These are the world’s fastest growing cities. They’re all in Africa

Worldwide, more and more people are starting to move from rural areas to urban areas. But nowhere is this as prevalent as in Africa.

Does your country have bad drivers? Then your government is likely corrupt

Spare a moment to think about how the streets are in your country. The ponder how corrupt your country is. Do you see a correlation?

Ontario, Canada, to start piloting basic income project

Out of all the ideas to end global poverty, the simplest seems to also be more effective: governments just handing out money to people.

The Netherlands is shutting down prisons. It doesn’t have enough criminals, and prisons aren’t effective at rehabilitation

While this is a problem for the country’s 1,900 prison workers losing their jobs… it’s not such a bad problem to have.

Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80%

After a factory in Dongguan, China, replaced most of its workers with robots, it witnessed a spectacular rise in productivity.

Dominant wasps hand out breaks when workers are scarce, become horrible bosses when they’re plentiful

Wasps should really form their own labor union.

The world’s richest 8 people have more wealth than the world’s poorest 3,500,000,000

New estimates show that only eight people own more wealth than the world’s poorest 50%.

China pioneers dystopian RPG-like social system

We could be witnessing the birth of a dystopian society.

According to a new study, there are four kinds of people

According to a new study, 90% of people fall into one of four categories: optimists, pessimists, trusting or envious. Which one are you?

Book review: ‘Economic thought’

We live in an economic world, and this book makes sense of it all.

Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy

Who knew that governments can make people happier?

7,100 cities from 119 countries sign world’s largest alliance to curb climate change

Most of the world’s greenhouse gas comes from cities – and that’s where we have to act.

In the U.S., Walkability Is a Premium Good

In America, walkable neighborhoods are a privilege of the rich and educated.

China to build underwater laboratory, 10,000 feet beneath the surface

China is drastically accelerating its efforts to build a deep-sea research platform – but they aren’t doing it for the science.

The richest families in 15th century Florence are still the richest families in Florence

The rich really do get richer – a new study found that the richest families in Florence, Italy, have had it good for a while. For 600 years, to be precise.

Growing inequality is a threat to democracy, experts warn

“That’s not a capitalist market economy anymore,” he warned. “That’s a feudalist system and it scares … me.”

The science of why you should buy experiences, not things

The science of happiness is still a youthful and controversial field, but one thing seems to be clear: there’s only so much money and comfort can bring. Economic growth doesn’t translate to happiness. Sure, people in developed countries often tend to be happier than those in developing countries, but generally speaking money doesn’t bring more happiness – it just brings less sadness.

Modern slavery widespread among Southeast Asia migrant domestic workers, report finds

We tend to think of slavery as something that’s long extinct, but according to several reports, there are more slaves today than at any time in history. Now, a new study found that forced labor among migrant domestic workers is widespread in Asia. More than 70 percent of 4,100 women surveyed, citizens of the Philippines and Indonesia, said recruiters in their home country

People spend more on climate adaptability to protect capital, not lives

A research team from University College in London has calculated that in the last five years, the ten biggest cities have increased their climate adaptation spending by a quarter. But they also found that it’s capital, not people, that we’re investing the most  to protect. Beyond the moral implications this entails, it also means that poor but highly populated cities and

An incursion in the colorful world of fluorescent proteins

The discovery of green fluorescent proteins heralded a revolution in cell biology, enabling researchers to monitor cellular processes by applying themselves to a variety of protein and enzyme targets. Over the years, they’ve enabled thousands of successful experiments, triggering events that ultimately saved many lives. In 1961, Osamu Shimomura and Frank Johnson, working at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of