Posts byOllie Corfe

COVID-19 Dispatch: Frans de Waal Talks Human Nature

Our evolutionary past manifests itself in more ways than one.

The world hasn’t been quite this chaotic for some time: society as we know it seems ripe to burst after three months of pandemic. If you’re tired of the accusatory politics and contradictory science, Frans de Waal is just the right man to take a step back and peel back the layers of perplexing human
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Space Corp.

One small step for a private company, one giant leap for the private sector.

For the first time since the Space Shuttle was decommissioned in 2011, American astronauts were launched aboard an American spacecraft from American soil. On Saturday May 30th, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took off from Cape Canaveral in a SpaceX vehicle, and successfully docked with the ISS on Sunday morning. The event marked the first time that a private company has been contracted (and, crucially, trusted) by NASA to perform such a delicate
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Rhythm and Blues

How the sudden break in routine is wreaking havoc with our personal lives.

The beat has stopped, yet the show must go on. The global consequences of lockdown are plastered wall to wall across every news outlet. The personal consequences, however, are far more discreet. Ever since the plug was pulled we have been swaying awkwardly, mouths agape, waiting for the party to resume. Yet rather than just a skip on the record, it now sounds like we’re in this for the long haul. Unless we make a compelling effort to adapt and keep our footing, our new rhythm will feel awfully like
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COVID-19 Dispatch: Adam Tooze Talks History In The Making

A crisis expert makes sense of a world in chaos.

It can’t have escaped many by now that what we are living through is entirely unprecedented. Despite the novelty of these uncertain times, a great many lessons can be learned from those well-versed in historical disaster. Adam Tooze towers above the fray as arguably the most informed of them all: Professor of History at Columbia University, former International Security Studies director at
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COVID-19 Dispatch: Arnoud Boot Talks Europe’s Funding Feud

United we stand, divided we fall short.

If you were tasked with crafting the most eye-watering resumé imaginable for a finance student, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Arnoud Boot’s. The University of Amsterdam’s very own Professor of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets, whose expertise has previously been called upon by the central banks of the Netherlands, France and Sweden, also happens to be the author of a collection of renowned books on banking and
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Biting The Hand That Heals You

         In many corners of the globe, calling out the tyrannical practices of an over-zealous executive, corrupt judicial or archaic legislature is crucial for progress, peace and prosperity. In the most mature democracies of the developed world (“Western world” belongs on the Rolodex of anachronisms), we’ve all but forgotten what it means to worry about the sanctity our fundamental institutions. The pillars of our governments stand true and inviolable, and yet, for some reason, public discontent
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A Kingdom Divided, An Ireland Reunited?

      It’s no secret that England and Ireland have historically endured a bitter relationship. Northern Ireland, the offspring of their centuries-old row, traumatized by decades of violence, is today cause for concern for both of its progenitors. As cascading political upheavals have passions running high, cries for re–examining the custody of the country have been growing louder by the day. Is it high time for Northern Ireland to take its leave of the United Kingdom and
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