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The NDP is MIA on bold labour proposals

By Adam D.K. King

Many social democrats, progressives and others on the left have been approaching Canadas federal election campaign with considerable apprehension. According to the latest polls, the federal New Democratic Party is in a...

Another stolen generation looms unless Indigenous women fleeing violence can find safe housing

By Kyllie Cripps Et Al

In Western Australia more than half the children placed in state care are Aboriginal. The state government committed this month to reducing this over-representation, in a move that parallels the Closing the Gap Refresh...

Your brain has 'landmarks' that drive neural traffic and help you make hard decisions

By Caio Seguin Et Al

Brain regions exchange information by sending and receiving signals through a network of nerve connections. This exchange is crucial to all aspects of the brains functioning, including how we experience the world, form...

Vital Signs: NBN's new price plans are too little, too late

By Richard Holden

This week NBN Co announced pricing changes for the National Broadband Network. It includes a new plan boasting a download speed of 1 gigabit per second and an upload speed of 50 megabits per second for $80 a...

What the government is really saying with its 'Get Ready for Brexit' campaign

By John Preston

The UK government is running a public information campaign urging the country to get ready for Brexit on October 31. It includes information on travel, exporting and legal requirements. The campaign is primarily built...

Xenophobia puts South Africa’s moral authority in Africa at risk

By Mashupye Herbert Maserumule

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was heckled during the recent funeral service of Zimbabwes erstwhile leader Robert Mugabe. It was easy to guess why. When he stood to speak, Ramaphosa apologised for weeks of...

From smoking to vaping: Why do we abuse our lungs?

By Richard Gunderman

Todays growing toll of deaths and serious illnesses associated with vaping represents just the latest variation on an age-old theme: our propensity to willfully inhale substances that damage our lungs. Just as flavoring...

'Chernobyl' shows how mass mobilizations saved Europe and doomed the Soviet Union

By Gregory R. Witkowski

The HBO miniseries Chernobyl about the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster has won over viewers and critics. Despite taking some dramatic licenses, the show accurately portrays everyday life under communism in the Soviet...

Fed’s rate cut signals a recession may be ahead – and it may not have enough ammunition to fight it

By Michael Klein

The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than its been letting on. The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July and the...

We're increasingly bombarded with choices – and it's stressing us out

By Thomas Saltsman

Log onto Netflix, and youll be presented with a menu of nearly 6,000 titles. Create an OkCupid account, and youll have the chance to connect with 5 million other active users. Search for a new toothbrush on Amazon, and...

Moscow’s municipal elections illustrate the growing political crisis in Russia

By Regina Smyth

Russian President Vladimir Putins ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8. While Putins regime touted the outcome as a victory, the election posed a...

How rising temperatures affect our health

By Liz Hanna

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Global warming is accelerating, driven by the continuing rise in greenhouse...

Chinese takeout, tacos or curry? Our multicultural marketplace turns cultures into fetishized objects

By Ela Veresiu

Does your weekly dinner routine revolve around ethnic cuisines? Have you tried taco Tuesdays, pho Fridays or spaghetti Saturdays? When eating out or ordering in, do you choose ethnic restaurants that offer delicious dishes...

Affordable housing lessons from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore: 3 keys to getting the policy mix right

By Youqing Fan Et Al

Affordable housing is a critical problem for Australias biggest housing markets. Five Australian cities are in the top 25 with severely unaffordable housing in a 2019 Demographia survey of 91 major metropolitan markets....

Video games can bring history back to life

By Bob De Schutter

It is one thing to learn about history in a classroom. But as any visitor to a living museum or historic site can tell you, a fantastic way to learn is to make a personal connection. In early 2019, media entrepreneur...

Something is killing galaxies, and scientists are on the case

By Toby Brown

In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why. The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the worlds leading...

Israeli election has no clear winner – what political deadlock means for the Middle East

By Martin Beck

With no clear winner in Septembers Israeli elections, both the incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his only serious contender, Benny Gantz, will now set about trying to form a governing coalition. Both are...

Are conspiracy theories on the rise in the US?

By Liberty Vittert

Have the internet and social media created a climate where Americans believe anything is possible? With headlines citing now as the age of conspiracy, is it really true? In a word, no. While it may be true that the...

PayID data breaches show Australia's banks need to be more vigilant to hacking

By Paul Haskell-Dowland

When we think of a bank robbery, we might imagine a safe with the door blown open. But nowadays it might be more accurate to picture criminals accessing our bank account online from another country. Bank robbers dont need...

Robo-debt is only one way government stigmatises claimants. There's only so much a class action can do

By Helen Hodgson

The robo-debt recovery programme has been criticised as badly designed and unfair ever since it began in mid 2016. A year later the Senate Committee on Community Affairs recommended it be put on hold until its design...

Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession – here's why

By Jay L. Zagorsky

The world is on the brink of a recession, if all the breathless headlines are to be believed. So why are U.S. stocks near all-time highs? Thats a question my MBA students have been asking me lately. Even the Federal...

New technology isn't the cause of inequality - it's the solution

By Wim Naudé Et Al

Technology has been blamed for a lot recently. Automation and artificial intelligence have supposedly led to substantial job losses, reduced bargaining power for workers and increased discrimination. It is even blamed for...

A quarter of US parents are unmarried – and that changes how much they invest in their kids

By Orestes 'Pat' Hastings Et Al

Family structure in America is sharply divided by class and race. While 84% of children whose mothers have a bachelors degree or higher-level education live with married parents, only 58% of children whose mothers have...

Expanding direct democracy won't make Americans feel better about politics

By Joshua J. Dyck Et Al

As Americans watch the Brexit-related political turmoil in the United Kingdom, it is important to remember that the chaos there began in a form of direct democracy. When U.K. voters set in motion their exit from the...

Brexit: France and UK have long and troubled history – but pragmatism offers a bright future

By Karine Varley

The UK and France are in the process of redefining their relationship for a post-Brexit future. The two countries have been close partners within the EU, and 12m Britons visit France each year. Meanwhile, hundreds of...

'An insult' – politicians sing the praises of the cashless welfare card, but those forced to use it disagree

By Eve Vincent

This is a bit controversial, we know that, deputy prime minister Michael McCormick told the National Partys federal council, which on the weekend voted for a national roll-out of cashless debit cards for anyone younger...

Civilization: The Way We Live Now – powerful, troubling photographs of a crowded planet and uncertain future

By Sasha Grishin

In 1955, an enormous photographic exhibition, The Family of Man, challenged the world as to what it meant to be human. The curator, Edward Steichen, assembled 503 photographs by 273 photographers from 68 countries, while...

Keeping the city cool isn't just about tree cover – it calls for a commons-based climate response

By Abby Mellick Lopes Et Al

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. A recent report by the Greater Sydney Commission singles out urban heat as...

Suddenly, the world's biggest trade agreement won't allow corporations to sue governments

By Pat Ranald

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been touted as the best hope for keeping world trade flowing after the attacks on the World Trade Organisation. The WTO isnt dead yet, but in a two-pronged attack, US...

Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

By Janet Fast

In June, the government of Canada released its long-awaited Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. As a family caregiving researcher for more than two decades and a former family caregiver to my Dad, who had...

Israel elections: who women vote for and how it's shifting

By Einat Gedalya-Lavy

Israelis are about to head to the polls in a unique election. The vote on September 17 is the first time Israelis will vote in two elections in the same year, after the Likud party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin...

Midlevel workers: Africa's unsung health heroes need more support

By Ian Couper

Midlevel health workers can play an important role in addressing shortages of health professionals and improving access to care. This is especially true in low and middle-income countries. These workers fill a niche...

Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

By Drishty Sobnath Et Al

Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these seemingly simple things can be a serious...

There's a way for modern medicine to cure diseases even when the treatments aren't profitable

By James Leahy

Strides in medicine have contributed to a dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last century. Diseases like HIV and cervical cancer that were essentially death sentences as recently as 30 years ago can now be...

3 countries where Trump is popular

By Monti Datta

President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial world leaders in modern times, igniting the ire of Americas staunchest allies. Whether its the proposed Muslim ban, the U.S. border wall and immigration, or his...

How Congress turns citizens' voices into data points

By Samantha McDonald

Big technology companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google arent the only ones facing huge political concerns about using citizen data: So is Congress. Reports by congressional researchers over the last decade describe an...

Flavored e-cigarettes not only lure kids with sweet taste but lead them to dismiss danger, studies suggest

By Leah Ranney

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 15, 2019 that he plans to pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, making New York the second state to consider such a ban. Cuomos action...

Why more companies are going dog friendly

By Holly Patrick

Bringing pet dogs into the workplace is becoming increasingly common. Large companies like Google, Ticketmaster and challenger bank Monzo are just a few that have joined companies in the pet sector (like Pets at Home) that...

What neuroscientists are learning about our brains in space by launching themselves into zero gravity flight

By Elisa Raffaella Ferrè

More than 500 people have travelled into space to date and, while we know a little about how life without gravity affects our physical health, we know almost nothing about how it affects our minds. So, my colleagues and...

Reality slippages and narcissistic stereotyping - watching Content, a TV show made for smart phones

By Emma Maguire

Lucy (Charlotte Nicado) is a pink-haired millennial having a quarter-life crisis. Her school friends have drifted away, she has a useless law degree, and a depressing rotation of casual jobs has left her broke. To top...

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro wants to take your laptop's job (and price tag)

By Andrew Maxwell

What a week it has been in the Apple core. In recent days the tech giant has released a litany of products, including new phones, watches, tablets, and more. The big-ticket items are clearly the new iPhone 11 range....

Vaping: As an imaging scientist I fear the deadly impact on people’s lungs

By Grace Parraga PhD

Vaping causes severe illness in otherwise healthy young adults and teenagers. It causes a life-threatening, life-shortening and sometimes deadly lung toxicity and injury with apparently irreversible damage that cannot be...

New copyright law will benefit South Africans with disabilities

By Denise Rosemary Nicholson

South Africas current copyright law was enacted 41 years ago. The Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 had no provisions for people with disabilities and that hasnt changed in more than four decades. This means that every time...

Superblocks: Barcelona's car-free zones could extend lives and boost mental health

By Anupam Nanda

The worlds biggest cities have larger populations and higher economic outputs than some countries. But as they grow in size and complexity, cities are also facing thorny challenges that threaten the health and happiness of...

The next battles against tobacco must be fought in the world’s major cities

By Steven J. Hoffman Et Al

Global cities like New York and London were among the first to pioneer effective tobacco control policies like smoke-free workplaces, public cessation services and higher tobacco taxes. These life-saving policies were...

All this overinflated talk about an index-fund bubble is very passive-aggressive

By Richard Holden

If youve seen the movie The Big Short you will remember Christian Bales quirky character Michael Burry the manager of the Scion Capital hedge fund who realises the US mortgage-backed security market is a massive bubble....

Most innovation originates from customers, not companies

By Tim Schweisfurth

The mountain bike wouldnt exist if it wasnt for disgruntled customers. In the 1970s, some cyclists wanted to ride off-road but were let down by existing bikes that werent suited to rugged terrain. They adapted road bikes,...

How bankruptcy works for companies and creditors

By Lindsey Simon

More than 20,000 companies file for bankruptcy every year. Although companies follow many different paths to bankruptcy, each one encounters a process that is carefully designed to balance the rights of debtors and...

Hotels play vital role in relief efforts when disaster strikes

By Rick Lagiewski

Hotels are more than a place to stay while on vacation. They are also critical for destination disaster relief and recovery. When major hurricanes strike, relief organizations like FEMA and the Red Cross are usually...

The problem with the push for more college degrees

By Johann N. Neem

In a 2009 speech, President Barack Obama proclaimed that by 2020, the United States will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. As we near 2020, it is worth asking how close are we to...

Buyer beware: How Libra differs from Bitcoin

Facebook, the largest social network in the world, stunned the world earlier this year with the announcement of its own cryptocurrency, Libra. The launch has raised questions about the difference between Libra and...

India unlikely to witness recovery in consumption or investment growth owing to sluggish demand, says ANZ research

15:20 PM| Commentary Economy

ANZ Researchs latest monthly update for the Indian economy does not point to any meaningful recovery in either consumption or investment growth. Activity indicators have also weakened in August compared to July, led by...

Likelihood of RBA adopting alternative policy measures rises with cash rate getting closer to effective lower bound, says ANZ Research

13:46 PM| Commentary Economy Central Banks

With the cash rate getting closer to its effective lower bound, the likelihood of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) adopting alternative policy measures is growing, according to the latest report from ANZ...

U.S. Treasuries slightly gain ahead of weekly initial jobless claims, 10-year TIPS auction

11:36 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries slightly gained during Thursdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys weekly initial jobless claims, scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT and the 10-year TIPS auction, also due today by...

UK gilts nearly flat after fall in August retail sales, BoE’s unchanged policy decision

11:08 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms gilts remained nearly flat during European trading hours Thursday, after the countrys retail sales for the month of August fell, albeit meeting market expectations. Also, the Bank of Englands (BoE)...

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: BTC CME Futures Price Analysis – Technicals & Trade Setup

11:31 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Whats buzzing in bitcoin derivatives market: Bitcoin derivatives trading has received amultitude of interests, so is the spike in the underlying Bitcoins price. Ahead of the launch of new cryptocurrency start-up, Bakkt...

German bunds suffer in muted trading session ahead of August producer price index

09:47 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Thursday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys producer price index (PPI) for the month of August,...

Top Stories

Researchers develop a promising new 'Trojan horse' treatment for multiple sclerosis

By Josef Buttigieg - 02:54 AM| Insights & Views Health

We often take our immune and nervous systems for granted. We assume that our immune system will protect us from diseases and when pathogens invade our body. Likewise, we assume that our nervous system will take information...

We don't need another inquiry into family law – we need action

By Miranda Kaye Et Al - 02:54 AM| Insights & Views Law

Over the next 12 months, a joint parliamentary committee will examine Australias family law system. It will be led by conservative Liberal MP Kevin Andrews and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. But it would appear the...

Digital Currency/Stablecoin/Tokenization Series: Trending Mobile-Phone Makers Interests In Blockchain Phones

13:58 PM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The renowned tech giant LG Electronics has, very recently, divulged their intention to launch its blockchain phone. Well, a Korean media source Chosunreportedthat LG is likely to play a counterpart in Samsungs...

Stable-Coin Series: Libra Looks Confident About Its Launch Date Despite Regulatory Obstacles

13:34 PM| Research & Analysis Commentary Digital Currency Insights & Views

Facebooks crypto-project appears to be highly confident about the launch of its aspiring Libra coin despite the series of regulatory hurdles. French and German regulators have very recently come up with a new attack on...

The future of work will still include plenty of jobs

By Wayne Simpson - 17:23 PM| Insights & Views Economy

There is now widespread anxiety over the future of work, often accompanied by calls for a basic income to protect those displaced by automation and other technological changes. As a labour economist, I am in favour of...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries slip ahead of host of FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries slipped slightly during Fridays afternoon session ahead of a host of speeches by members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Williams and Rosengren, scheduled to be delivered today by 12:15GMT...

RBNZ likely to leave OCR on hold at 1.00 pct next week, leave door open to further cuts: ANZ Research

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is expected to leave the Overnight Cash Rate (OCR) on hold at 1.00 percent at its monetary policy meeting next Wednesday, but leave the door open to further cuts, according to the...

UK gilts suffer after BoE’s unchanged policy decision fails to create major market impact

The United Kingdoms gilts suffered during European trading hours Friday, after the Bank of Englands (BoE) unchanged monetary policy decision did not create any major economic impact on markets, thus making investors trade...

German bunds edge tad higher after August producer price index disappoints markets

The German bunds edged tad higher during European trading session Friday after the countrys producer price index (PPI) for the month of August, disappointed market participants, going into negative territory from the prior...

JGBs close mixed in silent trading session ahead of long weekend

The Japanese government bonds closed mixed on Friday as investors remained divided amid a silent session that barely witnessed data of major economic significance ahead of the countrys long weekend, following Autumn...

Politics

Melania Trump faces backlash over fashion choices on 9/11 anniversary

Melania Trumps commemoration of the September 11 attacks 18th anniversary has been marred with yet another fashion-related controversy. Online critics claimed that the stitch work on the back portion of the First Ladys...

Destroying parliaments leads to war – just look at history

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsons recent prorogation of parliament has led many to fear that parliamentary democracy in Britain is unravelling. And now the High Court has ruled that Johnson acted lawfully in suspending it....

Where 'woke' came from and why marketers should think twice before jumping on the social activism bandwagon

First used in the 1940s, the term woke has resurfaced in recent years as a concept that symbolises awareness of social issues and movement against injustice, inequality, and prejudice. But popularity has diluted its...

Rudd's rental affordability scheme was a $1 billion gift to developers; Abbott was right to axe it

Most Australians are spending more of their income on housing than they used to, but low-income households are being squeezed the hardest. Many are in poverty, and many more are suffering financial stress. A growing...

Boris Johnson's dodgy delivery is only fuelling feelings of mistrust

Boris Johnsons speech at the police academy in Wakefield certainly raised some serious questions about how political authority is performed these days. By most standards, Johnsons speech, delivered in front of 34 uniformed...

Science

New prostate cancer treatment delivers good result in week

There may not be a one-stop cancer cure available to the market yet, but scientists have developed more advanced treatment strategies that increase the survivability rate among cancer patients. Researchers from the United...

HIV hides in many places in the body, Belgian researchers confirm

HIV can hide within the patients body, making it difficult to completely eradicate. With the hopes of finding an HIV cure, researchers from the Belgium-based university UZ Gent recently reported a milestone of locating...

The profound perspective of geoscience can unite students

Its 1 p.m. and students gather in long lines as they wait to enter the lecture hall, a spacious wood-adorned auditorium at the top of Henry Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its a charismatic octagonal space...

Keep your job options open and don't ditch science when choosing next year's school subjects

Thousands of Year 10 students are in the process of choosing subjects for their final years of school and half will probably choose to ditch science. For someone like me who thinks science is one of the most worthwhile...

Can we really know what animals are thinking?

Sarah, the worlds smartest chimp, died in July 2019, just before her 60th birthday. For the majority of her life she served as a research subject, providing scientists with a window into the thoughts of homo sapiens...

Technology

'Rainbow Six Siege: Ember Rise' might help lessen match quitters

Every new season in Rainbow Six Siege means new contents are made available to the players, especially with two new Operators in every seasonal update. Ubisoft also uses it as a time to issue important changes and updates...

'Clash Royale' Season 3 delivers new emotes, balance changes

Clash Royale players welcome the final quarter of the year with Season 3 of the game. Aside from bringing back familiar and fan-favorite contents, Supercell also introduces some new emotes while also delivering several...

‘Borderlands 3’ gets hotfixes a week after release

It has only been a week since Borderlands 3 was released, and Gearbox already issued a list of hotfixes to improve the game and address some minor bugs. Some of the most interesting changes are applied in the Mayhem Mode...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Immersion cited as the main reason why the game is in the first-person view

Cyberpunk 2077 has been created as a first-person shooter and that decision has led to some criticism from the gaming community. Accusations have been thrown on CD Projekt Reds feet that they went this route to save money...

PlayStation 5 could have a Pro version immediately in 2020

For Sony, PlayStation 4 is its first gaming platform where it introduced a more advanced variant that goes by the name of PS4 Pro. Its release made sense because, from the time the PS4 was launched in 2013 to the present,...
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