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E-stonia, E-residency and the future E-state

The future of digital democracy may be coming from an unlikely source, as the small Baltic country of Estonia has just created one of the most advanced e-societies in the world. Estonia, or E-stonia, is making its mark on the world by embracing new technology and creating its own virtual …

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Locked, Loaded and Lost – the hunt for missing nukes

Some refer to them as Broken Arrow incidents, some call them nuclear mishaps. Dangerous nuclear accidents have happened since the discovery of radiation, and as we learned earlier this year, weaponized nuclear material is not as secure as one might expect. Weapons of mass destruction are vulnerable to the same …

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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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Ready in 5 – The Scary Truth of Nukes Around the World

Nuclear weapon use saw daylight on August 6, 1945. This day was, for an estimated 60,000-80,000 Japanese people, blinding light and total destruction. Tens of thousands more witnessed the same disaster three days later, and tens of thousands have fallen victim to the radiation sickness that followed. That was almost …

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Clean consciousness, dirty digging: The real price of a clean future

While the global climate negotiations are at a halt and the prospects of making serious commitments to stop climate change appear depressingly far away, companies and consumers sit on parts of the solution. The sudden boom in the production and sales of e-cars can be seen as a part of …

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The 3D Printer: Friend or Foe?

3D printing can be used to create all kinds of objects – from the mundane to the potentially dangerous Source: wikimedia commons3D printing, or ‘additive manufacturing’, has been around for several decades, but in recent months there has been a huge surge of interest in its capabilities. This is mainly …

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The Gamer’s Choice: Play or Quit!

The video game industry giant Blizzard is able to organize its own expo. Photo: Joi ito on fotopedia.Sometime in Spring 2010, the following conversation took place in an American university, somewhere on the North-eastern seaboard. The class discussion was about U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan: Student A: “The …

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Forecasting in Politics – why statistics is more useful than gut feeling

The crystal ball of Nate Silver? Photo: Wikia.comHardly anyone can have missed the now famous statistician and New York Times blogger Nate Silver. By accurately predicting the outcome in 49 states in the 2008 American presidential election and in all 50 states in 2012, he is now considered a forecasting …

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E-voting – a threat to democracy?

A Diebold Direct-recording Electronic (DRE) with a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Printer (VVPAT) to the right. Photo: Joebeone, Wikimedia CommonsElections are an integral part of the democratic process. They are an opportunity to evaluate the policies of political parties or individuals and punish those that have failed in the …

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Dr Ahmadinejad, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the (Iranian) Bomb?

In his now-infamous speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu stated that he believed that deterrence would not work against a nuclear-armed Iran due to Islamist fanaticism. This is perhaps an over-simplistic view of international relations. Photo: Dokeyhotey, FlickrWhile intelligence agencies and politicians in the West have been talking about …

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