James Ball

Book Review

Life on Earth is too tame for eccentric billionaires

Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX by Eric Berger reviewed

By James Ball

Book Review

Cashing in on COVID: the traders who thrive on a crisis

The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy reviewed

By James Ball

Science & Tech

Facebook has called the Australian media’s bluff

This will be a memorable plateau in the history of stupid clashes of the internet era

By James Ball


The EU’s muddled approach to encryption

Encryption uses calculations which are easy to perform one-way round but almost impossible to reverse

By James Ball


Forget Neil Ferguson’s personal failures — it’s his science that needs scrutiny

We should welcome the efforts to test and even to tear down the Imperial model — this is what the scientific process is

By James Ball


The price of oil just hit $0 a barrel. What’s going on?

Oil trading has become an international game of hot potato, with billion-dollar stakes

By James Ball

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