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Young people dropping private health hurts insurers most, not public hospitals

By Stephen Duckett

Young Australians are abandoning private health insurance in droves. And the overall decline in the percentage of the population with private coverage is continuing. New data for the three months to the end of 2019,...

Vale Holden: how America's General Motors sold us the Australian dream

By Jack Fahey

General Motors has announced the Holden brand will be retired in 2021. This weeks announcement has been a long time coming. The Holden brand has been in a state of terminal decline since General Motors ceased local...

Coronavirus is killing Australia's lobster export market

By Eva Plaganyi Et Al

Currents are strong around the Torres Strait Islands, lying between Australias northern-most tip and Papua New Guinea. When the tidal conditions are right and the waters relatively still, though, up to 230 islanders a...

Why the global battle over Huawei could prove more disruptive than Trump's trade war with China

By Tony Walker

Chinas ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, let the cat out of the bag this week when he lambasted Canberra over its decision to exclude Huawei from the build-out of Australias 5G network. In uncharacteristically...

No need to give up on crowded cities – we can make density so much better

By Thami Croeser Et Al

The idea that we should decentralise our population has come up many times in Australia. Recently, the National Farmers Federation president pushed the notion, calling for a shift to the regions. And the premise is this:...

Trump supporters have little trust in societal institutions

By Miriam Boon Et Al

President Donald Trump has a history of disregarding advice from experts, including diplomats, military leaders, trade experts and scientists. Trump is not alone in his distrust. Our unpublished research shows that...

Coles says these toys promote healthy eating. I say that's rubbish

By Carla Liuzzo

As a parent, I find it so frustrating to take my children shopping, reusable bags in hand, only to be offered plastic toys at the checkout. Its an incredibly confusing message to be sending kids. And it seems Coles is...

Our trade talks with Europe and Britain are set to become climate talks

By Bruce Wilson Et Al

Climate change is set to become an inescapable part of negotiations now underway over an Australia-European Union free trade agreement, and also negotiations over the Australia-UK agreement necessitated by Britains exit...

Rodrigo Duterte terminated a military agreement with US – why it could push Philippines closer to China

By Tom Smith

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, decided to terminate a prominent and unpopular military agreement with the US in early February. The move came as a direct response to Washingtons invocation of the...

Natural supplements can be dangerously contaminated, or not even have the specified ingredients

By C. Michael White

More than two-thirds of Americans take dietary supplements. The vast majority of consumers 84% are confident the products are safe and effective. They should not be so trusting. Im a professor of pharmacy practice...

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

By Lisa Fazio

When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes videos that appear real but have actually been created using powerful video editing algorithms. The creators edit celebrities into pornographic movies,...

There's no evidence the new coronavirus spreads through the air – but it's still possible

By Ian M. Mackay Et Al

A recent announcement by a Chinese health official suggested the new coronavirus might spread more easily than we thought, via an airborne route. The virus is now known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2...

A connected world makes this coronavirus scarier, but also helps us deal with it

By Richard Holden

The health implications of the Wuhan coronavirus (now called Covid-19) outbreak are, obviously, deeply concerning. At the time of writing, it had infected more than 50,000 people and killed more than 1,300. Cities and...

New tools help communities measure and reduce their emissions locally

By Stephen Pollard

The slogan What you can measure, you can manage has become a guiding principle for local climate action. Theres an accounting standard made for this purpose: the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission...

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

By Blake Richards

Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are...

Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle: what you need to know

By Despina Alexiadou

Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet. But among all the sackings and appointments, the big news of the day was Sajid Javids resignation as chancellor of the exchequer. Javid was reportedly told...

The smelly truth about romantic relationships and health

By Marlise Hofer Et Al

Having trouble sleeping? Nervous about an important interview? Smelling your partners worn clothing may help improve your sleep and calm your nerves. While it may sound strange to smell your partners clothing, these...

Scottish National Investment Bank looks hardwired for failure – here's why

By Ross Brown

Scotland is a step closer to launching the UKs first national investment bank after the Scottish parliament passed plans to create this new source of funding for Scottish businesses. The bank, due to open in late 2020, is...

America’s postwar fling with romance comics

By Michael C. Weisenburg

Last year, comic book enthusiast Gary Watson donated his massive personal collection to the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. As the reference and instruction...

An unsent SMS, a message on a tractor, a poem: the courts say a valid will can take many forms

By Katherine Biber

When a man died by suicide in 2016, a friend found an unsent SMS on his phone: Dave Nic you and Jack keep all that I have house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden with Trish Julie will take her stuff...

1 in 5 kids start school with health or emotional difficulties that challenge their learning

By Meredith O'Connor Et Al

Teachers identify one in five children as having emerging health or developmental concerns when they start school. This might include a child being disruptive, having difficulties understanding the teachers instructions,...

Why we aren't closing the gap: a failure to account for 'cultural counterfactuals'

By George Denny-Smith Et Al

Australias 12th Closing the Gap report, published yesterday, shows by most socio-economic measures Indigenous Australians continue to lag behind the rest of the population. Only two of seven targets early education and...

The secondhand smoke you're breathing may have come from another state

By Sebastian Eastham Et Al

Scientists estimate that each year in the U.S., outdoor air pollution shortens the lives of about 100,000 people by one to two decades. As it turns out, much of this pollution originates not in a persons own...

Coronavirus: The latest disease to spur mistrust, fear and racism

By Korey Pasch

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China, stories of courage and strength have captured our collective attention as the disease spreads. We have also seen large-scale efforts in China to...

When presidential campaigns end, what happens to the leftover money?

By Richard Briffault

Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet have ended their campaigns for president. What happens to the money they have raised, but not yet spent? The amounts could be substantial. Financial reports submitted to the Federal...

Huel: what happens if you replace every meal with this vegan meal powder?

By J Bernadette Moore Et Al

Imagine a synthetic product that can give your body all the essential nutrients it needs to survive, is easy to prepare, affordable, and has a low environmental impact. While it might sound too good to be true, this is...

HS2: the government has failed to value the real benefits – expert

By David Metz

A new high-speed rail route between London and the north of England has finally been given the go-ahead. Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, announced the governments decision, despite the dramatic escalation in...

When laser surgery turns into a nightmare, the toll can be enormous

By Langis Michaud

It will soon be a year since Jessica Starr, a popular weatherperson on Detroit TV, took her own life. Her husband said she did so because of complications related to her recent laser refractive surgery. Such...

Sinn Féin's rise in Irish politics is down to three big economic reasons

By Aidan Regan

The rise of Sinn Féin (and the broader Left in Irish politics) is the result of three clear, interlinking economic factors. These are a growth model that has not benefited everyone, a worsening housing crisis that...

J.Lo's body: Distressing or inspiring for mid-life women?

By Samantha Brennan

Now that the Super Bowl and its half-time show are behind us, lets take a few minutes to reflect upon what the amazing performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira mean for women in mid-life. Are J.Lo and Shakira, ages 50...

Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons

By William Akoto

Last month, SpaceX became the operator of the worlds largest active satellite constellation. As of the end of January, the company had 242 satellites orbiting the planet with plans to launch 42,000 over the next decade....

Deepfakes: five ways in which they are brilliant business opportunities

By Linda W Lee Et Al

A visitor to The Dalí Museum in St Petersburg, Florida presses a doorbell beside a dark life-sized screen. A darkened figure wearing a dapper suit and sporting a pencil moustache slowly leaves his easel and comes...

'Death by a thousand cuts': women of colour in science face a subtly hostile work environment

By Meredith Nash Et Al

Its hard for women to succeed in science. Our research shows its even harder for women of colour. We interviewed women of colour working in scientific and technical organisations across Australia about their...

When introduced species are cute and loveable, culling them is a tricky proposition

By Lily van Eeden Et Al

Almost one in five Australians think introduced horses and foxes are native to Australia, and others dont want cute or charismatic animals culled, even when they damage the environment. So what are the implications of...

Go local: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

By Bjorn Sturmberg

Bushfires, storms and floods regularly leave thousands of Australian homes and businesses without power. Sydneys wettest weekend in three decades left more than 130,000 households without power on Sunday. South...

Bias starts early – most books in childcare centres have white, middle-class heroes

By Helen Joanne Adam

Only 18% of books available in four Australian childcare centres include non-white characters. Animal characters make up around half the books available, with the animals largely leading lives, and adhering to values, of...

3 ways coronavirus will affect the US economy – and 1 silver lining

By Robert Aboolian

As the new coronavirus spreads around the world, and confirmed cases and deaths mount, economists are increasingly concerned about the impact on the U.S. economy. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Reserve...

Electric car sales tripled last year. Here's what we can do to keep them growing

By Gail Broadbent Et Al

A total of 6718 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2019. Thats three times as many as in 2018, but its still small beer. More than a million fossil-fueled light vehicles (including SUVs and utes) were sold in the...

Making better use of Australia's top teachers will improve student outcomes: here's how to do it

By Peter Goss

Australia must do better in school education. Following our worst ever results in international tests last year, politicians are keen to act, and quickly. But Australia has had any number of educational reforms over the...

The coronavirus and Chinese social media: finger-pointing in the post-truth era

By Haiqing Yu

As public health authorities in China and the world fight the novel coronavirus, they face two major communication obstacles: the eroding trust in the media, and misinformation on social media. As cities, towns,...

What Freud tells us about Chair Girl – and ourselves

By Heidi Matthews

The case of Marcella Zoia or Chair Girl, as shes been dubbed by Toronto media has captured the attention of the city for a year now. Each time Zoia makes a court appearance, the news cycle fills with pictures and videos...

'The Two Popes' is beautifully set – but the film's omissions left me with a taste of exclusion

By Rosa Bruno-Jofre

The Two Popes provides a creative dialogue about God, faith and moral responsibility. The film is a fictionalized encounter between German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, and Argentinian...

The importance of travel security for employees going abroad

By Sean Spence

Barely a month into the year 2020 and it seems like the world is becoming a more dangerous place than ever before. Recent emergencies like the uncontrollable Australian wildfires, increased Middle East tensions between...

Valentine’s Day: Asian guys stereotyped and excluded in online dating

By Yue Qian

This Valentines Day, many single people will be looking for their date online. In fact, this is now one of the most popular ways heterosexual couples meet. Online dating provides users with access to thousands, sometimes...

Nigeria's tradition of matching outfits at events has a downside

By Oludayo Tade

Matching outfits made from identical fabric. Theyre a regular feature at parties, weddings and funerals in Nigeria, spotted across social media and fashion pages. Theyre called aso ebi, a Yoruba phrase meaning family...

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

By William Beinart

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves. We spoke with traders, healers, scholars and...

False information fuels fear during disease outbreaks: there is an antidote

By Marina Joubert

False allegations and rumours about the coronavirus outbreak have been running riot on social media and in some mainstream media. Misinformation is rampant and conspiracy theories have added to the confusion. Examples...

Kenyan fossil reveals chameleons may have 'rafted' from Africa to Madagascar

By Andrej Čerňanský

Chameleons (Chamaeleonidae) are a family of unique lizards with unusual characteristics: rapidly extendable tongues, feet with two toes pointing forward and two backward, a prehensile tail, and eyes that can move...

3 standout quotes from the New Hampshire Democratic debate, explained

By Joseph Cabosky Et Al

Editors note: Seven candidates met on the debate stage in New Hampshire on Feb. 7, sparring over questions on health care, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, race and more. We asked three scholars to pick out some of the...

Raid of Wet’suwet’en part of Canada’s ongoing police violence against Indigenous Peoples

By Catherine Richardson

In a pre-dawn raid on Feb. 6, the RCMP arrested six land defenders of the Gidimten clan of the Wetsuweten nation at a blockade protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. They were released later the same day but...

Coronavirus: the blow to the Chinese economy could be felt for years

Investors are still being fairly complacent about the novel coronavirus. After the number of new daily cases suddenly shot up to more than 15,000 on February 12 following more than a week of decline, there were some...

UK gilts steady ahead of December employment report

13:41 PM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms steadied during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of December, scheduled to be released on February 18 by 09:30GMT. The yield on the benchmark...

Thai economic growth decelerates sharply in Q4 2019

13:20 PM| Commentary

Thai GDP growth decelerated sharply in the fourth quarter to only 1.6 percent year-on-year from third quarters 2.6 percent. This was the weakest since third quarter of 2014. For the whole of 2019, Thai economy grew 2.4...

German bunds nearly flat in silent trading hours ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment

11:22 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds remained nearly flat during afternoon session Monday amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment for the month of February,...

Depreciation bias remains for SGD to cushion economic downturn, says Commerzbank

10:54 AM| Commentary Economy

For the Singaporean dollar, a depreciation bias remains to cushion the economic downturn, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. Singapore revised down this years growth forecast by 1 percentage point...

BoK in no rush to cut policy rate next Thursday, leave door open for future rate cuts: Scotiabank

06:51 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Bank of Korea (BoK) does not seem to be in any rush to cut its policy rate next Thursday (27 February) but will leave the door open for future rate reductions, according to the latest research report from...

U.S. Treasuries gain ahead of January retail sales, industrial production data

12:29 PM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries gained during Fridays afternoon session ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of January, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT and the industrial production for the similar period, also...

German GDP growth stagnates in Q4 2019, economy likely to rebound in Q2 2020

12:27 PM| Commentary

German GDP growth stagnated in the final quarter of 2019 in comparison with the third quarter. This is a disappointment as the Federal Statistical Office had forecast a moderate increase when it presented its provisional...

Top Stories

Nearly 80% of Australians affected in some way by the bushfires, new survey shows

By Nicholas Biddle Et Al - 01:13 AM| Insights & Views Nature

Last month, the Australian National University contracted with the Social Research Centre (SRC) to survey more than 3,000 Australian adults about their experiences and attitudes related to the bushfires. The study is...

The number of new doctors continuing their NHS training has plummeted – burnout may be to blame

By John Kinnear - 01:15 AM| Insights & Views Health

The number of people applying to study medicine has increased by over 6% in the last year, with many medical schools receiving over ten applicants for every university place. And so you might think that the UKs future...

In the midst of an LNG export boom, why are we getting so little for our gas?

By Diane Kraal - 01:16 AM| Insights & Views

So worried is the government about the meagre income it is getting from gas during the middle of Australias biggest gas export boom that it asked an independent advisor to chair a review and is getting the treasury to run...

Parasite's win is the perfect excuse to get stuck into genre-bending and exciting Korean cinema

By Sung-ae Lee - 01:17 AM| Insights & Views Entertainment

Parasite, the South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho, received four Oscars at this years Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. It was an historic...

Critical minerals are vital for renewable energy. We must learn to mine them responsibly

By Bénédicte Cenki-Tok - 01:18 AM| Insights & Views

As the world shifts away from fossil fuels, we will need to produce enormous numbers of wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and batteries. Demand for the materials needed to build them will skyrocket. This...

Think the US is more polarized than ever? You don't know history

By Gary W. Gallagher - 01:22 AM| Insights & Views Politics

It has become common to say that the United States in 2020 is more divided politically and culturally than at any other point in our national past. As a historian who has written and taught about the Civil War era for...

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Economy

Coronavirus impact likely to affect Japan’s export recovery, says Oxford Economics

After exports to China had picked up in previous months, the renewed contraction in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak underscores risks to growth and dents hope for a near-term export recovery, according to the latest...

BI likely to lower benchmark rate to 4.75 pct amid benign CPI inflation, slower growth: Scotiabank

Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to lower its benchmark interest rate by 25 bp to 4.75 percent on Thursday afternoon amid benign CPI inflation and slowing economic growth, according to the latest research report from...

Australian bonds remain flat as investors await January employment report

The Australian bonds remained flat during morning trading hours Wednesday ahead of the countrys labour market report for the month of January, due to be released on February 20 by 00:30GMT. The yield on Australias...

UK gilts jump despite encouraging labour market, jobless rate stays at 45-year low

The United Kingdoms jumped during European trading hours Tuesday even as the countrys labour market remained solid and promising, with the unemployment rate remaining at a 45-year low. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

German bunds surge after February ZEW economic sentiment disappoints investors

The German bunds surged during afternoon session Tuesday after the countrys ZEW economic sentiment for the month of February, released today, disappointed market sentiments, while the index for current conditions worsened...

Politics

Melania Trump has a Valentine’s Day tradition that involves visiting sick children

First Lady Melania Trump has a Valentines Day tradition not many people know about. For three years now, the FLOTUS spent part of the special day with patients at the Childrens Inn at the National Institutes of Health...

Hijab-wearing Ivanka Trump draws mixed reactions on Twitter

President Donald Trumps daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump arrived at the UAE on Saturday to attend the Global Womens Forum Dubai 2020 as well as for a meeting with the Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al...

Michelle Obama, Barack Obama: They ‘see each other again’ after leaving White House and sending daughters to college

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama remain the popular power couple that they are even after leaving the White House. In a recent public appearance, the former first lady of the United States also shared how going back to...

Donald Trump shockingly allows host to insult Ivanka Trump; POTUS denies daughter’s breast implant rumors

Donald Trump has said a lot of creepy things about his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. In fact, the father and daughters unique relationship has been a cause of speculation among their critics. In 2004, the POTUS was...

Donald Trump hits Mike Bloomberg below the belt with controversial video; POTUS calls him ‘Mini Mike’

Donald Trump just hit out at Mike Bloomberg and accused him of buying the Democrat nation. However, it wasnt this particular tweet that proved how dirty the POTUSs tactics could be. After a series of heated exchanges on...

Science

Antarctica: Ice dropped down a borehole creates an interesting sound

Antarctica is not usually known as a place to have some fun in, save for influencers who plan on taking a trip. However, scientists have discovered an interesting part about the arctic, such as the sounds that come from...

Aliens: Scientists plan exploring other Earth-like planets in search of alien life

Space agencies all over the world continue to explore what lies beyond Earth and into the cosmos. Now, a group of scientists claims that alien life forms may exist in other exoplanets similar to that of Earth. Over the...

Asteroids: Rock traveling 48,400 mph heading towards Earth, says NASA

Another asteroid is apparently on its way towards Earth as space agency NASAs asteroid trackers have caught sight of the rock. A new report reveals how fast the asteroid is going, and whether or not it would actually...

Aliens: Extra-terrestrial hunter organization makes their data available to the public

For decades, various organizations and agencies, both public and private, have been on the search for signs of extra-terrestrials or life beyond Earth. One ET hunting organization, in particular, is asking the public for...

The ice melt in Antarctica 129,000 years ago caused a drastic increase in sea levels

Climate change is an issue that many are bringing to light and urging influential figures to make a change in the process, with activists like Greta Thunberg headlining the movement. Looking back at the cause of an extreme...

Technology

iPhone 12 Pro release date, specs: Apple’s flagships expected to arrive by September

Apple will be releasing the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max this year. Many fans of the smartphone brand are hopeful that the upcoming flagship lineup will introduce major changes in terms of tech,...

‘The Last of Us 2’ demo at PAX East 2020 is unlikely packed with major spoilers

Fans who are lucky enough to attend the upcoming PAX East 2020 next week would be close to playing an actual The Last of Us 2 gameplay during the event. Aside from experiencing the sequels gameplay performance, fans are...

Nvidia announces ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ edition of RTX 2080 Ti, but they won’t be sold in stores

The partnership of Nvidia and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is possibly one of the most significant collaborations in the gaming industry today. It would not be surprising if the hype around it will only grow...

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ is very unlikely getting an overhaul in the campaign cutscenes.

The hype around the Warcraft 3: Reforged was immediately replaced with overwhelming negative feedback upon the remastered games full release. Players quickly pointed out gameplay bugs and missing features they thought...

‘Boruto’ chapter 43 release date, spoilers: Boro injured By Sarada’s Chidori but might escape with Naruto

Boruto chapter 43 will finally arrive in a couple of days. However, various spoilers have already made their way. The most surprising part is that while Saradas Chidori attack is effective against Boros core, the Kara...
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