Apocalypse No

For millennia, man has been fascinated by the idea of global apocalypse. We're now able for the first time to develop preventive and defense technologies against some of the most destructive natural threats.

The digital Revolution in Europe

50 entertaining questions about the digital Revolution in Europe.

Universities’ bureaucratic rule

Three tendencies characterize modern education, especially at the university level. Can they be reversed? Maybe not, but they should be.

The same tired arguments

Despite his conservative critics, Obama's opening to Cuba is as significant as Nixon's opening to China in 1972. The arguments against this step forward just don't pass muster.

Calm after the Storm?

The West’s response in the fight against Ebola was sluggish at best. What lessons need to be learned in order to prevent such crises and help the countries that have been most affected by the virus?

Every body

Too thin, too big, too tall, too small: we are permanently trying to transform our bodies. But corporeal improvement doesn't equal happiness.

Superheroes XXL

For defying our terrible health norms, fat people are actually heroes – which tells us a lot about our society.

Battle of the bodies

Our bodies are complex, the systems which oppress them are many – and they can’t be wholly escaped.

A war without shadows

You cannot see it and you cannot hear it. It happens silently every day, can hit anyone anywhere, and we can all be its unsuspecting victims. This is the new type of warfare:

Lies, Inc.

We know that climate change is a reality, but an army of deniers led by business interests and supported by the mainstream media makes us believe that warnings of a climate calamity are overblown.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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