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Can everyday distraction be a tool for productivity?
Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe our cashless future is inevitable and good. But this isn't a frictionless utopia says Brett Scott, and it's time to fight back
Freiburg is forging a renewable future, but would you want to live there?
Our post-truth, post-trust times make us more aware of the value of those concepts. That can be a good thing
Review: How to Make a Nation, A Monocle Guide
Insects could be a plentiful food source if only we could get over our aversion to creepy crawlies
DNA testing may not reveal that much about yourself. Its real value lies elsewhere
Meet the people trying to rethink how we mark our deaths
Photos: At the Frozen Zoo in San Diego, the cells of thousands of dead animals are preserved in the hope that one day they could help save endangered species
As national unions fracture over the spoils of globalisation, will we see the resurgence of city-state alliances, like the Hanseatic League?
Why plans to reinvent a storied Manhattan library failed
Comment: The smart part of smart cities isn't about the dazzling technology, says Eddie Copeland, it's about the people. The story of John Snow shows us the way
The places where innovation happens. How space affects the way we work, think and interact
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The technology, systems and networks shaping our lives
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In our series on innovation in dance music we look at James Brown's invention of funk
How music’s biggest stars got themselves out of deep creative ruts
Digital technology lets us all be artists but does its guiding hand sap our creativity and lead to cultural homogeneity?
Cities and towns are attempting bold new experiments with alternative currencies they hope will boost regional economies and get people to think differently about money
The supposed 'sick man of Asia' might be a model for the west
Comment: A universal wage will only worsen division. We should redistribute work not wealth, says Emran Mian
From bacteria repellant to flying robots, some of the best new ideas in design and engineering are taking inspiration from biology
We design machines to think and act in ways that only mirror humans. That's too restrictive, limiting what AI might be capable of, says Alex Taylor
It's like a distributed ledger for convoluted analogies
With the global order fragmenting, cyber-security threats on the rise, and the deluge of information becoming overwhelming, countries are going to break away from the internet in its current form. Get ready for the splinternet
From time-slowing medicine to prison in a pill, a philosopher's thought experiments in future technology force us to rethink the very purpose of punishment
Our new series of short fiction explores the future of collective intelligence
With their clubby nature and grand cultural claims – and for some, health insurance and living quarters – the empires of coworking space are becoming our new corporate parents
The first in a series on innovative working environments looks at LEGO's new UK hub, where workspaces based on activity replace the traditional one-desk-per-person model
Architects and institutions are turning labs into places for grand statements
Video: Myndlift's app uses neurofeedback to help people focus in smartphone-addled daily life. Founder Aziz Kaadan tells us how it works, and how to succeed as the only Palestinian-founded startup in Tel Aviv
With food wasted in huge quantities, a London-based duo's app helps people give away leftover meals and ingredients rather than throwing them in the bin
How a style revival works
How free-culture pioneer Aaron Swartz fought for the free exchange of information, and lost
Can we find technological solutions for climate change?
In the Calais refugee camp, makeshift schools are springing up, catering to the needs of students of all ages
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