“It’s received the aptitude to alter into a extremely unhealthy dispute”—Japan v South Korea

Also on the daily podcast: the anti-Muslim campaign of India’s government and why Americans work longer than EuropeansA DISPUTE about industrial chemicals reveals tensions that have remained unresolved since the second world war—and threatens the global electronics market. In the Indian state of Assam, a trumped-up rule on citizenship singles out Muslims for detention and…

America closes the doorways to asylum-seekers from the South

COUNT THE ways in which the government under President Donald Trump has grown more hostile to foreigners who seek sanctuary. For years America led the world, resettling more persecuted people as refugees than any other country. During the Cold War, especially, welcoming asylum seekers from countries under Soviet oppression sent a message that American democracy…

Would possibly per chance well even peaceable college be free?

IN MANY WAYS, the flood of bold, progressive policy proposals coursing across America’s political landscape began in 2015, when Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, put a plan to make higher education at public universities free at the centre of his upstart campaign for the presidency. Then the idea seemed radical, even gimmicky. Now…

Calls to rein in the tech titans are getting louder

The big five technology firms have spent billions buying rivals in recent yearsON JULY 16th America’s House Judiciary Committee will summon representatives from four of the five big tech firms for a hearing entitled “Online Platforms and Market Power: Part 2”. The question at hand is whether the big technology firms are using their clout…

Heather Dewey-Hagborg mixes biotechnology and art work

THE VIALS are small and twisted, resembling worms or caterpillars; inside them, a liquid glows pink. It is a “lentivirus vector, hybridised with vesicular stomatitis and a plasmid containing genes for red fluorescent protein and oxytocin expression”—in other words, a love potion. In theory, if you were to smash open a vial and drink it,…