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The Morality of Driverless Cars

The ‘trolley problem’ is a thought experiment in ethics that can be defined as follows: picture an empty train hurtling down a track. Pan along the track, and there are five people tied to the ground who will be killed if the train continues. You are stood by a lever …

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Bialowieza – logging in the name of forest protection

Along the border between Poland and Belarus lies Europe’s last primeval forest, Bialowieza. Sadly, however, a rising presence of bark beetles has become an alarming threat to the ancient forest according to polish officials. Their response? A massive increase in logging by 2021. This decision has caused an outcry among …

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High Ambitions: Superpowers and the Weaponization of Outer Space

When Churchill in 1940 boasted that the British would never surrender, it was enough to beat your enemies at sea, in the air, in the fields and in the streets. This has been true for a very long time, and for most of the world, war is still something that …

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Politics in Outer Space – how Space Debris Removal Replaced Science Fiction

What weighs 2 300 tons, travels at an average speed of 27 000 km/h, and is becoming a growing concern for the international community? Answer: the space debris in the so called Low Earth Orbits. Dead satellites, old rocket boosters, pieces of destroyed spacecrafts and the like is what constitutes …

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COP21: Will Paris bring about real change?

Surely it hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that COP21 is taking place in Paris right now. COP21, the 21th Conference of the Parties, hosted by the UN organ IPCCC, is a two-week meeting with the main goal of creating a global agreement focused on reducing climate change. During the opening of …

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The Arctic: A Bullish Market for the Russian Bear?

There has been much talk centered around the industrialization of the Russian arctic zone[1], but much less on the effect that this will have on the arctic environment and the communities living there. This portion of the arctic is home to 4 million people, many of whom are descendants of …

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Six Feet Under Climate Change: What the Soil Tells Us

Global climate change brought about by recent human activities has gathered a broad community of scientists and politicians to address perhaps one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Political attempts to undertake actions towards climate change are limited by our ability to assess this problem. Although not …

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Nuclear Waste Management: Towards a gloomy future?

The question about how to manage nuclear waste is as old as the technology itself, however no definite solution has yet been found with regards to long-term storage. Many proposals to create infrastructure that lasts for millennia, necessary for the high-level radioactive waste to become harmless, have been discussed with …

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Smart drugs – a smart move for society?

For many people, trying to keep energy and motivation levels high throughout the working day is hard. Many turn to substances such as coffee to help keeping them sharp. Although useful, these are not the only substances that are used in today’s hectic life. The need to perform better than …

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No cure for anti-vaccine hysteria?

In 2014, the United States has seen the greatest number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. The same trend can also be seen in many European countries. For that reason, the discussion about vaccination is back on the agenda and with it a debate about …

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