Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


The cybercafé is dead. Long live the 3D printing café?

At 3DLab Fab&Café you can eat pizza, sip a daiquiri and print Yoda’s head. It’s a brand-new business model -- but can it go global?


How a low-tech solution is making a dent in Africa's gigantic fake medicine trade

In Africa, counterfeit drugs contribute to the deaths of 100,000 people annually. A simple app is changing that.


How Jane Goodall’s legacy is alleviating poverty

Are forest conservation and poverty alleviation mutually exclusive? Some say yes. Jane Goodall says they must go hand in hand.