Category: Science & technology

To think differently

Apple: time to make a conflict-free iPhone

By , Friday 30 December 2011 15.38 EST

My name is Delly Mawazo Sesete. I am originally from the North Kivu povince in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where a deadly conflict has been raging for over 15 years. While that conflict began as a war over ethnic tension, land rights and politics, it has increasingly turned to being a war of profit, … [more]

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The irony would not have been lost

The near-religious zeal that drives the godless

By Howard Jacobson, Saturday 24 December 2011

May I take this opportunity to wish readers a happy “moral and aesthetic nightmare”.

That definition of Christmas belongs to the late Christopher Hitchens. Anybody can slag off Christmas, but it takes a smart way with words to make so few of them so telling: the short-tempered, hyperbolic Scrooginess turning the tables on Christianity by accusing it of offending not only against taste but … [more]

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Sansour censored

Nation Estate (2012)

Photo and video by Larissa Sansour

The Nation Estate project is a sci-fi photo series conceived in the wake of the Palestinian bid for nationhood at the UN. Three preliminary sketches have been developed especially for the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011 – an award I was nominated for until Lacoste decided to censor my work and revoke my nomination.

Set within a grim piece of hi-tech architecture, this narrative photo series envisions ‘la joie de vivre’ … [more]

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Dwindling congregations


By Martin Redfern, Sunday 24 December 1995

FOR THE first time in 400 years, sensible people are saying some very dangerous things. Theologians are discussing the origins of the physical universe, the beauty of the fundamental laws of physics and the wonder of the complexity of nature. Scientists, too, are discussing what they suggest may be a sense of purpose behind the universe and questioning why those laws of nature should be … [more]

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Script and art and religion

Will computers make extinct the last of Islam’s proud and honourable calligraphers?

By Robert Fisk, Saturday 12 November 2011

Dr Jamal Naja meets me in a coffee shop just down the road from his home in Alamuddin Street, a quiet almost mischievous face, greying hair, and he lays – with great care – a black packet on the table in front of him.

Tripoli in northern Lebanon is an overwhelmingly Muslim city and Naja has a PhD in Islamic … [more]

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A new physics

Gone in 60 nanoseconds

By Charles Krauthammer, October 6, 2011

“We don’t allow faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” says the bartender.

A neutrino walks into a bar.

— Joke circulating on the Internet


The world as we know it is on the brink of disintegration, on the verge of dissolution. No, I’m not talking about the collapse of the euro, of international finance, of the Western economies, of the democratic future, of the unipolar moment, of the … [more]

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