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The Galactica AI model was trained on scientific knowledge – but it spat out alarmingly plausible nonsense

By Aaron Snoswell Et Al

Earlier this month, Meta announced new AI software called Galactica: a large language model that can store, combine and reason about scientific knowledge. Launched with a public online demo, Galactica lasted only three...

Headwear and hegemony: how ‘turban tossing’ protests are threatening Iran’s ruling clergy

By Negar Partow

The ongoing protests in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the countrys Guidance Patrol (or morality police) have made world headlines. But there is another form of protest that has...

Networks and money: the inside story of how the teals won Australia's six richest electorates

By Amy Nethery

For many voters despairing about the gridlock and lack of integrity in Australian politics in recent years, the success of the teal independents in the May 2022 federal election was an exhilarating moment. They won six...

As more biometric data is collected in schools, parents need to ask these 10 questions

By Teresa Swist Et Al

A Sydney high school recently introduced fingerprint technology to help narrow down students who were vandalising school toilets. Under the plan, students needed to to scan their fingerprints to get access to the...

Canada's Indo-Pacific strategy: The same old starry-eyed thinking about Asian trade

By David Webster

Canadas new Indo-Pacific strategy, announced with much fanfare by Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, marks a welcome return of common sense in place of the illusions that have dominated Canadas approach to Asia...

We built an algorithm that predicts the length of court sentences – could AI play a role in the justice system?

By Andrew Lensen Et Al

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) has led to its deployment in courtrooms overseas. In China, robot judges decide on small claim cases, while in some Malaysian courts, AI has been used to recommend...

When hosting mega-events like FIFA, cities market themselves at the expense of the most vulnerable

By David Roberts2

Few events capture the attention of the globe like the Mens FIFA World Cup in 2018, the event boasted a viewership of 3.5 billion people. Yet, despite the enormous popularity of the World Cup, host cities and countries...

Coalitions, kingmakers and a Rugby World Cup: the calculations already influencing next year’s NZ election

By Grant Duncan

Sometimes it feels as if election year has begun already. Winston Peters has declared New Zealand First wont join a governing coalition with Labour after the 2023 election. He wants to win back those who abandoned him...

James Webb: telescope uncovers chemical secrets of distant world – paving the way for studying Earth-like planets

By Joanna Barstow

Since the first planet orbiting a star other than the Sun was discovered in 1995, we have realised that planets and planetary systems are more diverse than we ever imagined. Such distant worlds exoplanets give us the...

Stripping carbon from the atmosphere might be needed to avoid dangerous warming – but it remains a deeply uncertain prospect

By Jonathan Symons Et Al

Australias latest State of the Climate Report offers grim reading. As if recent floods werent bad enough, the report warns of worsening fire seasons, more drought years and, when rain comes, more intense downpours. It begs...

Groceries delivered in 60 minutes: it's on the cards but just not yet

By Flavio Macau

From the food replicator in Star Trek to Dumbledore summoning food in Hogwarts banquet hall, we love the idea of instant food on demand. This week, Australian supermarket giant Coles appealed to that love by announcing...

Amazon's resuscitation of Neighbours: can Aussie TV become good friends with streaming?

By Tessa Dwyer Et Al

Many were shocked by the announcement last Friday that Australian soap opera Neighbours would return to screens in 2023, courtesy of a new deal between production house Fremantle Australia and multinational digital...

Working prisoners are entitled to employment and safety standards just like anybody else

By Jordan House

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) recently ended its longstanding relationship with the meatpacking company, Wallace Beef. This means that federal prisoners incarcerated in the Joyceville Institution near...

Why bullying in politics is a matter of democracy

By Rebecca Dobson Phillips

Dominic Raab, the UKs deputy prime minister, has become the latest figure in the government to be accused of bullying. Bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct are always serious matters. They can harm a victims...

How we used ancient coins to show a 'fake' Roman emperor was real

By Paul Pearson

All that was previously known about the supposed Roman emperor Sponsian was gleaned from a handful of gold coins that have been regarded as forgeries for over 150 years. Accordingly, Sponsian has been dismissed as...

Ukraine war: EU parliament names Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' – but it won't stop the missiles

By Scott Lucas

The EU parliament has declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism. The largely symbolic resolution, which passed by a 494-58 vote on November 23, has no particular real-world consequences, but reflects MEPs...

Al-Shabaab: sensational media reports about Kenyan terror attacks keep kids out of school

By Joseph-Simon Goerlach Et Al

Sensational reporting on terror attacks in Kenya is keeping children out of school, with dire consequences for their education and their futures. That is the conclusion we came to in a recent paper that examines how...

A hydrogen pipeline is being built between Barcelona and Marseille – but can it help in the transition to cleaner energy?

By Tomás Gómez-Acebo

In 1874, Jules Verne wrote in his novel The Mysterious Island: I believe that one day water will be a fuel, that the hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used alone or together, will provide an inexhaustible...

Geo-tracking apps: how are parent-child relations bearing up?

By Yann Bruna

Geo-tracking apps such as Find My Kids, Google Family Link and Apples FindMy are fast growing in popularity, handing parents unprecedented powers to monitor their offspring. But how are the latter experiencing what...

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover has disrupted the Christchurch Call – NZ needs to rethink its digital strategy

By Markus Luczak-Roesch

Elon Musks takeover of Twitter as the new sole private owner has delivered plenty of material for memes. Ironically, much of the debate about Twitter is still happening on the platform itself, sometimes with Musk jumping...

Eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of known wrongful convictions

By Joanna Pozzulo Et Al

Blackstones ratio, developed by jurist William Blackstone, states that: Better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer. David Milgaard, Leighton Hay and Steven Truscott have all been wrongfully convicted...

Elon Musk's Twitter Blue fiasco: Governments need to better regulate how companies use trademarks

By Alexandra Mogyoros

Until recently, Twitters blue checkmark logo was (for better or worse) a trusted mark of authenticity. But under the façade of democratizing the platform, Elon Musk allowed the blue checkmark to be purchased by...

Ukraine war: Why the missile incident in Poland is a warning of things to come

By Émile Lambert-Deslandes

Since the beginning of November, Russia has engaged in its largest ever missile strike against Ukraines infrastructure. On Nov. 15, 2022, two civilians were killed by a stray missile in Przewodów, on Polands...

Spending too much money? Tempted by sales? These ways to 'hack' your psychology can help

By Adrian R. Camilleri

Its late November, which means the holiday sales period has well and truly begun. If you havent already seen your spending go up, the possibility is looming. And you probably have some concerns about spending your money...

Think Trump is done for? Think again

By Victoria Cooper1

The key analysis from the US midterms coverage over the past two weeks have been that the so-called red wave turned out to be a ripple and that the Republican Party underperformed. Former President Donald Trump, the theory...

Why do I sprain my ankle so often? And how can I cut the risk of it happening again?

By Gordon Waddington

Are you one of those people who seems to be forever spraining their ankle? To some extent, ankle sprains are part and parcel of being active. But if its happening again and again, heres what may be going on and how...

The criminal justice system is retraumatizing victims of violent crime

By Jeffrey Bradley

In a split moment, violence can change our lives. We could become a target of violence in our home, school, workplace and community. You might be slapped, punched, stabbed or shot, resulting in serious injuries, trauma or...

How to make 5G less expensive

By Florian Kaltenberger

The 5th generation of mobile communications, 5G has arrived and it has brought us mostly higher throughputs and helped operators to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for mobile data traffic. This first wave of 5G uses the...

Elon Musk's 'hardcore' management style: a case study in what not to do

By Libby (Elizabeth) Sander

As a case study in how to implement organisational change, Elon Musks actions at Twitter will go down as the gold standard in what not to do. Among other things, the evidence shows successful organisational change...

Elon Musk's buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger

By Ian Milligan

Twitter is in disarray. This is troubling for a platform that comprises no small part of the historical record of today. While only used by a percentage of Americans (some 23 per cent in 2022) and Canadians (42 per cent...

5 ways for Canada to tackle Chinese interference after the Trudeau-Xi showdown

By Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

In April 2021, Conservative MP Kenny Chiu was so concerned about potential Chinese interference in Canadas political system that he proposed a Foreign Influence Registry Act similar to those in the United States and...

Why we feel like Christmas comes around more quickly each year

By Ruth Ogden

Think back to your childhood. December was the longest of months. It might have been filled with rehearsing school nativity performances, writing up your wishlist and savouring the mornings advent calendar chocolate. But...

Why UK universities are going on strike

By Heather Connolly

Universities in the UK are striking on 24, 25 and 30 November 2022, with action short of a strike beginning on 23 November. Around 70,000 university staff across 150 universities are taking industrial action, following a...

Smart meters show your energy use but here’s how you can actually save money

By David Glew

Soaring energy prices are squeezing homes and businesses across the UK and Europe, prompting leaders to implement support measures such as the UKs Energy Price Guarantee. Yet it is often unclear to a consumer how much they...

The era of the megalopolis: how the world's cities are merging

By James Cheshire Et Al

On November 15 2022, a baby girl named Vinice Mabansag, born at Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, Philippines, became symbolically the eight billionth person in the world. Of those 8 billion people, 60% live...

A Republican bubble? How pollsters and pundits got the US midterms so wrong

By Anthony Pickles

During the month leading up to the US midterm elections, talk of a commanding Republican victory went from a red wave to a red tsunami. The Republicans were on for the win. The polls and gambling markets, or so-called...

Student loan cancellation got blocked. Now what? 3 questions answered

By William Chittenden

When the Biden administration announced in August 2022 that it was canceling up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower, it said the idea was to provide families with breathing room as they prepare to start repaying...

Disenchanted: Disney attempts to break stereotypes of motherhood only to reinforce them

By Vanessa Marr

Mothers in fairy tales have a way of being absent, typically through untimely deaths (think Cinderella, Snow White or Beauty and the Beast) or thanks to storylines that position them as background characters. Disneys...

Banksy in Ukraine: how his defiant new works offer hope

By Rachel Kerr

Art, in all its forms, has always been a powerful means of representing, resisting and remembering war. And the Russo-Ukrainian War is no different, with artists responding powerfully to Russian aggression through an...

Strikes: how do they work?

By Holly Smith

The UK has seen an autumn of strikes. Workers on the railways, at London Underground and at Royal Mail have been among those taking action. This looks set to continue through the winter, with doctors, nurses, teachers and...

How Made.com went from a pandemic-era business superstar to a failed company in just 18 months

By John Wood

Formed in 2011, Made.com offered affordable high-end furniture online with the ambition to one day rival Swedish furniture giant Ikea. Fast forward 11 years and the British brand, which excelled during the pandemic and was...

Christmas may be safe, but three-year port dispute shows the IR system is full of holes

By Shae McCrystal

Australias industrial relations umpire has delayed industrial action that would have crippled Australias ports in the lead-up to Christmas. But the dispute in which it has intervened one that has dragged on since 2019 ...

How satellites, radar and drones are tracking meteorites and aiding Earth's asteroid defence

By Hadrien Devillepoix

On July 31 2013 a constellation of US defence satellites saw a streak of light over South Australia as a rock from outer space burned through Earths atmosphere on its way to crash into the ground below. The impact...

Thinking of breaking up with Twitter? Here’s the right way to do it

By Daniel Angus Et Al

After a few chaotic weeks its clear Elon Musk is intent on taking Twitter in a direction thats at odds with the prevailing cultures of the diverse users who call it home. Musk has now begun reinstating high-profile...

Suicide risk is high for military and emergency workers – but support for their families and peers is missing

By Henry Bowen

Suicide is a complex issue that impacts 425,000 Australians every year. Thats because up to 135 people are directly or indirectly impacted by each suicide death. Military and emergency services personnel (such as those...

Scientists need help to save nature. With a smartphone and these 8 tips, we can get our kids on the case

By Judy Friedlander Et Al

Citizen science is touted as a way for the general public to contribute to producing new knowledge. But citizen science volunteers dont always represent a broad cross-section of society. Rather, theyre often white, male,...

What Elon Musk's destruction of Twitter tells us about the future of social media

By Blayne Haggart

Elon Musks purchase of Twitter has been a fast-moving disaster. It has also created a tangible problem for journalists, politicians, activists and academic scholars: Where do we talk to each other if or when Twitter...

Saving Main Street: Local businesses need community support to stay afloat

By Sarah Tranum

Main Street businesses that survived COVID-19 restrictions are now navigating a pandemic recovery where predicted changes in the retail industry have been accelerated by five to 10 years. The ability to adapt to these...

Personalised learning is billed as the 'future' of schooling: what is it and could it work?

By Maya Gunawardena

It is not uncommon for kids to complain about school, but studies show significant numbers of Australian students are actually disengaged with their education. A 2017 Grattan Institute report found as many as 40% are...

Government debt won't necessarily burden future generations – but austerity will

By Nicola Mulkeen

In his autumn budget statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said that the Conservatives dont leave debts for the next generation. As such, he vowed to halve government borrowing over the next five years. This promise is key...

Ukraine war: how the economy has kept running at a time of bitter conflict

November 24 marks nine months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Despite the expectation of the Kremlin and many international analysts Ukraine did not fall within days. It repelled Russias advance on the...

Market Roundup: Sterling set for third straight weekly gain,European shares mixed, Gold subdued, Oil prices rise, but Chinese demand worries linger

12:57 PM| Market Roundups

Market Roundup Sweden Oct Household Lending Growth (YoY) 4.5%, 5.1% previous GfK German Dec Consumer Climate -40.2, -39.6 forecast,-41.9 previous German GDP (QoQ) (Q3) 0.4%, 0.3%forecast,0.1% previous German...

UK regulator launches in-depth investigation on Apple and Google over ‘duopoly on mobile ecosystems’

09:08 AM| Technology Business

UK regulator launches in-depth investigation on Apple and Google over ‘duopoly on mobile ecosystems’

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Banksy’s copyright battle with Guess – anonymity shouldn’t compromise his legal rights

By Enrico Bonadio - 13:54 PM| Law

Fresh from providing war-torn Ukraine with a series of murals, Banksy recently used his Instagram account to channel frustrations with a more domestic concern. The elusive artist has accused fashion retailer Guess of...

Mukbang, #EatWithMe and eating disorders on TikTok: why online food consumption videos could fuel food fixations

By Sijun Shen Et Al - 14:00 PM| Insights & Views Life

You might have come across #EatWithMe videos on TikTok, which typically feature young women eating food while encouraging viewers to eat along with them. Many such content creators say they aim to help people with eating...

Ukraine recap: targeting power supply earns Russia new title of 'state sponsor of terror' as winter begins to bite

By Jonathan Este - 14:07 PM| Economy Life

Temperatures are falling steadily across Ukraine. The UKs Met Office forecasts light (but pretty cold) rain in Kyiv for the next day or two followed by snow, snow, snow, as the mercury drops steadily into minus numbers...

High food prices could have negative long-term health effects on Canadians

By Shahidul Islam - 14:37 PM| Economy

Recent high food price inflation has plagued many Canadian families, especially those on tight budgets. Statistics Canada reported in October that in-store food prices increased at a faster rate than the all-items Consumer...

Black Friday: so many online returns end up in landfill – here's what needs to happen to change that

By Erica E.F. Ballantyne Et Al - 14:39 PM| Economy

Two of the busiest online shopping days of the year are upon us. In the middle of a cost-of-living crisis and recession, retailers will be desperately hoping that shoppers take advantage of discounts on Black Friday and...

Netflix show brings back Blockbuster, but some brands should stay dead

By Michael Beverland Et Al - 14:43 PM| Business

Streaming services are replete with stories of the dead coming back to life. Theyre also chock-full with dead or almost dead brands. Shows like Stranger Things have not only given new life to 1980s pop classics like Kate...

An AI named Cicero can beat humans in Diplomacy, a complex alliance-building game. Here's why that's a big deal

By Toby Walsh - 14:43 PM| Technology

In a rare piece of good news from Meta, artificial intelligence researchers at the company have just announced a scientific breakthrough. Their AI program named Cicero can now play the board game Diplomacy at a human...

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Economy

India to stop subsidizing mediocre EV firms

The Indian government will stop subsidizing electric vehicle companies that have received complaints, The government may also seek reimbursement from some of these firms. The Indian government has established an...

Nike, Adidas to cut order volumes by 40% as sales expected to drop

Nike and Adidas will reduce their order volumes by 30 percent to 40 percent beginning next summer due to pandemic-related hurdles in China and the pullout of Russia. Both companies have reportedly notified their...

Revised law allows use of plastic waste pyrolysis oil for producing petrochem products

The Ministry of Environment announced that a revision of the enforcement ordinances and regulations of the Waste Management Act came into effect on Tuesday allowing plastic waste pyrolysis oil to be recycled as a raw...

S. Korean petrochemical firms import more naphtha from UAE, India, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan amid Russia sanctions

South Korean petrochemical companies naphtha imports from Russia went down 67 percent on year at 1.92 million tons after they diversified sources following the Ukraine invasion. Meanwhile, imports of naphtha from the...

CNN starts job cuts after business review to reduce costs

CNN is one of the latest major companies in the United States to announce layoffs. Like the others, it also cited economic uncertainty and the need to reduce costs as the main basis for the decision. In the case of CNN,...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv dismisses top engineer accused of collaborating with Russia at nuclear plant

Kyiv has dismissed a top engineer at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility this week for allegedly collaborating with Russian forces. Kyiv also urged other Ukrainian staff at the plant to remain loyal to Ukraine. The head...

Myanmar: 2000 pro-democracy fighters killed by junta, says democracy leader

The leader of Myanmars shadow government has called on allies to provide military aid as around 2,000 pro-democracy fighters have been killed in the midst of resistance to the military junta. The appeal comes amidst...

Japan raises concerns over China, Russia joint air patrols

Japan has raised concerns with China and Russia about their joint air patrols. The concerns follow the recent incursions over Japans territory. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Thursday that Tokyo...

EU chief 'confident' on Northern Ireland deal if UK shows political will

The president of the European Unions executive branch expressed confidence that there would be a deal reached with the United Kingdom on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The European Commission leader added that a deal could...

Russia-Ukraine war: US, France pledge to hold Russia accountable

The leaders of the United States and France have pledged to hold Russia accountable as the war it wages on Ukraine is in its tenth month. The European Union has also tentatively agreed on an oil price cap in order to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

Pixel 7a design will be identical to the Pixel 7 series as renders appear in a new leak

Although the Pixel 7a is not expected to launch until 2023, alleged renders revealing its design have already leaked before this year ends. And as many expected, it will likely look identical to Googles flagship phones...

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...

NEC to build ¥33 billion global innovation hub near Tokyo

NEC Corporation will be constructing a 12-story global base for innovation with a floor area of roughly 50,000 square meters near Tokyo in March 2023 at around 33 billion. The provisionally named NEC Innovation...
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