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Aid can make lives better, project conclude

Foreign aid can significantly improve economic, social and human development, but practitioners must be open about failure if it is to succeed in the future, concludes a three-year research programme. Read More »

Last days Of Adnan Latif, who died in Guantánamo last year

Andy Worthington His article, published simultaneously here and on the “Close Guantánamo” website, contains exclusive information from the unclassified notes of a visit to Abdelhadi Faraj — a Syrian prisoner, and one of 86 men cleared for release from Guantánamo but still held — by his attorney, Ramzi Kassem, in October 2012. Read More »

Story of Urinating in Space

“Do it in the suit.” According to Tom Wolfe’s book “The Right Stuff,” that’s what mission control said to Alan Shepard during Mercury-Redstone 3, when the astronaut said he needed to urinate. Shepard did as he was told. The first American to reach the stars did so in a soggy space suit. Read More »

Predict earthquake with your Smartphone

Living in an earthquake zone adds a certain spice to life. A team from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created an app that uses the accelerometer in your smartphone, and turns it into a simple seismometer (device that detects the vibrations from earthquakes). Group dynamics Richard Guy is part of the team that put together CrowdShake, with graduate ... Read More »