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What the young can give to the old

Published on Dec 19, 2023 09:00 AM IST

Can gut microbes and blood be gifts of youth?

 retention into old age of lots of bacteria of the genus Bacteroides is a known predictor of mortality. (Unsplash)
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Sinéad O’Connor hated the very idea of being a pop star

Ireland’s most provocative singer and protester died on July 26th, aged 56

Sinéad O’Connor(Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 09:00 AM IST
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New industrial policies will not help economic stability

Globalisation has not been perfect but it has been effective

A worker wearing a face mask works on a production line manufacturing bicycle steel rim at a factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

Welcome to the ad-free internet

As the rich pay to banish commercials, advertisers hunt for their attention elsewhere

Mobile internet services (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 09:00 AM IST
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Is this the end of crypto?

The collapse of FTX has dealt a catastrophic blow to crypto’s reputation and aspirations

Cryptocurrency (AFP File Photo)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Turkey’s economy has improved, but its foreign policy is still messy

President Erdogan’s post-election turnaround only goes so far

A worker prepares a Turkish flag ahead of a meeting of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2023 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Rohingya refugees return to the sea

Western donors should do a lot more for one of the world’s most miserable communities

Ethnic Rohingya disembark from their boat upon landing in Ulee Madon, North Aceh, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2023 02:09 AM IST
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Europe, a laggard in AI, seizes the lead in its regulation

The world’s first AI regulation is a bit of a mixed bag

Artificial Intelligence words are seen in this illustration taken March 31, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 17, 2023 02:09 AM IST
The Economist

Where do Americans mingle?

Sit-down chain restaurants foster more cross-class mixing than any other institution

As America has become more unequal and less religious, rich and poor have become ever stranger to each other. I
Published on Dec 07, 2023 10:00 AM IST
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A history of the papacy and its relationship with Rome

The religious institution still influences politics today, as a new book shows

Rome often seems ungovernable, and the papacy is one reason. (Unsplash)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 10:00 AM IST
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Plants don’t have ears. But they can still detect sound

Sometimes they produce it, too

Plants have been evolving alongside the insects that pollinate them and eat them for hundreds of millions of years.(AFP)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

Latin America remains a playground for Russian intelligence

The region is a good spot to nurture spies

Policemen stand guard at one of the stations of Quito's Metro Line 1, during its first day of operation in Quito on December 1, 2023. . (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 09:00 AM IST
The Economist

The uncertain future of Greeks in Turkey

The exodus steadily persists

FILE PHOTO: A Greek flag flutters atop the parliament building in Athens, Greece, March 1, 2023. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 09:00 AM IST
The Economist

DeSantis v Newsom: the presidential match-up that isn’t

Is the governors’ debate a glimpse of an alternative reality, or of what’s to come?

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on Sept. 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa, at left, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaks on Sept. 12, 2023, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo)(AP)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

Xi Jinping’s grip on Chinese enterprise gets uncomfortably tight

Welcome to the era of party-state capitalism

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Published on Dec 05, 2023 10:00 AM IST
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Are whistleblowers good or bad? “Reality” lets viewers decide

HBO’s film, starring Sydney Sweeney, deflects the politics other stories dwell on

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Published on Dec 05, 2023 09:00 AM IST
The Economist

War and subsidies have turbocharged the green transition

They may have knocked as much as ten years off the timeline

Construction workers outside the Energy Transition hub in the Green Zone ahead of the COP28 climate conference at Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. More than 70,000 politicians, diplomats, campaigners, financiers and business leaders will�fly�to Dubai�to talk about arresting the world�s slide toward environmental catastrophe. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Many small islands have no room for manoeuvre at COP28

Simply put, their goal is staving off annihilation

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Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:13 AM IST
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China says it has achieved a miraculously low-crime society

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Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:00 AM IST
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Euphemism and exaggeration are both dangers to language

But verbal extremism is now the bigger threat

George Orwell (File/Getty Images)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

As a pause in fighting begins, Husam Zomlot calls for a comprehensive ceasefire

Peace can only be achieved by inverting the Oslo process, says the Palestinian ambassador to Britain

A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on December 2, 2023, shows smoke billowing over the Palestinian territory during Israeli bombardment amid continuing battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Israel carried out deadly bombardments in Gaza for a second day on December 2 after a week-long truce with Hamas collapsed despite international calls for an extension. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:15 PM IST
The Economist

Japan needs more sperm donors

Gay and other unconventional families want help with reproduction

Assisted reproduction is popular in Japan(AP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:00 PM IST
The Economist

Progress on climate change has been too slow. But it’s been real

And the world needs to learn from it

People walk past a COP28 sign at the venue of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai(AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:00 PM IST
The Economist

Why the fires in Hawaii have been so bad

Fires need dry fuel and high winds, and both were in plentiful supply

In this photo provided by the Maui Fire Department, firefighters work to extinguish a wildfire in Kihei, Hawaii on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. The Maui Fire Department fully contained and extinguished the small fire that broke out during a warning that gusty winds and low humidity posed a risk that fires could spread rapidly in the western parts of the Hawaiian islands. (Rylan Yatsushiro/ Maui Fire Department via AP)(AP)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 10:13 AM IST
The Economist

El Niño has started. Preparations must too

It will bring chaotic weather to much of the world

El Nino is characterised by an unusual warming of waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific. (Twitter)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

The five best books to understand AI

Specialists outside the field do better at explaining the implications

Artificial intelligence tools can now even write for you.(Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 09:00 AM IST
The Economist

Eight of the best spy novels

Former spooks make especially strong authors

Alec Guinness as John le Carré’s most famous spy, George Smiley, in the BBC adaptation of the novels.(BBC)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 11:00 AM IST
The Economist

The (sort of) isolationist case for backing Ukraine

Or: What America can learn from Sparta

Ukrainian soldiers take part in a sniper shooting exercise at a training facility outside Kyiv, Ukraine(AFP)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

Taiwan’s presidential election will be a three-way race after all

Even with a divided opposition, polls point to a tight contest

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

The agony of 24 hostages is over. The Gaza war isn’t

Israel and Hamas trade captives during a four-day truce

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 23, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 12:30 AM IST
The Economist
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