OPEN a toolbox, pull out a spanner and you may be holding a bit of the answer to global warming: vanadium, a metal named after Vanadis, the Scandinavian goddess of beauty. Used mostly in alloys to strengthen steel, its appearance may not live up to the romance of its name.
This most recent bout of volatility may say more about the firm’s soothsaying abilities than the strength of its underlying business. Although Netflix’s subscriber growth fell short of its own projections, it was still in line with that of past quarters (see chart).
In Brussels, meanwhile, experts say the political focus has shifted from preventing NS2 to mitigating its impact on Ukraine, which risks losing its lucrative role as a hub for the transit of Russian gas to Europe.
WORK can make you sick and shorten your life. That is the argument of a hard-hitting book* by Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In an obvious way, that claim is outdated.
“THE making of a big tech reckoning,” blared one typical headline earlier this year. “The case for breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google,” touted another. Based on media coverage alone it might seem as if the tech titans are in trouble.
IN JAPAN it is hard to avoid the disturbing spectacle of young girls being treated as sex objects. Rorikon, an abbreviation of “Lolita complex”, is ubiquitous.
At one point a petrol bomb was lobbed at Alexander House itself, terrifying residents. Their misfortune is to live on a sectarian fault line in the city known to its Catholic residents as Derry and to Protestants as Londonderry.
IN SUNNY south Wales, Hayley is squeezing in a chat on the phone while caring for her five children after school. Her eldest two are 19 and 20; both have special needs and live at home. Their father is an occasional figure in their lives.
DEFENCE experts are a hard bunch to impress. But there were gasps of surprise on July 16th when a full-sized mock-up of Britain’s next fighter plane, the Tempest, was unveiled by the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, at the Farnborough air show.
FOR the City of London, the uncertainty around Brexit has been a quagmire. Its financial firms, deeply connected as they are to the rest of the European Union, have been forced into extensive contingency planning, including moving operations and staff, in order to be prepared for any possible Brexit scenario.
MOST forecasts suggest that Britain will be a poorer country after Brexit, largely because trading with the European Union will become more difficult. Such predictions about the distant future are, by their nature, open to doubt, which is partly why Brexit’s proponents feel free to dismiss them.
UKIP is back. After weeks of headlines and government resignations over the Conservatives’ bungled negotiations to leave the European Union, the party that infected British politics with the Brexit virus is on the up.