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Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe’s pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, insults were exchanged across the floor amidst a chaotic scene at the EU Parliament in Brussels, as mem-bers debated the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age. The bill was narrowly passed....

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The credit card game is over - the mobile phone wins
Dateline: 3 August 2009
Some of the most powerful icons of 20th Century capitalism were finally shut down last night by a real 21st Century villain: the mobile phone. Over the past seven years, since the early years of the decade, the mobile phone has proved to be a real business terrorist. It wrenched people from their place of...
Europe and America 'outsource' their ageing populations to reduce healthcare costs
Dateline: 12 August 2015
While the Western World has reeled from its rapidly ageing population, spiraling health care costs and falling pension benefits, the countries of South-East Asia have quietly grown a massive industry based on the provision of care to the elderly. Hospitals, nursing homes, taxi companies, catering companies, emergency medical alert support and drug companies – all...
The unthinkable becomes passé
Dateline: 26 June 2020
Today human cloning is the de facto standard for wealthy couples to have the child they want. The once much-vaunted ‘designer baby’ is now an uneventful reality for those who can afford it. The trend has resulted in an exponential growth for the cloning companies. Yet the noise just won’t die down completely. There were...
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. This used to be incinerated or jettisoned back in port. Now, using the latest waste management technology to convert all food waste into a biodegradable plastic, Princess...
BEAM ME UP A BURGER, SCOTTY!
Dinner from Sony – made atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Dateline: 9 February 2010
Pushing the trolley around the supermarket looks soon to become a thing of the past. You can now make almost anything you want, custom-built, right in your kitchen, using the new Sony Nano Assembler. This gizmo is a microwave look-alike – at least superficially. By using the atoms available in your garbage, the Sony P1...

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