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The way airlines board planes affects how easily bugs are spread among passengers

IT IS an often-heard office conversation. Someone returns from a trip with a nasty bug, and colleagues say he must h.....»»

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Why Roger Taney’s statue was removed from Maryland’s state house

A CREW came for Roger Taney in the dar.....»»

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Why Africa’s development model puzzles economists

IT IS easy to buy a rolex in Uganda—albeit not one that will tell the time. Sold at ubiquitous roadside stalls, the Ugandan rolex is a greasy snack, made from an omelette wrapped in a chapati (“roll eggs”). Sellers comp.....»»

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Hedge funds try to promote sports betting as an asset class

Chasing the moneyWHEN he was 12, Warwick Bartlett bought “100 Famous Greyhound Systems”, a guide for betting on dog races. After spending a year tracking every stratagem and picking the best two, he wen.....»»

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The North American Free-Trade Agreement renegotiation begins

THE North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old trade deal between America, Mexico and Canada, is being revamped. On August 16th, after months of threats, taunts and tweets, the first round of talks started in Washington. Th.....»»

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China’s digital-payments giant keeps bank chiefs up at night

IN WESTERN countries it is common to talk about American technology being dominant. From an Asian perspective that seems off. Fresh from visiting the region, where buskers and kerbside fishmongers can be paid by presenting a phone, Schumpeter has foun.....»»

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Efficiency eludes the construction industry

NINE years ago the first concrete was poured for Berlin Brandenburg airport. It was expected to open in 2012, to cost €1.2bn ($1.8bn) and to welcome 34m passengers each year. Today the only people in its terminals are those with hard hats. Six times ov.....»»

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The Trump administration is investigating Chinese trade practices

BEING tough on China was a constant theme of President Donald Trump’s election campaign. On August 14th he had another chance to wield his presidential pen to show that he is making good on his promises—in this case of a “zero-tolerance.....»»

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Marine contractors have made huge leaps in productivity

Ship shapeTHE Innovation, a 147-metre ship docked in Rotterdam, looks like a cross between an oil rig and a robot from a “Transformers” film. Her crane has been loading on giant.....»»

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China modernises its monetary policy

QIN SHIHUANG was the emperor who first unified China, through bloody conquest more than two millennia ago. Known fo.....»»

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A trade dispute threatens America’s booming solar industry

LAST year California Solar Systems (CSS), a small installer of residential solar panels, decided to “Buy American”. It turned to Suniva, a Chinese-owned firm that makes photovoltaic panels in Georgia and Michigan, rather than use c.....»»

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Computer-game tournaments go mainstream

Neymar, watch outFIREWORKS detonated, smoke wafted over the stage and confetti began to fall. Seventeen thousand fans cheered the European players of Team Liquid, with monikers like “MinD_ContRoL” and “MATUMBAMAN”, wh.....»»

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The Catholic church becomes an impact investor

The pontiff makes an impact“YOU cannot serve both God and money,” admonishes the Bible. But the church has always tried. In the Middle Ages monasteries were what would now be termed social enterprises......»»

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Steve Bannon is ousted as the president’s chief strategist

THE statement was short and bland: “W.....»»

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Donald Trump blusters, Latin America shrugs

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A new threat to public-sector unions is headed to the Supreme Court

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Travels with Mike Pence

TO KNOW how the world aches for a more familiar America to return, it is enough to watch foreign leaders interact with Vice-President Mike Pence. In more normal times, Mr Pence would make an unlikely object of global fascination. Missionary-earnest and s.....»»

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Minorities, the elderly and women are drinking much more alcohol

Got to give it up, that stuffTHE White House has plans to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. This concern is justified: in their legal and illegal forms, opioids kill an American every.....»»

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The far right—a user’s manual

Many sides in Madison SquareAMERICA is not about to be overrun by neo-fascists. Most politicians have no difficulty condemning the far right. The Republican National Committee chairman has told white supremacists, “We don.....»»

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The Texas Legislature’s special session grinds to a halt

Spot the governorTHE Texas House of Representatives adjourned on August 15th, after a special legislative session that left many legislators, on both sides of the aisle, a bit dyspeptic. “The problem continues to be that .....»»

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