How gene editing could reduce the cost of cosmetics

From The Economist. The cosmetics business has exploited natural resources for centuries. With consumers now demanding more sustainable products, gene-editing technology could give the industry a makeover—and make cosmetics cheaper. 00:00 – Could gene editing make cosmetics more sustainable? 01:01 – Hunting sharks for skincare 02:58 – How does synthetic biology work? 05:39 – What…

Alien life: are we about to find it?

From The Economist. The thought of finding alien life has fascinated people since the time of the ancient Greeks—but developments in astrobiology could be about to turn this possibility into reality. How do you hunt for life beyond Earth—and might this be the decade when we find it? 00:00 – Is there life beyond Earth?…

War in Ukraine: is Putin ill? | The Economist

From The Economist. Speculation about Vladimir Putin’s health has intensified since the start of the war in Ukraine—including rumours of blood cancer, Parkinson’s and paranoia. Could the Russian dictator be seriously ill? 00:00 – Is Putin sick? 00:52 – What’s driving the speculations of Putin’s ill health? 03:24 – What do the rumours suggest about…

War in Ukraine: how has the world changed? | The Economist

From The Economist. It’s been more than three months since Russian tanks rolled across the border into Ukraine. The global impact—from the isolation of Russia to the hit on the world economy—has been far-reaching. Our experts explain how the invasion has fundamentally changed the world for the foreseeable future. 0:00 – The Ukraine war: three…

China in Africa: should the West be worried? | The Economist

From The Economist. In the past 20 years, China has built ever closer bonds with African nations. It has spent billions transforming infrastructure across the continent, and extending its influence into politics and society. It even placed its only overseas military base there. How worried should the West be? 00:00 – China in Africa: should…

Will Sudan and Ethiopia go to war? | The Economist

From The Economist. Recent events have revived a century-old border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan over al-Fashaga—a fertile region that both countries claim as their own. Could these tensions throw the entire region into conflict? 00:00 – The border dispute: Sudan and Ethiopia 00:58 – The history of the dispute 02:33 – How does Abiy…

War in Ukraine: the emerging global food crisis | The Economist

From The Economist. The impact of the war in Ukraine is spreading across the world — global food supplies are now threatened. The Economist’s experts consider the consequences, and discuss how the addition of Finland and Sweden will change the NATO alliance. 0:00 – War in Ukraine: the global impact 1:30 – How Ukraine’s agriculture…

War in Ukraine: why is Russia’s army so weak? | The Economist

From The Economist. As Russia celebrates Victory Day, our defence correspondent considers why the Russian army has performed so badly in Ukraine. 00:00 – The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine 00:40 – Why has the Russian army struggled in Ukraine? 02:00 – What’s behind Russia’s brutal warfare? 03:27 – Donbas: the next…

Press freedom: why you should be worried | The Economist

From The Economist. Global press freedom is facing its greatest challenge in decades—not just in authoritarian countries, but in democracies too. Governments are using more subtle tactics to muzzle the media. What’s going on and why is it so worrying? 00:00 – Introduction: global press freedom is in decline 01:08 – How journalists are being…

Rape in the British military: women speak out | The Economist

From The Economist. Almost two-thirds of women in the British armed forces have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination, yet few report their experience because of a culture of fear and impunity. What creates this culture, and how can it be addressed? 00:00 – Sexual harrassment in the British armed forces 01:17 – A culture…

Dr Fauci: follow the science | The Economist

From The Economist. Death threats, misinformation and dedication to public service: Dr Anthony Fauci discusses his personal experiences of the covid–19 pandemic with The Economist’s deputy editor, Edward Carr. 00:00 – Who is Dr Anthony Fauci? 00:38 – Should scientists be apolitical? 01:30 – The importance of political neutrality 03:55 – Being a scientist in…

Crypto: a beginner’s guide | The Economist

From The Economist. Cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and blockchain technology—what do these terms really mean? The Economist’s finance correspondents guide us through the key concepts of crypto. 00:00 – Crypto can be confusing 00:19 – What is crypto? 01:08 – What is a blockchain? 02:05 – What is mining? 03:15 – What is Bitcoin? 04:00 –…

Brexit: What will happen to Ireland? | The Economist

From The Economist. The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is one of the most contentious in the world. But what really divides Ireland? And after Brexit, is Irish unification a real possibility? 00:00 Ireland’s irregular border 00:45 Ireland’s history divided 02:31 Caught on the wrong side 04:36 The Troubles 06:30 Working towards peace…

France 2022: How to predict an election | The Economist

From The Economist. For as long as elections have taken place someone has tried to predict what might happen. From polls to prediction models, uncertainty is always inevitable. What’s the best way to do it? 00:00 – What’s the best way to predict elections? 00:48 – How were elections predicted in the past? 02:36 –…

War in Ukraine: The Economist interviews President Zelensky | The Economist

From The Economist. Volodymyr Zelensky talks to The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, in his Kyiv complex dubbed “the fortress”. In a wide-ranging interview, the Ukrainian president discusses the state of the war, the international support he needs and what a Ukrainian victory would look like. 00:00 President Zelensky meets The Economist 00:44 Actor-turned-president: how…

War in Ukraine: is a peace deal possible? | The Economist

From The Economist. As negotiations between Russia and Ukraine continue, our experts discuss what conditions might encourage both sides to lay down their weapons—and how likely a peace deal really is. 00:00 – War in Ukraine: when will there be peace? 00:37 – What would a peace deal involve? 02:30 – What will happen to…

Gene editing: should you be worried? | The Economist

From The Economist. From combating climate change, to curing disease, to creating designer babies, gene-editing technologies have the potential to transform lives. What risks do they pose? 00:00 – Gene editing: risk v reward 01:06 – Cavendish bananas are under threat 03:47 – GM crops have a bad reputation 05:18 – GM mosquitoes could reduce…

War in Ukraine: how could this end? | The Economist

From The Economist. As Russia continues the bombardment of Ukraine, peace talks falter and threats of escalation increase, our Economist experts discuss how the war could end. 00:00 – Introduction 00:37 – A Russian quagmire? 02:06 – Could Putin lose power? 03:38 – The biggest escalation risks 05:39 – A negotiated end to the war?…

War in Ukraine: whose side is China on? | The Economist

From The Economist. China won’t endorse Russia’s war in Ukraine, but it also won’t condemn it. Whose side is China really on? Our expert discusses China’s stance on the conflict 00:00 – China’s response to the war 00:58 – Did Putin warn Xi about the invasion? 01:47 – Whose side is China on? 02:56 –…

War in Ukraine: how far will Putin go? | The Economist

From The Economist. Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine is devastating the country and its people. How far will he go? Our experts discuss the threat of escalation, from the use of nuclear weapons to attacks beyond Ukraine. 00:00 – How far will Putin go? 00:32 – A war of escalation 01:34 – Nuclear weapons are…

War in Ukraine: are sanctions working? | The Economist

From The Economist. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted an unprecedented response from the West: economic warfare. Our experts, Patrick Foulis and Matthew Valencia, weigh in on whether sanctions will be enough to stop further aggression from Russia. 00:00 – The West’s economic warfare 00:38 – Sanctions on Russia: explained 01:57 – The impact of…

War in Ukraine: An unfolding refugee crisis | The Economist

From The Economist. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is driving its people to the country’s western borders. So far the majority have headed to Poland, which is opening its arms to the newcomers. 00:00 – Ukranians are fleeing to Poland 00:42 – Poland welcomes Ukrainian refugees 01:30 – Ukraine and Poland’s shared history 03:04 –…

War in Ukraine: Kyiv fights back | The Economist

From The Economist. As Russian troops advance towards Kyiv, Ukrainian forces are preparing to fight back. Our correspondent reports with the latest from Kyiv. 00:00 – Kyiv prepares to fight back 00:42 – Tank traps and Molotov cocktail factories 01:42 – Exodus from Kyiv 02:39 – Life in the city 03:20 – Morale remains high…

Could Putin really start a nuclear war? | The Economist

From The Economist. After invading Ukraine nearly a week ago, Putin has now ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be on high alert. Shashank Joshi, The Economist’s defence editor, answers questions on whether the war in Ukraine could escalate into a nuclear conflict. 00:00 – Putin has raised the stakes 00:40 – Is Putin threatening nuclear…

Green building: can mushrooms help? | The Economist

From The Economist. The construction industry is responsible for 11% of the world’s man-made CO2 emissions—due to its reliance on concrete and steel. What alternative materials could be used in the future? Film supported by @Infosys 00:00 – What are some sustainable alternatives? 00:31 – Why is construction bad for the environment? 01:08 – The…

How AI can make health care better | The Economist

From The Economist. AI has the power to transform health care. From more efficient diagnoses to safer treatments, it could remedy some of the ills suffered by patients. Film supported by @Maersk 00:00 – Can AI help heal the world? 00:45 – How can AI spot blindness? 04:01 – Protecting patients’ privacy 05:10 – How…

How to make computers less biased | The Economist

From The Economist. You might think technology is the great leveller. But as AI and other data-driven innovations race farther and faster ahead, the automation of racial bias is causing growing concern. 00:00 – Can technology be racist? 00:50 – Bias in facial-recognition tech 03:50 – Why do data discriminate? 05:50 – What can be…

Disputed Borders: Russia v Ukraine | The Economist

From The Economist. Vladimir Putin has already annexed Crimea and plunged Donbas into war. Now, he has amassed 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border. Why can’t Russia leave Ukraine alone? 00:00 – The world’s eyes are on Ukraine 00:55 – Russia and Ukraine’s shared history 02:08 – Caught between Russia and the West 04:04 –…

NFTs: are they worth the hype? | The Economist

From The Economist. In the past year a new trend in the crypto world has boomed: NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. They started as a way for digital artists to have ownership over their work but have transformed into a dizzying new multi-billion-dollar marketplace. Are they worth the hype? 00:00 – Are NFTs worth the hype?…

China and Russia: MI6’s top concerns | The Economist

From The Economist. MI6 chief Richard Moore speaks to the “The Economist Asks” podcast about the world’s biggest threats—from a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine to China’s increasing access to personal data 00:00 – 00:49 MI6 is stepping out of the shadows 00:49 – 02:55 Will Putin invade Ukraine? 02:55 – 03:49 China’s influence has…

How to make black lives matter more | The Economist

From The Economist. The shocking murder of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020 sparked a wave of protests around the world and prompted promises to address structural racism. What actions could actually make black lives better? Film supported by @Mishcon de Reya LLP 00:00 – The legacy of George Floyd 01:20 – How…

What will China do in 2022?

From The Economist. China’s Xi Jinping seems likely to have his third term in office ratified by the Communist Party Congress in 2022. What could that mean for China, and for the rest of the world? 00:00 What will China do in 2022? 02:38 Chinese nationalism is at an all time high 03:39 The death…

The World Ahead: the true costs of ageing | The Economist

From The Economist. The rich world is ageing fast. How can societies afford the looming costs of caring for their growing elderly populations? film supported by @Mission Winnow 00:00 The wealthy world is ageing 01:17 Japan’s elderly population 02:11 The problems of an ageing world 04:01 Reinventing old age 05:48 Unlocking the potential of older…

Can science help poor kids earn more? | The Economist

From The Economist. The wide gap in development between rich and poor children could be closed with the help of neuroscience. Might a controversial focus on genetics also help? Film supported by @Mishcon de Reya LLP 00:00- The achievement gap between rich and poor kids 00:55 – Words matter in childhood development 03:16 – Conversation…

2022: a preview of the year’s biggest themes | The Economist

From The Economist. What will some of 2022’s top themes and stories be? Tom Standage, editor of The Economist’s future-gazing annual, “The World Ahead 2022”, gives his prediction 00:00 What to expect in 2022 00:35 Pandemic to endemic 01:35 Inequality in hybrid working 02:34 Taming cryptocurrencies 03:43 The race to dominate space 04:34 The need…

Covid-19: How dangerous is Omicron? | The Economist

From The Economist. The new variant of covid-19, Omicron, is spreading around the world. Just how infectious is the strain, and will current vaccines prove effective against it? Our experts answer your questions. 00:00 What is Omicron? 01:30 How dangerous is Omicron? 02:39 Will new vaccines be needed? 03:15 What are governments doing? 04:17 Is…

How to manage a megacity | The Economist

From The Economist. By 2050, 6 billion people could be living in cities. How should the challenges caused by rapid urbanization be handled in the world ahead? Film supported by @Mission Winnow 00:00 – What are megacities? 01:01 – The problem with megacities 03:07 – How is Ahmedabad tackling rapid urbanisation? 04:45 – How can…

Is it time to go back to the office? | The Economist

From The Economist. Has the working-from-home revolution been good for productivity? Or is it time for office workers to go back to the office? 00:00 – How have our panellists’ working lives changed? 01:54 – Do employees and employers have different opinions? 03:40 – The impact of race on remote working 04:14 – Do you…

How economic policy can help the world recover | The Economist

From The Economist. Economic recovery from covid-19 is deeply uneven around the world. Our experts answer your questions about the problems facing the world economy and the actions governments could take. 00:00 – The problems with the global economy 00:34 – Will there be hyperinflation? 02:26 – What’s behind labour shortages? 04:12 – Disrupted supply…