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Economic growth and 'Trump-proofing' – why the latest inter-Korea summit matters

By Benjamin Habib

The detente between North and South Korea continues, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) pushing on regardless of the United States. AAP/EPA/Pyongyang Press Corps / Pool Last weeks fifth inter-Korean summit...

Everything he does, he does it for us. Why Bryan Adams is on to something important about copyright

By Rebecca Giblin

Last Tuesday Bryan Adams entered the copyright debate. Thats Bryan Adams the singer and songwriter, the composer of (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, and Summer of 69. Authors, artists and composers often have...

Aged care failures show how little we value older people – and those who care for them

By Bridget Laging Et Al

As the royal commission begins investigating the failures of the residential aged care sector, it is important such a review also considers the broader socio-political factors that have contributed to this crisis. The...

An open letter on rental housing reform

By John Watson

Following a review of the New South Wales Residential Tenancies Act 2010 in 2016 and extended consultations, the NSW government has introduced a number of reforms to parliament. Debate is expected to occur this week....

Police on Twitter: Talking to the community, or just to themselves?

By Patrick Parnaby Et Al

North American police departments have been using Twitter for operational and public relations purposes for more than a decade. While some departments are more Twitter-savvy than others, they all seem to herald the...

Broke your arm? Exercise the other one to strengthen it...

By Jonathan Farthing Et Al

If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy feeling of weakness experienced after removing your cast. Most people do...

More boys hurt by dating violence than girls

By Catherine Shaffer Et Al

For some teenagers, involvement in dating relationships can result in experiences of violence, which can have harmful effects on health and well-being, and are associated with higher levels of depression and suicidal...

Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC

By Peter Manning

Michelle Guthrie has been badly treated not by being sacked, but by being hired in the first place. As a former Head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs, I met Guthrie several times at functions in the ABC, and once at a...

The NT is putting a minimum floor price on alcohol, because evidence shows this works to reduce harm

By John Boffa

From October 1, 2018, one standard drink in the Northern Territory will cost a minimum of A$1.30. This is known as floor price, which is used to calculate the minimum cost at which a product can be sold, depending on how...

When falling home ownership and ageing baby boomers collide

By Rachel Ong ViforJ Et Al

Until now, the majority of older people in Australia have achieved the goal of owning their own home outright. Hence, policymakers have typically shown little concern about the size and budget costs of rental housing...

Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers

By Mitchell Cunningham Et Al

Few people pay close attention to the traffic situation unfolding around them when theyre travelling as a passenger in a car, even if theyre in the front seat. And that could make partially automated vehicles, which are...

Art and science come together to examine the power and perversions of perfection

By Julie Shiels

Review: Perfection, Science Gallery Melbourne. It would be easy to assume that art and science occupy separate worlds. Art invites us to encounter things as they are perceived and not as they are known and relies on...

Privatising WestConnex is the biggest waste of public funds for corporate gain in Australian history

By Christopher Standen

The NSW government has confirmed it will sell 51% of WestConnex the nations biggest road infrastructure project to a consortium led by Transurban, the nations biggest toll road corporation. NSW treasurer Dominic...

The fight against climate change: how can we limit the damage to the global economy?

By Gaël Giraud Et Al

The international communitys ambition to fight against climate change comes at a cost: between US$50,000 billion and US$90,000 billion over the next 15 years according to the bottom-end estimates of economist Adair Turner,...

Labour and John McDonnell are right to give workers a stake, says company law professor

By Lorraine Talbot

The shadow chancellors conference speech on September 24 set out the Labour Partys radical new economic policies to tackle inequality and increase industrial democracy. John McDonnell paid tribute to the brilliant work of...

Brexit Britain has taken its eye off the Paris Agreement on climate change

By Ash Murphy

When Theresa May became the Brexit prime minister in July 2016 it took her less than 24 hours to dissolve the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The message could not have been clearer: Brexit first, and climate...

Crucial video evidence of war crimes is being deleted – how can it be saved?

By Roisin Costello

From Syria to Myanmar and beyond, many of todays most intractable and brutal conflicts are being documented by everyday internet users equipped with smartphones. But even though theyre documenting vital evidence that could...

Egypt's building a new capital city from scratch – here's how to avoid inequality and segregation

By Nuno Pinto Et Al

Egypt is the latest country to build a new capital city from scratch, with ambitions to move parliament away from Cairo as early as summer 2019. With nearly 24m people living in Greater Metropolitan Cairo, the current...

What Labour's Brexit motion means in practice

By Paula Keaveney

As Labour delegates gathered in Liverpool, it was impossible to avoid mentions of Brexit. There are 25 separate fringe meetings listed on the conference agenda and there are certain to be more meetings arranged on the...

Should we edit the genomes of human embryos? A geneticist and social scientist discuss

By Felicity Boardman Et Al

Felicity Boardman: The birth of a child with genetic disease is generally an unexpected event. The parents of these children typically wont have a family history with the condition, or even be aware that they are genetic...

Denis Norden: elder statesman of gentle comedy forged in heat of World War II

By Ian Wilkie

Denis Norden, who died recently aged 96, epitomised a peculiarly British brand of comedy that emerged from a specific time and place. For some years after the end of World War II, while many young people were still being...

Brexit: fears in Dublin that time is running out to solve Irish border impasse

By Etain Tannam

Despite the hype from some in the UK, very few observers expected a Brexit breakthrough at the EUs Salzburg summit on September 20. Still, EU and Irish officials were surprised when the UK prime minister, Theresa May, told...

I ran 100 miles in a day, this is what happened to my body

By Nick Tiller

The marathon race has long been considered the ultimate test of human endurance. But the last few decades have seen growing numbers of runners regularly tackling distances exceeding the traditional marathon. So-called...

Worried about AI taking over the world? You may be making some rather unscientific assumptions

By Eleni Vasilaki

Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence? For me, this is a simple question with an even simpler, two letter answer: no. But not everyone agrees many people, including the late physicist Stephen Hawking, have raised...

The Cinderella effect: are stepfathers dangerous?

By Gavin Nobes Et Al

One of the most influential studies that made the case that stepfathers are more dangerous than biological fathers was published in 1994 by Martin Daly and Margo Wilson of McMaster University in Canada. They analysed...

Sports anti-doping bodies won't reform themselves, but nation states can break the deadlock

By Slobodan Tomic Et Al

Following the extraordinary state-sponsored doping scandal of the Russian Olympic team, the international sports anti-doping regime faces its worst credibility crisis in decades. The latest decision of the World...

'Small and mighty' NHS Wales helping staff from porters to consultants change healthcare for the better

By Nicholas Rich

The NHS in Wales is staffed with people who care, but it often makes headlines for the wrong reasons. While sometimes positive as in the case of free prescriptions the public image is often coloured by negative stories...

Memories of trauma are unique because of how brains and bodies respond to threat

By Jacek Debiec

Most of what you experience leaves no trace in your memory. Learning new information often requires a lot of effort and repetition picture studying for a tough exam or mastering the tasks of a new job. Its easy to forget...

The next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

By Charles Hankla

President Donald Trump is making good on his pledge to escalate the trade war with China by imposing tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese government, for its part, is already retaliating with new taxes...

Something's going on here: Building a comprehensive profile of conspiracy thinkers

By Joshua Hart

Heres a theory: President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Heres another: Climate change is a hoax. Heres one more: The deep state spied on Donald Trumps campaign, and is now trying to destroy his...

As life expectancies rise, so are expectations for healthy aging

By Marcia G. Ory Et Al

The Fountain of Youth may still be a myth, but a longer life expectancy is now a reality. In fact, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. has risen by more than 30 years in barely more than a century to a current 78.6...

The weird world of one-sided objects

By David Gunderman

You have most likely encountered one-sided objects hundreds of times in your daily life like the universal symbol for recycling, found printed on the backs of aluminum cans and plastic bottles. This mathematical object...

Human-caused climate change severely exposes the U.S. national parks

By Patrick Gonzalez

Human-caused climate change is disrupting ecosystems and peoples lives around the world. It is melting glaciers, increasing wildfires, and shifting vegetation across vast landscapes. These impacts have reached national...

Thirty years on, why 'The Satanic Verses' remains so controversial

By Myriam Renaud

One of the most controversial books in recent literary history, Salman Rushdies The Satanic Verses, was published three decades ago this month and almost immediately set off angry demonstrations all over the world, some of...

The blissful and bizarre world of ASMR

By Craig Richard

Have you ever stumbled upon an hourlong online video of someone folding napkins? Or maybe crinkling paper, sorting a thimble collection or pretending to give the viewer an ear exam? Theyre called ASMR videos and millions...

Improving the lives of adolescent girls: a case study in rural and urban Kenya

By Karen Austrian

Adolescent girls in Kenya face a range of challenges that compromise their ability to learn, earn and thrive. Girls who live in cash-poor environments are at risk of dropping out of school, sexual violence and early sexual...

Jazz isn't dead: it's just moved to new venues

By Gwen Ansell

When, a few weeks back, Johannesburgs largest jazz venue, The Orbit, posted a crowd-funding appeal to stay afloat it prompted the usual flurry of concern that the genre might be on its deathbed. Thats nothing new....

Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa

By Joachim Jarreau Et Al

The share of internal trade in Africa remains low, as reflected by official statistics. This is despite numerous regional trade agreements that have led to tariffs removal within the trading blocs. At least in...

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

By Andrew Dodd Et Al

The major question following the sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is why? Why did the ABC board move so decisively and why now? Was it just about tension between her and the corporation chair, Justin...

With a seat on the UN Security Council, what can key ASEAN member Indonesia do to solve the Rohingya crisis?

By Anbar Jayadi

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report accusing Myanmars military of committing genocide. Since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a religious and ethnic minority in Myanmar, have fled persecution...

Why the increased penalties for strawberry sabotage will do little to prevent the crime

By Rick Sarre

The fruit contamination crisis has delivered a devastating blow to the growers of Australia. The crisis is now so big it seems to have reached New Zealand as well. Producers and consumers have been justifiably outraged...

It's better light, not worse behaviour, that explains crimes on a full moon

By Wayne Petherick

Its a full Moon on September 25. If past months have been anything to go by, this will be accompanied by a round of public chat about how this affects human behaviour claims of more hospital admissions and arrests, to...

How to (gently) get your child to brush their teeth

By Rebecca English

For most parents, the phrase I dont want to brush my teeth is rather familiar. While it may seem easiest to pry their mouth open and force them to brush, research suggests there are better ways that may positively...

Michelle Guthrie's stint at ABC helm had a key weakness: she failed to back the journalists

By Denis Muller

Michelle Guthries departure as managing director of the ABC, while a shock, is not surprising. In the face of sustained pressure from the government and Rupert Murdochs News Corp, she has seemed incapable of mounting a...

Australia has the wealth to ensure a sustainable future, but too many people are being left behind

By Sue Richardson

The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index,...

1980s Berlin comes to life in Welcome the Bright World's quest for 'truth'

By Lisa Harper Campbell

Review: Welcome the Bright World, Adelaide. Performance group House of Sand, in collaboration with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, has mounted an ambitious production of Stephen Sewells work, Welcome the...

Public schools losing out in political power plays

By Emma Rowe

Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a significant funding boost for private schools. The federal government will provide an extra A$4.6 billion over the next ten years for Catholic and Independent schools...

ABC board sacks managing director Michelle Guthrie

By Michelle Grattan

The ABC Board has sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie, declaring in a blunt statement that it was not in the best interests of the organisation for her to continue to lead it. ABC chairman Justin Milne said the...

Stay alive, and if something moves, shoot it: one year of phenomenal success for Fortnite

By Steven Conway

The online videogame Fortnite Battle Royale was launched just a year ago in September 2017. Since then the game had amassed 125 million active players by June and made US$1.2 billion (A$1.6 billion) for the developer, Epic...

What the stoush between the federal government and the CFMMEU is really about (spoiler: there's an election coming)

By David Peetz

Since Malcolm Turnbull was ousted as prime minister, we have seen a renewed focus by the federal government on targeting union officials. The latest, and also most enduring, target is the Construction, Forestry,...

Fourth industrial revolution: sorting out the real from the unreal

The phrase fourth industrial revolution has become ubiquitous. Its meant to denote a huge shift in the socioeconomic fabric of society, driven by the availability of increasingly intelligent machines. These will be able to...

Singapore core inflation likely to rise over 2 pct by end of 2018; MAS to tighten policy in October: ANZ Research

07:56 AM| Commentary Economy

Singapores core inflation is expected to rise past 2 percent into the end of the year, and over the first half of next year, which is why the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seen to tighten policy at their...

New Zealand bonds close nearly flat in muted session head of RBNZ’s monetary policy decision

07:01 AM| Commentary Economy

The New Zealand bonds closed nearly flat at the start of the trading week Monday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Reserve Bank of New Zealands (RBNZ) monetary...

Fed Hike Aftermath Series

Fed Hike aftermath Series: Hike probabilities over coming meetings

05:52 AM| Commentary Central Banks

FOMC increased interest rates in March and June and increased its forecast from three rate hikes in 2018 to four rate hikes. June decision was unanimous. Current Federal funds rate - 175-200 bps (Note, all calculations are...

FxWirePro: Most Asian markets closed, gold slips below $1,200 mark

05:30 AM| Commentary

Today Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China banks will be closed. Other Asian indices were trading on a lower note on Monday. Gold was trading around $1,197 mark while silver was trading around $14.21 mark. Australias...

Central Bank of Taiwan likely to leave policy rate unchanged at 1.375 pct, says Scotiabank

05:25 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is expected to leave its policy rate unchanged at 1.375 percent on Thursday afternoon, rather than delivering a 12.5 basis points rate hike post the September 25-26 FOMC...

Australian bonds tad higher after China cancels trade talks with U.S.

03:36 AM| Commentary Economy

Australian government bonds traded a little higher during Asian session Monday after China canceled trade talks with the U.S. following a recent escalation in trade tensions. Markets now await the FOMC policy decision...

U.S. service sector output grows at subdued rate in September

19:06 PM| Commentary

U.S. service sector output expands at a subdued rate in September. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit flash Services PMI Business Activity fell in the month to 52.9 from Augusts 54.8. This is the weakest growth since March...

U.K. public net borrowing stays below expectations

18:40 PM| Commentary

U.K. public net borrowing continues to be below expectation this fiscal year. In July, when self-assessment income tax payments stimulated tax receipts, the public finances recorded surplus of over GBP 3 billion, the...

Top Stories

Big Tobacco’s opposition to plain packaging is spin, not substance

By Julia Smith Et Al - 06:42 AM| Insights & Views Business

No matter how you look at it, a standardized cigarette pack is ugly. The colours are unappealing, the font bland and the large graphic health warnings gruesome. Thats why standardized packaging is such an effective public...

Why life insurance companies want your Fitbit data

By Lisa F. Carver - 06:40 AM| Insights & Views Health Technology

I recently predicted that health data from electronic sources could soon be compiled into a health or wellness report and shared with insurance companies to help them determine who theyll cover. And now John Hancock,...

Spray-on antennas unlock communication of the future

By Yury Gogotsi Et Al - 07:05 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Hear the word antenna and you might think about rabbit ears on the top of an old TV or the wire that picks up radio signals for a car. But an antenna can be much smaller even invisible. No matter its shape or size, an...

Ending austerity: create a national investment bank

By Stephany Griffith-Jones - 07:15 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Creating a national investment bank would be key to a major reform of the UK financial sector. It is needed to help support increased investment, which is essential to help make the UK economy more dynamic, fairer and...

Five hangover cures, reviewed by experts

By Sally Adams Et Al - 07:17 AM| Insights & Views Health

Its a common misconception that hangovers are mainly the result of dehydration. An evening of heavy drinking can lead to inflammation of the stomach and intestines, poor-quality sleep and the production of toxic substances...

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway -- here are the results

By Dylan Ryan - 07:20 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the worlds roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road...

Samsung's foldable phone could soon be a reality

By Ravi Silva - 07:21 AM| Insights & Views Technology

We rarely see a truly remarkable new technology more than once a decade. After years of undelivered promises, such a technology looks finally set to enter the market: the flexible computer screen. Imagine, a tablet...

Criminals are using antique weapons due to a loophole in UK law

By Helen Williamson - 07:22 AM| Insights & Views Law

Antique guns are increasingly cropping up in violent crimes due to a lack of control around the sale, transfer and ownership of firearms made before 1939. Between 2008 and 2016, four fatalities were linked to the use of...

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Economy

The problem with official statistics – and three ways to make them better

What value do statistics really have when it comes to describing events in a country? For most people, statistics are a means to an end, a way to validate their point of view. Ive heard many politicians, commentators,...

Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too

We are still settling Australian cities on unceded Aboriginal lands. With the global agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, development has finally come home to the developed world....

FxWirePro: U.S. equities continue to decouple from rest of the world

As the U.S. economic and foreign policies decouple from the rest of the world (President Trumps stance on Jerusalem, NATO, Iran nuclear Agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Paris Climate Accord), so do its economy and...

Cryptocurrency Brief: Bitcoin breaks below 6,500 mark on increased regulations, ASIC suspends five ICOs since April – Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

BTC/USD: Bitcoin prices remained on the downside during late European session Tuesday, for the fourth consecutive day, following increased level of regulations from various financial authorities. The cryptocurrency broke...

U.S. Treasuries plunge ahead of 5-year auction, Fed’s monetary policy decision

The U.S. Treasuries plunged Tuesday ahead of the countrys 5-year auction, scheduled to be held today by 17:00GMT. Also, this weeks two-day FOMC meeting that concludes on Wednesday, will be closely eyed. The yield on the...

Politics

Michael Foot spy allegations and why MI6 should come clean about the past

According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet confidential contact on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of 37,000 (in todays money). This might come as something of a...

What two books have to say about the political lifespan of South Africa's ANC

No political party can govern forever. In democracies with free and fair elections, no political party has been in power longer than half a century. So is the African National Congress (ANC), the party that governs South...

Chequers plan: why Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint is not quite dead

The informal meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg on September 19 and 20 was not intended to be primarily about the UK or Brexit. The EU faces serious challenges around internal security and migration that come much higher up...

Quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them

It is an historic moment for Liberal Party women. Individual complaints of sexist bullying invariably end with the lone complainant being isolated and getting crunched. But since the Liberal leadership spill, several...

Super. If Labor really wanted to help women in retirement, it would do something else

When it comes to the gender gap in retirement incomes, symbolism appears to matter more than actually achieving something. Labors plan to add super contributions to government-funded parental leave was heralded by...

Science

Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very difficult to spot – and can cause brain damage

Carbon monoxide (CO), like many gases, cannot be detected by our human senses. We cannot see it, smell it or taste it. But unlike many gases, small amounts are extremely harmful to us. In 2015 (the most recent year for...

Ten years of Large Hadron Collider discoveries are just the start of decoding the universe

Ten years! Ten years since the start of operations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the most complex machines ever created. The LHC is the worlds largest particle accelerator, buried 100 meters under the French...

Game-changing resolution: whose name on the laws of physics for an expanding universe?

Astronomers are engaged in a lively debate over plans to rename one of the laws of physics. It emerged overnight in Vienna at the 30th Meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), in Vienna, where members of...

Do dogs have feelings?

If you live with a dog you just know when its happy or miserable, dont you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions even if scientists cant directly measure what they are...

How hydrogen power can help us cut emissions, boost exports, and even drive further between refills

Hydrogen could become a significant part of Australias energy landscape within the coming decade, competing with both natural gas and batteries, according to a new CSIRO roadmap for the industry. Hydrogen gas is a...

Technology

Do you 'zombie check' your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-use

Technology has undoubtedly become essential for productivity and communication in our professional and personal lives. However, the most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to...

Three things we can all learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media

Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as...

AI could help us manage natural disasters – but only to an extent

In the last few years, AI has become ever more powerful. It can diagnose diseases, book restaurants, fake presidential speeches, and even compose hit music and produce trailers for horror movies. So in this new era of big...

AI could help drones ride air currents like birds

Birds have long inspired humans to create their own ways to fly. We know that soaring bird species that migrate long distances use thermal updrafts to stay in the air without using up energy flapping their wings. And...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Gameplay, Development: Skrillex Co-Writes Opening Theme of Upcoming Installment

The past few weeks saw a goldmine for footage of Kingdom Hearts 3 as Square Enix bombarded fans with one teaser clip after another. Among those that caught the attention of fans is the battle between Sora and Aqua, Comic...
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