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Digested week: the joy of missing out on Glastonbury, and why moaning works

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Hurrah! After an enforced three-year hiatus (there was this pandemic thing – I can’t get into it now), Glastonbury is back! The older I get, the more I love this music festival of music festivals, its noise, its mud, ...

How Google’s chatbot works – and why it isn’t sentient – podcast

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Last week an engineer at Google claimed that an AI chatbot he worked with, known as LaMDA, had become ‘sentient’. Blake Lemoine published a transcript of his conversations with LaMDA that included responses about havi...

Christo before Christo: Paris exhibition reveals artist’s earlier works

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Long before scaling the heights of the Reichstag in Berlin or the Pont Neuf in Paris, the artist known as Christo started on a much smaller scale. Having fled communist Bulgaria for Paris and working in a maid’s room,...

Morrison government failed to show cashless debit card scheme works, auditor general says

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The auditor general has been highly critical of the former government’s handling of the cashless debit card, finding the Morrison government had not demonstrated whether the scheme was working despite operating trials...

‘Fascism works like that’: homeless New Yorkers struggle amid police sweeps

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Sinthia Vee is not sure where her art supplies went. “That’s a big old question mark,” she said, sitting outside Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, on a recent sunny afternoon. It will rain...

‘Extraordinary’ W boson particle finding contradicts understanding of how universe works

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After a decade of meticulous measurements, scientists have announced that a fundamental particle – the W boson – has a significantly greater mass than theorised, shaking the foundations of our understanding of how the...

The Works forced to close some stores after cyber-attack

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A cyber-attack targeting The Works has caused the closure of some of the retailer’s stores, delayed the resupply of stock and online order deliveries to customers. The cut-price seller of books, crafts and toys, which...

Ex-minister who warned on sanctions works for oil trader linked to Russia

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Earlier this month, former foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan warned of the risk of imposing too many sanctions on Russia. He warned the economic retaliation could backfire, with a high cost for Britain. The former Cons...

What can cities do when air pollution soars and what works?

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Earlier in January the London mayor and other organisations issued the first pollution warning of the year. These warnings follow the UK government index. They are designed to protect vulnerable people, but they do th...

‘We are weakening democracy’: fears over lack of lessons in how government works

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“She’s just a middle-aged woman, what would she know about it?” In a small classroom on a dark winter afternoon in east London, a group of students are talking about deciphering the meaning behind a tweet. The group i...

‘How dictatorship works’: Hungarian academic quits in censorship row

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A prominent academic has resigned from a Hungarian higher education body, alleging censorship and accusing the top European standards organisation of turning a blind eye to waning academic freedom in central Europe. A...

From boosting your mood to helping you focus: why water works wonders for your wellbeing

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What if you woke up tomorrow and found a miracle product had been invented? A great elixir that not only energises you but helps improve everything from your digestion to heart health and brain function. Oh, and it ca...

‘In Rome, nothing works’: citizens despair in run-up to mayoral elections

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Elio Perugini can’t remember the last time he had a decent night’s sleep. “It’s a disaster, the noise just doesn’t stop,” he said. “I hardly sleep any more. The worst of it is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.”...

Italy seizes 500 fake Francis Bacon works

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Italian authorities have seized 500 works of art suspected of being Francis Bacon counterfeits, along with cash and other valuables worth about €3m (£2.6m). Five people have been charged with criminal conspiracy to au...

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