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Populism's problems can be fixed by getting the public better-informed. And that's actually possible

By Ron Levy

Many commentators have been alarmed at the electoral wins of ultra conservative leaders around the world, as well as policy decisions such as Brexit made by a popular referendum. They see these as signs of a rising...

If Trump declares a national emergency, could Congress or the courts reverse it?

By Chris Edelson

If President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to fund some portion of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional authorization, what would happen next? Would the courts step in? What is...

Is the 'midlife crisis' a real thing?

By Nick Haslam

Middle age is often seen as lifes pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: forty is the old age of youth and fifty the youth of old age. The idea adults...

China wrestles with contested heritage of conflict and colonial rule

By Shiqi Xiong Et Al

China often makes headlines on a great variety of topics, yet very little is said and known about its contested heritage. At a time when this country with a complex and rich history is undergoing rapid urbanisation, one...

Brick-bait: three tricks up retailers' sleeves to lure you back to physical shops

By Eloise Zoppos

Bricks-and-mortar retail stores are under intense pressure from online competition. Feeling the most heat are clothes shops and department stores. This year David Joness profit halved, to A$64 million. Myer declared a...

Why we need to take food education in Australian schools more seriously

By Tony Worsley Et Al

This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food what we eat, how our views of food are changing and why it matters from a cultural and political standpoint. Schools are expected to do a lot of...

Five life lessons from your immune system

By Joanna Groom

This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of society and humanity. Scientists love analogies. We use them...

When pets are family, the benefits extend into society

By Lisa F. Carver

There is a growing global trend to consider pets as part of the family. In fact, millions of people around the world love their pets, enjoying their companionship, going for walks, playing and even talking to them. And...

Solving phantom limb pain – science is getting closer

By Victoria Root

After amputation of an arm, most amputees report vivid and continuous sensations of their missing limb. Some can even move their missing hand as if it were still there. For many amputees, though, these sensations are...

What is really eating Apple – and why Steve Jobs would not be doing a lot better

By Arturo Bris

Apple has started the new year by disappointing investors with its first profit warning in 17 years. The company said that poor sales of its latest range of iPhones has helped to weaken its first financial quarter...

Fast-food chains use cute animal toys to market meat to children – new vegan ranges pose a dilemma

By Kate Stewart Et Al

Being vegan appears to be all the rage in Britain. The news that McDonalds has launched a new plant-based Happy Meal for children based on a vegan wrap would seem to bear this idea out. McDonalds new offering is the latest...

Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

By Giuliana Mazzoni

Last year I visited the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia one of the best art museums in the world. I was expecting to serenely experience its masterpieces, but my view was blocked by a wall of smart phones taking...

India: government continues to supress citizens' right to information ahead of election

By Vidya Venkat

Back in 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ascended to power in India, it did so on the promise of running an open government accountable to its citizens that would eliminate corruption. But nearly five years...

What are the effects of total isolation? An expert explains

By Sarita Robinson

Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity. But, in November 2018, a professional US poker player Rich Alati bet...

Seven charts that show the world is actually becoming a better place

By Julius Probst

Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This...

Why we want to build a machine that can predict a person's attractiveness

By Andrew G. Thomas

It is an age-old question what makes someone attractive? We often say things like beauty is in the eye of the beholder but while this romantic notion may bring comfort to those dealt a poor hand in life, it also gives the...

Top five ways to boost your health in 2019 – based on the latest research

By Sophie Medlin

Its the start of a new year and there is no doubt that 2019 will be as saturated with nutritional nonsense as 2018. From appetite suppressant lollypops to activated charcoal, the wellness industry was worth $4.2 trillion...

Congress used to pass bipartisan legislation – will it ever again?

By Jeffrey D. Grynaviski

Congress seemingly hasnt accomplished much apart from a tax cut and criminal justice reform since the election of President Trump in 2016, despite all three branches being controlled by the GOP. Will that record get...

Many hate crimes never make it into the FBI's database

By Sophie Bjork-James

The FBIs latest numbers showed a 17 percent increase in reported hate crimes in 2017. But what does this actually say about the actual number of hate crimes occurring in the U.S.? Not much. The Hate Crime Statistics...

Why does it feel good to see someone fail?

By Shensheng Wang

In the Pixar animated film Inside Out, most of the plot plays out inside protagonist Rileys head, where five emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger direct her behavior. The film was released to glowing...

The euro at 20: An enduring success but a fundamental failure

By Barry Eichengreen

New Years Day 1999 saw the largest monetary changeover in history. On that date, just 20 years ago, 12 members of the European Union formally adopted a brand-spanking-new currency, the euro. Today seven additional EU...

Will China's moon landing launch a new space race?

By Wendy Whitman Cobb

China became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on Jan. 2. But, more importantly, it became the first to do so on the far side of the moon, often called the dark side. The ability to land on the far side of the...

Competitive elections are good for democracy – just not every democracy

By Jessica Gottlieb Et Al

The 2018 U.S. midterm elections were fierce, expensive and full of upsets, with political newcomers ousting long-tenured incumbents and Democrats unseating Republicans to retake the House of Representatives. That makes...

In the post-truth era, documentary theatre searches for common ground

By Jenn Stephenson

With the onslaught of alternative facts or fake news, it can feel as though the ground has become almost liquid. One strategy to confront the ongoing public lies has been to embrace journalistic principles and...

Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

By Ruth Schmidt

In her book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson writes: The sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories…. You might wonder how this relates to microorganisms. In fact, they produce most...

Message sent, received but no instant reply: how does that make you feel?

By David Cowan

Your phone chimes, its a message from your partner. You reply instantly because thats what you always do. Then you decide to add another message: By the way, I love you ☺ You see the read status appear under the...

Is your 'experience diet' making you unwell?

By Jenny Donovan

Just as our food diet affects our physical and emotional health, so does our experience diet. This is the day-to-day mix of the things we do, see, hear and feel. And, just like our food diet, the quantity, quality and...

Nancy Pelosi victorious – why the California Democrat was reelected speaker of the House

By Kathryn L. Pearson

Despite some brash and not insignificant opposition, Californias Nancy Pelosi is returning to her previous role as speaker of the House. She will preside over a chamber that is 77 percent male and a Democratic Caucus...

How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to put right

By Folashade Soule

You dont negotiate with China ! I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing. There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are...

Gym membership: how to get the most out of it, according to a sports scientist

By Neil Gibson

CrossFit, circuit training, group exercise, functional training, resistance training, cardio training. Feeling dizzy yet? Never before have there been so many structured activities at the gym vying for your...

Why Romania is clashing with Brussels at the worst possible time

By Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

For the first time since its accession in 2007, Romania is holding the rotating presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2019. It will set the agenda of the European Council and has the chance to exercise...

Why microbeads are such a threat and why they're so hard to handle

By Henk Bouwman

Plastic is everywhere. It is used across a spectrum of applications from durable industrial equipment, household appliances to throw-away single-use items and even the clothes we wear. This wide scope of uses is ascribed...

What Britons get wrong about immigration – and how to fix these misperceptions

By Bobby Duffy

Immigration led the headlines again over the holiday season. Around 100 migrants were found on beaches or rescued from boats in the English Channel, sparking talk of a crisis and major incident and leading the home...

Emotion-reading tech fails the racial bias test

By Lauren Rhue

Facial recognition technology has progressed to point where it now interprets emotions in facial expressions. This type of analysis is increasingly used in daily life. For example, companies can use facial recognition...

Post-millennial entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

By Eric J. Barron

Todays college students dubbed Generation Z are beginning to make their mark on the workplace with a distinctly unconventional and often irreverent approach to problem-solving. In my day-to-day interactions with our...

Should children as young as 12 be sent to juvenile detention?

By Natalia Orendain

Children under 12 will no longer be treated as criminals in the state of California when they break the law, based on a new law that went into effect on Jan. 1. Before the law was passed, California had no minimum age...

Health insurers want you to try cheaper drugs first, but that can hurt you

By Sharona Hoffman

Few people are familiar with the term step therapy, but most Americans have health insurance policies that adopt it. Step therapy programs, also known as fail first policies, require patients to try less expensive...

Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

By Julie Broderick

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. But the type and amount of exercise you should do changes as you age....

Dealing with devil has long been a part of medicine

By Laura Sumrall

In the winter of 1566, 30 children in Amsterdam began to show signs of a disturbing affliction. The symptoms would strike without warning: the children would at first be seized by a violent frenzy, then fall to the ground,...

How Macau became the world's casino capital

By William Vlcek

Macau is Chinas answer to Las Vegas. But the former Portuguese colony has long surpassed the City of Lights as the worlds casino capital, with revenue from gambling receipts exceeding the entire state of Nevada back in...

China goes where no one has gone before – the moon's far side

By David Rothery

In a spectacular few days for solar system exploration during which NASA whizzed the New Horizons spacecraft past the Kuiper Belt object 2009 MU69 (somewhat controversially nicknamed Ultima Thule) and eased OSIRIS-REx...

Generation rent is a myth – housing prospects for millennials are determined by class

By Kim McKee

Millennials have been labelled generation rent, as growing numbers of young people are renting their homes for longer periods of their lives than their parents generation. Home ownership and social housing are increasingly...

The elusive quest for peace between the Turks and the Kurds

By Dilan Okcuoglu

Donald Trumps unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria is likely to help ISIS adopt a new strategy and expand its territorial control while at the same time continuing its execution of unarmed civilians. The...

What will work look like in 2030?

By François-Xavier de Vaujany Et Al

Work is changing and so is society as a whole. Debates on its future have been particularly animated over the past three years, (re)launched by discussions on digital technologies, self-employment, individuals with...

A neuroscientist's tips for a new year tuneup for your brain

By Kelly Lambert

Unlike the effervescent bubbles that stream to the top of champagne flutes on New Years Eve, what I call brain bubbles are far from celebratory. These bubbles are metaphorical rather than physical, and they distort the...

Record for decoding the longest DNA sequence is impressive – here's what to expect next

By Angus Davison

Like other professionals, scientists like to be the best at what they do, but they also like to have fun in their job. And in 2018, my colleagues managed just that in claiming a record for decoding the worlds longest DNA...

Why two people see the same thing but have different memories

By Julian Matthews

Does it ever strike you as odd that you and a friend can experience the same event at the same time, but come away with different memories of what happened? So why is it that people can recall the same thing so...

Making New Year's resolutions personal could actually make them stick

By Bernice Plant

If you feel you consistently fail at your New Years resolutions, you are not alone. Despite our good intentions, were pretty poor at changing our own behaviour. We continue to smoke, eat or drink too much, and exercise too...

A brief history of black holes

By Carla Rodrigues Almeida

Late in 2018, the gravitational wave observatory, LIGO, announced that they had detected the most distant and massive source of ripples of spacetime ever monitored: waves triggered by pairs of black holes colliding in deep...

Will wearing your coat indoors make you feel colder outside? A scientist explains

By Mike Evans

If youve ever had to work in a draughty office, warehouse or classroom, youve probably been tempted to keep your coat on inside. And you were probably also advised against it because you wouldnt feel the benefit when you...

The legal implications of digital privacy

A June 2018 decision rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States established an interesting principle on digital privacy in a case related to a criminal proceeding. The decision stated that the government must...

Oil in Global Economy Series: Key oil market updates

13:25 PM| Commentary

While the oil market continues to focus on supply/demand fundamentals, these are some key updates that you need to keep a tab on, U.S. oil rig count: The production last week was 11.7 million barrels per day, which...

Take a deep dive into Ethereum ecosystem fundamentally and technically

12:37 PM| Research & Analysis Technicals Digital Currency

ETHUSDforms hammer pattern candle at $94.79 and $85.74 levels that have evidenced the upswings, consequently, the current price takes-off above DMAs, whereas gravestone doji has occurred at peaks of rallies to hamper...

U.S. Treasuries continue rally tracking ongoing government shutdown ahead of busy trading week

11:25 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries rallied during late afternoon session Monday, tracking cues from the ongoing government shutdown, besides, a handful of economic data, starting on Tuesday with the Empire Manufacturing survey for...

FxWirePro: Tomorrow is Brexit vote; expect big volatility

12:36 PM| Commentary

After several debates and more than a week of debating, United Kingdoms Prime Minister Theresa Mays Brexit deal is coming up for voting in the UKs House of Commons, which will surely define the Brexit path going ahead....

FxWirePro: A bird’s eye view on GBP hedging sentiments ahead of Brexit vote

11:09 AM| Research & Analysis

The positive bids in the shorter tenors have been observed to the bearish risk reversal atmosphere in the GBP OTC markets, this is interpreted as the hedgers are keen on bullish risks in the short-run, whereas the...

German bunds gain after Eurozone November industrial production disappoints; eyes on ECB President Draghi’s speech

10:49 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds gained during European session Monday after the Eurozones industrial production for the month of November disappointed market sentiments. Investors will now be eyeing the European Central Bank (ECB)...

China’s export outlook seems unfavourable for this year; higher trade surplus to help skirt CAD in Q4’18: ANZ Research

09:53 AM| Commentary Economy

Chinas export outlook does not look favourable through this year; however, a higher trade surplus may help China skirt a current account deficit in Q4 2018, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The falling...

Renminbi Series: Yuan’s share in global payments jumps in November from lowest in six months

08:57 AM| Commentary

After steadily losing its attraction since 2015, the Chinese yuan seems to be recovering in terms of its share in the global payment system, according to a report by Swift payment system. As an effect of economic...

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Amid market crackdown, SEC to prioritize cryptocurrency regulation in 2019

08:36 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views Commentary

Of-late, the cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are branded as the trump card by many aspirants of the crypto-avenue who carry great deal of optimism that exchange-traded funds likely to stimulate cryptocurrencies...

Superannuation: why we stick with the duds

By Susan Thorp - 08:46 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Picking an under-performing superannuation fund can cost you about 13 years pay over a working lifetime - roughly the value of an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney. High fees alone can delete two years pay, and poor...

What happens after you take injured wildlife to the vet?

By Bronwyn Orr - 08:47 AM| Insights & Views Nature

Australias wildlife is unique and endearing, with many species found nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, it isnt rare to encounter sick or injured wildlife around your home or by the side of the road. My research,...

Why Big Pharma must disclose payments to patient groups

By Itai Bavli Et Al - 10:58 AM| Insights & Views Health Business Law

A United States congressional report revealed last year that five opioid manufacturers made more than $10 million in payments to patient advocacy groups and professional societies between 2012 and 2017. Initiatives from...

DNA sequencing can help fight epidemics -- but there are privacy risks

By Liam Shaw Et Al - 10:58 AM| Science Health

The Democratic Republic of Congo is battling an Ebola outbreak. As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses like Zika or influenza Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the...

Ramaphosa sets out a bold vision for South Africa. But can he pull it off?

By Cheryl Hendricks - 10:58 AM| Insights & Views Economy

As South Africa heads for the polls in a few months time in its sixth democratic election, political party electioneering has begun in earnest. President Cyril Ramaphosa kick started the governing African National...

Sugar daddy capitalism: even the world's oldest profession is being uberised

By Peter Fleming - 08:46 AM| Insights & Views Economy

The sleazy sugar baby scandal involving Australian politician Andrew Broad, exposed for his reported cringy attempts to hook up with a woman almost half his age, might look like just another case of a politician caught in...

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Economy

Britons locked up in political drama after PM May narrowly survives no-confidence vote; watch what Labour Party does next

The United Kingdoms citizens locked up in a political drama over the countrys divorce deal with the European Union after an array of events puzzled market reactions. Last nights no-confidence vote raised by opposition...

UK gilts suffer after PM May survives no-confidence vote; Brexit drama continues to intensify

The United Kingdoms gilts suffered during Thursdays afternoon session Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote yesterday at the House of Commons, triggered by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn....

New Zealand Q4 2018 CPI seen flat, annual inflation slipping to 1.8 pct: ANZ Research

New Zealands headline CPI is expected to have remained flat in the December quarter, with annual inflation slipping from 1.9 percent to 1.8 percent. Tradable inflation is expected to print at -0.8 percent q/q, while...

JGBs narrowly mixed ahead of December national core CPI, November industrial production

The Japanese government bonds remained narrowly mixed Thursday amid a quiet session ahead of the countrys national consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the month of December and industrial production for November,...

Australian bonds slump after UK government wins confidence vote; markets await China’s Q4 GDP data

Australian government bonds slumped across the curve during Asian trading session Thursday as the UK government led by Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote a day after the heavy defeat of her Brexit...

Politics

Vladimir Putin Reportedly Backed the Russian’s NRA Infiltration In a Bid to Create Conflicts in the US

Vladimir Putin and his government have repeatedly denied their involvement in the infiltration of the National Rifle Association (NRA) but a U.S. intelligence report showed otherwise. It was said that the Kremlins are...

Donald Trump’s Ratings Plunge as Shutdown Continues; POTUS Reportedly Won’t Negotiate Reopening Government Without Wall Funding

A Rasmussen poll report, on Monday, showed Donald Trumps ratings plunged to its lowest for the past year. A source said the President of the United States is unlikely to negotiate the reopening of the government until his...

Donald Trump Allegedly Furious, Let Out Expletives As Michael Cohen Is Set to Testify Before House Next Month

Donald Trump is allegedly furious after learning that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is set to testify before the House committee in February. The hearing would be televised, and the lawyer would be questioned about the...

Jake Tapper Laughed at Mick Mulvaney’s Face for Saying No One Blames Donald Trump for Political Discourse

Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trumps acting chief of staff, was on CNN on Jan. 6 and he was interviewed by John Tapper about the current situation in Washington and about Congresswoman Rashida Tlaibs profanity-filled statements...

Melania Trump 2019: What Changed on the First Lady’s New Year’s Celebration?

While United States President Donald Trump was tweeting his way through the holidays, first lady Melania Trump purportedly took care of the New Years celebrations. Meanwhile, reports also note what changed in the way...

Science

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

Our senses are stuck in the past. Theres a flash of lightning, and then seconds pass until we hear the rumble of distant thunder. We hear the past. We are seeing into the past too. While sound travels about a...

David vs. Goliath: What a tiny electron can tell us about the structure of the universe

What is the shape of an electron? If you recall pictures from your high school science books, the answer seems quite clear: an electron is a small ball of negative charge that is smaller than an atom. This, however, is...

How we're probing the secrets of a giant black hole at our galaxy's centre

Supermassive black holes are giant black holes found at the centre of almost every galaxy. Astronomers recently made the clearest image yet of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our own galaxy using the new...

Dramatic advances in forensics expose the need for genetic data legislation

Many people first became familiar with DNA testing through its use in the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1994. Now, 24 years later, there have been two dramatic advances in the capability of forensic genetics that mark the...

Proteins reveal intricate details about life under the microscope

People have always been fascinated by life. We dream about revealing all its mysteries and are even searching other planets trying to find some forms of life there. Philosophies around the world have tried to define and...

Technology

Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date, Specs: 3 Variants Eyed for 2019 Launch — Including a 5G-Enabled Smartphone

Samsung is rumored to break tradition with the release of the Galaxy S10 series this year. The company is expected to launch, not only two but a total of three variants with one that supports 5G connectivity. The South...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Possible Release Date, Latest News & Update: Game Writer Reveals Location That Inspired Night City

Cyberpunk 2077 is not expected to come out this year if the developers previous statements are anything to go by. According to CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński, their team is hard at work in polishing the game as the...

iOS 12.1.2 Jailbreak Release Date, Latest News & Update: Newly Revealed Exploit Could Lead to Fully-Functioning Jailbreak

Another exploit was found and revealed to the public in less than a month since Apple released the iOS 12.1.2 update. The jailbreaking community is now hoping that the recent discovery would lead to the latest jailbreak...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: Anti-Spoiler Measure Leads to Post-Launch Release of Epilogue & ‘Secret’ Video

The countdown is on for one of the most awaited video games of 2019, Kingdom Hearts 3. Unfortunately, being exposed to leaked spoilers comes with the territory of being one of the popular titles in the gaming...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Latest News & Update: Reimagining Ranks Second on Latest Famitsu Charts

Final Fantasy VII: Remake ranked second in the latest Famitsu charts, trailing behind Kingdom Hearts 3 by 151 votes, GamingBolt reported. The result isnt surprising given that Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be released on...
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