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California fire damage to homes is less 'random' than it seems

By Faith Kearns

In the midst of the many wildfire emergencies that have faced California this year, it can often seem that the way houses burn, or dont, is random. The thing is, though, its not. Firefighters and researchers alike have...

video Wall Street at 30: is greed still good?

By Siobhan Lyons

December 11 marks the 30th anniversary of Oliver Stones darkly perceptive Wall Street. The film exemplified the 80s yuppie era during Ronald Reagans conservative presidency: a time when a celebrity suddenly became...

Why Trump's evangelical supporters welcome his move on Jerusalem

By Julie Ingersoll

President Trumps announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 6 that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel received widespread criticism. Observers quickly recognized the decision as related, not so much to...

DNA has gone digital – what could possibly go wrong?

By Jean Peccoud Et Al

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks and biologists remain largely...

Ireland: a century of trade relations shows why a soft border is so important

By Jason Begley

You only have to look at the levels of trade and economic development in Ireland over the past century to realise the significance of a smooth border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. The Republic is best...

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

By Kate M. Miltner

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming or coding is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom in the United States. The aim of making computer science a new...

Brexit: widespread opposition across UK to controls along the Irish border

By Sofia Vasilopoulou Et Al

The question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is now a central issue in Brexit negotiations. With the UK government promising to leave the EU customs union and single market, the Irish...

How identity data is turning toxic for big companies

By Robert McCausland Et Al

Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding...

Is the British monarchy actually adapting to changing social norms?

By Ben Carrington

Is the royal marriage story were being sold really a fairy tale come true? Or is it a story spun by Buckingham Palace for its own self-interest, one shrouded in myth and make-believe? In the coverage of next summers...

Teaching machines to teach themselves

By Arend Hintze

Are you tired of telling machines what to do and what not to do? Its a large part of regular peoples days operating dishwashers, smartphones and cars. Its an even bigger part of life for researchers like me, working on...

For Beijing, the greatest threat to China's national security is not the Kim regime: it is the US

By Anny Boc

With every new North Korean missile such as the one launched on Tuesday November 28 or nuclear test, all eyes are on China. Like previous American presidents, Donald Trump believes that the road to a diplomatic solution...

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

By Ian Hamilton Et Al

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But there are limitations with the way drug use is...

We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how

By Charlotte Adams Et Al

Fossil fuels currently dominate the production of electricity and heat. Although renewable energy accounts for around a quarter of electricity produced in the UK, the production of central heating is dominated by natural...

Productive cities: toward a new biopolitics of cities

By Raphaël Besson

The idea of the productive city emerged with the development of industrial capitalism. In this way, the productive model imposed its own logic on cities, which came to be regarded as passive receptacles harbouring economic...

Public investment in electricity generation - a hot button issue in Queensland?

By John Quiggin

One of the most striking features of the Queensland election campaign is that all major parties are advocating public investment in electricity generation. The real choice to be made is whether this investment will...

Companies need confidentiality clauses – but not to muzzle sexual abuse victims

By Elizabeth C. Tippett

Harassment and abuse accusations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men, like Bill OReilly, have revealed a trail of settlement agreements in their wake, many of which contained language that prevented victims...

Why good design alone won't attract millennials to your company

By Libby Sander

Many Australian companies are embracing funky new design features that maximise relaxation and homely chill zones in an effort to lure highly skilled professionals. While these features certainly hold appeal, most workers...

Surgeons and the opioid crisis: We need prescription guidelines

By Tola Afolabi

Of all the possible ways of alleviating the opioid crisis, one has so far garnered far less attention than it deserves: prescription guidelines for surgeons. Surgeons are the third-biggest prescribers of opioids, often...

Why journalists must be allowed to pay and reward their sources

By Tim Crook

Robert Norman helped shine a light on serious social issues. He exposed cutbacks in national detention security, highlighted prison safety concerns, and exposed failures to contain and manage convicted terrorists. He...

Politics won out over international law in recent UN elections

By Rosa Freedman

For the first time in the courts history, the UK will not have a judge sitting at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Christopher Greenwood, who was seeking a second nine-year term, pulled out of the race on November...

We built a robot care assistant for people with dementia – here's how it works

By Conor McGinn

Not all robots will take over human jobs. My colleagues and I have just unveiled a prototype care robot that we hope could take on some of the more mundane work of looking after elderly and disabled people and those with...

Welcome to Britain: a land where jobs may be plentiful but are more and more precarious

By Daiga Kamerāde

The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, was roundly criticised on November 19 after claiming there were no unemployed people during a BBC interview with Andrew Marr. While the latest figures from the Office for National...

Jet fuel from sugarcane? It's not a flight of fancy

By Vijay Singh Et Al

The aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent ...

Will Puerto Ricans return home after Hurricane María?

By Alexis R. Santos-Lozada

Even before this years devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics had predicted that the population of Puerto Rico would decline over the...

Online learning can prepare students for a fast-changing future – wherever they are

By Helen O'Sullivan

Take a moment to think back to the first classroom you ever entered, whether it was at school, or nursery, chances are there was a blackboard, with coloured chalk where you focused most of your attention. You were probably...

Revealed: legal advice for asylum seekers disappearing due to legal aid cuts

By Jo Wilding

Ever since changes were introduced in 2013 to the way legal aid works in England and Wales, campaigners, judges and politicians have been telling the government that many people are now unable to access legal advice and...

High Court strikes again – knocking out Government Senate replacement

By Michelle Grattan

The High Court has ruled out Liberal Hollie Hughes as a replacement for former Nationals senator Fiona Nash, on the grounds that she had an office of profit under the crown during the election period. Once again, the...

Why Puerto Rico is getting the brunt of 'donor fatigue'

By Samantha Penta

Recovering from disasters is never easy. When disasters pile up, it gets harder. On top of the inevitable competition for everything from the governments funding for recovery efforts to construction materials, donations...

From Public Confessions to Public Trials: The Complexities of the "Weinstein Effect"

By Lauren Rosewarne

As the Weinstein effect sweeps Hollywood, the sex/gender/pop culture clash that is my passion project has led to lots of conversations, oftentimes on air. At some point during interviews therell be a question about change:...

Green finance? Why global banks are pledging billions to fight climate change

By Simon Wilde

Banking giant HSBC has pledged US$100 billion (76 billion) to fight climate change, to be spent on sustainable finance and investment over the next eight years. It also commits to increasing its own use of renewable energy...

Sheep can recognise celebrities from photographs, says amusing study with serious potential

By Catherine Douglas

Sheep are surprisingly smart. New research from the University of Cambridge shows the animals can learn to recognise people from photographs, even people theyve never seen in real life, such as celebrities. The...

How to take the stress out of Europe's busiest shopping street – rerouting traffic is just the first step

By Nick Tyler

Every day, some 500,000 people walk along Oxford Street in London Europes busiest shopping street. Now, the citys mayor, Sadiq Khan, has proposed a plan to divert buses and taxis on to other parallel roads and redesign...

How blockchain technology has medieval roots

By Victoria Lemieux

Blockchain is an emergent technology that may be as transformative as the Internet, according to many predictions. But this innovative new technology has a surprising link to the days of medieval treasuries. Blockchain...

EU citizens' rights and Brexit negotiations: both sides could be violating human rights law

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Around 5m European citizens affected by the outcome of the UK referendum (EU citizens in the UK, and British citizens in the EU) have been living in a state of uncertainty for more than 500 days. Months on from the EU...

Shipbuilding in Britain: how to reboot it

By Paul Stott

The UK has a new strategy for shipbuilding. After a 20th century marked by a painful decline in UK shipbuilding, it is not about to resume global dominance. There is, however, a chance to leave the past behind and revive...

Why people have long questioned the point of public inquiries

By Simon Peplow

The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry has received more than 500 requests from individuals and organisations seeking core participant status. This would allow them advance knowledge of some evidence, and the opportunity to make...

Gun violence in the US kills more black people and urban dwellers

By Michael Siegel Et Al

On Nov. 5, just 35 days after the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a man walked into a church in a small Texas town and murdered 26 people with an assault rifle. The coverage dominated the news. But the day before, even more...

As angry voters reject major parties, Mexico's 2018 presidential race grows chaotic

By Salvador Vázquez del Mercado

Salvador Vázquez del Mercado, Conacyt Research Professor, National Laboratory of Public Policy, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas Mexicos 2018 campaign season has not officially begun,...

When Americans tried – and failed – to reunite Christianity

By David Mislin

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a German monk, initiated a split in Christianity that came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. After the Reformation, deep divisions between Protestants and Catholics...

The challenge of authenticating real humans in a digital world

By Jungwoo Ryoo

Proving identity is a routine part of modern daily life. Many people must show a drivers license to buy alcohol at a store, flash an ID card to security guards at work, enter passwords and passcodes to retrieve email and...

GOP plan to tax college endowments like Yale's and Harvard's would be neither fair nor effective

By Jay L. Zagorsky

Tucked away in the recently announced GOP tax bill is a small item you may have missed: a new tax on university endowments. As I have spent decades working in higher education, the proposal immediately piqued my...

Counselling doesn't work in the long term

By Robin Bailey

Person-centred counselling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. Often just shortened to counselling, the approach focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a...

The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here's why

By Thomas Hale Et Al

The crisis of contemporary democracy has become a major subject of political science in recent years. Despite this, the symptoms of this crisis the vote for Brexit and Trump, among others were not foreseen. Nor were the...

Why financial inequality can't simply be blamed on older people hoarding their wealth

By Karen Rowlingson

Millennials are typically spending three times as much money on housing costs as their grandparents, according to recent research from the Resolution Foundation think tank. It has warned of a tight spending squeeze for...

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

By Krissy Kendall

Whether your goal is to increase strength, decrease body fat or improve overall performance, adding supplements to your daily regimen can give you that extra edge. But with thousands of products on the market, choosing the...

From selfie to infinity: Yayoi Kusama’s amazing technicoloured dreamscape

By Chari Larsson

Yayoi Kusama is arguably Japans most famous living artist. Born in 1929, she is one of the few practising artists whose work spans the most important isms of the 20th century. At the same time, her work is undeniably...

It's time for a royal commission into banking regulation

By Pat McConnell

The handling of recent financial scandals show that regulators are confused about what they do, or should do. And as a result the regulation of the financial system, which is vital to a strong functioning economy, is just...

You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem

By Siobhan Lyons

We all seem worried about privacy. Though its not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: its also our attitudes towards privacy that are important. When we stop caring about our digital privacy, we witness...

Three strategies to fight the tax avoidance revealed by the Paradise Papers

By Roman Lanis Et Al

The release of more than 13 million financial and tax documents known as the Paradise Papers show that the Panama Papers last year and LuxLeaks in 2014 were just the tip of the tax avoidance iceberg. It also shows that the...

Facing uncertain future, fossil fuel workers want retraining in renewables

By Andrew Voysey

A top talking point at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this month is President Donald Trumps plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The decision follows Trumps campaign commitment...

The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy

Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Fathers Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the...

Fed Hike Aftermath Series: FOMC projects three hikes in 2018, while market prices two

06:51 AM| Commentary Central Banks

In September, FOMC members projected three rate hikes for 2018 after hiking interest rates by 25 basis points three times each this year. And at this weeks FOMC, participants have once again reaffirmed their decision to...

New Zealand economy likely to depict steady and reasonably positive picture heading into 2018, says ANZ Research

06:53 AM| Commentary Economy

The New Zealand economy is expected to depict a steady and reasonably positive picture heading into 2018, although it is arguably as good as it is going to get, according to a recent report by ANZ Research. In particular,...

JGBs nearly flat in subdued trade; next week’s BoJ in focus

04:29 AM| Commentary Economy

Japanese government bonds traded nearly flat in subdued tradeon Fridayas investors remained sidelined in any major deal ahead of the upcoming Christmas holidays. However, the market will look ahead to the next weeks last...

Australian bonds gain as investors cover short positions

03:57 AM| Commentary Economy

Australian bonds gainedon Fridayas investors bought back bonds sold after the previous sessions disappointing 10- year sale. Also, the weakness in the riskier asset supported the bonds prices to rise. The yield on the...

Swedish jobless rate falls in month, employment likely to pick up again in months ahead

21:01 PM| Commentary

Swedish jobless rate dropped in the month of November; however, for the wrong reasons. Seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent, lower than the consensus rate of 6.6 percent and prior months 6.8 percent. This...

Turkish central bank hikes rates by 50 bps, likely to tighten policy again in 2018

19:57 PM| Commentary Central Banks

The Turkish central bank, CBRT, hiked its interest rate by 50 basis points today, following the sharp depreciation of the Turkish lira in the autumn and consequently rising inflation. The hike made today in late liquidity...

ECB keeps interest rate unchanged, revises up GDP and inflation forecast

18:51 PM| Commentary Central Banks

The European Central Bank today kept its key interest rate on hold as expected. Therefore, the deposit rate continues to be at -0.4 percent, the refinancing rate at 0 percent and the marginal lending rate at 0.25 percent....

Canada’s existing home sales rise for fourth straight month in November

17:51 PM| Commentary

Existing home sales in Canada rose for the fourth consecutive month in November. Existing home sales were up 3.9 percent sequentially, bringing the metric to just 6 percent below the frenzied rate reached in March...

U.S. retail sales grow strongly above expectations in November

17:21 PM| Commentary

The U.S. retail sales grew strongly above consensus expectations in November. Sales were up 0.8 percent sequentially, as compared with consensus expectations of 0.3 percent. Also, the data for October were upwardly...

Too much analysis likely to lead paralysis and perceived overvaluation is a ticket to get ruined – When S&P can stay overbought, why not cryptos?

11:24 AM| Digital Currency Research & Analysis Insights & Views

While a few set of critics reckon that the bitcoin has been the 21st century Tulipbubble fated to burst, optimistic institutional investors on Wall Street are keen on eyeing on ways of integrating blockchain as a...

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Chinese Retail Giant Alibaba To Build Electric Car Vending Machine

08:05 AM| Technology

The electric car industry is expected to explode in the coming years and it seems Alibaba wants to be at the forefront when it does. The Chinese retail giant just announced that it formed a partnership with Ford to build a...

Startup Can 3D-Print 410sq-ft Autonomous House In Just 8 Hours For $64,000

07:52 AM| Technology

It seems that 3D-printing is getting a bigger and bigger role in the construction industry as the years pass. A startup company in Ukraine called PassivDom can actually print an entire house that can fit a 410sq-ft area in...

Google's artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes

By Jake Clark - 08:13 AM| Insights & Views Science

Two new exoplanets have been discovered thanks to NASAs collaboration with Googles artificial intelligence (AI). One of those in todays announcement is an eighth planet Kepler-90i found orbiting the Sun-like star...

Facebook To Push More Videos On News Feed In Bid For Monetization

07:52 AM| Technology

Facebook has been trying to monetize its video platform since its launch and now, the social network plans to start pushing more of the content on users News Feeds. This would supposedly allow it to compete more directly...

Digital Currency Revolution

Industry-led digital currency measures to roll out in January in South Korea

06:14 AM| Digital Currency

The Korea Blockchain Industry Association has announced measures aimed at making cryptocurrency trading more transparent in the country, according to Reuters. Under the new measures, users would be allowed to trade in...

2018 Could Be Devastating For Facebook Due To Impending Regulations

07:50 AM| Technology

Facebook had a great year in 2017 in terms of its financial performance, with sales growth projected to go up by 46 percent and its net income nearly doubling. However, some are seeing the walls closing in on the social...

U.S. Attorneys General To Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality Vote

07:49 AM| Technology Law

It didnt take long after the Federal Communications Commission to cast its vote to repeal Net Neutrality for the lawsuits to come flying in. Attorneys General of New York Eric Schneiderman and of Washington Bob Ferguson...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Six blockchain projects team up with Aion for blockchain interoperability

04:39 AM| Digital Currency

Enterprise blockchain company Nuco has announced that Aion has partnered with six leading blockchain projects to expand blockchain interoperability on a global scale. In August, Nuco unveiled Aion an interoperable...

FCC Votes To Kill Net Neutrality, What Now?

07:48 AM| Technology

The Federal Communications Commission with Ajit Pai as its chair has voted to kill Net Neutrality. The result was controversial, to say the least, with many tech companies and American voters voicing their disapproval of...

Digital Currency Revolution

Mexican authorities issue warning on cryptocurrency and ICOs

03:54 AM| Digital Currency

In a joint statement, Banco de Mexico, the Ministry of Finance and Mexicos Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) have warned against cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). The authorities emphasize that...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Overstock CEO unveils new venture on blockchain-based global property registry system

03:04 AM| Digital Currency founder Patrick Byrne has announced a joint venture with renowned economist Hernando de Soto aimed at developing a blockchain-based global property registry system. Due to the lack of standardized property...

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U.S. Treasuries remain on falling spree as Fed interest rate outlook continues to weigh amid muted trading

The U.S. Treasuries continued to fall Friday after the Federal Reserve kept its interest rates outlook unchanged in its last monetary policy meeting of this year concluded Wednesday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

UK gilts flat in muted trading; investors eye European Council’s meeting over Brexit negotiations

The UK gilts traded flat Friday as investors refrained from any major trading activity amid a muted session that witnessed data of least economic significance. Investors are now eyeing the European Councils meeting with...

German bunds jump after ECB agrees to continue debt-buying beyond September if needed

The German bunds jumped on the last trading day of the week after the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to continue its debt-buying operation even beyond September 2018, if required. Also, investors are closely eyeing...

New Zealand bonds sharply rally at close in response to government’s revision of fiscal and economic growth forecasts

New Zealand government bonds sharply rallied at the time of closing in response to the countrys coalition government downward revision of its economic and fiscal forecasts in its half-yearly update released early...

U.S. Treasuries plunge after Fed keeps interest rate outlook unchanged; eyes on November retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries plunged Thursday after the Federal Reserve kept its interest rates outlook unchanged in its last monetary policy meeting of this year concluded yesterday. Also, investors are keenly eyeing the countrys...


Latino elites are paying the California dream forward

American Latino economic elites have incomes and wealth in the top 5 percent of earners. Some own multi-million-dollar companies or work as corporate executives. Latino politicians like Kevin De León, who is...

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinpings political dominance and his burning...


Humans Have Reached Natural Evolution Limit, Study Says

Science fiction would people believe that in thousands of years, humans might naturally evolve to possess incredible abilities. However, according to a new study, this might not exactly be the case. In terms of lifespan,...

Trump Wants To Do Moon Landings Again, Signs Directive To Expand Space Exploration

The Trump Administration appears to have a tilted relationship with science and technology. Anything that has to do with climate change is suppressed or denied. Anything that is bold, loud, and expensive such as going to...

Scientists Discover New Form Of Matter Theorized Over 50 Years Ago

A little over five decades ago, a form of matter was theorized to have existed, which perplexed scientists. This form of matter was finally discovered and the researchers were so excited about it, they named it Excitonium....

Over 50 U.S. Mayors Ignore President Trump’s Decision, Proceeds With Paris Climate Accord

In continued defiance against the Trump administrations mandate to keep supporting the fossil fuel industry and renege on the voluntary commitments made by the U.S. upon signing the Paris Climate Accord, a coalition of...

Scientists Are Now Closes To Creating Artificial Life

Most lifeforms on Earth are made up of natural DNA. However, scientists are now much closer to creating artificial creatures using synthetic methods. They did this by basically making additions to DNA in ways that nature...


New Wolfenstein II DLC Lets Players Tackle Nazis, No BJ Though

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus proved to be a surprising FPS game thanks to its excellent gameplay mechanics and several heart-warming moments. In the new downloadable content for the game, players can come back and bust...

The Predator Is Coming To Ghost Recon Wildlands, Hunt Down The Ultimate Hunter

In the first Predator movie, a team of elite soldiers on a rescue mission were hunted down one after another by an enemy they could not see. The film provided a window into how well humanitys best warriors can match up...

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer For Breach Of Contract

As one of the most long-awaited indie video games that is funded by fan contributions, Star Citizen has earned a reputation for getting delayed a lot. Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Crytek against the games developer, Cloud...

Microsoft Is Using Reddit To Make Bing More Appealing

Its no secret that Bing is not exactly the most popular search engine around. However, Reddit is one of the biggest and most influential online platforms on the internet. By leveraging the power of this forum site in the...

3D Sensor Firm Finisar To Get $390 Million In Investments From Apple

Apple just announced that it would be investing up to $390 million in Finisar Corp. The company basically makes the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) that allow for the True Depth feature on the iPhone X...
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