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The Week Unwrapped: tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects

Why has Elizabeth Holmes’ court case divided opinion? What is causing Ikea’s delivery tailbacks? And could wooly mammoths roam the earth again?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Tech tiffs

The long-awaited fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes is finally underway. Once the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, Holmes is now to be tried on 10 counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud while serving as CEO of Silicon Valley tech startup, Theranos. The prosecutors and defence have laid out their opening arguments for what is set to be a lengthy case.

Shipping shortages

A worldwide shipping container shortage is triggering rising prices for containers and the prospect of empty shelves this Christmas. Some of the world’s biggest companies, including Ikea and Walmart, have taken to chartering their own ships in an effort to stem the delivery tailbacks. But is this just a momentary supply chain blip, or a sign that the great behemoth of container shipping can no longer keep pace with our changing world?

Mammoth science projects

A team of scientists and entrepreneurs have formed a new company that aims to genetically resurrect the woolly mammoth within the next decade. Named Colossal, they claim that the reintroduction of thousands of genetically engineered mammoths to the Siberian tundra could help combat climate change. But is bringing the long-extinct species back to life viable - let alone ethical?

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