Economist (London)

  • Swimmers of the world unite

    Is America finally going to re-examine the hodgepodge of laws governing its oceans? The United States controls 4.5m square miles of them, an area and they are being ruined by overfishing, rapid

  • Bite out of breast cancer

    A probe based on technology developed for the Mars mission promises to be the biggest boon yet in checking for breast cancer. A small start up called BioLuminate, California, is struggling to change

  • Saying versus doing

    Vladimir Putin is the first Russian president to mention AIDS in a state-of-the-nation speech. Mr. Putin has talked about AIDS before, but his speech last month gave campaigners hope that he is now

  • It ain't over til it's over

    Progress in understanding the science of SARS has been unprecedented, trumpeted Gro Harlem Brundtland, secretary-general of the World Health Organisation, at the agency's latest conference on Severe

  • The Cancun challenge

    The current Doha round of trade talks was supposed to help the world's poor. But a range of disagreements have stymied the negotiations. To keep the round alive, next week's meeting in Mexico needs

  • Heat and light

    The technology of monitoring and predicting forest is getting better, and the PDA could become the fireman's latest weapon. So far this year, some two and half hectares (6m acres) of North American

  • A vine idea

    Greenhouses in cold climates need a lot of heating. This is expensive. Power stations produce a lot of hot air that is dumped into the atmosphere. This is wasteful. Moshe Alamaro, a researcher at

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