Column: Remote work is here to stay. Here’s how to make it work

All told, we’re likely to see a few people returning to the office sometime by the end of this year or early next year. And that’s hoping that science has a fitting reply for the scourge unleashed by the Coronavirus — a vaccine if we’re being optimistic or at least some form of herd immunity. […]

Happiest Minds: An IPO that flew under the radar in startup land

Ashok Soota was 68 when he started Happiest Minds. He’d quit as the Chief Executive Officer of Mindtree — a company he co-founded and took public — in a huff. At the time, I wrote an article titled ‘Will Ashok Soota’s track-record rub off on Happiest Minds?’ for a financial daily. Mr. Soota’s track record […]

Alice Rawsthorn’s cultural highlights

As we lived near Wigan in my mid-teens, I spent most school lunch breaks practising northern soul dance steps in the cloakroom. I’ve loved northern soul ever since and despite tough competition from the esoteric tracks that friends have unearthed over the years, my favourite is still one of the most popular anthems, Dobie Gray’s Out […]

UK Spy Agency GCHQ Officially Joins Twitter to Talk More About Itself

Agency officials will be hoping to use the social media account to improve GCHQ’s image, which was damaged by the revelations of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, highlighting the extent to which organizations such as GCHQ, the NSA and the CIA undertake digital surveillance.

The world’s largest digital camera could unlock mysteries of the universe

The focal plane took six months to assemble. Each grid of nine sensors is called a scientific raft, and 25 rafts had to be fitted into their spots along the grid. The sensors can easily crack if they come in contact with each other, and they only have a tiny gap between rafts — less […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hails ‘Sacred Combat Mission,’ Gets Warm Words from World Leaders

Kim is relying on his country’s massive military to assist in clean-up and recovery efforts. He called on personnel to “work with devotion for our great people, great Party and great state as befits the reliable revolutionary armed forces of the WPK and thus successfully complete their sacred combat mission” ahead of January’s gathering, or […]

The Outer Worlds expansion Peril On Gorgon is out now

It looks very much like “more Outer Worlds”, basically, which may not be a radical expansion, but it’s no bad thing either. Alice of Bee’s The Outer Worlds review actually convinced me to play it for a few hours last year, on the grounds that a perfectly alright, a-bit-safe-but-good lighthearted shooty RPG time was just […]

World’s wildlife populations have fallen by an average of 68% in four decades, World Wildlife Fund says

“This report reminds us that we destroy the planet at our peril — because it is our home. As humanity’s footprint expands into once-wild places, we’re devastating species populations. But we’re also exacerbating climate change and increasing the risk of zoonotic diseases like Covid-19,” WWF-US President and CEO Carter Roberts said in a statement.

Covid vaccine: ‘8,000 jumbo jets needed’ to deliver doses around world

“Even if we assume that half the needed vaccines can be transported by land, the air cargo industry will still face its largest single transport challenge ever. In planning their vaccine programmes, particularly in the developing world, governments must take very careful consideration of the limited air cargo capacity that is available at the moment,” […]

Palestinians Regroup, Tell Arab World Not to Deal with Israel Before Peace

Arab countries, especially those on the Arabian Peninsula, have long drifted away from hardline anti-Israel stances, especially as the rising influence of nearby revolutionary Shiite Muslim Iran became an increased concern of the Sunni Muslim monarchies of the region. But in the face of this well-established trend, Erekat appealed to fellow Arabs not to concede […]