Miranda Johnson, The Economist’s deputy executive editor, explains how and why our new course on geopolitics came to be

Last month The Economist launched a six-week course on “The New Global Order: How Politics, Business and Technology are Changing”, created in collaboration with GetSmarter, an online-education provider and brand of…


The Economist’s US editor on how we’re covering this year’s race for the White House

I am fascinated by American political history and have been doing a bit of digging into our archives in the run-up to launching a new podcast. The Economist’s first lead story on a US election appeared on Saturday November 30th 1844. The newspaper expressed “agreeable surprise” at the victory of…


Advanced call-blocking will make Americans harder to survey

American mobile-phone users are inundated with spam callers. Hiya, a Seattle-based call-monitoring service, estimates that consumers received 26.3bn robocalls in 2018, up 46% from 18bn the previous year. Phone manufacturers have taken note of their customers’ woes. In its latest software release, Apple has made it possible for iPhone users…


A leaked paper has given the game away

In an article published in 2012 John Preskill, a theoretical physicist, posed a question: “Is controlling large-scale quantum systems merely really, really hard, or is it ridiculously hard?” Seven years later the answer is in: it is merely really, really hard.

Last week a paper on the matter was —…


Officials pray that the goddess Mazu will help them woo Taiwan

There are several ways to gauge whether the Communist Party of China approves of an institution. A brass nameplate, issued by an arm of the party or state, is one sign. A stamp for endorsing important materials can be used as a further badge of respectability. But the best test…


We can’t tell you how to stop climate change, but we can tell you how to write a good essay

Reading a zillion essays numbs the mind. But poring over the vast volume teaches you a few things about how to write an article that stands out.

The Economist’s Open Future essay competition asked people between 16 and 25 years old to answer the question: “What fundamental economic and political…


Replacing the fossil-fuel technology which is reshaping the climate remains a massive task

In the early 19th century Joseph Fourier, a French pioneer in the study of heat, showed that the atmosphere kept the Earth warmer than it would be if exposed directly to outer space. By 1860 John Tyndall, an Irish physicist, had found that a key to this warming lay in…


Office design that treats workers like drones

By Bartleby

The hero of the cult British TV show “The Prisoner” wakes up one day in a mysterious village. His possessions have vanished and he is not referred to by his real name but as “number six”. …


Presidential candidates are competing to show off their environmental ambitions

Earlier this month dozens of teenagers gathered in a New York City park to paint. They were preparing for the Climate Strike they would attend on September 20th, one of more than 150 rallies to be held around the world. The students made cardboard waves, to signify rising sea levels…


Many expect serious returns

Bets on clean technologies have ballooned this decade. Over $2.6trn has flowed into low-carbon energy alone since 2010, according to BloombergNEF, a research firm (see chart 1). Now that some ventures have soured, after green subsidies grew stingier around the world, many investors are thinking again.

Many, but not all…

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