No worries, you can still get a passport during the government shutdown

Flickr/sean hobson The government shutdown is ongoing, with no end in sight. The State Department does not have funding during the shutdown. But despite the lapse in funding, the State Department’s passport functions are still operational. Americans can still apply for and renew passports during the shutdown. The timeframe for receiving a new passport will […]

Worries about the rise of the gig economy are mostly overblown

IT IS a warm morning on Bondi Beach. Simon and Sophia are drinking coffee on a terrace while athleisure-clad millennials stroll by. The young American couple, both management consultants, came to Sydney from New York for a working holiday. Both found work through Expert360, a platform that connects professionals with firms needing help with tasks. […]

A bail-out for IL&FS raises wider worries about non-bank lenders

CAN a big financial firm’s credit rating fall from AAA one month—good enough for pension funds and life insurers—to junk the next without causing a crash? India’s government decided it did not want to find out. Last week it granted Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), one of India’s biggest shadow banks, a parachute. Plenty […]

New 3D ‘human replica’ technology could take worries about fake news to new heights

New technology which will be able to generate real-life replicas of any human being — alive or dead — could take the concept of ‘fake news’ into a whole new realm. Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn has been working on technology that needs nothing more than existing photos and videos to create 3D models of any […]

Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho injury worries continue as US tour goes from bad to worse

Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly are now serious doubts to face Real Madrid in United’s final pre-season game across the pond. Mourinho has nine players out injured, while a further eight still on extended breaks following their exploits in the World Cup in Russia this summer and not due back in training until this week. […]