An old piece of jargon has been in our minds recently, the word ‘Crateology’.

This comes from cold war times, when analysts would spend days pouring over grainy black and white photographs of Soviet crates of unknown contents, placed on various docks behind the Iron Curtain.

Expert after expert would be consulted over these boxes, or because of the low resolution from spy cameras, even just the shadows would be argued over as the agencies tried to guess what was inside.

Nowadays, it’s a...

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