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The strange story of pulsars and Jocelyn Bell Burnell

For anyone with the slightest interest in science, pulsars are incredible objects. They’re dead stars with magnetic fields as much as 20,000,000,000,000 times that of Earth. They spin at speeds of up to 25o million km an hour. And they pulse light at regular intervals, providing these amazing objects with their name and providing astronomers […]

What happens to education if we have Universal Basic Income?

The threat of automation has given rise to a lot of chatter in the press about the merits Universal Basic Income (UBI). Its a simple idea, whereby all citizens receive an income from the State, whether they work or not. In theory, it replaces all other forms of state support, such as pensions, unemployment benefit […]

What History can teach us about technology

Every now and then the argument resurfaces. Are some subjects more valuable than others? Are some degrees a good idea and others … well, worthless? The argument is usually framed as ‘technical’ or STEM subjects versus the liberal arts, where studying medicine is patently worthwhile and studying renaissance painting less so. It can feel as […]

Your student loan: is it a debt, is it a tax?

Here’s a thing: the dictionary definition of a loan is simple, “a thing that is borrowed, especially a sum of money that is expected to be paid back with interest”. So far, so straightforward. On that basis, a student loan is money that you borrow to pay for your studies and associated living expenses and […]

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