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Surge in pre-poll numbers at 2019 federal election changes the relationship between voters and parties

By Stephen Mills Et Al

On the morning of the last Monday in April, 2019, federal election officials opened the doors of more than 500 pre-poll voting centres around Australia, and waited for the voters to turn up. It was the first day of the...

How many people have eating disorders? We don't really know, and that's a worry

By Laura Hart

Last week, federal health minister Greg Hunt announced that more than 60,000 Australians will be asked about their mental health and well-being as part of the Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study. The mental...

Too many people think satirical news is real

By R. Kelly Garrett Et Al

In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a conservative bent. Conservative columnist David French criticized Snopes for debunking...

A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

By Jeremy Straub

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think theyre missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging and hackers are already laying the groundwork. With the U.S....

#MeToo: Must sexual assault be denounced in public every time?

By Kharoll-Ann Souffrant

Is speaking out in public about a sexual assault always a liberating act? Is it the only way to assert yourself as courageous? African-American activist Tarana Burke raised that question at the Women Deliver conference...

The fascinating history of boredom

By Michelle Fu

Im bored is a statement many parents dread hearing during the summer holidays. Should parents scramble to fill the unstructured time of summer for their kids so they dont complain of nothing to do (or worse, get into...

Supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that's a problem

By Adrian Cameron Et Al

Half-price chips, two for one chocolates, buy one get one free soft drinks: Australian supermarkets make it very easy for us to fill our trolleys with junk food. Add in the bonus of an Ooshie or a Little Shop...

Shouldn’t there be a law against reckless opioid sales? Turns out, there is

By Nicolas Paul Terry

The massive scale of prescription opioid shipments as the ongoing overdose epidemic unfolded has started to come into focus. Drug companies shipped 76 billion opioid pain pills to U.S. health care professionals,...

Beijing is moving to stamp out the Hong Kong protests – but it may have already lost the city for good

By Adam Ni

Since the start of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong in early June, there has been a significant escalation of Beijings rhetoric and tactics. Instead of addressing the root causes of the public anger, Beijing has demonised...

Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

By Ralph Hamann

The Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012, was a tragic and historic event in South Africa. A judicial commission of inquiry set up to investigate how it came about...

Amid talk of recessions, our progress on wages and unemployment is almost non-existent

By Richard Holden

Legend has it that, when asked by US President Richard Nixon in 1972 what he thought about the impact of the French Revolution, Chinese Premier Zhou En Lai replied: its too early to say. Waiting for progress on wages...

The battles of South Africa's Public Protector: why the law must win

By Cathleen Powell

In the book of Esther, the Bible tells a story from the 5th century BCE, when the Jews were in exile in Persia. The Persian king, Ahasuerus, had installed a Jewish woman, Esther, as his queen at the time that one of the...

The language gives it away: How an algorithm can help us detect fake news

By Fatemeh Torabi Asr

Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? As a software engineer and computational linguist who spends most of her work and even leisure hours in front of a...

Good character testimonies aren't a defence for sexual harassment

By Martina Orlandi

Suppose youre watching the news, and you learn that someone, lets call her Mary, has been accused of murdering her colleague Sally. There is compelling evidence that Mary is guilty. Several of Marys colleagues come forward...

Courts are handcuffed on corporate human rights abuses abroad

By Hassan M. Ahmad

Last month marked the first time a lawsuit between a Canadian company and victims of foreign human rights violations ended with a confidential settlement and public apology. British Columbia mining company Tahoe...

A day at the beach: Deep learning for a child

By Lotje Hives Et Al

The beach offers a wide open playscape where children are fuelled by curiosity. Whether at the beach or elsewhere outdoors, it helps to take a moment to see the world through the lens of a child who is discovering the...

Women aren't better multitaskers than men – they're just doing more work

By Leah Ruppanner

Multitasking has traditionally been perceived as a womans domain. A woman, particularly one with children, will routinely be juggling a job and running a household in itself a frantic mix of kids lunch boxes, housework,...

First home buyer schemes aren't enough to meet young adults' housing aspirations

By Sharon Parkinson Et Al

Young adults not only struggle to buy a home, many struggle to secure any kind of independent housing. This contributes to a cycle of living in precarious and informal housing and to a growing gap between their current...

New research shows that Antarctica's largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

By Dan Lowry

Scientists have long been concerned about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its contribution to global sea level rise. Much of West Antarcticas ice lies below sea level, and warming ocean...

Who am I? Why am I here? Why children should be taught philosophy (beyond better test scores)

By Ben Kilby

In a recent TED talk titled No Philosophy, No Humanity, author Roger Sutcliffe asked the audience whether a flagpole was a place. Around half the audience said yes, the other said no. He went on to describe the response...

Tighter alcohol licensing hasn't killed live music, but it's harder for emerging artists

By Nicholas Carah Et Al

This is the fourth in a series of articles discussing a recently released comprehensive evaluation of the Queensland governments 2016 policy reforms to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and the implications for liquor...

Analysis across Africa shows how social media is changing politics

By Maggie Dwyer Et Al

In mid-July Chad lifted its 16-month social media ban. This ended the longest social media blockage seen in any African country. The government argued that the lengthy ban was necessary for security reasons. The Chadian...

Ghana wants to grow more cashews. But what about unintended consequences?

By James Boafo Et Al

Over at least the last decade, one of Ghanas most vital breadbaskets has been converted into cashew nut production to feed export markets. Bono East, Bono and the Ahafo regions previously known as the Brong Ahafo region ...

South Africa's 2019 poll showed dangerous signs of 'insiders' and 'outsiders'

By Roger Southall

The general election in South Africa in May conveyed mixed messages: one was that democracy is maturing, the other that it is failing. The good news was that this was very clearly an outcome of a discerning electorate...

Ghana needs more efficient spending to fix gaps in education

By Victor Osei Kwadwo

The Millennium Development Goals were announced to the world in the year 2000. They marked a significant milestone in instituting a goal-based approach towards development. In terms of policies, they have arguably been the...

Get rid of private schools? We'd be better tackling inequalities between state schools

By Dave Griffiths Et Al

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is the 20th Etonian to become prime minister of the UK. Most of his cabinet is composed of privileged, privately educated people, with two-thirds of his ministers among the 7% of the...

Who won the war? We did, says everyone

By Nick Chater

Ask any of the few remaining World War II veterans what they did during the war and youre likely to get a humble answer. But ask the person on the street how important their countrys contribution to the war effort was and...

How will we travel the world in 2050?

By John Grant Et Al

If the aviation industry was a country, it would rank among the worlds top ten emitters of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Aviation emissions have risen by 70% since 2005 and as demand increases in rich and poorer countries, theyre...

A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings

By Vahe Peroomian

With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Suns blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before. Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would...

One budget line Congress can agree on: Spending billions on the US military

By Rebecca U. Thorpe

The two-year budget deal signed into law in July marks a rare bipartisan agreement. The deal adds US$320 billion over current spending levels spread across defense and non-defense programs, averting the threat of debt...

Gaslighting: from partners to politicians – how to avoid becoming a victim

By Stephan Lewandowsky

President Donald Trumps statement on the horrific mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 that killed 22 people and injured 24 covered a lot of ground. From video games and mental illness to the death penalty, the president...

It's no wonder the military likes violent video games – they can help train civilians to become warriors

By Neve Gordon

Following the recent massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the bestselling author Keith Boykin tweeted: Trump is on TV blaming the Internet, social media, video games and mental health for the mass shootings....

Ignore liveable cities rankings – they do citizens a disservice by trying to quantify urban life

By Oli Mould

At last count, there were over 500 rankings that pit cities around the world against each other: from the most intricately measured quality of life indices, to infographics of how often postal workers get attacked by...

What US wants from UK on security after Brexit – and why this puts Britain in a tricky position

By Simon J Smith

Even before Boris Johnson became prime minister, the Trump administration has been on a charm offensive towards the UK and him in particular. When Britains Johnson met US National Security Advisor John Bolton on August 12...

NHS is so valuable to Wales that its whole economy could be affected by Brexit fallout

By Laura Reynolds Et Al

One of the biggest Brexit worries is what will happen to the NHS when the UK leaves the EU. Among the many uncertainties is whether the NHS might be involved in a US trade deal. Although international trade secretary Liz...

Why Buhari's long-awaited cabinet leaves a lot to be desired

By Ini Dele-Adedeji

It took President Muhammadu Buhari 54 days after his second term began to send a list of ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate for screening. This is a better record than his first term, which began in May 2015. Then...

AI is in danger of becoming too male – new research

By Juan Mateos-Garcia Et Al

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are becoming smarter every day, beating world champions in games like Go, identifying tumours in medical scans better than human radiologists, and increasing the efficiency of...

Is the UK ready for an election? Inside a system straining at the seams

By Toby James

Speculation has it that an early general election is around the corner for the UK. If it does come, it wont be the countrys first unexpected election this year. The European parliamentary elections were not supposed to...

'It's a national crisis': UK's birth rate is falling dramatically

By Carly-Emma Leachman

The birth rate in England and Wales is now the lowest it has ever been since records began. Only 11 babies were born for every 1,000 people in 2018, with 657,076 born overall. To put this in perspective, 957,782 babies...

Hong Kong protests: history lessons for Beijing from British colonial era uprising

By Nicholas Ross Smith Et Al

Beijing has made no secret that it is weighing up the option of using force either through deploying the Peoples Liberation Army or Peoples Armed Police to quell the increasingly disruptive protests in Hong Kong. On...

Australia's tax office can use global data leaks to pursue multinationals, High Court rules

By Ann Kayis-Kumar Et Al

Can something that has been seen be unseen? Its an axiom of the internet age that it cant and though the worlds biggest mining company, Glencore would like it to be otherwise, its one with which the High Court of...

Gold rush-era rules to stop mining pollution are still in use – but they’re failing

By Susan Lawrence Et Al

This is an edited extract from SLUDGE: disaster on Victorias goldmines. Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, 6 November 2015 Wet, orange mud covers everything: streets, houses, cars, animals, trees, fields. The violent force...

Patients have rights. Here's how to use yours

By Lisa Eckstein Et Al

Working your way around the health-care system can be overwhelming. This is especially hard when care takes place in health systems under stress. However as a patient, you have rights about how youre treated. This...

Biden still leads US Democratic primaries, Trump's ratings fall slightly after gun massacres, plus Australian preference flows

By Adrian Beaumont

After the first Democratic presidential debate on June 25-26, Joe Biden fell in Democratic national presidential polls, and Kamala Harris surged. In the lead-up to the July 30-31 debate, Biden recovered lost support while...

Explainer: what is China's United Front, and how much influence does it have in Australia?

By Gerry Groot

As China grows more powerful and influential, our New Superpower series looks at what this means for the world how China maintains its power, how it wields its power and how its power might be threatened. Read the rest of...

Leave your phone at home this holiday and you'll feel better (after you feel worse)

By Brad McKenna Et Al

What did we do before smartphones? Our devices have become an essential tool for modern life, even when were on holiday. In fact, technology is revolutionising tourism. We navigate with Google Maps, we use TripAdvisor to...

Understanding how Hitler became German helps us deal with modern-day extremists

By Klaus Meyer

The 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War is approaching. Its important to understand how the conflict and the Holocaust could have happened and how we can prevent such atrocities from happening...

The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

By Leah Bendell

The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes. In June, for example, it said it would ban single-use plastics by 2021. It is tough...

Rethinking the approach to fighting Alzheimer’s disease

By Étienne Aumont

The idea of seeing a loved one decline and lose their ability to recall their most treasured memories is devastating. However, it is a fact of life for an increasing number of Canadians. A group of experts on population...

Unwanted sexual attention plagues young women going out at night

By Dominique de Andrade Et Al

This is the third in a series of articles discussing a recently released comprehensive evaluation of the Queensland governments 2016 policy reforms to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and the implications for liquor...

What is an inverted yield curve? Why is it panicking markets?

Since President Trump tweeted about imposing new tariffs on China, global equity markets have gone into a tailspin. Trumps more recent announcement that the new tariffs would be delayed has not calmed the markets, with...

University of Michigan sentiment index falls in early August

18:35 PM| Commentary

The University of Michigan sentiment index dropped in early August by 6.4 percent, considerably larger than the expected fall of 1.4 percent and among the largest falls of the past few years. Both the current conditions...

U.S. housing starts fall in July, tight labor market and rising wages likely to support housing market activity

17:02 PM| Commentary

U.S. housing starts dropped in July by 4 percent to 1.191 million units from a downwardly revised 1.241 million units in the prior month. The market expected a slight rise of 0.2 percent. The revision reflected lower...

Russian manufacturing decelerates in July, economy likely to grow 1.5 pct in 2019

13:59 PM| Commentary Economy

Russias manufacturing fell back into decline in July after displaying signs of rebound, reflecting a lower oil price and generally falling demand conditions throughout the EMEA region and euro area. On a sequential basis,...

Turkish industrial production falls year-on-year in June

12:29 PM| Commentary

Turkish industrial production dropped in June. On a year-on-year basis, industrial production fell 3.9 percent. When the subsectors of the industry were examined, mining and quarrying index rose 4.8 percent, manufacturing...

Fed likely to deliver 25bp cut at each of the next five meetings, says Danske Bank

11:04 AM| Commentary Central Banks

The Federal Reserve is expected to deliver a 25bp cut at each of the next five meetings; the target range would also be most likely lowered to 0.75-1.00 percent at the March meeting, according to the latest research report...

UK 2-10Y gilt yield inversion raises further concerns on global growth outlook, dragged by lower U.S. yields

10:20 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms 2-10Y gilt yields inverted during European trading hours Friday, intrigued by the global growth concerns and uncertainties over U.S.-China trade relations, although President Trump said that he has a...

Singapore’s NODX falls less than market expectations; outlook soft for remaining year, says OCBC Bank

08:53 AM| Commentary Economy

Singapores non-oil domestic exports (NODX) for the month of July declined 11.2 percent y/y (+3.7 percent m/m sa), slightly better than OCBC Banks forecast for -15.2 percent y/y (+3.4 percent m/m sa), according to the...

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‘Nuclear-powered’ missile accident in Russia – what really happened?

By Claire Corkhill - 01:21 AM| Insights & Views

A missile engine exploded at a naval test range, west of the city of Severodvinsk on Russias northern coast at 9am on August 8. At least five people were killed and several others injured. As it is associated with Russias...

How AI and robots will help safeguard our offshore energy infrastructure in the future

By David Flynn Et Al - 01:21 AM| Insights & Views Technology

The modern world depends on the smooth provision of vital services such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, water and healthcare. But the systems underpinning these sectors are increasingly complex and...

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: Intricacies of Bitcoin ETFs – A Catalyst Of Bullish Prospect

11:39 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

This year, the cryptocurrency avenues have been booming up amid meticulous regulatory framework following constructive and conduciveretorts from quite a few American Senators whoeffectivelyportrayed Bitcoin as unique from...

Hong Kong protests and Brexit could both end up benefiting financial elites

By Philip Roscoe - 01:22 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Protests in Hong Kong have captured the worlds attention in recent weeks, with demonstrators closing streets and the airport, and Chinese forces amassing near the border with a none too subtle threat of violent reprisal....

Digital Currency Revolution Series: A Perspective of Bitcoin as Hedging Vehicle for Global Turmoil

06:24 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Of late, Bitcoin price has been under huge volatility and early this week, BTC fell below psychological support below $10,000 and declined near the $9,467 region on the back of some negative news, such as US SEC postponing...

Technology start-ups that fail fast, succeed faster

By Grant Alexander Wilson - 06:44 AM| Insights & Views Business

Failure rates of new technology-based companies are shockingly high. It is estimated that 75 per cent of technology start-ups do not generate profits. Other data suggests upwards of 90 per cent of new technology...

The US branding China a 'currency manipulator' threatens global stability

By Winnie King - 06:48 AM| Insights & Views

The US has escalated its trade war with China by accusing the country of devaluing its currency to make its exports unfairly cheap. When Chinas currency, the renminbi (RMB) fell below the symbolic seven-per-dollar level on...

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U.S. Treasuries narrowly mixed ahead of initial jobless claims, 30-year auction

The U.S. Treasuries remained narrowly mixed during Thursdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys initial jobless claims and super-long 30-year auction, both scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT and 17:00GMT...

German bunds suffer after August manufacturing PMI cheers market investors

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Thursday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of August cheered market investors, edged tad higher from that in July. The German 10-year bond...

Insurance rate cuts likely to re-steepen 2-10Y UST yield curve at the initial stage, bolster DXY Index: Scotiabank

insurance rate cuts could re-steepen the 2-10Y UST yield curve at the initial stage, bolstering the DXY Index. However, without an aggressive stance on further reductions, the steepening trend could reverse along with...

JGB yields deteriorate as Asian markets await to digest FOMC’s July meeting minutes; trade deal eyed

.The Japanese government bond yields deteriorated at close of morning session Thursday as Asian markets are yet to digest the FOMC July meeting minutes, released overnight amid ongoing global economic disturbances. Wall...

U.S. Treasuries suffer ahead of FOMC’s July meeting minutes, Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Wednesdays afternoon session ahead of the Federal Open Market Committees (FOMC) end-July monetary policy meeting minutes, scheduled to be released today by 18:00GMT. Also, Fed Chair...


Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin argue over their response to massive protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to meet with Russias Vladimir Putin. He arrived in France on Monday for an official state visit. While in the country, Putin and Macron are expected to hold a...

Trevor Noah’s satirical theory suggests Donald Trump wants to get rid of Melania Trump

Both critics and supporters of Melania Trump and Donald Trump had recently been talking about one thing. It was Trevor Noahs theory that the President is allegedly weaving his immigration policies with the endgame of...

Donald Trump loves that Melania Trump agrees with him about the prenup

The marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is possibly one of the most followed subjects in the media today. Since Mr. Trump is known for being a wealthy man, many might be wondering...

Prototype of a nuclear missile that Vladimir Putin bragged about allegedly failed

This month marks the 20-year milestone of Russian President Vladimir Putins political career. However, it has been marred with a series of pro-democracy protests in Moscow as well as the death of five scientists from a...

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their leaders are not supporting them to do...


Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissue

Theres been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If youve been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged...

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it's almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

An open letter from 24 scientists published in Nature last month calls on governments to draft a new Geneva Convention dedicated to protecting the environment during armed conflict. This inspired a number of headlines...

HIV/AIDS deaths drop despite lack of complete cure

The HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a global challenge for decades. Unfortunately, a complete cure that would kill HIV and AIDS from a patients body is still unavailable. But that does not mean there is no other way to...

Donald Trump’s cancer cure promise still needs proof

Scientists around the world have reported strides in developing more advanced treatments for cancer while the complete cure is still unavailable. Illnesses like cancer are some of the major concerns for many households,...


‘Borderlands 3’ players can have up to 1 billion weapons

One of the aspects that made the Borderlands series extremely popular is the massive loots and gun possibilities. Since gaming fans waited longer for the release of Borderlands 3, it is only fitting for them to expect way...

PlayStation 5 could arrive with an all-new design

More details about PlayStation 5 surfaced online, but the most interesting information is its supposed design. Sony appears to be taking the next-generation console tag to the next level. Aside from upgraded hardware...

‘Clash Royale’ teams from Asia kicks off major league

There was a time in the history of video gaming when eSports were limited to titles played on PC and consoles. However, with the popularity of multiplayer online battle arena games like Clash Royale, eSports have also...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Troy Baker’s statement sparks speculation about Joel’s role in the sequel

Another gameplay demo for The Last of Us Part 2 was rumored to be unveiled in this years Gamescom. However, as the event comes to a close, theres still no news about the sequel prompting others to believe that it will be...

‘Rainbow Six Siege: Ember Rise' could go live in 3 weeks

Rainbow Six Siege: Ember Rise will serve as the games third season of its fourth year. At this point, it has been confirmed to go live sometime in September. But the exact release date remains under wraps. The decision...
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