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Counting Down My 10 Favourite Inventions

10. The Knife The world would be a much larger place without the cutting edge invention that is the knife. The knife has successfully reduced meat, potatoes and veg down to manageable size since its advent in the Bronze Age.…

Counting Down My 10 Favourite Inventions

10. The Spork One can only imagine how consumers got by before the advent of the spork. It was a stroke of awesome genius to combine the pricking ability of a fork with the scooping power of a spoon. Patents…

Royal Society of Biology Announces Strawberry Blond “Isn’t a Real Hair Colour”

In an unexpected and controversial statement made on Friday, the Royal Society of Biology stated that the hair colour known as ‘strawberry blond(e)’ is no longer recognised by the society. “Many people try to call their hair ‘strawberry blond’,” said…

The Perfect Gig: Developments in the Modern Economy

Platform businesses have long been on the rise. Tech firms, such as Deliveroo and Uber, have reduced search frictions and revolutionised labour market structures as a result. This appeals to ‘workers’ for a variety of reasons: flexible hours, workplace independence…

Economics is Dead – Long Live Political Economy

When the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008, the economics profession was shaken. The world looked on as economic models became obsolete and useless and asked: how did the vast majority of economists not see it coming? Even the Queen…

Keeping Up With the Keep Cups

Recently, Pret a Manger made the decision to double the discount for hot drinks when customers use a reusable cup. The saving of 50p slashes the price of the reliable old filter coffee to just 49p, meaning that a student…

Politics And Progress: The State Of European Tech

Our very own Features Editor Rajan Soni explores what the seismic shifts in the global order mean for startups in Europe today Technological progress is often considered an inevitable and unstoppable force, immune to the effects of the outside world.…

“Gigstr offers job opportunities that suit people’s lifestyles”

Technology is changing the nature of employment. Gigstr capitalises on the structural changes to work brought by the so-called gig economy, in which employees are paid less for permanent employment commitments and more for flexible, often short-term arrangements, or “gigs”.…

Someone Like You: How Big Should Big Data Get?

Deputy Features Editor Kyi Yeung Goh analyses the increasing role that ‘big data’ plays in public life, and the trade-off between certainty and free choice Living with uncertainty is often uncomfortable. It is no surprise then that we would invest…

Black Mirror’s Ideas About Technology Are Flawed

A new year, a new season of Black Mirror. Writer Charlie Brooker’s hit Netflix show (originally completely British-made for Channel 4) is back with six episodes to cause unease, blow your mind, and make you go “aahh, that’s clever” at…