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A dirty little secret


METHANE is invisible to the naked eye and does not make for good television. So when about 100,000 tonnes billowed out of a natural-gas system in Aliso Canyon, Los Angeles, over 112 days last winter (pictured in infra-red above), it drew relatively little media attention—even though it forced the evacuation of thousands of homes and the plume was big enough to be detectable from space.

Of populism and profits


IF YOU look at the headlines, geopolitical risk is at record highs, with populism and strife in Europe, a coup attempt in Turkey, a tense election in America, the threat of terrorism, and tensions in the South China Sea.

His and hers


“GENTLEMEN, it’s time for us to be done with women’s cleaning products,” suggests the website for Hero Clean, a line of American products aimed at men that Elizabeth Sweet, a professor at the University of California, Davis, came upon while shopping in California.

Fight club


Their tweets are punchy too BLOODIED bone visibly juts out of his ring finger but Josh Emmett keeps on fighting.

Everything under the Son

AS A student, the 58-year-old founder of SoftBank, a Japanese telecoms firm, resolved to dream up one computer-related business idea a day.

The great convergence


THE “internet of things” (IoT) is much hyped. For a decade, a world in which household appliances, packaged goods, clothes, medical devices and much more besides would be connected to the internet via smart chips and capable of sensing and sharing information has been just around the corner.

Silicon Valley 1.0


WHEN the Republican Party decided to hold its national convention in Cleveland back in July 2014 no one dreamed that Donald Trump would be the party’s presidential nominee.

Lessons from Cleveland, the Silicon Valley of the second industrial revolution


WHEN the Republican Party decided to hold its national convention in Cleveland back in July 2014 no one dreamed that Donald Trump would be the party’s presidential nominee.

Rocketing around the world


THE F-35 stealth fighter is designed to be unnoticeable—at least by enemy radar. Nonetheless, it was the showstopper at this week’s Farnborough air show in Britain, impressing crowds in the showground’s terraces with its smooth manoeuvres and party tricks such as flying backwards.

Sell me if you can

A STAKE in a Formula One team, four planes and a slew of posh hotels including the Grosvenor House Hotel in London: the troubles of Sahara, an Indian conglomerate whose founder has been in and out of prison, has resulted in a neat pile of trophy assets for the discerning buyer.

Putting on the glitz


PICTURE a set of Lego that covers 50,000 square metres (540,000 square feet), costs over one billion Danish kroner ($150m), and has a mini-golf course on its roof.

Red alert


“FIRST they think you’re crazy, then they fight you, and then all of the sudden you change the world,” said Elizabeth Holmes as troubles mounted for her blood-testing startup, Theranos, last year.

Rocketing around the world


THE F-35 stealth fighter is designed to be unnoticeable—at least by enemy radar. Nonetheless, it was the showstopper at this week’s Farnborough air show in Britain, impressing crowds in the showground’s terraces with its smooth manoeuvres and party tricks such as flying backwards.

Sell me if you can


A STAKE in a Formula One team, four planes and a slew of posh hotels including the Grosvenor House Hotel in London: the troubles of Sahara, an Indian conglomerate whose founder has been in and out of prison, has resulted in a neat pile of trophy assets for the discerning buyer.

Putting on the glitz


PICTURE a set of Lego that covers 50,000 square metres (540,000 square feet), costs over one billion Danish kroner ($150m), and has a mini-golf course on its roof.

The emperor’s gift


WHEN Warren Buffett and Bill Gates held a banquet for Chinese billionaires in 2010, they hoped to win them over to philanthropy.

Be nice to nerds


FIVE years ago Zach Sims, a sprightly, striving 21-year-old, launched Codeacademy, a startup, to offer online courses about how to write software.

Cutting the cord


THE future of television was meant to have arrived by around now, in a bloodbath worthy of the most gore-flecked scenes from “Game of Thrones”.

I mug you, Pikachu!


Profits over here ON JULY 10th police in O’Fallon, a Missouri town of about 80,000 people, made a statement about the modus operandi of an armed gang that had been using “Pokémon Go”, a video game, to prey on the locals.

I mug you, Pickachu!


Profits over here ON JULY 10th police in O’Fallon, a Missouri town of about 80,000 people, made a statement about the modus operandi of an armed gang that had been using “Pokémon Go”, a video game, to prey on the locals.


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