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Technology

Shock it to me

Can you become a better person by electrocuting yourself? Jonathan Beckman steels himself for a bolt from the blue

Breathe easy

As cities choke on polluted air, purification technology is developing rapidly. Natasha Loder takes in a lungful

Put a lid on it

The world has gone crazy for the Instant Pot. Jonathan Beckman steps into the kitchen and feels the pressure

Cast from the past

The Victorians discovered a way to install the world’s great monuments in museum galleries. It was, argues Tom Standage, an incipient form of virtual reality

Do the bright thing

Dazzling colours and starker contrasts are making TV shows more vivid than ever before. Simon Willis sizes up the latest screens

Crossed wires

The first transatlantic cable was seen as a folly and a hoax. But, says Tom Standage, it heralded the greatest communications revolution in history

Tongue tried

Can the internet breathe new life into a dying language? Jonathan Beckman learns a smattering of Ainu

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