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    • The open secret of development economics The open secret of development economics

      Editor’s Note: Wang Jin is a research fellow of Charhar Institute in China and a research fellow from Syria Research Center of Northwest University in China. The article reflects the author’s opinions, and not necessarily the views of Himalayan Times. This year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences recognizes Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their work using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in developmental studies. This year’s selection has elicited a broad array of reactions from around the world, not least because RCTs are a source of controversy among academic economists. To many in China, the Nobel Committee...

    • Brain-computer interface: Where there is a will, there’s a way!

      Editor’s Note: Zou Yue is a Asian technical and international relations analyst and a graduate of Durham and Oxford universities. He writes on topics pertaining to China, the DPRK, Britain and the United States. The article reflects the author’s opinions and not necessarily the views of Himalayan Times We think with our brain, but can we also move with it? Yes, we can. According to BrainCo, BCI is simple, or at least it looks easy. A computer reads into your brain and then your brain controls everything. Han Bicheng, CEO of BrainCo demonstrated this by using a helmet to...

    • Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future Virtual-cities-Designing-the-metropolises-of-the-future

      Simulation software that can create accurate “digital twins” of entire cities is enabling planners, designers and engineers to improve their designs and measure the effect changes will have on the lives of citizens. Cities are hugely complex and dynamic creations. They live and breathe. Think about all the parts: millions of people, schools, offices, shops, parks, utilities, hospitals, homes and transport systems. Changing one aspect affects many others. Which is why planning is such a hard job. So imagine having a tool at your disposal that could answer questions such as “What will happen to pedestrian and traffic flow...

    • The health benefits of blueberries

      The fashionable blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a relative newcomer to the popular fruit scene and was one of the first to be titled a ‘superfood’. There are many different varieties of blueberry growing in different regions of the world. Huckleberries and bilberries are well known members of the blueberry family, native to North America. Blueberries grow in clusters on shrubby bushes and can range in size. Some grow in the UK, but the majority of the blueberries we find in the shops will be imported. Cultivated blueberries are common and taste sweeter than those grown in the wild which are tart. Blueberries...

    • Who are the poor Americans? poors-americans

      Millions of jobs have been created in the US economy, but many Americans still live in poverty. Who are they? For nearly six years, the US economy has been generating huge numbers of jobs: nearly two million a year. Not only has the economic recovery replaced the total number of jobs lost during the Great Recession – which followed the bursting of the housing bubble in 2007 – but it has added enough to account for a growing population as well. Unemployment in the US now stands at just 4.1%, the lowest since 2000, but there are many households which...