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Comic: how to have better arguments about the environment (or anything else)

By Jutta Beher Et Al

From climate change to armed conflict, our world is struggling with urgent global issues. But disagreements about how to solve them can spiral out of control. The only way to resolve intractable conflicts is to overcome...

Some public schools get nearly 6 times as much funding, thanks to parents

By Emma Rowe Et Al

More advantaged public secondary schools across Australia generate nearly six times the amount of funding contributions from parents than less advantaged schools receive. Our study, published in The Australian...

A long time ago... why prequels are taking us back to the future in popular film

By Siobhan Lyons

Last month, audiences got their first glimpse of the trailer for the upcoming film, Joker, which explores the origins of its iconic title character, last seen in the Batman franchise. The trailer came just weeks after...

Trump and the problem with pardons

By Andrew Bell

As a veteran, I was astonished by the recent news that President Trump may be considering pardons for U.S. military members accused or convicted of war crimes. But as a scholar who studies the U.S. military and combat...

How the new 'Aladdin' stacks up against a century of Hollywood stereotyping

By Evelyn Alsultany

Though critically acclaimed and widely beloved, the 1992 animated Aladdin feature had some serious issues with stereotyping. Disney wanted to avoid repeating these same problems in the live action version of Aladdin,...

Clashing rights: Behind the Québec hijab debate

By Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has introduced Bill 21, a law that would supposedly entrench religious neutrality in the province. It would do so by prohibiting providers of government services in...

Breastfeeding struggles linked to postpartum depression in mothers

By Stephanie Liu

As a doctor, I encourage mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is affordable, helps with bonding and has health benefits for both the infant and mother. In my medical practice, many new moms come to see me because they...

Narendra Modi’s victory speech delivers visions of a Hindu nationalist ascetic

By Chandrima Chakraborty

In the recently concluded Indian parliamentary elections, the electorate gave a thumping majority to current Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the nation for another...

We need new treaties to address the growing problem of space debris

By Alex Ellery

Space debris represents the spread of our scorched-earth habits into space. Earth and the orbital space around it are a global commons to which we have been laying waste. And whats worse, we appear powerless to prevent...

Women's hockey has avid fans but needs a corporate cash infusion

By Katie Lebel

Kawhi Leonard recently registered one of the most iconic moments in Toronto Raptors history with his Game 7 buzzer-beater against the Philadelphia 76ers. The thrilling shot was captured by five different camera angles, the...

There's still so much we don't know about the star-gazing beetle with a tiny brain

By Marcus Byrne

Edited extract from The Dance of the Dung Beetles published by Wits University Press. Dung beetles have been ever-present in the history of the West but oddly, less so elsewhere in religion, art, literature, science...

Most call centre jobs are a dead end for South Africa's youth

By Mohammad Amir Anwar

The South African government believes that the business processing industry is key to job creation. And the sector has indeed created thousands of jobs, in particular for the countrys youth a group that bears a...

Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

By Ofer Raban

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. The new indictment expands...

The impact of immigration on EU countries' nationalistic sentiments

By Simone Moriconi Et Al

From the United Kingdom to Italy, Austria, and other European countries, recent elections have shown that nationalist and populist parties are attracting an increasing number of voters. While specifics of each party can be...

Recycling: poorer countries can now refuse plastic waste imports – this could make the system fairer

By Jen Allan

The world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2016 a figure thats expected to grow by 70% in the next 30 years. But this same plastic is also a commodity thats sold and traded in a global industry that...

Is throwing a milkshake an act of political violence? What political theory tells us

By Alexander Blanchard

That the word violence is a powerful piece of political rhetoric has been brought home by the welter of opinion pieces, editorials and tweets that have emerged about a recent spate of milkshakings in which prominent...

Doping soldiers so they fight better – is it ethical?

By Maxwell Mehlman

The military is constantly using technology to build better ships, warplanes, guns and armor. Shouldnt it also use drugs to build better soldiers? Soldiers have long taken drugs to help them fight. Amphetamines like...

We need lots more male nurses, but progress can come with bumps along the way

By Richard Craven

Its an uncharacteristically sunny Saturday at Starks Park football ground in Kirkcaldy, Fife in the east of Scotland. This is the home of Raith Rovers, a big fish of the lower Scottish leagues, who are in the hunt for a...

Frydenberg declares tax package must be passed 'in its entirety'

By Michelle Grattan

The governments tax relief package is shaping up as the first test of incoming opposition leader Anthony Albanese, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg declaring on Friday it must be supported in its entirety when put to the new...

Eurovision: UK quitting the song contest would only be bad for brand Britain

By Henrik Linden Et Al

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest picked a really bad day to announce they had further reduced the low score the UK achieved this year in Israel. As the British public went to cast their ballots in the European...

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

By Gemma Briggs Et Al

The retired football star David Beckham recently received a six-month driving ban after being photographed using his hand-held phone while driving. Unfortunately, Beckham is not alone in apparently thinking that time spent...

Benefits sanctions don't help people get into work – we found housing providers who show that proper support does

By Katy Jones Et Al

Theres mounting evidence to show that punitive benefits sanctions which reduce or cut a persons benefits when they dont meet certain requirements are less effective at getting claimants into work than giving them...

Banksy: graffiti has become more valuable for what it is than what it says

By Tyson Mitman

On the side of a garage in Port Talbot, south Wales, a new Banksy artwork appeared. The piece, titled Seasons Greetings, very quickly brought thousands of visitors to the town. And by January 2019 there was so much...

From gun control to HIV: six ingredients of successful public policy

By Joannah Luetjens Et Al

In the lead up to the recent federal election, there was plenty of negative rhetoric about current policy settings. Piecing together the various messages, it seems we have entered an armageddon of poor fiscal management,...

Gamers use machine learning to navigate complex video games – but it's not free

By Ben Egliston

Some of the worlds most popular video games track your activity as you play but theyre not just gathering data for business or marketing purposes. Theyre accumulating information about the way you and others play the...

EU elections: Six countries seen by six experts

By Anamaria Dutceac Segesten Et Al

In advance of the 2019 elections for the European Parliament, The Conversation France asked experts from six European countries to weigh in : The Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as...

Snack-sized 'candy' fish explain a coral mystery

By Simon Brandl Et Al

Youre swimming over a coral reef. What do you see? Most people will reply: fish. On a coral reef, fish are large, abundant, gaudily coloured and in-your-face impossible to miss. The waters around coral reefs must be...

Indian election: Modi win delivered thanks to faith in development pledges

By Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada

Indias electoral colossus has re-elected Narendra Modis BJP party, following the largest democratic exercise in the world. India has united to put Modi back in office. This is the second time since 1971 that a majority...

South Africa needs a functioning parliamentary budget office: now's the time to fix it

By Seán Mfundza Muller

South Africas Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is in complete disarray. In the 10 years since it was established by law, and the five years it has been in operation, the Office has failed to adhere to key principles of...

How South Africa's universities are making more students multilingual

By Zakeera Docrat Et Al

South Africa is a multilingual, multicultural space. As is the case for many other countries in Africa, it has a number of official languages 11. Although the South African Constitution, other legislation and some...

Game of Thrones: what Machiavelli might have made of the politics in Westeros

By Toby James

Warning: this contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, series eight. Alongside many other aspects of the final series of Game of Thrones, the hand-break turn performed by Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons,...

US is already fighting a conflict with Iran – an economic war that is hurting the wrong people

By David Cortright

Many are worried about the risk of war with Iran after the Trump administration leaked discussions of a troop deployment in response to claimed threats to U.S. warships in the region. And in recent days, the rhetoric...

The Constitution dictates that impeachment must not be partisan

By Peter Brandon Bayer

Barely two decades since the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the people of the United States again are confronting the possibility that their president, now Donald Trump, could be impeached, meaning charged by the House of...

Arsenal's Mkhitaryan omission from Europa League Baku final highlights football’s global politics at its most fragile

By Simon Chadwick

When English Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal meet in UEFAs Europa League final on May 29, one of the latters big name players will not be with his team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan wont be playing in the match one of the...

Eastern China pinpointed as source of rogue ozone-depleting emissions

By Paul Krummel Et Al

A mysterious rebound in the emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals despite a global ban stretching back almost a decade has been traced to eastern China. Research published by an international team today in Nature...

Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors

By Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Tourism today has a problem and needs an entire rethink. Pundits are debating overtourism, peak tourism and tourismphobia. Cities such as Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik are witnessing a backlash against imposed forms of...

Zero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small islands

By Tom Rogers Et Al

At a recent talk on the UKs energy sector, the head of an electric utility company claimed that the problem of decarbonising our electricity sector is fixed. Eyebrows were raised at this, but his point quickly became...

View from The Hill: Should Labor jump to new generation leader - and Morrison steal some Shorten policies?

By Michelle Grattan

Scott Morrisons spectacular win, against all expectations, is attributable to a potent mix of his strengths and Labors weaknesses. Morrison, it turns out, was made in some political heaven where they forge ideal...

Minor parties perform well in federal election and reconfirm the power of preference deals

By Chris Salisbury

This was an election brimming with surprises and shocks. An unexpected Coalition victory, and the inaccuracy of opinion poll predictions, have many scratching their heads in the post-election wash-up. What didnt defy...

Eurovision shock: is ironic appreciation unnecessary as slick singing styles reign?

By Matthew Sini

This years Eurovision Song Contest was perhaps the most controversial in its more than half a century history. Held in Tel Aviv, calls for boycotts rang out on social media and elsewhere because of Israels treatment of...

Tears and rage – the rise of the emotional release industry

By Leighanne Higgins Et Al

When Ariana Grande cried on stage recently, following her performance of an emotionally laden song, she later took to Twitter to apologise and thanked her fans for accepting her humaneness. Producing emotional tears is a...

States – not just Congress – should unlock student financial aid for people in prison

By Bradley D. Custer

When it comes to higher education in prison, much of the media and advocacy focus is on trying to get Congress to lift a longstanding ban on giving Pell Grants to people serving time. While a bipartisan effort to...

Ramadan: how a new generation of British Muslims are becoming more green

By Barylo Barylo

Muslims worldwide are about to enter the second half of Ramadan, a month widely known to the public as one for fasting. However, growing concerns around the environmental crisis and social struggles across the globe have...

We've declared a climate emergency – here's what universal basic income could do to help the planet

By Mark Maslin Et Al

Governments around the world are declaring climate and environmental emergencies to highlight the unsustainable ways in which humans, over a few generations, have transformed the planet. Weve made enough concrete to...

South Africans don't trust companies to protect their data privacy

By Adele Da Veiga

Consumers expect that organisations will respect their privacy. For instance, when you buy something online, you take it for granted that your bank details will be kept secure. Or if you provide your identity number at a...

European elections guide: how to vote if you support Brexit

By Chris Stafford

The European Elections werent supposed to involve the UK. But the UK is still a member of the EU, having failed to agree a Brexit deal, so it is obliged to hold elections for the European Parliament. Excluding the...

Viruses to stop cholera infections – the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be humanity's friend

By Andrew Camilli Et Al

In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was resistant...

The US could have ended up with a British-style health care system: Here is why it didn’t

By Simon F. Haeder

The role of government in the U.S. health care system has been contentious long before the recent emergence of Medicare-For-All proposals among Democratic presidential candidates. Advocates of so-called free-market health...

Hydropower dams can harm coastal areas far downstream

By Paula Ezcurra Et Al

Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the worlds largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause...

What's behind the belief in a soulmate?

By Bradley Onishi

The United States appears to be in a romantic slump. Marriage rates have plummeted over the last decade. And compared to previous generations, young single people today are perhaps spending more time on social media than...

Theresa May resigns: how the leadership race could play out from here

Theresa Mays postdated resignation as Conservative leader and prime minister has fired the starting gun on the contest to replace her. She was forced out after her cabinet revolted over her plans to offer concessions to...

Fundamentals to watch out for this week

08:50 AM| Commentary

In terms of volatility risks, this week is light with the focus on the aftermath of elections in Indonesia, India, and the European Union, What to watch for over the coming days: Central Banks: Reserve Bank of...

FxWirePro: EU election outcome limits political risk for the euro

07:22 AM| Commentary

The European parliamentary election has once again failed to be one of the most important events for Europe in the modern era with a very low turnout of 51 percent but it definitely proved to be an important election....

JGBs fall tracking U.S. Treasuries ahead of BoJ Governor Kuroda’s speech, April industrial production

06:51 AM| Commentary Economy

The Japanese government bonds closed lower Tuesday tracking a similar movement in the U.S. Treasuries at the close of last Friday amid improvement in risk sentiments as the country prepares for a trade talk with U.S....

Fed Hike aftermath Series: Hike probabilities over coming meetings

05:14 AM| Commentary Central Banks

FOMC followed through its promise and hiked rates four times in 2018 and forecasted two more rate hikes for 2019. Current Federal funds rate - 225-250 bps (Note, all calculations are based on data as of 27th...

FxWirePro: Asian markets mixed, god touches $1,287 mark

05:12 AM| Commentary

All the major Asian indices were trading on a mixed note on Monday. Gold was trading around $1,286 mark while silver was trading around $14.60 mark. Japans Nikkei was trading 0.25 pct higher at 21,170.49...

Australian bonds suffer on rebound in risk sentiments after Trump hints at "great progress" on U.S.-China trade talks

04:10 AM| Commentary Economy

Australian government bonds suffered during Asian session of the first trading day of the week Monday tracking a rebound in risk sentiments after the United States President Donald Trump hinted at great progress over the...

FxWirePro: Sell Gold targeting $1231 per troy ounce

15:01 PM| Commentary

Our calculations at FxWirePro suggests that Gold price could once again move lower as U.S. dollar continues to march higher. Moreover, we expect the current geopolitical tensions to diffuse on several fronts, With UK...

U.S. Treasuries slump on support from Trump’s positive China trade deal comments

13:42 PM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries slumped during Fridays afternoon session, following a little support from comments from President Donald Trump that a trade deal with China is still a good possibility and that Huawei might be addressed...

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Titanium is the perfect metal to make replacement human body parts

By Laichang Zhang - 09:07 AM| Insights & Views Science

To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements were taking a look at how researchers study some of the elements in their work. Todays its titanium, a metal known for its strength and lightness...

Digital Currency Revolution Series: Is Ripple Alternative For SWIFT?

06:46 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Of late, the Ripple companys ability to send cross-border payments quickly and efficiently is observed as a competitive edge, on the flip side, banks utilizing the existing Society of Worldwide InterBank Financial...

Population DNA testing for disease risk is coming. Here are five things to know

By Paul Lacaze Et Al - 06:45 AM| Health

DNA testing to predict disease risk has the potential to prevent disease and save lives. Yet few Australians can currently access predictive DNA testing via the health-care system. That may soon change. As technology...

Why using your smartphone in the supermarket comes at a (considerable) cost

By Carl-Philip Ahlbom - 06:49 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Are you constantly checking your phone when youre out and about? Do you have trouble resisting the lure of ever more screen time? If so, be careful when you go grocery shopping as your phone may be costing you more than...

Trend of Tokenization Series: Security Tokens Offering From Timeless Luxury Group

06:16 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views Commentary

Before moving on to the core part of this write-up, lets us just quickly glance at the characteristics of Security Tokensthat resembles the conventional financial instruments, like, shares, debentures or units in a...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Release Date, Price, Specs: Upcoming Device Supposedly Capable of 50W Charging

05:23 AM| Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is touted to come out in August, and big things are expected from the upcoming device. However, Samsung itself has yet to break their silence about the handsets specs, leading a lot of users to...

Blocking Huawei from Australia means slower and delayed 5G – and for what?

By Stanley Shanapinda - 06:50 AM| Insights & Views Technology

The United States and Australia are deliberately restricting the place of Chinese telco Huawei in their telecommunications landscapes. Were told these changes will be worth it from a security point of view. But...

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German bunds slightly gain in muted trading session ahead of May jobless data, 5-year auction

The German bunds slightly gained during European trading session Monday amid a muted session that witnessed data of little economic significance. Investors shall be looking forward to the countrys unemployment data for the...

UK gilts suffer ahead of PM May’s departure on June 7; April retail sales better-than-expected

The United Kingdoms gilts suffered during European session Friday ahead of Prime Minister Theresa Mays departure from the Cabinet on June 7 amid a better-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales for the month of...

RBA likely to cut OCR in November, over two rate cuts necessary to achieve jobless rate below 5 pct: St. George Economics

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to cut the Official Cash Rate in November, taking the number of times the RBA cuts this year to three and the cash rate to 0.75 percent, according to the latest research...

NZ delivers healthy trade balance on back of strong export data, export volumes to drop away seasonally

New Zealand delivered a healthy trade balance on the back of strong export data for meat, forestry and dairy. The lift in exports more than offset the stronger than expected import data which was bolstered by the aircraft...

JGB 10-year yield falls to 7-week low tracking U.S. Treasuries on worries over global economic slowdown

The Japanese 10-year government bond yield fell to 7-week low at the time of close Friday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries as investor sentiments remained dusted on worries over global economic...


Donald Trump Tax Returns: Democratic-led House Committee Gets 'Help' From Federal Judge, NY Senate in Financial Records Subpoena

A federal judge decision and a potentially game-changing New York state law are not helping United States President Donald Trump from keeping his tax returns from being scrutinized in a Congress investigation. POTUS then...

Melania Trump Body Language: She Looks 'Uncomfortable' in Recent Photos vs. 2016 Campaign Picture, Expert Says

United States President Donald Trump has an apparent habit of starting a tweetstorm in the middle of the night or too early in the morning. First Lady Melania Trump, on the other hand, has a completely different approach...

Vladimir Putin Girlfriend Rumors: Who Is Alina Kabaeva? Did She Just Gave Birth to Russian President’s Twin Boys?

Vladimir Putin is one of the most controversial state leaders for various reasons, including his policies deemed to be anti-LGBT and derailing freedom of speech. But the Russian president is also making headlines for his...

You are what you vote: the social and demographic factors that influence your vote

Australia has changed in many ways over the past two decades. Rising house prices, country-wide improvements in education, an ageing population, and a decline in religious affiliation, are just some of the ways it has...

South Africa has a new presidential advisory unit. Will it improve policy?

South Africas President Cyril Ramaphosa is establishing a unit in the presidency which he hopes will improve policy development and coordination. This is an important initiative designed to help him address the huge...


Cancer Cure Found in Ancient Fish? Study Leans on to Parasitic Eel-Like Fish for Better Brain Cancer Treatment

Scientists around the world have various strategies finding the potential cancer cure or come up with a much better treatment regimen to help patients live longer. Researchers from Wisconsin and Texas recently published a...

HIV/AIDS Cure News: 50,000 Individuals Consume ‘Miracle Cure’ That’s Really Industrial Bleach Distributed in Uganda by US Pastor

Around 50,000 people in Uganda were allegedly convinced by an American pastor to consume a so-called miracle cure for HIV/AIDS. The problem is the said substance was already flagged down by the United States Food and Drug...

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?

U.S. Navy pilots and sailors wont be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago, the Pentagon reportedly...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Scientists May Have Found a Way to End HIV Transmission

Apart from finding a complete cure for HIV/AIDS, another important aspect of tackling the epidemic is looking for an effective way to stop its transmission. Scientists may have made a great discovery in that area. A...

Cancer Cure 2019: Researchers Focus on Helping Patients Live Longer

The world has yet to find a complete cure for cancer. But scientists are continuously working in developing and improving treatment strategies. A leading research institute for cancer recently announced a new and...


‘World of Warcraft Classic’ Release Date, Features, Beta: Blizzard Adds Extra Stress Test Set This Week

World of Warcraft Classic developer Blizzard Entertainment announced that they are adding another day of stress test. It was not part of the original announcement, and it is already happening this week. As scheduled,...

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ Release Date, Gameplay: Blizzard Improved Game’s AI; Provides Smoother Experience When Controlling Troops

Warcraft 3: Reforged is set to inject new life to the beloved real-time strategy game by giving it better graphics and improved gameplay. Although the remaster will be staying true to its roots, Blizzard has eliminated a...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date: Reimagining to Make an Appearance in E3 2019?

Final Fantasy VII: Remake is expected to make an appearance in the upcoming E3 2019 slated to kick off on June 12. While Square Enix hasnt confirmed this yet, the new trailer for the reimagining heavily hinted at this...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date: How the Sixth Installment Will Look Like with Ray Tracing Technology

GTA 6 is one of the most anticipated titles of the gaming community even though Rockstar and Take-Two are taking their time in developing the next installment. As such, some talented programmers have created their own take...

‘Borderlands 3’ Release Date, Latest News: Gearbox Will Reveal New Planet, Character in E3, CEO Randy Pitchford Teases

Borderlands 3 is set to come out on September. As such, Gearbox has been marketing the looter shooter heavily in recent weeks, with this endeavor taking new heights once E3 2019 hits on June 12. Gearbox CEO Randy...
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