US-France Roquefort dispute ends

Telegraph cheese beat writer Henry Samuel brings us the delicious news that the US has finally agreed to drop its 300 percent tariff on the traditional French blue cheese.

For those who hadn’t been following this story as closely as Mr. Samuel, shortly…

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New Scientist: Eight things you didn’t know about the internet

The internet is a tool that we all use every day. It’s arguably one of the greatest inventions of the last half century. But it’s had a profound impact on the way that we interact with each other and with society…

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Reclaiming Urban Public Space in New York

New York City has recently began to more actively shape public spaces in the city, implement bike lanes and explore alternatives for dealing with traffic issues.

Various initiatives are in place for the reclamation of urban street space in an attempt…

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IBM designing supercomputer that can play (and win?) Jeopardy

We all know that computers can beat humans at checkers, chess and they’re working on go. But what about Jeopardy!, the classic American trivia game show?

For a computer, playing a game like chess is relatively easy compared with a game like…

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Google starts to make U.S. public data available, searchable, comparable

Yesterday, Google announced that it would be making a certain piece of data from the American Bureau of Labor Statistics available via its search engine — that is, the unemployment rate in America from 1990 to the present.

Previously, if you’d…

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Air France flight from France to Mexico not allowed to fly over US airspace

While Traffic is a theme here at 80+1, we tend to focus on automobile traffic, and lose sight of air traffic. In the air, as on the ground, airplanes have very complex procedures and processes that they must follow. These include…

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