The next big leap for mankind

Our weekly podcast on the science and technology making the newsTHIS WEEK marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 moon mission. Is humankind about to return there? And what do the next 50 years of space exploration hold? The task of moderating a platform with over two billion active users is…

Can Rory McIlroy take care of his dwelling turf?

IN PRETTY MUCH every tournament he enters, Tiger Woods is the centre of attention among golf fans and media. This year’s Open Championship, which begins on July 18th in Northern Ireland—the first time it has been played outside the island of Great Britain since 1951—is a rare exception.In the run-up to the final major of…

Donald Trump’s border wall reaches the Supreme Court

WITHIN DAYS, America’s highest court will weigh in on one of President Donald Trump’s most divisive policies: his plan to build a wall on the southern border. Back in February, his declaration of a national emergency to redirect funds meant for other projects to build the barrier triggered a wave of lawsuits. In June a…

Elon Musk wants to link brains on to machines

ELON MUSK, perhaps the world’s most famous entrepreneur, is sometimes referred to as “the Trump of technology”—not for political reasons, but because of his habit of making, at short notice, spectacular pronouncements that stretch the bounds of credibility. On July 16th he was at it again, unveiling a new type of brain-machine interface (BMI). If…

Ursula von der Leyen is elected European Payment president

“GEWÄHLT ist gewählt und Mehrheit ist Mehrheit,” goes a saying in German politics coined by Gerhard Schröder, the former chancellor: “elected is elected and a majority is a majority”. The term could become Ursula von der Leyen’s new mantra. On the evening of July 16th the German defence minister was elected the new president of…

How unhurried are you able to grow?

Our weekly podcast on the markets, the economy and the world of businessLAST WEEK’S episode asked how long American economic growth could last. Now, new figures reveal that China’s growth is the slowest in nearly three decades. What can the Chinese government do about it? Insurance companies make their money from predicting disaster, but as…