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So the government gave sports grants to marginal seats. What happens now?

By Maria O'Sullivan

When Australians pay their income tax, they assume the money is going to areas of the community that need it, rather than being used by the government to shore up votes for the next election. This is why the findings of...

Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

By Jean Twenge

Were in the middle of a teen mental health crisis and girls are at its epicenter. Since 2010, depression, self-harm and suicide rates have increased among teen boys. But rates of major depression among teen girls in...

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need

By Cassandra Cross

Theres been an overwhelming outpouring of love and support around the world for those impacted by the bushfires, from social-media donation drives to music concerts to authors auctioning off their books. Sadly, but...

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

By Richard Holden

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

‘Les Misérables’ by Ladj Ly: the broken promises of the French Republic

By Beth Epstein

The critically acclaimed new film by Ladj Ly, Les Misérables, opens with a scene of teenagers from the disadvantaged suburbs of Paris excitedly heading into the city to celebrate the French teams 2018 World Cup win....

In defence of Michael McCain: Speaking out is what strong leaders do

By Deborah de Lange

While leaders often take pains to avoid controversial topics and the glare of hostile publicity, it is the sine qua non the absolute necessity of strong leaders to speak out about whats right and wrong, especially at...

Racism, colonialism and slavery: why 'empire' needs to be removed from the UK honours system

By Gill Margaret Hague Et Al

Too many National Honours nominees in the UK have been put in an impossible dilemma. Either they reject their well-deserved award or accept it with grave anxieties because of the British empire tag to the names. MBE, OBE...

Car wars: how Nokia could find itself at centre of EU investigation over technology patents

By Enrico Bonadio Et Al

Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, cars are increasingly like smartphones on wheels, so manufacturers need to have access to the latest patented 4G and 5G technologies essential to navigation and communications....

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

By Margherita T. Cantorna

Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D, which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and...

US-China trade pact President Trump just signed fails to resolve 3 fundamental issues

By Penelope B. Prime

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China on Jan. 15 intended as a first phase toward a more comprehensive agreement between the two countries. In exchange for some tariff relief, China promised to buy...

The devil is in the detail when it comes to responsible investing

By Cecile Feront Et Al

With the recent flood of pledges by investors to turn up the heat on climate action, one might think that the investment industry was in the midst of a profound shift. If only that were the case. Officially, the...

Financial trading bots have fascinating similarities to people – we need to learn from them

By Christian Borch

In 2019, the world fretted that algorithms now know us better than we know ourselves. No concept captures this better than surveillance capitalism, a term coined by American writer Shoshana Zuboff to describe a bleak new...

Finding answers to what makes -- or breaks -- South Africa's young cricketers

By Mary Ann Dove

Most of South Africas top players, such as the champion batsman and former national captain AB de Villiers, come from privileged, or relatively privileged, white backgrounds. So what environmental factors have enabled...

In Iraq, Soleimani assassination complicates soft power battle between US and Iran

By Bamo Nouri

When thousands of anti-government protesters returned to Iraqs streets on January 10, they were expressing anger at the explosion of foreign interference in their countrys affairs in early 2020. Keep your war away, one...

Russia's cabinet resigns and it's all part of Putin's plan

By Regina Smyth

Editors note: Russias prime minister, Dmitry A. Medvedev, and cabinet resigned on Jan. 15. Russian politics are often not what they seem, especially to those in the West. We asked Regina Smyth, a Russia scholar at...

Moving the A-League to the winter would improve the play, but will it attract the fans?

By Jessica Richards Et Al

In the past week, the Australian football players union has been pressuring the A-League to make a major change in the sport shifting to a winter competition, instead of its current spot in the brutal summer. Both the...

How sports fans respond to their teams' wavering odds of winning

By Sam Maglio

The most diehard NFL fans have already seen their seasons come to an end. This has nothing to do with whether their hometown team made the playoffs and everything to do with the annual exercise in humility known as fantasy...

Cheating may be underreported across Canada's universities and colleges

By Sarah Elaine Eaton

Media have reported allegations of creative cheating strategies at universities across Canada, including hacking grades, bribery and breaking into offices to steal exams. Nursing students at Brandon University are...

We have already had countless bushfire inquiries. What good will it do to have another?

By Kevin Tolhurst

As our country battles the most extensive fires of our lifetime, there are increasing calls for a royal commission into the states and territories preparedness and the federal governments response to the disaster. A...

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australian needs?

By John Daley Et Al

Countries have long periods in which policies change little, and only by increments. Occasionally there are turning points, when previously intractable policy problems are suddenly resolved, recasting policy for the...

So, you want to live tiny? Here's what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan

By Heather Shearer Et Al

The reasons for choosing to go tiny range from reducing debt, inability to afford a conventional home, the search for sustainability, a life crisis, or even preparing for an uncertain future in the face of climate change...

5 tips to help ease your child back into school mode after the holidays

By Christine Grové Et Al

Most children in Australia are going back to school in just over a week. Children experience a mix of emotions when it comes to going to school. Easing back after the holidays can range from feeling really excited and...

BlackRock is the canary in the coalmine. Its decision to dump coal signals what's next

By John Quiggin

The announcement by BlackRock, the worlds largest fund manager, that it will dump more than half a billion dollars in thermal coal shares from all of its actively managed portfolios, might not seem like big...

Bushfires left millions of animals dead. We should use them, not just bury them

By Emma Spencer Et Al

Bushfires this season have left an estimated 1 billion dead animals in their wake, their carcasses dotting the blackened landscape. Adding to the toll, farmers are being forced to euthanise injured and starving...

Don't die wondering: apps may soon be able to predict your life expectancy, but do you want to know?

By James Jin Kang Et Al

When will I die? This question has endured across cultures and civilisations. It has given rise to a plethora of religions and spiritual paths over thousands of years, and more recently, some highly amusing apps. But...

Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean

By Tim Birkhead

The common guillemot (known as the common murre in North America) breeds in both the Pacific and the Atlantic and is among the most abundant seabirds in the northern hemisphere. But like many other seabirds, its numbers...

Cancer treatment: study finds targeting nearby 'normal' cells could improve survival rates

By Ingo Ringshausen

Cancer of the immune system, called lymphoma or leukaemia, generally affects the entire bodys bone marrow and lymph nodes. Because these types of cancers are so widespread, surgery isnt useful, so patients are usually...

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

By Byron Reeves Et Al

Theres a lot of talk about digital media. Increasing screen time has created worries about medias impacts on democracy, addiction, depression, relationships, learning, health, privacy and much more. The effects are...

The pitfalls of eco-efficiency

By Régis Chenavaz

The saying the road to hell is paved with good intentions can be applied to many situations, and among them are companies efforts to preserve natural resources. For example, changes intended to reduce resource use can in...

We need to modernize how we measure national wealth

By Gregory C Mason

I recently tried an experiment. I changed several light bulbs, and since one required a little rewiring, I sent my wife (also known as the majority shareholder) a bill for $110.50 (plus GST). In return, she sent me a bill...

Apple's share price has doubled, but there is a crunch coming – investors should watch out

By Arturo Bris

Apple shareholders must be extremely happy with the companys performance in the past 12 months. The stock price is up 111% since the end of 2018, not to mention the US$3 (2.31) per share that the company has paid in...

Why South Africa's children are vulnerable to violence and injuries

By Shanaaz Mathews Et Al

South African children are vulnerable to injuries, not just those that are accidental but also those inflicted intentionally. This is according to the 2019 Child Gauge report, an annual publication that explores how...

What's behind violence in South Africa: a sociologist's perspective

By Lindy Heinecken

The 2018 Global Peace Index listed South Africa as one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth, and getting worse. South Africa has a long history of violence. It was used as a tool of power and governance by...

How we deduced that our ancestors liked roast vegetables too

By Lyn Wadley Et Al

Archaeological work at the Border Cave site has revealed the earliest evidence for cooked root vegetables. Border Cave lies between South Africa and eSwatini and has a remarkable record of human habitation. Hot, roasted...

Pasha 49: How Rwanda rebuilt a broken healthcare system

By Ozayr Patel

Rwanda has made strides in its health sector in recent years. The country is noted for making faster than expected progress over the past 15 years in reducing deaths among children younger than five. This is the result of...

Human gene editing: who decides the rules?

By Sheetal Soni

Gene editing technology allows scientists to make changes to an organisms DNA. It has made it possible to create cattle without horns, tomatoes that ripen slowly over time, and even mosquitoes that are incapable of...

Why fitness trackers may not give you all the 'credit' you hoped for

By Katie Siek

January is a time when many people make resolutions and then break them. Almost 60% of Americans will resolve to exercise more, but fewer than 10% will stick with their resolution. A key to keeping resolutions is ensuring...

Meet the narwhal, 'unicorn of the sea'

By Kristin Laidre

Narwhals are often called the unicorns of the sea. The long tusk of the male narwhal sets these whales apart, but its not the only thing that makes Monodon monoceros among the most intriguing and mysterious marine...

Who is born a US citizen?

By Carol Nackenoff Et Al

A recent court ruling about faraway American Samoa may have profound implications for a conflict thats been going on for nearly 200 years: who gets to be an American citizen. Debates over who gets citizenship and what...

Supreme Court DACA decision isn't just about Dreamers -- it's about whether the White House has to tell the truth

By Morgan Marietta

The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when justifying its actions? In November, justices...

What Iranians think of the US and their own government

By Monti Datta

After the Trump administration killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani with a drone strike on Jan. 3, anti-American protests in Iran subsequently spiked, with thousands mourning Soleimanis passing. As someone who...

How Iraq's relationship with Iran shifted after the fall of Saddam Hussein

By Johan Franzen

Following his capture by American troops, Saddam Hussein made a startling admission to George Piro, the FBI investigator tasked with interrogating him. The reason he had played cat and mouse with UN weapons inspectors for...

Should the government crowdfund a Big Ben Brexit bong?

By Ioannis Glinavos

An unexpected debate to emerge from Britains planned departure from the EU at the end of January 2020 has been over whether Big Ben should ring to commemorate the moment of Brexit. The clock tower of the Houses of...

3 quotes that defined the first Democratic debate of 2020

By Dennis Jett Et Al

Editors note: Six Democrats qualified for the final debate before the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3. We asked three scholars to watch the Jan. 14 debate, held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and pick a quote from one of...

Formula 1 says it's going carbon neutral but fans must demand greater detail on how

By Michelle O'Shea Et Al

When Formula 1 announced late last year that the sport would be carbon neutral by 2030, the organisations chief technical officer spoke of the transition to a lower carbon world: F1 could play a huge role in this...

I'm struggling to breathe with all the bushfire smoke – could I have undiagnosed asthma?

By Christine Jenkins

As bushfire smoke continues to pollute the air of large parts of Australias eastern states, some people have experienced throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties. Health authorities have also warned more...

Iran-U.S. crisis reminds us how culture matters in war time

By Costanza Musu

As tensions have ratcheted up between the United States and Iran, a series of tweets by President Donald Trump threatening the deliberate targeting of Iranian cultural sites triggered a strong negative reaction around the...

Shaming people for flying won't cut airline emissions. We need a smarter solution

By Duygu Yengin Et Al

Fake news, the chief executive of Lufthansa has called it. But his counterpart at Air France calls it the airline industrys biggest challenge. So does the president of Emirates: Its got to be dealt with. What theyre...

Tech firms are winning the AI race because they understand data – other sectors need to catch up

By Didem Gurdur Broo

Artificial intelligence is already powering much of the technology helping to drive the modern economy. AI is now an essential part of how we use the internet but can also be found in stock exchanges, advanced factories...

Breast milk market is booming online – it's unregulated, might make your baby sick, but entirely legal

By Aoife Finnerty

For parents who want their child to have breast milk, but are unable produce it themselves, being able to buy it on the internet might seem like a hopeful solution. Many families might want to feed their infant breast milk...

With costs approaching $100 billion, the fires are Australia's costliest natural disaster

Its hard to estimate the eventual economic cost of Australias 2019-20 megafires, partly because they are still underway, and partly because it is hard to know the cost to attribute to deaths and the decimation of species...

U.S. housing starts rise strongly above expectations in December

16:16 PM| Commentary

Housing starts in the U.S. rose strongly in December. On a sequential basis, the housing starts grew 16.9 percent to 1.608 million units in the month from an upwardly revised 1.375 million units in the prior month....

European Central Bank likely to keep interest rates on hold next week

16:02 PM| Commentary

The European Central Bank is set to meet next week for its policy decision. According to a Nordea Bank research report, the ECB is expected to keep its interest rates on hold during Lagardes second policy meeting. Focus...

U.S. Treasuries narrowly mixed ahead of November JOLTs job openings, FOMC speeches

12:12 PM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries remained narrowly mixed during Fridays afternoon session ahead of the countrys JOLTs job openings data for the month of November, scheduled to be released today by 15:00GMT and FOMC members Harker and...

Italian consumer price index rises in December, HICP inflation accelerates slightly y/y

11:57 AM| Commentary

Italian consumer price index rose 0.2 percent on a sequential basis in December, while it rose 0.5 percent on a year-on-year basis, confirming the flash estimate, according to the official statistical office, ISTAT. In the...

Euro area’s construction output grows in November

14:19 PM| Commentary

Euro areas construction output grew in the month of November. According to the first estimate of Eurostat, the seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose 0.7 percent as compared with the fall of 0.5...

German bunds tad higher despite rise in Eurozone December CPI

11:23 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds remained tad higher during European trading session Friday after investors have shrugged-off the rise in Eurozones consumer price inflation for the month of December, released today. The German 10-year...

Top Stories

Russia's constitutional changes are designed to perpetuate power of Vladimir Putin's elite

11:20 AM| Insights & Views Politics

Russian president Vladimir Putin has always enjoyed the decisive move that takes everyone by surprise. Long periods of quiet are broken by a sudden, shocking manoeuvre. This was the case with his package of reforms...

Airbus again becomes the world's leading aircraft manufacturer

By Oihab Allal-Chérif - 11:23 AM| Insights & Views Business

After eight years of Boeing leadership, Airbus has again become the worlds leading aircraft manufacturer. The European group surpassed 1,000 aircraft orders in 2019 and broke its record of aircraft delivered with 863...

Digital Currency Revolution Series: Bitcoin For Brexit

11:50 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Bank of Englands rate cut hopes, Brexit transition, and Geopolitical issues are the three key factors that keep bitcoin as an alternative option for the Brits. Amidst the lingering geopolitical turmoil, Brexit has been...

Can 2020 Be The Year For Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)? Crypto Dad Already Began The Race

10:48 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views Central Banks

After sovereign nations grilling Facebooks Libra, many central banks appear to be positioned optimistically for designing developing the native cryptocurrencies, and Year-2020 can witness some experimentations in this...

Global Geopolitics Series

US and Iran have a long, troubled history

By Jeffrey Fields - 11:18 AM| Insights & Views

Relations between the United States and Iran have been fraught for decades at least since the U.S. helped overthrow a democracy-minded prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, in August 1953. The U.S. then supported the long,...

Take care when examining the economic impact of fires. GDP doesn't tell the full story

By Janine Dixon - 11:15 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Estimates of the economic damage caused by the bushfires are rolling in, some of them big and some unprecedented, as is the scale of the fires themselves. These types of estimates will be refined and used to make or...

Econotimes Series

Economy

Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that...

How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and the market has failed to keep up

Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...

Australia’s headline inflation seen at 0.7 pct q/q in Q4, rise to 1.9 pct y/y: ANZ Research

Australias headline inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 percent q/q in Q4, with the annual rate rising to 1.9 percent, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The largest contributor to the headline figure...

NZ headline CPI likely to rise 0.5 pct q/q in December quarter, says ANZ Research

New Zealands headline consumer price inflation (CPI) for the December quarter is expected to have risen 0.5 percent q/q, with annual inflation accelerating to 1.9% from 1.5% in Q3, according to the latest report from ANZ...

BI likely to maintain policy rate at 5 pct on Jan 23, remain open to future rate cuts: Scotiabank

The Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to maintain its policy rate at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on January 23, but with the door remaining open to future rate cuts amid Indonesias benign inflation outlook,...

Politics

Barack and Michelle Obama net worth: How much is the former First Couple worth?

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle might no longer be living in the White House but theyre still one of the most popular couples in the world. Recently, the Obamas made headlines when they purchased a...

Fans defend Michelle Obama as Donald Trump attacks former FLOTUS on her birthday

Former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 56th birthday anniversary on Friday, January 17. However, President Donald Trump spoilt Obamas special day when he attacked the former FLOTUS School Nutrition Guidelines on...

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for the seventh debate, Iran and foreign policy will likely play a central role. But health care will remain the most important topic of debate for many Americans. No...

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwes economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the countrys population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible...

Three reasons why Boris Johnson's promise to revitalise the north could come back to haunt him

For his forthcoming Budget on March 11, Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised to unleash Britains potential uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal. This was on...

Science

Mexico earthquake: 5.2 magnitude quake affects the Oaxaca region

Since the beginning of the year, natural calamities such as eruptions, fires, and earthquakes have been plaguing many parts of the world. Recently, Mexico was struck by a 5.2 magnitude tremor, affecting those in the Oaxaca...

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

UFOs: Leaked footage can threaten national security, says US Navy

The presence of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects has continuously baffled many, from enthusiasts to government agencies. Recently, the United States Navy has warned that having to release more footage of these...

NASA: Hidden room at Cape Canaveral revealed agency's secret space reconnaissance mission

The Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union go head to head in what was deemed the Space Race in the early 1960s. A documentary reveals how a secret space mission by NASA was revealed. The documentary NASAs...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope captures Eta Carinae star system eruptions

If there is one thing to know about space, it is that the phenomena that take place within the galaxies and star systems can be amazing. The Hubble Space Telescope for one, recently captured one of the brightest star...

Technology

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...

Are self-driving cars safe? Expert on how we will drive in the future

Cars are changing fast. But are innovations such as autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or just a wild pipe dream? And if they become the futures way of getting from A to B, can we trust them to take us there...

Virtual reality could expand therapy options in remote areas

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy...

‘Overwatch 2’ release date, rumors: New heroes joining the fray

Overwatch 2 has already been confirmed by Blizzard at the BlizzCon 2019. Since then, numerous rumors and speculations have been floating around, which includes the possibility that the title might already be out this...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, rumors: Why Black Marsh could be an interesting location choice

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date will definitely arrive - Bethesdas Todd Howard already confirmed that the studio is working on it in E3 2018. But the bad news is, its going to be a long wait for fans. Bethesda Is...
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