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Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires -- but we must not give up

By Stephen Garnett Et Al

That a billion animals may die as a result of this summers fires has horrified the world. For many conservation biologists and managers, however, the unprecedented extent and ferocity of the fires has incinerated much more...

Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date

By Norman Day

We are entering a new world where skyscrapers and other huge buildings are becoming redundant and need significant overhaul or replacement. The process is called unbuilding or, if youre a bit highfalutin,...

How international trade can unlock the potential of the cultural economy in developing countries

By Jen Snowball

There is growing interest in the creative economy in emerging markets in terms of its impact on employment and economic growth, as well as social and cultural impacts. In South Africa, for example, a recent study by the...

Not bot, not beast: scientists create first ever living, programmable organism

By Simon Coghlan Et Al

A remarkable combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and biology has produced the worlds first living robots. This week, a research team of roboticists and scientists published their recipe for making a new lifeform...

Cannabis edibles pose serious risks to our kids

By Anita Srivastava

In October 2019, Health Canada approved the sale of cannabis edibles, topicals and extracts for early 2020. Let us hope that one of Health Canadas New Years resolutions is to do a better job of regulating cannabis and...

Impeachment trial senators swear an oath aimed at guarding 'against malice, falsehood, and evasion'

By Susan P. Fino

The 100 United States senators who are jurors in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump have taken a special oath in order to take part in that proceeding. As they enter the active phase of the trial on Tuesday,...

Airbus again becomes the world's leading aircraft manufacturer

By Oihab Allal-Chérif

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

Agriculture Bill: here's what it means for farming and the environment after Brexit

By Judith Tsouvalis Et Al

The UKs new Agriculture Bill has been called one of the most significant pieces of legislation for farmers in England for over 70 years. It could directly affect the livelihoods of 460,000 people and determine the future...

In cases of cardiac arrest, time is everything. Community responders can save lives

By Bill Lord

Each year more than 24,000 Australians experience a sudden cardiac arrest. This means their heart unexpectedly stops beating. A cardiac arrest leads to loss of consciousness and will result in death if not recognised and...

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

By Maria O'Sullivan

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

Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

By Jean Twenge

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

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

By Cassandra Cross

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

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

By Richard Holden

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

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

By Janine Dixon

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

US and Iran have a long, troubled history

By Jeffrey Fields

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

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

By Beth Epstein

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

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

By Deborah de Lange

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

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

By Gill Margaret Hague Et Al

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

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

By Enrico Bonadio Et Al

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

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

By Margherita T. Cantorna

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

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

By Penelope B. Prime

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

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

By Cecile Feront Et Al

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

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

By Christian Borch

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

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

By Mary Ann Dove

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

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

By Bamo Nouri

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

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

By Regina Smyth

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

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

By Jessica Richards Et Al

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

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

By Sam Maglio

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

Cheating may be underreported across Canada's universities and colleges

By Sarah Elaine Eaton

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

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

By Kevin Tolhurst

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

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

By John Daley Et Al

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

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

By Heather Shearer Et Al

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

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

By Christine Grové Et Al

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

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

By John Quiggin

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

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

By Emma Spencer Et Al

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

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

By James Jin Kang Et Al

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

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

By Tim Birkhead

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

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

By Ingo Ringshausen

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

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

By Byron Reeves Et Al

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

The pitfalls of eco-efficiency

By Régis Chenavaz

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

We need to modernize how we measure national wealth

By Gregory C Mason

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

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

By Arturo Bris

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

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

By Shanaaz Mathews Et Al

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

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

By Lindy Heinecken

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

How we deduced that our ancestors liked roast vegetables too

By Lyn Wadley Et Al

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

Pasha 49: How Rwanda rebuilt a broken healthcare system

By Ozayr Patel

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

Human gene editing: who decides the rules?

By Sheetal Soni

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

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

By Katie Siek

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

Meet the narwhal, 'unicorn of the sea'

By Kristin Laidre

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

Who is born a US citizen?

By Carol Nackenoff Et Al

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

Google claims to have invented a quantum computer, but IBM begs to differ

On Oct. 23, 2019 Google published a paper in the journal Nature entitled Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor. The tech giant announced its achievement of a much vaunted goal: quantum...

FxWirePro: Asian markets in red, gold up

04:31 AM| Commentary

All the major Asian indices were trading on a lower note on Tuesday. Gold was trading around $1,566 mark while silver was trading around $18.14 mark. Japans Nikkei was trading 0.99 pct lower at 23,844.50...

Australian bonds gain in silent session as investors await December employment report

02:42 AM| Commentary Economy

The Australian bonds gained during Asian session of the second trading day of the week Tuesday as investors remained side-lined in a silent session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys...

Polish wage growth likely accelerated in December, industrial output to have grown 6 pct

18:18 PM| Commentary

Polish wage data for the month of December is set to release tomorrow. Labor conditions in the nation have been tight for some time. According to an Erste Group Research report, wage growth is likely to have accelerated...

Hong Kong’s jobless rate continues to rise in December, labor market likely to be under pressure in near term

12:46 PM| Commentary

The latest labor force statistics data released by the Hong Kongs Census and Statistics Department showed that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 3.3 percent in October to December period from 3.2 percent...

German producer price index falls in December

11:19 AM| Commentary

The German producer price index for industrial products dropped in the month of December. According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the producer price index fell 0.2 percent on a year-on-year basis, as...

UK gilts narrowly mixed ahead of November employment report, host of PMIs

11:13 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms gilts remained narrowly mixed during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of November, scheduled to be released on January 21 by 09:30GMT and a host of...

Top Stories

Canada can better prepare to retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies

By Alix J. Jansen Et Al - 01:38 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Canada must prepare for the growing need to retrain workers displaced by disruptive technologies. To do so, governments must have a thorough sense of the effectiveness of current employment retraining...

Cousin took a DNA test? Courts could use it to argue you are more likely to commit crimes

By Allan McCay Et Al - 01:47 AM| Insights & Views Law

How similar do you think you are to your second cousin? Or your estranged great aunt? Would you like to have people assess your behaviour from what your great aunt has done? How would you feel if courts used data gained...

Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings

By Garfield Benjamin - 01:39 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant have had widely publicised issues with privacy. Whether it is the amount of data they collect or the fact that they reportedly pay employees and, at times, external contractors...

Telegraph's new tactic: will offering a Fitbit be enough to attract new readers?

By Mary Williams - 01:42 AM| Insights & Views Business

The news that UK printed newspapers are continuing to lose circulation comes as no surprise, extending as it does a trend that has been gathering pace for two decades after digital media began to cannibalise print...

CSIRO wants our laws turned into computer code. Here's why that's a bad idea

By Joe McIntyre - 01:44 AM| Insights & Views Technology Law

Most of our laws are dense, obscure and effectively unintelligible for most people (even some lawyers). In a country where, every year, 25% of the population face serious legal issues yet often cannot afford to protect...

The biology of coffee, the world's most popular drink

By Thomas Merritt - 09:21 AM| Insights & Views Health

Youre reading this with a cup of coffee in your hand, arent you? Coffee is the most popular drink in the world. Americans drink more coffee than soda, juice and tea combined. How popular is coffee? When news first...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of 10-year TIPS auction, initial jobless claims

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during Tuesdays afternoon session amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys 10-year TIPS auction and initial jobless claims, scheduled...

German bunds surge despite better-than-expected January ZEW economic sentiment index

The German bunds surged during European trading session Tuesday even as the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of January, came in better than market expectations ahead of the European Central Banks (ECB)...

USD/CNY likely to face some upside for the time being, caution mood reckoned: Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to see some further upside for USD/CNY for the time being, with a caution mood reckoned to stay on for a while, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The spread...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continues forward march last week

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence continued with its forward march, gaining 0.9 percent last week. This takes it back to where it was in mid-December. The financial and economic sub-indices were mixed, while...

Australia’s trend growth rate likely to be between 2-2.5 pct per year for the coming decade, says ANZ Research

Australias trend rate of growth for the coming decade is expected to be somewhere between 2.0 percent and 2.5 percent per year, lower than the estimates from the Australian Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA),...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS gets booed during MLK Memorial photo op

Recently, many people celebrated Martin Luther King day, including President Donald Trump. During a photo op at the memorial, the President, along with Vice President Mike Pence, received a lukewarm response to their...

Donald Trump: POTUS says he had Mar-a-Lago 'fumigated' after Roy Cohn's visit

The United States President Donald Trump is someone who is currently under heavy scrutiny. As if his impeachment trial and his current statements towards many figures is not enough, he recently stated that he had his...

Melania Trump shock: First Lady's son Barron's height a hot topic on social media

Not much is known about the youngest Trump sibling, Barron, other than being 13 years old and the only son of Melania and Donald Trump. However, his recent appearance had social media talking, noticing the drastic growth...

Melania Trump: First Lady loves to wear her engagement ring the most

The United States First Lady Melania Trump is known for always being well-dressed whenever she is seen in public, from her clothes to the jewelry she owns. But there is one piece of jewelry she is always seen wearing - her...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: Will White House need a new FLOTUS if the first couple part ways?

Since Donald Trump announced that he was joining the presidential race in 2016, the media and the public became even more interested in his marital relationship with Melania Trump. That curiosity did not diminish after...

Science

Asteroids: NASA spots asteroid hurtling towards Earth at over 37,000 mph

The asteroid trackers at NASA spotted another space rock headed in the Earths direction. The agency predicted that it would be approaching the planet today. Express reports that an asteroid formally referred to as 2020...

Asteroids: Astronomers photograph potentially hazardous asteroid approaching Earth

Another asteroid appears to be on its way to Earth, and a group of astronomers managed to take photos of the space rock that is making its way towards the planets vicinity. Just like with all the other asteroids that have...

NASA: Agency releases photo of famous galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The universe has a way of still amazing everyone with the stars and planets and various other phenomena that occur beyond the planet. Recently, NASA released a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of what is perhaps...

Black hole with 70 solar masses may be a neutron star, expert says

Despite everything that is known about the space phenomenon known as a black hole, this still remains a mystery to scientists due to the endless discoveries made. Recently, some Chinese astronomers discovered a certain...

Asteroid warning: NASA keeps tabs on a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth

Astronomers have once again spotted a giant asteroid making its way towards Earth. NASAs been keeping tabs on it, but the question is whether or not the asteroid would make an unannounced visit. The agencys asteroid...

Technology

‘Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind’ highlights the role of new character Yozora

The Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind downloadable content is finally here, and fans will be even more delighted to start playing it once learning that it comes with one more surprise. Aside from the confirmed characters arriving...

‘The Sims 4’ could get snow and resort-themed content packs soon

While EA and Maxis often remain very secretive about the future updates on The Sims titles, Simmers are not entirely clueless. The developers are putting up surveys from time to time, asking players what they think about...

Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date likely to be announced at the MWC 2020

The Sony Xperia 5 Plus release date will likely be announced by the company next month. Reports say that the tech giant will be unveiling its new set of Xperia mobile devices at the MWC 2020. Sonys current flagship, the...

Nintendo Switch game updates: ‘BioShock Collection,’ ‘Dead or School,’ and 14 titles coming to the console

Nintendo Switch gamers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months ahead. Aside from 14 confirmed new games coming to the console for week 4 of January 2020, there are two rumored titles that might be arriving as...

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

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