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Is watching adult content bad for your health? We asked 5 experts

By Liam Petterson

Lets be honest: during coronavirus lockdown it was hard to resist the allure of internet intimacy. Rates of watching porn skyrocketed in Australia during isolation. But have you ever wondered what effects consuming...

Companies are increasingly turning to social media to screen potential employees

By Anatoliy Gruzd Et Al

As businesses around the world slowly start to reopen after being forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 are sharpening their presentation skills and updating their...

Putin's contentious victory could mean dark days ahead for Russia

By Aurel Braun

The final plebiscite results on a huge package of Russian constitutional amendments that resulted in a 78 per cent Yes vote must have seemed like mission accomplished to President Vladimir Putin. Yet celebrations and...

Russian disinformation in the time of Covid-19

By Sophie Marineau

Because platforms such as Facebook or Twitter do little content monitoring, theyre a highly useful means of spreading disinformation. Under the cover of freedom of expression, unscrupulous actors spread false information...

Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy

By David L. Di Maria

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, made a decision on July 6 regarding international students in the U.S. that will affect far more than just the roughly 870,000 international students themselves. Based...

Airlines should rethink their refusal to refund passengers during COVID-19

By Rumina Dhalla

Despite unrelenting pressures from passenger rights advocates, intense media scrutiny and strident demands from passengers, Canadian airlines have remained largely immutable in refusing to issue cash refunds for cancelled...

Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system

By Richard Holden

For all the things we dont know about COVID-19 one thing is certain: our economic recovery will depend on boosting productivity. Everyone from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe to Prime Minister Scott...

Why some Americans seem more 'American' than others

By Katherine Kinzler

In the United States and many other countries, nationality is defined by a set of legal parameters. It may involve birthplace, parental citizenship or a circumscribed set of procedures for naturalization. Yet, in many...

Don't expect Biden's VP pick to make or break the 2020 election

By Christopher Devine

As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gets set to pick his vice presidential candidate, heres a reality check: Running mates have very little direct effect on voters. When people go to the polls, they...

A green stimulus to boost the energy transition?

By Sébastien Houde Et Al

Beyond its catastrophic impacts on health, the Covid-19 virus is wreaking havoc on the world economy and governments public finances. The length and depth of the economic crisis are unknown, but it is certain that few...

Paid for digital streaming has a place in theatre's return

By Sarah Price

From classic Andrew Lloyd Webber plays to the release of a recording of the original cast of Hamilton, theatre lovers have been able to stream the best of the stage at home during lockdown. Digital streaming has been a...

The wild decade: how the 1990s laid the foundations for Vladimir Putin's Russia

By Adrian Campbell

By securing victory in a national vote on constitutional changes, Vladimir Putin could now remain president of Russia until 2036 if he chooses to stand again. After 20 years in power, the narrative of Russias chaotic 1990s...

Coronavirus: BBC emerges as the UK's clear favourite information source in new audience survey

By Richard Thomas1 Et Al

News media have been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as good quality information has literally become a matter of life and death. New Ofcom data confirms that we are increasingly reliant on the...

Which drugs and therapies are proven to work, and which ones don't, for COVID-19?

By William Petri

I am a physician and a scientist at the University of Virginia. I care for patients and conduct research to find better ways to diagnose and treat infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Here Im sharing what is known...

Retirement age is increasing – but our new study reveals most only work ten years in good health after 50

By Marty Parker Et Al

In 1800, the global average life expectancy was only 29 years. Today, life expectancy continues to rise, with babies born in the UK in 2018 expected to live to 87.6 years for men and 90.2 years for women on average. But as...

The mental health impact on ambulance staff of responding to suicide calls

By Carolyn Chew-Graham Et Al

Being ambulance staff can be a high-stress job. They encounter many situations in their daily line of work that can have a lasting impact on their mental health. According to MIND, around nine in ten emergency services...

Our laws failed these endangered flying-foxes at every turn. On Saturday, Cairns council will put another nail in the coffin

By Justin A. Welbergen Et Al

On Saturday, Cairns Regional Council will disperse up to 8,000 endangered spectacled flying-foxes from their nationally important camp in central Cairns. The camp is one of the last major strongholds of the species,...

Punchdrunk: new venture with Pokemon Go designer offers hope for post-pandemic theatre

By Helen W. Kennedy Et Al

Pubs and cinemas may be opening in the UK, but the performing arts sector remains languishing under lockdown and live performance continues to be prohibited. The governments roadmap, published at the end of June, has...

Gold mining leaves deforested Amazon land barren for years, find scientists

By Michelle Kalamandeen Et Al

Travel through the rainforest in Guyana, in northern South America, and youll often hear the indigenous adage: a forest has no end and no beginning to explain their natural cycle of disturbance and recovery. For the people...

The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

By Melissa Hawkins

After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months, restrictions are starting to ease across the United States. Numbers of new cases are falling or stable at low numbers in some states, but they...

Recession will hit job-poor parts of Western Sydney very hard

By Phillip O'Neill

This is the second of three articles based on newly released research on the impacts of a lack of local jobs on the rapidly growing Western Sydney region. After 2016 but before COVID-19, it should be said Western...

China has a new way to exert political pressure: weaponising its courts against foreigners

By John Garrick

The death penalty is not uncommon in China. Authorities continue to execute thousands of people each year, more than all other nations combined. However, for Australian Karm Gilespie, convicted for drug-smuggling...

Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases

By Keith M. Bellizzi

Were all exhausted and pushed to the limit by months of social distancing, and the recent news that cases are climbing in many states is especially scary. While you may feel like ripping off your mask and heading for a...

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

By Amy Y. Vittor Et Al

The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus. These leaps often happens at the edges of the worlds tropical...

Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curing blindness (Yes, you read that right)

By Hemant Khanna

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of scientific breakthroughs in treating diseases that cause blindness. Researchers at U.S.-based Editas...

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

By Yangyang Xu Et Al

The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work. The big idea Days of extreme high heat and extreme air pollution are both increasing worldwide. Last November, New Delhi experienced a week of the...

New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city's latest redesign in times of dramatic change

By Amy D. Finstein

On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants though only outside after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening...

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

By Adrian Bardon

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the countrys ineffective pandemic response on an American anti-science bias. He...

A selective retreat from trade with China makes sense for the United States

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Trade tensions and mistrust are escalating between the U.S. and China. Soon after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that China recommitted to its January trade deal obligations after a face-to-face meeting with...

Economic policies can induce people to quarantine safely during the pandemic

By Roberto Chang1 Et Al

Recent economic proposals to deal with COVID-19, like those summarized by UC Berkeley economist Pierre Olivier Gourinchas, have focused on compensating households and businesses for income losses due to lockdowns and other...

Nepal is caught in the middle of India-China border tensions

By Promod Tandan

A tense military standoff between China and India over a disputed border area in the Himalayas has put much of the region on edge. Not least in Nepal, which has its own ongoing land dispute with India and where concern is...

Thousands of women have run out of tampons and pads under lockdown – time to talk about sustainable period products

By Supriya Garikipati

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered what has been described as a sanitary pad crisis in India. Priya, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, considers herself lucky: her parents can still afford pads. But several of her friends will...

Apple is trying to reclaim its major innovator status (by making you wash your hands)

By Margarietha de Villiers Scheeper Et Al

Market commentators view Apples announcements at this weeks Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 (WWDC) as one of the companys most important strategic moves of the past decade. Among the key announcements were details...

The law is a man's world. Unless the culture changes, women will continue to be talked over, marginalised and harassed

By Kate Galloway

For many, the allegations of sexual harassment against Dyson Heydon came as a shock. It seems difficult to imagine a senior member of the legal profession, a justice of the High Court, would engage in inappropriate or...

Government unveils $250 million for 'creative economy'

By Michelle Grattan

he Morrison government has announced a $250 million package for the entertainment, arts and screen sectors, which have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The grants and loans will be rolled out over the...

Journalists believe news and opinion are separate, but readers can't tell the difference

By Kevin M. Lerner

The New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned recently after the paper published a controversial opinion essay by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton that advocated using the military to put down protests. The essay...

A field guide to Trump's dangerous rhetoric

By Jennifer Mercieca

All leaders are demagogues. You may not realize this, because weve come to associate the word demagogue with only dangerous populist leaders. But in Greek, the word just means leader of the people (dēmos the people +...

Facebook vs news: Australia wants to level the playing field, Facebook politely disagrees

By Tim Dwyer

The Australian government is setting out to develop a bargaining code to address power imbalances between news media publishers and digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The creation of this code was recommended...

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

By Richard Holden

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Supreme Court ruling on Dreamers sends a clear message to the White House: You have to tell the truth

By Morgan Marietta

When it came down to it, the fate of 700,000 immigrants brought to U.S. as children hung on a simple question: Does the White House have to tell the whole truth in justifying its move to deport them? On June 8, the...

Algorithms are designing better buildings

By Silvio Carta

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion but the impact of computers on the practice of building design. Thanks to computer-aided...

One metre or two? The science behind social distancing

By Lena Ciric

What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live. China, Denmark and France recommend social distancing of one metre; Australia, Germany and Italy recommend...

5 reasons police officers should have college degrees

By Leana Bouffard Et Al

Following several deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on June 16 that calls for increased training and credentialing to reduce the use of excessive force...

Rural America is more vulnerable to COVID-19 than cities are, and it's starting to show

By David J. Peters

Rural areas seemed immune as the coronavirus spread through cities earlier this year. Few rural cases were reported, and attention focused on the surge of illnesses and deaths in the big metro areas. But that false sense...

Tracing homophobia in South Korea's coronavirus surveillance program

By Timothy Gitzen

Many people around the world have looked to South Koreas so-called democratic response to the coronavirus pandemic as a template for other nations to follow. That response is often contrasted with Chinas draconian measures...

How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus

By Anna Leask

Tourism has virtually stopped thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns. This is hitting many cities hard see this report about New York galleries and museums losing millions of dollars, for example. Many tourist businesses are...

Don't blame social media for conspiracy theories – they would still flourish without it

By Joseph E Uscinski Et Al

COVID-19 conspiracy theories have encouraged people to engage in some dangerous activities in the past few months. There is no simple explanation for why people believe conspiracy theories like these, and the best...

Retail won't snap back. 3 reasons why COVID has changed the way we shop, perhaps forever

By John Daley

Its wrong to expect a snap-back at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas and other places where people used to gather to spend money. Weve identified three reasons why spending in physical stores on goods like clothes...

The law is clear – border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand's quarantine system break down?

By Alexander Gillespie

The anger and frustration at New Zealands border quarantine failure have been palpable. Two women, recently arrived in New Zealand, were granted compassionate leave from quarantine to be with grieving family after a...

Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

By Stephen Dobson Et Al

The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to...

Is swine flu going to be the next pandemic?

The world has been worried about pandemic diseases for many years. Before COVID-19, attention was focused on influenza viruses as the most likely cause. A recent paper reminds us that the threat from flu remains very real....

Technology is a powerful determinant of change, but labour can shape its direction

15:12 PM| Economy Insights & Views

Technology is a product of human labour. The working class and society can therefore shape its direction. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), long-term technological change has created more employment...

South African banks need to do more to ensure financial inclusion

15:11 PM| Economy Fintech

An analysis of financial inclusion in South Africa shows that affordability limits poor households access to formal financial services. In our study, which looked at peoples use of financial goods and services between 2008...

Reddit removes millions of pro-Trump posts. But advertisers, not values, rule the day

15:15 PM| Business

On Monday, online discussion platform Reddit permanently took down its largest community of Donald Trump supporters, r/The_Donald. The community had more than 7,000 active users per day (although this has previously...

Forget JobSeeker. In our post-COVID economy, Australia needs a 'liveable income guarantee' instead

By John Quiggin - 15:10 PM| Economy

There are now less than three months to go before the expanded JobSeeker payment is due to end. As a result, there is a growing political debate about what should happen to the unemployment payment that was roughly...

Why Vladimir Putin's tax hike for the rich won't bother Russia's oligarchs

15:44 PM| Economy

Just a couple of days before Russians began voting in a constitutional referendum in late June that is likely to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to stay on as president until 2036, the government announced a tax rise for...

Behavioural science can help make the UK's track and trace app a success – here's how

By Madelynne Arden - 15:30 PM| Economy

Originally planned to roll out in May, the UKs track and trace app has now been delayed until winter. Part of the governments wider test, track and trace strategy, the app uses Bluetooth on smartphones to see who infected...

Top Stories

China and AI: what the world can learn and what it should be wary of

By Hessy Elliott - 15:27 PM| Technology

China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than either the US or the...

Disagreeability, neuroticism and stress: what drives panic buying during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Peter O'Connor Et Al - 15:37 PM| Health

Panic buying has returned to Australia in the wake of its second-biggest city experiencing a spike in COVID-19. The Victorian government has reimposed stay-at-home restrictions on 36 of Melbournes 321 suburbs in...

Why companies as diverse as eBay, IKEA and Mars are increasingly supporting US clean energy policies

By Zdravka Tzankova - 15:40 PM| Business

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea My new analysis of companies that seek to buy renewable electricity finds that business is becoming a powerful new ally in the U.S....

US under Trump Series

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

By Anjana Susarla - 15:42 PM| Politics

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trumps rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the...

A post-pandemic world is unlikely to focus on meeting need over human greed

By Paul Maylam - 15:53 PM| Insights & Views

How often has it been said that the world will never be the same again after the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, the question is, how might it change? Might it not change much at all? The questions have given rise to speculative...

Global Geopolitics Series

Israel's proposed annexation of the West Bank could bring a 'diplomatic tsunami'

By Tony Walker - 15:56 PM| Politics

In a deadly game of Middle East cat and mouse, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing to weigh his options in pushing ahead with plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over territories occupied by Israel in...

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Economy

OPEC insists it did not intend to drive US shale out of business

OPEC Secretary Mohammad Barkindo said the group did not intend to drive US shale oil producers out of business, in response to US barrels price briefly turning negative in April. In April, the group agreed on the single...

Korean shipbuilders suffer 67% dip in new orders

South Koreas shipbuilders posted 1.18 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) of new orders in the first half of 2020, 67 percent less from the 3.58 million CGTs last year. Globally, new shipbuilding orders plunged 57...

Shanghai shopping event induces consumption in city

Shanghai municipal governments May 5 Shopping Festival helped the citys total consumption over the past two months to return to the same level last year. The festival attracted over 520,000 online sellers and nearly...

Japan's May exports to S. Korea down to 11-year low of 3.66-T won

Japans exported 3.66 trillion won worth of goods to South Korea in May, down 18 percent from last year, which is lowest in 11 years due to the pandemic and trade dispute between the two countries. Japans shipments of...

US refrains from slapping antidumping duties on S. Korean cold-rolled steel

The US refrained from imposing antidumping duties on cold-rolled steel from Hyundai Steel Co. and POSCO, which would help boost trade between the two countries. The US Department of Commerce determined that cold-rolled...

Politics

Joe Biden reveals his plan to revive the US economy

President Donald Trump has often boasted that his administration is responsible for the so-called economic boom, a claim that may have played a part in his election in 2016. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to...

Donald Trump: POTUS' former lawyer Michael Cohen brought back to jail

There have been a handful of aides of Donald Trump that was sent to jail, including his former lawyer Michael Cohen. In the midst of the pandemic, Cohen was ordered to be brought back to jail to continue serving his...

Donald Trump: Supreme Court rules POTUS's taxes to be released to Grand Jury

For a long time, Donald Trump has tried to evade the efforts to show his tax returns and his other financial records. Now it appears impossible for Trump to evade any longer as the Supreme Court ruled that it be released...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS visits the Mary Elizabeth House

First lady, Melania Trumps Be Best initiative, puts the overall well-being of children front and center. Recently, Mrs. Trump visited the Mary Elizabeth House to personally deliver some care packages to the staff and...

Melania Trump: New tell-all book reportedly 'thrashes the First Lady and here's its release date

Melania Trump will surely hug the headlines again once the new tell-all book about her is published. This can be controversial and filled with explosive claims since the author is the First Ladys former confidante who was...

Science

NASA: Agency confirms a storm occurring in Jupiter after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer

NASA, along with other space agencies and space enthusiasts, have detected activity going on in other planets in the Solar System and beyond. Recently, the agency confirmed one amateur astronomers sighting of a storm...

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Dilophosaurus shown in 'Jurassic Park' is more bird-like than lizard, says scientists

The Dilophosaurus was made famous through the Jurassic Park movie and is shown as having a similar appearance to a lizard. However, a new study finds that the actual Dilophosaurus did not resemble a lizard, but looked more...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope detects a galaxy moving away from Earth

When it comes to galaxies, many often hear about these celestial objects merging with one another. However, the opposite is not heard about as much. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to witness just that, with...

New study suggests Cerne Abbas Giant actually dates back to the Medieval period

The Cerne Abbas Giant has been met with some debate regarding its history among archaeologists. Now, a new study suggests that the historic figure may not be as ancient as many may believe it to be. Researchers,...

Technology

PlayStation 5 details to check out before the console's release

The PlayStation 5 is Sonys latest offering in the gaming world. With its advanced features and functions that cant be found in any other units, it has been dubbed as the greatest gaming console to be released yet. This...

‘PUBG Mobile’ Royale Pass Season 14 opens a week after update 0.19.0 is released

The highly anticipated patch 0.19.0 for PUBG Mobile has finally arrived, but not all features launching in this update were released on the first day. Some features, including a special training grounds in Livik, are...

‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’: Blizzard confirms release window in fall

Video game companies, for much of the first half of 2020, learned to adjust to new workplace setups due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even then, Blizzard Entertainment assures fans that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is...

Poco M2 Pro: $200 smartphone with a quad camera and 33W fast charger

After months of leaks and speculations, the Poco M2 Pro has finally been announced by Poco India. Most of the expected specs and features have now been confirmed for the device, and so is the one caveat that some tech fans...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: The role of Judy Alvarez and Evelyn Parker in V’s upcoming missions

Night City Wire has done its job of keeping the hype up for Cyberpunk 2077, but a welcome bonus was the unveiling of two non-playable characters named Evelyn Parker and Judy Alvarez. Online discussions prove their brief...
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