitted against one another in an eternal-long battle for wintertime supremacy. Yes, Mother Nature can assault the land with mounds of snow higher than the...

/ March 3, 2018

Foreign internship

We are seeking a summer intern to write about foreign affairs for The Economist. The internship will be London-based, will last for three months or more, and will pay £2,000 per month. Anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants should send...

/ March 3, 2018

The known unknowns of plastic pollution

MR MCGUIRE had just one word for young Benjamin, in “The Graduate”: plastics. It was 1967, and chemical engineers had spent the previous decade devising cheap ways to splice different hydrocarbon molecules from petroleum into strands that could be moulded...

/ March 3, 2018

Macau’s Casinos Have Been Relying On VIPs, But The Mass Market Is Crucial To Future Growth

For casino operators, mass-market play is easy to love. It’s more profitable, more stable and the customers pay for money-spinning non-gaming items, (Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg) Everyone agrees Macau’s future lies with the mass market, not VIPs. No one can agree...

/ March 2, 2018

Defence correspondent

We are looking for a senior writer to cover global defence and security. Applicants should send a CV and an original 600-word article, suitable for publication in The Economist, to defencejob@economist.com by March 5th. No journalistic experience is required, but...

/ March 1, 2018

Asia’s Casinos Must Learn The Secret Of Las Vegas, Says Master Designer Paul Steelman

Paul Steelman of Steelman Partners in Hong Kong (ANDREW ROSS/AFP/Getty Images) Three integrated resorts with a combined price tag approaching $5 billion in Entertainment City by Manila Bay have set new standards for the Philippine casino market, if not the...

/ February 28, 2018

Ford Picks Miami For A Major Autonomous Car Test

In certain parts of Miami, folks can already get a pizza delivery from an autonomous vehicle. Ford is going to Miami for the latest developments of its autonomous vehicles. The Blue Oval will set up multiple pilot programs for evaluating...

/ February 27, 2018

VW I.D. Vizzion New Teaser Shows Off Hologram [UPDATE]

There's no steering wheel or controls because VW imagines it as a purely autonomous vehicle. [Update, February 27] VW has published a very short video with its latest concept, which by the looks of it will feature a built-in hologram...

/ February 27, 2018

The menace of lead poisoning

ABOUT a year ago a letter from Baltimore’s health department brought Michelle Burnside, a therapist who works with disabled children, dreadful news. The amount of lead in her three-year-old daughter’s blood was 15 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL), triple the level...

/ February 24, 2018

How BIG is Honda? (They Make Jets!)

Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/9FS8uF Become a Patron!: https://www.patreon.com/ColdFusion_TV CF Bitcoin address: 13SjyCXPB9o3iN4LitYQ2wYKeqYTShPub8 In this video we take a look at the history and size of Honda. This video grew a bit more than initially planned but I think it still works....

/ February 21, 2018

How the growth of cities changes farming

LOOKING out from Mathabari, a village in northern Bangladesh, the landscape glints and ripples. Twenty years ago this was a rice-farming area, with fields of bright green. Now most of the land is covered with water. Carp, pangasius and tilapia...

/ February 17, 2018

Two Years Behind Schedule, MGM Finally Arrives In Cotai Amid Macau Boom

The new multi-billion-dollar mega resort MGM Cotai in Macau's glitzy Cotai strip on February 13, 2018. (Photo credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images) It’s not often that you can be two years behind schedule and have good timing. Five years after breaking...

/ February 16, 2018

The use of banned drugs is rife in sport

SKIERS, skaters, ice hockey players and other snow-loving athletes have travelled to Pyeongchang for this year’s Winter Olympics to vie for supremacy. But the South Korean city is also the venue for another contest—one between the bodies responsible for anti-doping...

/ February 10, 2018