The Next Industrial Revolution

The economic crisis has not undermined our potential to reinvent ourselves. Around the world, scientists and entrepreneurs are working on technologies that will revolutionize industry and manufacturing.

Fused Future...

The promises of fusion technology are well-known. And a breakthrough seems within reach at the French ITER reactor: It could help to solve global energy problems and propel Bolivia to the forefront of international politics.

The Pencil Revolution...

Graphene is so thin that it's barely visible. But it has the power to reshape the world: paper-thin touchscreens, a cure for blindness, and a solution to water scarcity might all be based on a thin layer of carbon atoms.

The Future Looks Brigh...

What if we could manufacture the world around us with a simple mouse-click? 3D printing is turning dream into reality - and promises a second, hyper-personalized industrial revolution.

Incredibly Quick, Incr...

The history of information is marked by increasing memory space and processing power. Quantum computing now holds another revolutionary promise. And it all begins with a cat inside a dark box.


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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