Will COVID-19 transform world politics?

Will COVID-19 transform world politics?

By Steve Hoadley Will the current COVID-19 outbreak stimulate further international cooperation as did the infections of the 20th Century, or will it undermine cooperation, weaken regimes and alter geopolitics as did the epidemics of the prior two millennia? We humans...
Climate Change: Is it worse than we thought?

Climate Change: Is it worse than we thought?

By James Renwick “If the world does not take action on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, the future could be very grim indeed.” The news about climate change has sounded quite dire for many years, with looming threats...
Can you trust a robot?

Can you trust a robot?

By Gilbert Wong Robot caregivers can help maintain independence as we age, but the trick is getting humans to trust them. It will not surprise those with a pessimistic view of humanity to know that even robots suffer racial prejudice. In a study by German researchers...
What happens when a nation’s leader is a doctor?

What happens when a nation’s leader is a doctor?

By Malcolm Campbell When Ireland’s Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, offered his resignation to President Michael D. Higgins on 20 February, little did he realise the responsibility that lay ahead. Varadkar’s Fine Gael party had lost twelve seats in Ireland’s national election...
Should racially offensive public memorials be removed? 🔊

Should racially offensive public memorials be removed? 🔊

In the days after the killing of George Floyd, protesters have made several demands to counter police violence and racism in the United States. Some of the demands directly relate to the history of race and violence in America and in particular an emphasis on...