If an alien were to land on Earth, which language would enable it to most fully engage with humans?
The most interesting stories on economic growth and social inclusion from the past seven days.
Also in our round-up of must-read articles from the past seven days: why working parents need new solutions, it pays to be a nasty women and what we can do to fight the scourge of fake news.
The license for all forms of generalized hate comes from the same place. This is true in all echo-chambers — whether religious, secular, right-wing or left-wing.
These five developments show how far we've come in the fight against climate change, and give hope for the future.
Trade gives people a tangible interest in each other’s wellbeing and offers a path to inclusive economic growth, but only if we adopt the right policies.
Also this week in gender equality news - the first woman to lead NASDAQ and Japan's failing efforts to make it easier for women to work.
For many countries, trade costs and wait times are unacceptably high. We need to break the bottlenecks at the borders.
Learning Kung-fu like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. Controlling a fighter jet with your mind. Downloading a language straight to your brain. These ideas may not be as crazy as they sound.
Secularism may be on the rise, but for many Americans religion remains a powerful force. Both in business and in politics.
For decades synonymous with oil and gas, the MENA region is transforming itself into a haven for inexpensive, clean energy.
America's student loan debt is double the GDP of Switzerland. The next US president must make this an economic priority, writes Jake Bright.
What are America's young people looking for in their next national leader?
Brexit was never going to be a zero-cost process, but the British government’s lack of a realistic economic plan threatens to make it a lot worse, writes Alberto Gallo.
While the growth of renewables is helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change, balancing the availability of these resources with varying levels of electricity demand can...
No matter who is in charge of the US after 8 November, they will need to make gender parity a key focus of their administration.
To combat its ‘throwaway consumer culture’, Sweden has announced tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges and washing machines. Will it help to reduce waste?
Progress has been made, but there is still much to do if China is to win the war on pollution and deliver greener, smarter economic growth.
To truly benefit from new technologies, insurers, policy-makers and producers must come together to ensure that liability and risk are properly insured.
How the top exercises that simulate cybersecurity events and their fallout in real time can be useful for the future cyber attacks prevention?
New research offers an insight into why so many women who study engineering leave the profession.
Blockchain is well-known as a method of exchanging assets, but in future it could also be used for - among other things - welfare distribution, secure voting, land-title transfers, even v...
How can the energy industry adapt to meet the needs of a growing population while also supporting low-carbon growth?
Elon Musk has joked that experts call the Hyperloop either obvious - or impossible. We believe it is possible, but we face some difficult challenges unlike those faced by most tech startups.
Without reducing livestock production and consumption, the ambitions of the Paris climate agreement will be impossible, writes Jeremy Coller.
Responsible investing means not only green investing; it means investing in ways that do not reward fraud, bribery and other underhand practices.
In a new era of global competition, cities will compete with each other for talent and capital. This battle will be won or lost on the basis of liveability.
Focusing on regulatory efficiency could help governments from Kenya to Ghana move trade along faster, doing more with less.