How to end a lost decade of productivity growth

2019's Global Competitiveness Report is the latest edition of the series launched in 1979 that provides an annual assessment of the drivers of productivity and long-term economic growth | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Moving to another country can affect your gut bacteria

It could have important implications for our health.  | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Machine read 3.5M books and told us what it thought about men and women

Classy, vibrant and heartbroken. Wounded, unreliable and lawless. But which is which? | Continue reading | 13 days ago

These are the best countries for female workers

Improving female participation in work across the OECD could boost member countries' combined GDP by $6 trillion. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

An economist explains what happens if there’s another financial crisis

Central banks may not have the tools to act decisively in the case of another downturn, argues Kenneth Rogoff. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Would you trust a “robo-restaurant”?

A new era of technology and food service is upon us, from robots flipping burgers to waiting tables with an electronic smile. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Icelandic farmers' secret ingredient? Volcanoes

Freezing temperatures and little sunlight for half the year made Iceland reliant on imports, but geothermal energy is changing that. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

The results are in from Finland’s big political experiment, and they offer something for everyone. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Case for a Guaranteed Job

"There are undoubtedly problems with the design and implementation of a JGP. But I applaud its spirit and intentions." Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Handmaid's Tale Sequel Published

The Canadian author said of The Testaments: “As time moved on ... instead of moving further away from Gilead, we started moving towards it - particularly in the United States." | Continue reading | 1 month ago

We can feed the planet while saving the ocean

Climate change, overfishing and a growing population are putting incredible strain on global fishing stocks and the communites that depend on them. But there is a sustainable solution with the potential to meet the global demand for seafood and reduce the harm to marine ecosystem … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Japanese researchers created a robotic tail to help the elderly stay balanced

The tail, which uses four artificial muscles and compressed air to move in eight different directions, acts like a 'pendulum' to help wearers maintain their balance. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

All of Barack Obama's reading lists combined

From novels to non-fiction, here what fed the mind of the former US president from 2009-2019. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

New York's rooftop farms provide fresh local produce

36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown on three rooftops every year. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Why a global recession isn't inevitable

The warning signs are flashing over a new global downturn - and our power to respond is still weakened from the 2008 crash. But with a globally coordinated effort, it should be possible to steer the world's economy through these treacherous waters | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Reasons 4B people are still offline

How can we get the other half of the world online? | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Finland is taking a radical new approach to flexible working

9 out of 10 Finnish companies already offer their workforce flexible-working options. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Singapore's plan to avoid running out of water

Singapore, a steamy, low-lying island city-state, is the fifth most likely country in the world to face extremely high water stress by 2040. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Look no hands: self-driving vehicles' public trust problem

Autonomous vehicles could have a transformational impact on society. But they never will unless the general public overcome their current fear of them. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Why Universal Basic Income Might Not Be the Answer – World Economic Forum

Professor of Economics at MIT Daron Acemoglu believes we ought to be wary of simple solutions - and says universal basic income is no exception. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The new assembly lines: Why AI needs low-skilled workers too

It's often said that the AI revolution will only benefit highly skilled workers. But there is a hidden army of labor labelling the data on which it relies. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

NASA worked out how to make food out of thin air – and it could feed billions

The Finnish company, Solar Foods, has designed a high-protein powder made from CO2, water and electricity. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Millions of people eat octopus- why we shouldn't

Farming octopuses is not only unethical but deeply damaging to the environment, scientists say. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The EU wants to create 10M smart lampposts

For most of us, the humble lamppost is just that. We pass them in the street every day without a thought, but the European Union believes they are the key to the future of Smart Cities. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

How the future of computing can make or break the AI revolution

The computing ecosystem must continue to evolve – maybe into the quantum realm – if AI is to come to full fruition. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Global farmers can take on climate change. Here's how

Today, farming is a major cause of climate change through emissions, nitrogen runoff and aquifer depletion. But it doesn't need to be this way. Here's how farms can become a key climate ally. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

World Econ. Forum Consortium Launches Paperless Canada-Netherlands Travel Pilot

Madeleine Hillyer, US Media Relations, Tel. +1 (0) 646 592 5044; | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Why natural cycles only play a small role in rate of global warming

Looking at natural climate cycles as an explanation for rapid global warming is a misleading metric, evidence suggests. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Clothes Designed by Artificial Intelligence

AI has already revolutionized a number of industries. Could it do the same for fashion? | Continue reading | 3 months ago

The climate crisis is cooking mussels in their shells

Mussels are known as a foundation species — they provide shelter and habitat for a lot of animals, so when you impact that core habitat, it ripples throughout the rest of the system.  | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

Rising temperatures are causing the frozen ground that covers large parts of the Earth to break up, adding to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Why memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia

If you're especially into a piece of music, your brain does something called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), which feels to you like a tingling in your brain or scalp. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Reforestation is key to averting a climate catastrophe

The study also suggests that reforesting such a large area wouldn't impact our capacity for growing and farming food. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Being multilingual alters your experience of time (2018)

A new study shows that bilinguals do indeed think about time differently, depending on the language context in which they are estimating the duration of events. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

China is building a floating train that could be faster than air travel

Designed to reach speeds of up to 600 km/h, the prototype magnetic levitation train could travel between Shanghai and Beijing in just three and a half hours. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

People consume 5g of microplastic every week – new research

Microplastics are now so prevalent throughout the environment that a study by the University of Newcastle has reached a worrying conclusion about just how much we each consume. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

India is now producing the world’s cheapest solar power

Between 2010 and 2018, setup costs for solar have fallen by 80% in India, the most precipitous decline of any country. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

AI will drive the societies of the future. Will the governed consent?

Backed by complex machines and artificial intelligence, government action will become even more impenetrable for the average citizen. How can future governments work with and for the governed? | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Great tricks for reading people's body language

Body language can be a lot more telling than what people say. That's why its important to know what to look out for. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Sweden has invented a word to encourage people not to fly. And it’s working

Many environmentally-conscious Swedes are encouraging others to opt for rail over air. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Watch 125,000 years of human migration in 1 minute

This animated map shows how early migrants from Africa populated the planet. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

It's time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, according to two experts at Davos 2019. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

World Economic Forum – Life Hacks from Marcus Aurelius: How Stoicism Can Help Us

The philosophy of Stoicism can help people reach a level of clear-headed thinking, says cognitive behavioral psychotherapist Donald Robertson. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Star Trek's formula for the civilization of the future

"In Star Trek, the characters were knowledge workers and did not seem to worry about food, lodging or acceptance." | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Millennial burnout: building resilience is no answer

Instead of labeling millennials as 'snowflakes', we should take a long, hard look at modern work culture, argues one expert. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

This is what 24 of the world's most iconic flags mean

In the context of modern times, flags are best known as national symbols — and they’re used to air a country’s past, present, and future vision all rolled into one. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

To beat Starbucks, Luckin Coffee plans to open a store in China every 3.5 hours

Starbucks plans to open one store every 15 hours across China, but Luckin has plans to be even faster.  | Continue reading | 5 months ago

In Sweden you can roam anywhere you like, without the landowner's permission

You can walk, ride, cycle, ski and camp on any land you like in Sweden, regardless of who owns it, with just a few exceptions. ‘Everyman’s right’ is a medieval custom that's been passed as law in modern times. | Continue reading | 5 months ago