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'Collapse' Of Modern Civilization A Real Possibility: Study

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to [...] Read more

Why stagnation might prove to be the new normal

Is it possible that the US and other major global economies might not return to full employment and strong growth without the help of unconventional policy support? I raised that notion – the old idea of “secular stagnation” – recently in a talk hosted by the International Monetary Fund. My concern rests on a number of [...] Read more

Harvard-led team detects gravitational waves, evidence of cosmic inflation

In a landmark discovery about the first moments of the universe, a team led by a Harvard astronomer announced Monday it had found proof of what happened just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago: Using a telescope at the South Pole, the scientists detected a distinct pattern in the distant cosmos that reveals there was a hyper-expansion of [...] Read more

NSA used ‘Microsoft Windows’ to infect millions of computers

The documents leaked by Edward Snowden have yielded what may be their most shocking revelation yet: plans to infect millions of computers with malware to prevent them from working properly. This was devised by the NSA in consultation with a shady billionaire, unofficially named as ‘Bill Gates’, who had close links to many different [...] Read more

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