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Even when it's sitting in storage, coal threatens human health

By Akshaya Jha

President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the war on coal policies designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts from producing and burning coal, such as toxic air pollution and mine...

How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid

By Joshua M. Pearce

As the U.S. military increases its use of drones in surveillance and combat overseas, the danger posed by a threat back at home grows. Many drone flights are piloted by soldiers located in the U.S., even when the drones...

Legal weed: What your kids really need to know

By Geraint Osborne

Weed, pot, grass, marijuana or cannabis to use the proper terminology will be legal in Canada from July 1, 2018. Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to walk into a store and buy up to 30 grams of regulated product....

North Korea tests not just a bomb but the global nuclear monitoring system

By Trevor Findlay

North Koreas apparent nuclear detonation on September 3 has drawn our attention to a remarkable international organisation that helps detect and identify nuclear tests. For the Vienna-based Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty...

Income inequality ticks down as the rich see their incomes fall: ABS

By Peter Whiteford

Income inequality has dropped slightly in Australia, largely driven by a fall in incomes for the richest 20% of the population, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Household Income and...

How gamification can boost student success

By Aaron Langille

In a perfect world, students would be self-motivated to focus during lectures and practice or study the material. Unfortunately, this is often not the case for many reasons. Recognizing that engagement is one of the key...

How can companies doing business overseas reduce the risk of corrupt practices?

By Florencio Travieso

The terms compliance, anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies and procedures have recently become trendier. Businesses in general and multinational corporations in particular are becoming more concerned about these...

Britain's offshore boom is concentrating power in the hands of a few very large developers

By Bridget Woodman

The price of offshore wind continues to fall dramatically. The UK governments latest round of contracts for renewable generation have just been announced, and they show the costs of subsidies have halved in just two years....

Why businesses fail to detect modern slavery at work

By Genevieve LeBaron Et Al

I can tell you the farm where the steak on your plate came from. Probably even the name of the cow. But we have no idea where the workers came from that work in our kitchens. That was the very frank admission from a...

As corruption scandals spread, Brazil struggles to uphold the rule of law

By Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz

With the current president Michel Temer under suspicion and two former presidents, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) and his successor Dilma Rousseff, now facing fresh corruption charges, Brazils political crisis is...

We need to close legal loopholes to ensure everyone is safe when going under anaesthesia

By Kara Allen

A young woman tragically died recently after a cosmetic operation carried out at a beauty clinic. Manslaughter charges have been brought against the practitioner, who allegedly has qualifications obtained overseas but was...

Fake news and god's wrath: extreme hurricane politics in the US

By David Holmes

The devastating scenes of destruction and flooding in the Bahamas and the southern states of the US have captivated the world for many weeks now. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Hurricane Jose soon to follow, have stolen...

The only safe email is text-only email

By Anna Shubina Et Al

Its troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam. Any one of the endless stream of innocent-looking...

Why al-Qaida is still strong 16 years after 9/11

By Tricia Bacon

Sixteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, al-Qaida conducted the most destructive terrorist attack in history. An unprecedented onslaught from the U.S. followed. One-third of al-Qaidas leadership was killed or captured...

Does marijuana affect your sleep?

By Deirdre Conroy

If you speak to someone who has suffered from insomnia at all as an adult, chances are good that person has either tried using marijuana, or cannabis, for sleep or has thought about it. This is reflected in the many...

9/11 anniversary: Understanding extremist motives could stop further violence

By André Gagné

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States that claimed 2,977 lives. Whats changed since 9/11? How has our view of Islamist terrorists been transformed since that dreadful...

Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

By David Blowers

There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last weeks announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power...

The economics of ticket scalping

By Paul Crosby Et Al

Allegations that tickets to recent AFL and NRL finals matches were being resold for up to three times their initial price raises questions of why ticket scalping happens, and whether anything can be done about it. To an...

What about the people missing out on renewables? Here's what planners can do about energy justice

By Jason Byrne Et Al

The rapid shift to new energy sources is outpacing land use planning in cities. As interest in renewable energy burgeons, another concern has emerged energy justice. Improvements in renewable energy generation, energy...

As your car becomes more like an iPhone, get ready to update its software regularly

By David Glance

In response to millions of people fleeing Florida in the face of Hurricane Irma, Tesla has flipped a switch in some of its cars to temporarily extend their range. Tesla is able to do this because its cars receive...

Explainer: after an earthquake, how does a tsunami happen?

By Jane Cunneen

Fridays earthquake off Mexico was the largest in that region in over a century, and will add pressure to a region already being battered by several other natural disasters. The earthquake occurred off the west coast of...

'Is truth overrated?' What the experts say

By Troy Campbell Et Al

Editors note: As part of our collaboration with Third Rail with OZY, we asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to answer the question: Is truth overrated? Objectivity and truth in the fake news era Maryanne...

Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit

By Courtney M. Page Et Al

With floodwaters at four feet and rising, a family in Houston, Texas abandoned their possessions and scrambled to their roof during Hurricane Harvey to sit with their pets and await rescue. Unable to reach first responders...

Not lovin' it: how insecure work creates insecure lifestyles for the poorest in society

By Pete Robertson

The claim that Eskimos have 50 words for snow may be apocryphal, but it neatly illustrates the truism that our vocabulary becomes more extensive and nuanced for phenomena we encounter frequently. The bog-standard job of...

Macron's woes: French unions are gearing up for major strikes

By Ruth Reaney

Emmanuel Macrons honeymoon period as French president is over. Five months into office and summer has seen his popularity slide. Nonetheless, the new leader is on the move with his commitment to reform Frances strict...

Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone

By Taku Tamaki

North Koreas nuclear test, by far its largest, came less than a week after it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew over northern Japan, triggering a national text-message system known as the...

How market forces and weakened institutions are keeping our wages low

By John Buchanan

Within the political class there is a low level moral panic about low wages growth. The irony is that those lamenting this situation are simply witnessing the ultimate outcome of policies they have long advocated. While...

What the West gets wrong about North Korea's motives, and why some South Koreans admire the North

By B.R. Myers

North Koreas sixth nuclear test on September 3 of what was possibly a hydrogen bomb prompted a flurry of Western media think pieces attempting to explain the past and predict the future. Most left out important...

Extreme weather makes homelessness even worse. Here's how we can help

By Danielle Every

The images of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have shown how extreme weather can rob people of their homes. But what about those who have no home to begin with, or whose living situation is already precarious? Almost...

Progressive politics is losing to a fantasy state of mind

By MIck Chisnall

Why are we increasingly seeing voters support policies that, superficially at least, are against their own interests? In California, Central Valley farmers face a crisis. Despite their livelihoods depending on large...

How diseases can be targeted using nanotechnology – and why it's difficult

By Frank Caruso Et Al

Scientists are designing materials that are a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. Known as nanomaterials or nanoparticles, some could help treat diseases. However, the engineering of particles for...

6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of 'unprecedented' weather events

By Mikhail Chester Et Al

Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, there was little doubt that its impact would be devastating and wide-ranging. Unfortunately, Harvey delivered and then some with early estimates of the damage at over...

Teen suicide is on the rise and this is why

By Dr. Mike Sosteric

Every 40 seconds, another human life is taken by suicide, according to World Health Organization data. In Canada, a new report reveals that young people between the ages of 15 and 19, who are struggling with mental...

Apple and 7-Eleven show why Trump's threat to sever China trade over Korea rings hollow

By Greg Wright

President Donald Trump tweeted on September 3 that the U.S. is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea after it performed a nuclear test. Though...

‘Indicator frenzy’ : the ‘economicist’ tendency of public policy and alternative indicators

By Anne Le Roy Et Al

The craze for quantitative data has become a hallmark of public policy on both national and local levels. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to better understand the importance of developing alternative...

What Hurricane Harvey says about risk, climate and resilience

By Daniel Cohan Et Al

Hurricane Harvey has taught us many lessons, but the most valuable may be the oldest lesson of all, one we humans have been learning and forgetting since the dawn of time: how much we all have to lose when climate and...

Kenya targets Whatsapp administrators in its fight against hate speech

By Mercy Muendo

The Kenyan government is waging a war against online hate mongers with what would appear to be a zero-tolerance policy. In an unprecedented move two chat group administrators have been arrested. They were charged with...

Milton Keynes is bidding to be 2023 Capital of Culture – it should be taken seriously

By Darren Umney Et Al

The British city of Milton Keynes is probably not the most obvious contender for the title of 2023 European Capital of Culture. It hasnt exactly got a reputation for being a cultural hot spot: jokes about the blandness of...

How vanishing debt costs helped the UK forget about a never-ending deficit

By Alan Shipman

When the UK government found 1 billion to for Northern Ireland to secure Democratic Unionist parliamentary support, critics accused it of turning to the same magic money tree it had previously mocked others for believing...

New app detects pancreatic cancer in the early stages

By Pinar Uysal-Onganer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. It has a five-year survival of just 3%, and a ten-year survival of less than 1%. The prime reason for these depressing figures is that the disease is very difficult to...

Could gene editing tools such as CRIPSR be used as a biological weapon?

By James Revill

The gene editing technique CRISPR has been in the limelight after scientists reported they had used it to safely remove disease in human embryos for the first time. This follows a CRISPR craze over the last couple of...

Smart cities present risks, opportunities

By Sylvie Albert

Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of...

From diarrhoea to heart damage, ultra endurance sports put a huge strain on the body

By Nick Tiller

From The Race Across America, a 3,000-mile 12-day cycle demanding more than 20 hours per day in the saddle, to the Iditarod Trail Invitational, where participants run, bike, sled, or ski their way across 1,000 miles of...

Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing’ country?

By Paul Hanna

Thinking of booking a luxury holiday to a developing country so you can experience the authenticity of a culture untouched by Western influences? And are you hoping to help the underprivileged in the country to lift them...

Artificial intelligence researchers must learn ethics

By James Harland

Scientists who build artificial intelligence and autonomous systems need a strong ethical understanding of the impact their work could have. More than 100 technology pioneers recently published an open letter to the...

As it launches another missile, we must realise there are no easy options for dealing with North Korea

By Tony Walker

Heres the script accompanied by a lot of bombast, signifying not much. North Korea launches another missile its 18th for the year and 80th since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. This time it travels over Japan...

How to make robots that we can trust

By Michael Winikoff

Self-driving cars, personal assistants, cleaning robots, smart homes - these are just some examples of autonomous systems. With many such systems already in use or under development, a key question concerns trust. My...

How governments have widened the gap between generations in home ownership

By Rachel Ong

Various government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers. A new study highlights...

'Build to rent' could be the missing piece of the affordable housing puzzle

By Matthew Palm

Australias state governments, as well as some ambitious local councils, community housing providers and forward-looking private developers, are finally taking note of the housing affordability crisis in our cities. One...

The world protests as Amazon forests are opened to mining

By Beatriz Garcia

The Amazon, often described as the lungs of the Earth, is the largest rainforest in the world. Its extraordinary biodiversity and sheer scale has made it a globally significant resource in the fight against climate...

How better data would improve the electricity market

The Australian Electricity Regulator is investigating whether wholesale electricity generators in New South Wales are bidding in good faith in the electricity market. Good faith means price changes are the result of real...

Asian markets start a new week on positive note, gold falls below $1,320 mark

04:57 AM| Commentary

All the major Asian indices were trading on a higher note on Monday. Gold was trading around $1,317 mark while silver was trading around $17.55 mark. Japanese banks will be closed in observance of Respect-for-the-Aged...

Announcement: Moody's: Australian residential mortgage arrears rise to 5-year high and will continue to increase

04:01 AM| Research & Analysis

Moodys Investors Service says that the proportion of Australian residential mortgages more than 30 days in arrears rose to 1.62% in May 2017, the highest rate in five years, and up from 1.50% in May 2016. Furthermore,...

Central bank of Taiwan likely to leave policy rate unchanged at 1.375 percent on Thursday, says Scotiabank

03:36 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Central Bank of the Republic of Taiwan (China) (CBC) is expected to leave its policy rate unchanged at 1.375 percent at its monetary policy meeting, scheduled on Thursday although the Fed is expected to announce the...

U.S. import prices likely to have grown in August on dollar slide, says Wells Fargo

22:56 PM| Commentary

U.S. import prices are expected to have risen in August. In the prior month, prices had risen 0.1 percent due to a 0.7 percent rise in imported petroleum prices, matching expectations. However, excluding fuel, import...

U.S. housing starts likely to have risen in August, says Wells Fargo

21:34 PM| Commentary

U.S. housing starts is expected to have increased in August. July had recorded a disappointing result, with housing starts dropping 4.8 percent sequentially and falling 5.6 percent year-on-year. The softness in July was...

Euro area private consumption likely to remain on strong footing in H2 2017

21:12 PM| Commentary

Private consumption in the euro area is expected to stay on a strong footing in the second half of 2017, underpinned by strong performance by the labor market, noted Barclays in a research report. The labor market...

Canada’s national wealth rises slightly in Q2, household indebtedness rising higher

19:23 PM| Commentary

Canadas national wealth rose a bit in the second quarter of this year. It was up 0.1 percent, as lower real estate prices and sales activity resulted in the smallest rise in non-financial assets since early-2009. Increased...

Fed Hike aftermath Series: Market brought-forward rate hike probability to December 2017 from September 2018

12:19 PM| Commentary Central Banks

Last week, several key policymakers including Lael Brainard, Neel Kashkari, Robert Kaplan have warned against future rate hikes citing of lower inflation. Kashkari even went further to add that Fed rate hikes so far may...

Oil in Global Economy Series: Houthis' threat could act as bullish factor for oil

09:08 AM| Commentary

Yemens Houthi rebels latest threat could prove to be a major bullish catalyst for the oil market if executed. According to latest reporting from Yemen, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said his rebel alliance would...

German bonds remain steady ahead of Eurogroup meeting, Eurozone’s August CPI

07:32 AM| Commentary Economy

The German government bonds traded flat Friday as investors wait to watch the Eurogroup meeting, scheduled to be held later today, besides, the common currency blocs consumer price-led inflation index for the month of...

Central Banking Series

BSP likely to hike 25 bps each in both Q2 2017 and Q1 2018, says DBS Research

04:52 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is scheduled to next week and markets are looking for cues on the policy trajectory going forward. BSP has kept rates steady so far this year. We remain of the view that the central bank...

Top Stories

Google, Facebook, And Twitter Show Hypocrisy Via Racist And Offensive Ad Options

08:18 AM| Technology

At this point, its clear that many of the biggest tech companies are thriving on ad revenue. This means that firms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter would be willing to cross a few lines to make sure that their bottom...

Blockchain Revolution Series

SETL, French asset management firms launch blockchain-based fund record-keeping platform

06:59 AM| Digital Currency

Blockchain startup SETL, along with four asset management firms, has announced the launch of a blockchain-based pan-European fund record-keeping platform. Dubbed IZNES, the platform provides investors, asset management...

Digital Currency Revolution

Japan’s FSA approves Coincheck’s application for bitcoin exchange registration

06:21 AM| Digital Currency

The Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) has approved Japanese bitcoin exchange Coinchecks application for digital currency exchange registration. Coinchecks application approved for Japans new bitcoin...

Instagram Now Employs Autoplay But Keeps The Sound Off Until Tapped

08:17 AM| Technology

One of the biggest complaints that internet users have with regards to autoplay is how startling the loud noises can be. It would seem that Instagram has found a compromise in this regard with its own videos. Now, whenever...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Malta appoints taskforce to guide on National Blockchain Strategy

05:27 AM| Digital Currency

The government of Malta has set up a Blockchain Taskforce that will make recommendations for the National Blockchain Strategy roadmap, Times of Malta reported. Earlier this year, the Cabinet approved the National...

New App Makes Cyberbullying Impossible And Teens Love It

08:17 AM| Technology

A new app called tbh (to be honest) is rocketing to the top of the App Store due to how it handles the matter of bullying on the internet. It still allows users to connect with others anonymously. However, it does so by...

Verizon Kicks Thousands Of Customers To The Curb Over Data Usage

08:16 AM| Technology

In the business of providing customers with wireless internet, it would seem that carriers no longer consider customer service a pertinent part of the industry. Verizon showed how little regard it had for its clients in a...

Digital Currency Revolution

Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading operations amid regulatory crackdown

03:50 AM| Digital Currency

Recent reports suggest that Chinese authorities have given verbal directives to domestic cryptocurrency exchanges to voluntarily shut down their services as they are operating without a formal license. According to the...

Global Geopolitics Series

RAISE Act: Global panel of scholars explains 'merit-based' immigration

By Alex Reilly Et Al - 01:56 AM| Insights & Views Law

In February, U.S. Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with President Donald Trump, unveiled an immigration bill called the RAISE Act. It would create a merit-based points system for evaluating foreigners...

Cryptocurrency Miners Hijack Computers Via The Pirate Bay To Mine Coins

08:15 AM| Technology

The cryptocurrency market is blowing up and with its increase in size comes the need to mine coins as fast as possible. It would seem that miners of one particular cryptocurrency thought it would be great to use the...

Econotimes Series


U.S. Treasuries gain ahead of President Trump’s speech, FOMC policy meeting

The U.S. Treasuries remained tad higher Tuesday as investors wait to watch the countrys President Donald Trump deliver a speech today by 14:30GMT, besides, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy decision,...

German bunds strengthen despite surge in ZEW economic sentiment; ECB’s Draghi in focus

The German government bunds strengthened Tuesday after investors have largely shrugged-off the surge in the countrys economic sentiment indicator, released by ZEW. Also, markets will now remain focussed to read along...

Yuan likely to consolidate, trade between 6.50-6.60 for now, advance further in medium-term: Scotiabank

The Chinese yuan is expected to consolidate and trade between 6.50 and 6.60 for now and is expected to advance further in the medium term on account of the EURs potential strength and possible portfolio inflows to mainland...

New Zealand bonds end lower as investors await GDT price auction, Q2 GDP

The New Zealand bonds ended Tuesday session on a weaker note as investors wait to watch the countrys second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), scheduled to be released on September 20 by 22:45GMT, besides, the...

Australia weekly consumer confidence bounces 4.6 pct, more than offsets previous week’s loss

Australias weekly consumer confidence for the week ending September 17 bounced 4.6 percent more than offsetting the loss over the previous week. The strength in the index was broadly based, with four out of five indicators...


Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol...

India at 70: after the celebrations, single-party dominance menaces democracy

Seventy years ago, Jawaharlal Nehrus famous Tryst with Destiny speech not only marked Indias independence from British rule but also expressed the vision for a united, democratic, egalitarian and modern country. Not...

Can corporate America afford to walk away from President Trump?

After campaigning as the candidate best able to work with business, President Donald Trump has shown he is anything but. A stream of resignations from high-level business counsels hit a crescendo recently when Trump was...

Little prospect of regime change in Russia short of a popular uprising – and that's unlikely

Vladimir Putins power in Russia can often look unassailable. However much Western media might champion potential opponents, the president maintains a tight grip, and its easy to see why. Any successor to Putin who was not...

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trumps rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive. And yet, there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016...


Scientists Create Robots The Size Of DNA Strands That Can Rearrange Molecules

Robots are great for a lot of things and can perform functions that humans would either have a hard time accomplishing or simply would not be able to do. Among the latter case is rearranging the molecules of a living...

China Signs Deal With Israel Over Lab-Grown Meat, Food For The Future

With the world facing the global crisis known as climate change, most countries are doing whatever they can to reduce carbon emissions. However, one of the biggest contributing factors to greenhouse gasses that is rarely...

Denmark Finally Sells Last Oil Company For $7.45 Billion

As a country committed to fighting climate change and reducing its carbon footprint, Denmark is finally selling off the last remaining oil company in the country. The oil firms were owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and the...

Trump’s Pick For NASA Head Is Not A Scientist And A Prominent Climate Change Denier

The Trump administration has proven to be incompetent in filling crucial roles with qualified people, evidenced by an anti-EPA EPA head and an anti-DOE head of DOE. Now, the president has nominated a non-scientist who is...

Scientists Can Now Bioengineer Lungs, Reducing Potential Deaths Due To Organ Shortage

At this point, its no secret that being placed on the organ transplant list is no guarantee of survival if patients are in need of a new heart, or liver, or lung. One of the ways that this problem can be solved is by...


Anti-virus Software Spreads Malware In Troubling Twist

People rely on their anti-virus software to keep their devices free of those nasty digital bugs. However, anyone who downloaded the CCleaner by Avast between August 15th and September 12th might want to check on their...

New Call Of Duty: WWII Trailer Goes Hard On The Drama, Gives Evil Nazis A Face

As a game set in World War II, its only to be expected that Call of Duty: WWII would have its fair share of sad moments. In the newest trailer that the developers released, however, it seems they really leaned on the...

Intel Says Waymo Owes Advances In Autonomous Driving To Its Computer Chip

In a historic announcement, Intel boasted that its computer chips have been a big contributing factor to the advances in autonomous driving that Googles self-driving car division Waymo has displayed over the years. Whats...

Fortnite Bug Accidentally Allows Crossplay Between Xbox One And PS4, Promptly Disabled

The matter of crossplay has been a contentious issue within the video game community. The Xbox One, PC, and even the Nintendo Switch all allow intermingling of players with specific titles such as Minecraft. The only one...

Sprint Offering Free iPhone 8, Just Give Up The iPhone 7 Or Samsung Note 8

Now that Apple has revealed its newest iteration of its iPhone brand, carriers are working fast to capitalize on the hype. Among them is Sprint, which is currently offering the iPhone 8 for free sort of. Anyone who is...
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