Articles by Elian

THE 13th Amendment to the constitution has prohibited slavery and indentured servitude in America since 1865. The one exception is as “punishment for crime”. As a result, prisons use their inmates as forced labour to balance the books, particularly since private firms were allowed to hire them again in 1979….

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Image copyright WHITBREAD The UK’s biggest coffee chain Costa Coffee has said it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 in a bid to reduce landfill waste. Under the scheme 500m coffee cups a year would be recycled, including some sold by rivals, it said. It…

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Image copyright SPL Image caption Artwork: The diamond-bearing meteorites may have come from a proto-planet in the early Solar System A diamond-bearing space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere in 2008 was part of a lost planet from the early Solar System, a study suggests. The parent “proto-planet” existed billions…

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How to spend your time when there’s nothing left to do? This morning something happened that reminded me of an important lesson re: time well spent. Three of us are working on an illustration project for our forthcoming book, “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work”. In our previous books,…

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Image copyright Getty Images The pound has hit its highest level since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. The pound gained more than 0.2% to $1.437 in morning trade, beating a post-Brexit vote high set in January. However, the pound fell back slightly following official…

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Image copyright Getty Images The year-long squeeze on wages is nearing an end, official figures for the three months to February suggest. Using the consumer prices index (CPI) average wages went up by 2.8%, still below the 2.9% inflation rate. But the Office for National Statistics said when wages are…

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IN A televised interview on April 15th, James Comey tore into the president who sacked him as FBI director last year. Donald Trump, he said, in an appearance intended to publicise his forthcoming book, “lies constantly”, runs his administration like a mob boss, treats and speaks of women like they…

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Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan leaves behind a party that’s considerably more loyal to President Donald Trump than to him, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.  A 53 percent majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they’d support Trump in a hypothetical political disagreement over Ryan, and just 15 percent that…

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Image caption Allison McIntyre manages a huge astronaut training centre at Johnson Space Center A senior Nasa engineer has said the first person to set foot on Mars should be a woman. Allison McIntyre, who puts prospective space travellers through their paces at Johnson Space Center in Houston, noted that…

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