A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, beware the bossy state, Britain’s party-animal prime minister (11:45) and, why America and China are one military accident away from disaster (18:00)
Monocle’s Emma Nelson and panellists Vincent McAviney and Stephen Dalziel cover the weekend’s most interesting discussion topics, live from London.
A century after the quantum revolution, a lot of uncertainty remains.
Georgina Godwin sets the tone for the weekend. Simon Brooke reviews the newspapers, Andrew Mueller rounds up what we learned this week, and Monocle’s editor in chief Andrew Tuck is back with his weekend column.
On this week’s show: How cloning can introduce diversity into an endangered species, and ramping up the pressure on iron to see how it might behave in the cores of rocky exoplanets.
Also this week, Rick Kraus, a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, talks about how his group used a powerful laser to compress iron to pressures similar to those found in the cores of some rocky exoplanets. If these super-Earths’ cores are like our Earth’s, they may have a protective magnetosphere that increases their chances of hosting life.