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‘The closest thing on Earth to interplanetary travel’

Finding out how fast Antarctic ice is melting is critical to understanding the scale of the climate crisis. The BBC’s chief environmental correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, is therefore joining scientists as they check the health of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. But first he has to undergo some checks himself. We were an hour into the …

How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong

A crisis is engulfing the Mekong River, its banks are collapsing and half a million people are at risk of losing their homes. The entire ecosystem of this South East Asian river is under threat, all because of the world’s insatiable demand for sand. Extracted from the bed of this giant river in Cambodia and …

Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?

“China is betting on AI and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing,” says Abishur Prakash, a futurist and author of books about the effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on geopolitics. As developments in AI accelerate, some in the US fear that the ability of China’s powerful central …

Japan’s workplaces rethink ‘drinking with the boss’

Riku Kitamura remembers his first “drinking party” as a new graduate in Japan. The 28-year-old worked for a market research firm and the team would regularly socialise over drinks in the evening. “[At first] I did feel the pressure that I had to drink more, that I had to catch up to others. It got …

What Trump wants from global trade

President Donald Trump’s approach to international trade is driven to a large extent by his belief that the United States is being unfairly treated by other countries. His main supporting evidence is the trade deficit – the US buys more than it sells internationally. He has referred to the deficit as losing money. In one¬†tweet …

Airbnb is not an estate agent, EU court rules

The accommodation-booking service Airbnb does not need an estate agent’s licence to operate in France, Europe’s top court has ruled. The French tourism association had complained that Airbnb did not comply with French property laws. It means the app’s users avoid a threat of disruption to its service in the country. Had the court ruled …