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Трамп уничтожает доллар?7914

Уже почти столетие доллар США считается главной безопасной гаванью финансового мира. Ни одна другая валюта не обеспечивает такой же уровень надёжности и ликвидности для накопленных богатств. Когда наступали трудные времена, пугливые инвесторы и благоразумные центральные банки закупались активами, номинированными в долларах, и не в последнюю очередь этими активами были облигации казначейства США. Однако сейчас, возможно, ситуация стала иной

 

Media Capture in the Digital Age769

The last couple of years have not been good for freedom of expression. The governments of Poland, Hungary, and Turkey have become increasingly authoritarian and – like leaders in the Balkans, China, and Russia – increasingly eager to control public discourse. In the United States, too, President Donald Trump relentlessly attempts to discredit the news media, and his administration is unprecedentedly inaccessible to the press

 

A Greener Grid for East Asia943

Not long ago, the future of nuclear power was in Asia. In 2015, nine of the ten reactors that opened globally were on the continent. But recent declarations by South Korea and Taiwan that they will “go green” have called into question nuclear power’s long-term viability, at least in East Asia. Indeed, 2017 may mark the end of the region’s nuclear love affair – and the start of a new one with renewables

 

A former chief economist of the World Bank: Experts and Inequality706

Ten years ago this month, the world glimpsed the first clear signals of an economic crisis that, a year later, would be in full swing, creating economic hardship of a kind not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s

 

What Makes a Human?756

Last month, moviegoers flocked to theaters to see War for the Planet of the Apes, in which an army of retrovirus-modified primates wage war against humanity. Chimpanzees on horseback, machine-gun-wielding gorillas, and scholarly orangutans undoubtedly make for good theater. But could anything like this ever happen in real life?

 

Президент Колумбии: Мы плачем по тебе, Венесуэла1807

Ещё совсем недавно Венесуэла – родина «освободителя» Симона Боливара – была свободной и весьма богатой страной, гордившейся самыми большими в мире доказанными запасами нефти и замечательными людьми. Она привлекала миллионы колумбийских мигрантов, бежавших от ужасов войны с повстанцами из Революционных вооружённых сил Колумбии (ФАРК). Но сегодня наши роли меняются: 50-летняя война Колумбии с ФАРК завершается, а, тем временем, Венесуэла переживает экономический, социальный и политический коллапс

 

The Promise of Ethical Machines1212

The prospect of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been a source of knotty ethical questions

 

How Parasites Pull the Strings2416

Science fiction has long explored the terrifying possibility that we are devoid of free will, and that some unpleasant creature could control our minds or turn us into plodding zombies. But mind control is not just a literary trope. It is also a common method by which parasites gain access to environments where they can grow, reproduce, and complete their life cycles

 

Trumping the Renminbi1254

At the concluded World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Chinese President Xi Jinping mounted a robust defense of globalization, reaffirming his country’s “open door” policy and pledging never to seek to start a trade war or to benefit from devaluation of its currency

 

Making Sense of Mindfulness3486

At a recent reception, we encountered a “mindfulness guru.” Yes, that is actually the job title on his business card – one bearing the logo of a huge multinational software company. His job is to teach the company’s stressed-out employees the “art of mindfulness,” which has been described as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally” and “knowing what is on your mind.”

 

The Real Side of Fake News1152

Today’s digital devices and social networks deliver so much information that even the savviest consumer cannot evaluate all of it. We seem to be living in a version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, where truth is drowned in a sea of irrelevance. But the future need not be the dystopia that the present seems to suggest

 

A Scientific Method for the SDGs1537

In just the latest example of popular support for science, tens of thousands of people around the world recently marched to advocate for a worldview based on facts, not fiction. They understand that science could actually save the world, because it can help us solve our greatest health and development problems

 

How Culture Shapes Human Evolution2789

Is there an evolutionary explanation for humanity’s greatest successes – technology, science, and the arts – with roots that can be traced back to animal behavior? I first asked this question 30 years ago, and have been working to answer it ever since

 

Trump’s Strongman Weakness1015

US President Donald Trump has made his affinity for authoritarian leaders abundantly clear

 

Why Scientists Are Marching1555

On April 22, scientists from around the world marked Earth Day by participating in an unprecedented “March for Science.” The aim of the march was to “celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies.” For the rest of the world, it is important to understand why the usually sedate community of scientists will be leaving their labs and offices to take to the streets in a global demonstration of concern

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