Since the 1970s, the Ebola virus has been killing thousands of people, primarily in Africa. Despite the relatively low death toll numbers, Ebola has resulted in very high mortality rates in recent decades.
In 2009-2010, more than a quarter of a million people fell victim to the swine flu – a previously unknown strain of influenza that might have infected up to 21% of the planet’s population.
In 1918-1920, amid one of the deadliest armed conflicts in human history, over half a billion people contracted the Spanish flu – an unusually dangerous influenza strain that claimed more lives than all WWI battles combined.
The outbreak of Bubonic plague killed more than 50 million Europeans in the 14th century. it was well-documented, unlike previous pandemics, which struck the Byzantine empire.
Epidemics and pandemics have the potential to kill millions of people – and they actually have. Long ago, deadly outbreaks known as the "Black Death", the "Plague of Justinian", and the "Spanish flu" ravaged countries, empires, and whole continents. Some of these diseases are still present around the globe. Others have become a thing of the past.
Discover how these ancient and not-so-distant outbreaks from past centuries differ from the modern-day SARS, MERS, and coronavirus pandemics. Listen to our new series "Outbreak: The Deadliest Epidemics in Human History" this week on Radio Sputnik.
An outbreak of an incurable disease severely damaged the mighty Byzantine Empire, killing millions of people around the Mediterranean. Its name was the Plague of Justinian and it hit Constantinople in 541 AD.
It seems the idiom “the best defense is a good offense” is the best way to describe the principle behind the bloc’s creeping eastward expansion. NATO’s recent military deployments to the Baltic states, right on Russia’s doorstep, were hidden behind a smokescreen of media campaigns, which blamed Russia for increased tensions and “war preparations”.
As eLearning technologies take the world by storm, BRICS members such as Brazil are taking full advantage of the trend, and are prepared to share their experience with the other bloc members – Russia, China, South Africa and India.
America’s military presence has been the cause of protests in many countries where US troops are stationed – among them Japan, South Korea and Germany. But besides problems with the allies, maintaining military infrastructure overseas is a heavy burden for US taxpayers, costing them billions of dollars annually.
Some 300,000 American soldiers are currently serving Uncle Sam in nearly 150 countries around the world. And while officially they have to stick to a strict code of ethics, in reality the US servicemen are often the ones making it into the headlines in other countries for being involved in drunken fights, sexual assaults and other crimes.
In the 1990s Russia opened its doors to foreign fast-food chains, most of them being US brands. Now the country wants to export its own cuisine and culture abroad, and considers the BRICS countries as a promising market for fast-food franchise sales.
Even though it represents the last letter in the BRICS acronym, and it was the last country to join the association in 2010, South Africa has instantly become an equal partner for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Along with other member states, the country is now taking steps to develop its small and medium enterprises.
While the Russian economy relies heavily on big companies, India is well-known for its micro, small and medium enterprises. Indian entrepreneurs see a lot of potential in working with Russia, especially when it comes to doing business in the country’s regions.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa created the BRICS association based on equality and mutual benefit. But can they make their alliance truly profitable politically, as well as economically? Find out which BRICS members suffered the most from the 2008 financial crisis. Discover what areas of their economies kept growing despite growing pressure from the West. See how the bloc's members want to empower small and medium enterprises and to encourage economic growth. Listen to our special series "Outgrowing Frontier Markets: How Small Businesses Reshape BRICS Economies."
A simple navigation assistance app and a car accessory produced by the Russian-born company HUDWAY grabbed the headlines in many countries, including the US, several years ago. With its new product currently entering mass production stage, the tech startup is aiming at even wider distribution, including sales in four BRICS member states.
Forget about keeping one job throughout your life: it’s likely that in our digital world, you’ll be constantly learning new skills and adapting to new workplace environments. The way you acquire your professional skills may change as well, with adaptive learning becoming more common.
While some traditional jobs, including full-time positions in the engineering and construction fields, are likely to remain popular in the future, a "gig economy" will continue to emerge in the coming years, introducing new methods of communication between employers and employees.
While car manufacturing jobs were big in the 1950s, by the turn of the century humans have been replaced by robots, leaving thousands of people jobless. So, according to many experts, flexibility, self-improvement, and constant learning are becoming key abilities for those who would like to make a successful career in the 21st century.
Computers and the Internet already play an important role in most industries – from medicine to agriculture, and from the legal world to manufacturing. However, it's expected that thanks to artificial intelligence, computers will become even more powerful in the coming years, changing the very way people learn their professional skills.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? You might have heard this question over and over again at job interviews. But in a changing world it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen, even within next few months. Learn which jobs will become obsolete during the next decade and find out whether your occupation is among the “endangered” ones. Get career advice from world-renowned entrepreneurs, industry analysts and job market experts. Listen to our special series “Careers of the future: How to pick a job which will stay relevant”