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Design special. Inside: on the road with Kiwi prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Plus, does Duolingo work? We quiz the team.

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Forward motion

In partnership with Audi. Could driverless cars become the new normal? Advances in the technology and ethics surrounding automated vehicles are pushing us ever closer to transforming our streets. What was once only possible…

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Brewing the art of thai perfection

The centuries-old Thai philosophy of lamiat (lá-mîat) says that life should be approached as a work of art, where details are continually refined in the pursuit of perfection. The spirit of lamiat infuses Chang, the iconic…

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Editor’s letter

Ever the globetrotter, our editor in chief is at it again – but where is he this month? Well, he’s surrounded by sun, surgery and more than a few cacti, so it shouldn’t take you long to guess.

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The opener

We fork out for a fantastically big bento and then walk it off with the help of Karl Marx. Jane Goodall, meanwhile, gets down to (monkey) business and shares a few cheeky anecdotes.

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Turning heads

Once you’ve spotted one you can’t stop – there’s one on a Brooklyn warehouse roof, another in an alpine meadow. Sinister and mean, these plastic owls have become a global design success by doing one thing well: scaring the…

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Risky business

When you get arrested in Saudi or into a scrap in Iraq, one company hopes you’ll call.

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Buffalo stance

From their New Jersey farm, a former big-city couple have become enthusiastic advocates of water buffalo produce and discovered a lucrative business model in the process.

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On the up

Excellence is the norm at Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service – just ask its controller.

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High value

At every opportunity the chairman of Christie’s UK makes a bid for relaxation at his country retreat.

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Decision time

As New Caledonians get ready for a referendum that will decide their relationship with France, not all of the Pacific archipelago’s inhabitants are on the same page.

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Same difference?

Zimbabwe has a new leader who’s talking reform and wooing foreign investment. Is the rhetoric enough to reverse the country’s economic crash and restore international relations?

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Diplomacy briefing

Promoting the Spanish tongue, Finnish education models and the Nobel Peace prize winner whose women’s movement helped end Liberia’s civil war.

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High hopes

Happiness is up, stability is back but political divisions and crime concerns cloud Dutch skies.

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Mark my words

The world’s most popular language-learning tool uses our own innate competitiveness – and a passive-aggressive owl – to keep users motivated.

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On the case

One of the world’s youngest CEOs has set about refreshing the culture at luggage label Rimowa, bringing in new working practices, new talent and new business ideas.

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