Is there life on Mars?

By Julia Laplane, OECD As NASA’s rover, Curiosity, reveals proof that water, a “key ingredient for life”, once ran on planet Mars, questions emerge that go well beyond David Bowie’s enigmatic song title. If water was present on Mars for “thousands or millions of years”, what happened to cause desertification and [...]

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The role of data in keeping governments accountable

With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals drawing nearer, there is much discussion around what needs to be done to achieve these goals, as well as what will happen post 2015.   (This post first appeared on the Wikiprogress ProgBlog)   It must be acknowledged that the Goals have provided a clear framework [...]

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High-tech ageing

By Julia Laplane, OECD Did you know... that seniors read up to three times faster on an Ipad than on paper books? Or that 50% of the people who use Kindles are over 50 years old? Despite a general belief that new technologies are the privilege of the young, age and innovation are not necessarily opposed. New [...]

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Working towards happiness

By Carrie Exton, OECD For many people, thinking about work brings mixed emotions. Day-to-day stresses, strains and frustrations can be off-set by office camaraderie, the satisfaction of meeting deadlines or targets, and the rewards of feeling like you’re doing a “good job”.  Crucially, of course, paid work also [...]

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Vote? No thanks!

By Julia Laplane, OECD “The sinews of war are infinite money”. So said statesman Cicero. As the campaign for the American election begins, it seems the sinews of politics are equally tied to effective fund-raising. The costs of the 2012 American presidential election are set to reach record amounts, if they follow an [...]

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