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Inducing consumer paralysis: how retailers bury customers in an avalanche of choice

By Robert Slonim

Do you think you are paying more than you should for energy, banking, insurance, internet and phone services? You are not alone, and you are probably right. Companies offer a growing number of deals that supposedly...

The New York Times ends daily political cartoons, but it's not the death of the art form

By Richard Scully

The New York Times has announced it will no longer be running daily political cartoons in its international edition, amid a continuing controversy over anti-Semitism in its pages. This brings the international paper in...

Young Australians champion 'democracy' and 'freedom' in designing constitutional change

By Benjamin T. Jones Et Al

When the Australian constitution was written in the 1890s, the authors did not envision an independent nation, but a self-governing dominion of the British empire. As such, the preamble does not contain flowery language...

Major corporate failures have more in common than you'd think, and can be avoided

By Christoph Seckler

Well-known firms such as AIG, American Airlines, Arthur Andersen, Blockbuster, Chrysler, Citigroup, Delta Airlines, Dunlop, Enron, General Motors, Kodak, Marks Spencer, Nokia, Parmalat, Polaroid and Woolworth have one...

Food label nutrition facts matter to you, but don't tell you much about your gut microbes

By Abigail Johnson

It seems like every day a new study is published that links the bacteria in the gut to a specific disease or health condition. The allure of research like ours and that of other groups is that it might eventually be...

The neuroscience of terrorism: how we convinced a group of radicals to let us scan their brains

By Nafees Hamid Et Al

The young man sitting in the waiting room of our neuroimaging facility wearing skinny jeans and trainers looked like a typical Spanish 20-year-old of Moroccan origin. Yassine* was bouncy, chatting up the research...

Uber in the air: flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023

By Matthew Marino

Uber Air will start test flights of its aerial taxi service in 2020, and move to commercial operations by 2023, the ABC reported today. Melbourne, Dallas and Los Angels have been named as three test cities for the...

The Section 44 soap opera: why more MPs could be in danger of being forced out

By H. K. Colebatch

One thing we learned from the recent election campaign is that the political crisis over Section 44 of the Constitution has not gone away. Many candidates in the election had their eligibility to stand for parliament...

Australia doesn't protect free speech, but it could

By Misha Ketchell

Because we are so saturated in American culture, very few Australians realise that free speech in this country isnt really a thing. It is not merely not protected its far worse than that. If you read any of the vast array...

How your phone can interrupt the good vibes of a summer music festival

By Christine Van Winkle

For many communities, summertime is festival season. Festivals allow us to escape our everyday lives. Whether it is time spent listening to music outside with our friends or trying out food trucks on date night, community...

Language matters when the Earth is in the midst of a climate crisis

By Madhur Anand

In a 2015 essay, poet and novelist Margaret Atwood wrote, Its not climate change, its everything change. Atwood asked us back then to reconsider the term climate change because there is not a system human or non-human ...

If we fall into a recession (and we might) we'll have ourselves to blame

By Richard Holden

The facts are not in dispute. Annual GDP growth has fallen to 1.8%. On a per-capita basis we have had three consecutive quarters of negative growth. The last time that happened was during the drought and recession of...

Man's stressed friend: how your mental health can affect your dog

By Bronwyn Orr

If you think your dog looks stressed out, it might be your own stress levels that are affecting your pet pooch. A study published on Thursday in Natures Scientific Reports shows pet dogs may synchronise their stress...

Can a $12 pill test for ecstasy save lives? Well, it's complicated

By Ross Hollett Et Al

Can a A$12 pill test prevent deaths from ecstasy? Our research, published today, finds pill testing provides no magic answer. We found not everyone acts on the result of a pill test in the same way. It depends on the...

Why there's more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than you may have realised

By Zoe Loh Et Al

Zoe Loh, Research Scientist, CSIRO This week brought news that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels at the Mauna Loa atmospheric observatory in Hawaii have risen steeply for the seventh year in a row, reaching a May...

If it's voluntary for developers to make affordable housing deals with councils, what can you expect?

By Katrina Raynor Et Al

Housing in Australia is broken. Across the country, only 2% of private rentals are affordable for a person on the minimum wage. Less than 1% are affordable for a single person on the pension. There are 650,000 households...

Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?

By Steven Bender

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you dont prefer it. Most of us probably use the snooze function on our alarm clocks at some point in our lives. Just a few more minutes under the covers, a time...

Solar panels all over the Sahara desert? – Imagine newsletter #2

By Will de Freitas

You may have seen a variant of this meme before. A map of North Africa is shown, with a surprisingly small box somewhere in Libya or Algeria shaded in. An area of the Sahara this size, the caption will say, could power the...

Employed but still poor: the state of low-wage working poverty in South Africa

By Derek Yu

Paid employment is generally considered the predominant and most sustainable way of pulling people out of poverty. But the past two decades have seen a global rise in the complex phenomenon of the working poor. South...

African universities need structures to assess and measure the impact of grants

By Harris Andoh

Since Africas earliest modern public universities were established on the continent in the 1940s, these institutions have struggled to generate adequate and sustainable funding. For the most part, universities on the...

What would happen to Congress if Washington, DC became the 51st state?

By Dudley Poston

For years, the official motto of the District of Columbia has been Taxation without representation. The residents of Washington, D.C. do not have representation in the U.S. House or in the Senate. People who live in the...

Dogs may reflect their owners' stress levels, finds research

By Jan Hoole

Stress is an unavoidable component of modern life. Many people worry about the effect of a stressful lifestyle on their long-term health, but how many of us think about how our lifestyle, and our own stress levels, affect...

Tech companies collect our data every day, but even the biggest datasets can't solve social issues

By Doug Specht

At almost every point in our day, we interact with digital technologies which collect our data. From the moment our smart phones wake us up, to our watch tracking our morning run, every time we use public transport, every...

Spiritual science: how a new perspective on consciousness could help us understand ourselves

By Steve Taylor

Scientists have long been trying to understand human consciousness the subjective stuff of thoughts and sensations inside our minds. There used to be an assumption that consciousness is produced by our brains, and that in...

What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria

By Shobana Shankar

To consider that Nigeria, infamous for anti-vaxx campaigns leading to polio outbreaks, has any lessons for Americans may be shocking. But as measles cases in the U.S. climb to an all-time high after the disease was...

No, Americans shouldn't fear traveling abroad

By Jay L. Zagorsky

As summer travel season begins, friends and relatives have asked me if its safe to travel outside the U.S. I understand their fears. The news is filled with scary stories, like a tourist bus being bombed near Egypts...

Women have been the heart of the Christian right for decades

By Emily Suzanne Johnson

Alabamas new abortion restrictions were signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. But more has been said recently about the fact that the bill was passed by 25 white men in the state Senate. Media reports have pointed to how this...

How to build a business that lasts more than 200 years – lessons from Japan's shinise companies

By Innan Sasaki

Japan is home to a number of the worlds oldest companies. There is even a specific Japanese term for companies that have survived for more than a century, retained ownership within the same family and continued plying the...

Vegans and vegetarians: the history of how plant-based diets grew out of left-wing ideology

By Sky Duthie

The rise of the vegetarian and, more recently, the vegan diet is generally perceived to be a new phenomenon. So, too, is their association with contemporary progressive ideas, politics and lifestyles. But plant-based diets...

Social care crisis is letting down professional carers too

By Elyse Couch

I started as a care worker in August 2012, a year after a BBC Panorama documentary exposing abuse at Winterbourne View sent shock waves through the social care system. During my time care working, between 2012 to 2014,...

A urinal in a Scottish pub reveals why toilets matter in international politics

By Rhys Crilley Et Al

If you wanted to see international politics in action, where would you go? Maybe the UN headquarters in New York to see diplomats debating resolutions of global import? Or drop in on one of the worlds many financial hubs,...

Grattan on Friday: Media freedom joins the current 'freedoms' agenda

By Michelle Grattan

Scott Morrison is very concerned to protect freedom of religion, and many Liberals tell us we dont have enough safeguards for freedom of speech. Now the prime minister has on his hands a massive, unexpected and, for him,...

Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks were meant for international audience, but have local consequences

By Alena Drieschova

I was in Sri Lanka, near the city of Matale, when the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks happened. The last time I was in the country was in 2008, when the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) and...

To tackle our mental health crisis, career guidance could be surprisingly important

By Pete Robertson

Being unemployed tends to be bad for your mental heath. We know this from long-term studies which show that peoples mental health often deteriorates when they become unemployed and can improve when they get a new job. It...

Driverless cars: once they're on the road, human drivers should be banned

By Jonathan Webber

Self-driving cars could revolutionise peoples lives. By the end of the next decade, or perhaps even sooner, they could radically transform public spaces and liberate us from the many problems of mass car ownership. Theyll...

The end is nigh for Apple's iTunes as the tech giant targets separate audio and video markets

By Marc C-Scott

Apple says its replacing iTunes with three dedicated entertainment applications as part of its new Mac operating system, Catalina, for desktop and laptop computers. A key reason for the change is based around the way we...

Expect weak economic growth for quite some time. What Wednesday's national accounts tell us

By Tim Robinson

The Australian economy grew by just 0.4% in the March quarter. It was a pick up from 0.2% in the December quarter, but over the year the four quarters taken together amounted to only 1.8%. Its the first time Australias...

Equity in health care improves people's health

By Annette J. Browne

Promoting equity in health care improves peoples health. Doing so can be low cost and have high impact. Based on more than 15 years of research, we provide concrete examples of actions that can be taken by people working...

From the penalty box to the ballot box, our brains are wired for tribalism

By Veena D. Dwivedi

Ive been living in southern Ontario for more than a decade, having also lived in various parts of the United States and India. But Im a Montrealer, born and raised. It was a bit of an adjustment moving to my neighbouring...

Is my child being too clingy and how can I help?

By Elizabeth Westrupp

Many parents complain of difficulties in managing clingy children whether its a baby who cries every time the parent is out of sight, a toddler who clings to their parents legs at social events, or a primary school kid...

The debate over what ails philanthropy heats up

By David Campbell

The Binghamton University students taking a philanthropy class Ive been teaching for years have made more than US$150,000 in grants to local charities since 2009. Because giving away money is a rewarding experience, the...

Financial incentives could spur cities and land owners to protect wetlands

By Alanna Rebelo

New York City processes about 1 billion gallons of water every day. To do so, it doesnt rely on water filtration plants alone. It also depends on the natural filtration capacity of the upstream Catskill Catchment. The...

Antibiotic resistance is not new – it existed long before people used drugs to kill bacteria

By Ivan Erill

Imagine a world where your odds of surviving minor surgery were one to three. A world in which a visit to the dentist could spell disaster. This is the world into which your great-grandmother was born. And if humanity...

Chinese brides wear as many as five dresses – yet provide inspiration for a sustainable fashion future

By Sara Sterling

Across the Northern hemisphere flowers are blooming, days are warmer and birds are singing. In China, where I live, there is another highly visible indicator of the season: couples dressed in their wedding day finest are...

Narcissism – and the various ways it can lead to domestically abusive relationships

By Ava Valashjardi

Narcissism is a topic that is increasingly spoken about in todays Instagram obsessed age of self-promotion and vanity. There has also been a significant increase in studies and investigations into narcissism, and that too...

What do 11-year-olds think about Brexit? I asked – and they didn't hold back

By Katrina Lloyd

Brexit has been a seismic event in UK politics, but its real implications will be felt most by future generations of children. Once the immediate political drama is over, it is todays young people who will live in the new...

Press, platforms and power: mapping out a stronger Australian media landscape

By Tim Dwyer Et Al

In his first address to the caucus after Labors shock election loss, Bill Shorten pointed to conservative interests spending unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars advertising, telling lies, spreading fear...

It's perfectly legal for doctors to charge huge amounts for surgery, but should it be allowed?

By Louisa Gordon

Australias Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy will investigate how to better protect patients from doctors charging really unjustifiable, excessive fees of up to A$10,000 or more for medical procedures. Murphy said it...

Menopause? Start estrogen replacement therapy sooner, to reduce heart disease

By Glen Pyle

Hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women was once seen as a fountain of youth. Studies showed regular estrogen supplementation decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in...

Trump's Mexico tariffs don't make sense, but Americans will pay a steep price anyway if they go into effect

By Christina Fattore

The Trump administration says it intends to slap a 5% tariff on every medium-sized car, avocado and other Mexican import beginning June 10 all almost US$1 billion worth that crosses the border into the U.S. each day on...

Inflation is healthy for the economy – but too much can trigger a recession, while too little means one may be on its way

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price growth is a sign of a healthy, growing economy. And, historically at least, wages tend...

U.S. headline inflation decelerates slightly in May on fall in energy prices

15:56 PM| Commentary

U.S. headline inflation rose modestly on a sequential basis in May. CPI prices rose 0.1 percent, consistent with market expectations. On a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation slowed to 1.8 percent, owing to...

Singaporean retail sales fall again in April, likely to contract 0.5 pct in 2019

13:53 PM| Commentary

Singaporean retail sales dropped for the third straight month in April. On a year-on-year basis, retail sales fell 1.8 percent, while it rose 0.5 percent on a sequential basis. On a year-on-year basis, declines were...

Swedish inflation expectations eases in June, wage increases unlikely to gear up in coming years – Nordea Bank

12:26 PM| Commentary

Swedish inflation expectations dropped in June. Wage expectations came in lower as well, which will be a concern for Riksbank, noted Nordea Bank in a research report. Prosperas quarterly survey showed that inflation...

Australian consumer sentiment index falls for second straight week

11:42 AM| Commentary

Australian consumer sentiment dropped for the second consecutive week. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian consumer confidence index dropped 2 percent last week, but it continues to be above the long-term average. Time to buy a...

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of May consumer price inflation data, 10-year auction

11:38 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during Wednesdays afternoon session, ahead of the countrys consumer price index (PPI) data for the month of May, scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT, and the benchmark 10-year Note...

UK gilts remain narrowly mixed ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech

10:22 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms gilts remained narrowly mixed during European session Wednesday ahead of a scheduled speech by the Governor of Bank of England (BoE), Mark Carney, on June 14 by 12:55GMT. The yield on the benchmark...

German bunds trade flat ahead of May CPI data, eurozone April industrial production

09:25 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds remained mixed during European trading session Tuesday ahead of a speech by European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi, scheduled to be held on June 12 by 12:15GMT and the countrys 10-year auction,...

JGBs remain flat at close amid silent session ahead of 30-year auction, April industrial production

06:02 AM| Commentary Economy

The Japanese government bonds closed flat Wednesday amid a silent Asian trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance as investors wait to watch the countrys super-long 30-year auction, scheduled to...

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Mending hearts: how a ‘repair economy’ creates a kinder, more caring community

By Katherine Wilson - 23:50 PM| Insights & Views Economy Technology

John switches on the power saw hes bought secondhand on eBay. The machine arcs shooting out a visible electric charge. So he takes it apart to investigate. He identifies the problem: the field coil, a current-carrying...

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Creatives in the country? Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia

By Marcus Foth Et Al - 23:51 PM| Insights & Views Technology

Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are said to make many jobs redundant due to automation. BeefLedger, a QUT research project with a focus on blockchain and agtech (agricultural...

Crypto Technicals: Monero finds stiff resistance at 20-DMA (89.53), break above to retest $100 mark

10:11 AM| Digital Currency Technicals

XMR/USD chart - Trading View Exchange - Binance Support: 80.6142 (50-DMA); Resistance: 100 (Trendline) Technical Analysis: Bias Bullish Monero pullback holds above 50-DMA support, pair extends...

Trend of Tokenization Series: A run through on STP’s swift token sale

09:16 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The Tokensthat resembles the conventional financial instruments, like, shares, debentures or units in a collective investment scheme. On the back of security tokensbeing the trending talk of blockchain-driven...

Vladimir Putin: Meeting With Donald Trump Likely This Month at G-20 Assembly in Japan

12:20 PM| Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin could be meeting with Donald Trump later this month. The two state leaders will be attending the G-20 summit in Japan set on June 28-29 in Osaka, Japan. Reuters reports that the...

Blockchain Revolution Series: University of British Columbia Announces Blockchain Training

05:41 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

As the cryptocurrencies have resumed their bullish streaks amid the mixed bag of turbulence between constructive and adverse news. The lingering prospects among the Blockchain/FinTech space have led the keen interest...

Cancer Cure Becomes One of Joe Biden's Promises for 2020 Presidential Run

07:07 AM| Politics

Joe Bidens highly reported campaign rally in Iowa was not only filled with digs on Donald Trumps administration. He certainly took that chance to lay out some promises should he win the 2020 United States Presidential...

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U.S. Treasuries suffer in silent trading ahead of FOMC’s monetary policy decision

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Mondays afternoon session, amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Federal Reserves monetary policy meeting on June 19 at...

German bunds trade lower ahead of ECB President Draghi’s speech, June ZEW economic sentiment

The German bunds traded lower during European trading session Monday ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghis speech, scheduled to be delivered today by 17:00GMT and the countrys ZEW economic...

India’s FY20 GDP growth likely to be slower than Q4’19 at 6.5 pct y/y, says ANZ Research

In line with the weakness in Q4 FY19 (quarter ending March 2019) GDP print, Indias FY20 GDP growth is expected to be even slower at 6.5 percent y/y, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The general activity...

PBoC likely to keep USD/CNY fixing below 6.9 in run-up to G-20 Osaka Summit, says Scotiabank

The Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) is expected to keep the USD?CNY currency pair fixing below 6.9 in the run-up to the G-20 Osaka Summit set for June 28-29, according to the latest research report from...

JGBs close higher ahead of May trade balance data, BoJ’s monetary policy decision

The Japanese government bonds ended higher on Monday as investors wait to watch the countrys trade balance data for the month of May, scheduled to be released on June 18 by 23:50GMT and the Bank of Japans (BoJ) monetary...


Melania Trump Fashion: Over $56,000 Estimated Cost of FLOTUS Day 1 Wardrobe in London

It was not a surprise that United States First Lady Melania Trump made headlines for her wardrobe during their three-day official visit in the United Kingdom last June 3-5. Being a former model, she is expected to be one...

Donald Trump Fires Joe Biden Tirades, Calls Ex-VP ‘Weakest Mentally’ as 2020 Campaigns Heat Up

There may be more than one year away from the 2020 Presidential election in the United States, but expect the exchange of fiery words to begin now. President Donald Trump, in fact, has just called former Vice President Joe...

Vladimir Putin 'Bromance': Will Donald Trump Ties Dampen as China's Xi Jinping Calls Russian President His 'Best Friend'

Very shortly after Donald Trump got elected as the 45th President of the United States, his relationship with Russias Vladimir Putin has been a great matter of interest to many. Things are likely to become much more...

Melania Trump Fashion: First Lady's High-End Wardrobe Wows at UK Visit

United States First Lady Melania Trump joined his husband, President Donald Trump, at this years official state visit to the United Kingdom that concluded on Wednesday. Since the first couple spent most of their time...

Donald Trump on Climate Change: POTUS Tells Prince Charles America Has ‘Cleanest Climate’; Blames Pollution on China, India, and Russia

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has always had an intriguing stand on climate change. But he revealed that it was actually one of the topics he discusses with Prince Charles during his official state...


Marijuana News: Cannabis Use Could be Traced Back to 2,500 Years in Western China, Researchers Find

The legalization of marijuana use, whether medical and/or recreational, remains one of the highly debated topics all over the world. Interestingly, researchers found that people from 2,500 years ago have started consuming...

HIV/AIDS Cure: Known Leukemia Drug Is Potentially an Effective Treatment With No Rebound

HIV, which can later develop into AIDS, and cancer are some of the most menacing diseases globally mostly because a complete cure has not been developed yet. However, a group of scientists recently announced their findings...

The gene therapy revolution is here. Medicine is scrambling to keep pace

This article is an edited extract from Elizabeth Finkels address Gene therapy: cure but at what cost? to the National Press Club June 5 2019. Were publishing it as part of our occasional series Zoom Out, where authors...

Cancer Cure: Chances to Survive Breast Cancer Increase With New Drug

While a complete cure for cancer has yet to be discovered, many scientists are working hard to improve treatment regimens and drugs to improve the survival rate among patients. Recently, a group of researchers announced...

HIV/AIDS Cure Still Elusive But Number of New Infections, Related Deaths Continue to Decline

There may not be an available cure for HIV/AIDS just yet, but data shows that the efforts to end the epidemic has been having great results in the previous years. The cases of new infections and HIV-related deaths have...


‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Release Date, Latest News, Update: Keanu Reeves’ Role Not Just a Cameo, Quest Director Reveals

Cyberpunk 2077 is now enjoying a new level of hype following that massive E3 reveal. And as promised by the developers, more information is being offered by CD Projekt Red regarding the much-anticipated...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date: Can the Game Come Out in 20201? How Realistic is This Prediction?

If theres one thing thats certain, its that the GTA 6 will be a next-gen title. With Sony and Microsoft entering the next phase of their console war in 2020, its understandable that analysts are touting that the sixth...

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Latest News, Update: ‘Dragon Quest’ Hero Joins Ensemble; Abilities Pay Homage to Turn-Based Roots

The next character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been announced, and its none other than the protagonist of the Dragon Quest series. Known only as The Hero, this new character is set to reshape the current meta...

PlayStation 5 Release Date, Specs: It Is Shaping Up to Dominate Microsoft's Xbox Scarlett, Reports Claim

In the coming months, gaming fans are going to witness another intense console battle between Microsoft and Sony. The companies are highly anticipated to unveil their next-generation consoles, namely Xbox Scarlett and...

Windows 10: Microsoft Warns Updates Could Prevent Bluetooth Connections, And It’s for a Good Reason

Many have anticipated the rollout of Windows 10 June 2019 update, or the 1903 update, as it comes with a number of new features and improvements. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also releasing some security patches this month. But...
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