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THE ECHO CHAMBER • Artist May Safwat’s project uses the likeness of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and he’s not just a pretty face – her facsimile can stop your home assistant from snooping…
WE CAN ALL SAY IT WITH FEELING • Emojis are an essential aspect of modern communication – now designers are making them more inclusive, so everyone gets heard
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN ENSURE BEAUTY IS FOR EVERYBODY • Atima Lui is using AI to bring the full spectrum of skin tones to the makeup counter – and her tech could make inclusivity the default
KEEPING TECH FIRMS IN LINE BY SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE • As the EU Commissioner for its internal market, Thierry Breton is in charge of writing digital policy to rein in the technology giants, from search to social – and because he’s a former insider, they actually listen
THE ISS: 20 IN 2020 • The manned space laboratory finally gets ready for its close-up – just in time for decommissioning
THE SMALL TOWN THAT LEVELLED UP • Royal Leamington Spa is the hidden jewel in the UK games industry crown – studios in the “Silicon Spa” have been producing hits since the days of the ZX Spectrum, and now it’s serving as a model for regional investment
THE NEW ARMOUR IN PANGOLIN DEFENCE • Pangolins’ unique appearance makes them a prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine – and has put them on the endangered list. Isoscape tracking could help to stop their slaughter at the source
SCIENCE’S SUPERHERO • When Marvel filmmakers need some smarts to save the day, they call British theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson
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SCIENCE SHOULD NEVER BELIVE ITS OWN HYPE • Getting people excited about new discoveries is important – but not at the cost of real research
SAMPLES REMIXED • AI and a smart microscope are tackling a crucial part of the fertility equation – men’s sperm count
Celebrate the past, drink to the future • A single-malt revolution in Seattle is elevating whisky making with an approach that values craft and tradition – but with a disruptive spin
Explore Vienna with an expert in your pocket • Tourists in the Austrian capital have a high-tech companion to help them get the most out their visit: meet ivie, the app that knows the city inside out
OVER THE MOON • Sorry, Disney – Netflix is ready to launch its own animated features, and it’s aiming high
Make change • What organisations can do to champion workplace diversity
Five reasons why diverse companies are more successful
What is the future of distributed work? • Emerging technologies will transform remote working in the years to come, and Dropbox could unite them seamlessly
Rethinking the office • Working from home has exposed the failings of soulless workplaces. Employees need creative spaces that actually work for human beings
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Thrown off the scent • How luxury perfume brands are tackling a counterfeiting boom.
The wine box • For aficionados with serious investment bottles, Unger Weine’s high-tech Bavarian bunker has room for thousands upon thousands of the rarest vintages – all stored in perfect conditions
Global solutions take root in Abu Dhabi • Abu Dhabi’s deserts are blooming, thanks to agtech pioneers taking advantage of an environment that...