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Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

By Jeremy Ghez

In January 2018 the French commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred three years earlier. The expression of American solidarity then toward the victims in France was quick and unwavering just as it was in the...

Why economists are calling for the RPI inflation measure to be scrapped

By Robert O'Neill

The RPI measure of inflation is without merit. The retail price index has been an official measure of inflation for close to 50 years in the UK, but it requires a deliberate and carefully timed withdrawal. Thats according...

Why we developed a microscope for your phone – and published the design

By Antony Orth

My colleagues and I have developed a 3D printable clip-on that can turn your smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Weve released the design online so that anyone can print it and modify it to suit their...

Parents need to start talking to their tweens about the risks of porn

By Gail Dines

Editors note: This article includes references to graphic sexual content that may be inappropriate for some readers. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realize. And the porn theyre...

Alcohol probably makes it harder to stop sexual violence – so why aren't colleges talking about it?

By Ruschelle Leone Et Al

Several years ago, one of us (Dominic) was consulting with university administration on their sexual violence prevention program. All colleges and universities that receive Title IX funding are federally mandated to...

North Korea's growing criminal cyberthreat

By Dorothy Denning

The countries posing the greatest cyberthreats to the United States are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Like its counterparts, Kim Jong Uns regime engages in substantial cyber espionage. And like Russia and Iran, it...

GDPR: ten easy steps all organisations should follow

By Maureen Meadows Et Al

Data protection law hasnt undergone a significant update since the EU brought in legislation in 1995 just six years after the birth of the World Wide Web. But GDPR is about to shake things up. Now, 23 years later, the...

Thirty years since the Seoul Olympics, South Korea is still tackling the legacy of overseas adoption

By Jessica Walton

South Korea holding this years Winter Olympics comes 30 years after the country first hosted the Summer Olympics, in the capital Seoul. It has undergone huge social changes since that time, but there is still a long road...

How we can put a stop to the revolving door between homelessness and imprisonment

By Sophie Russell

Homeless people are over-represented in Australias prisons, and previously incarcerated people are over-represented among the homeless. Experiencing homelessness increases the risk of criminal justice system involvement,...

Ramaphosa must fuse fixing broken institutions and economic policy

By Mark Swilling

The state of the nation speech delivered by South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosa was designed to project an image of hope and change. The new head of state emphasised the fight against corruption, improved...

Life on humanitarian compounds is removed from reality – this can fuel the misconduct of aid workers

By Gemma Houldey

Sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse some of which reportedly occurred at Oxfam in Haiti and has involved staff at other aid agencies elsewhere is never excusable. But the backdrop in which these sorts of acts occur...

Comfortably numb – why some older people turn to cannabis for pain relief

By Tony Rao Et Al

When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But its actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis. Recent figures...

Millennials' home ownership hopes dashed by a broken housing market

By Chris O'Leary

Speaking to the Conservative Party conference in September 2017, the UK prime minister, Theresa May, gave a stark assessment of the UK housing market which made for depressing listening for many young people: For many the...

Huge pension fund deficits are a global crisis in waiting

By Ania Zalewska

In the past decade, the banking industry has been a central focus of attention for regulators, academics and the general public. The 2007-08 financial crisis led to new regulations and institutions to keep things in...

How labels like 'addict' and 'junkie' mask class contempt for drug users

By Liviu Alexandrescu

Terms such as drug user, addict or the blatantly pejorative junkie, dope head or stoner, are loaded with moral bias. They suggest that people who consume psychoactive substances are mentally weak and dangerous when in...

Is full transparency good for democracy?

By Austin Sarat

With the approval of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives released the so-called Nunes memo on Feb. 2. In it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes describes alleged abuses of surveillance...

Why stock markets crash – lessons from recent history

By Enrico Onali

Stock markets around the world suffered sudden, heavy losses on February 5 and 6. Following a 4.6% drop in the Dow Jones on the Monday, the Japanese Nikkei index fell by 4.6%, and European markets followed suit, with the...

Police mugshots: millions of citizens' faces are now digitised and searchable – but the tech is poor

By Martin Paul Evison

The steady march of technological progress has finally shone its light into the dingy world of the mugshot the commonplace name given to the photograph of a police suspect. The mugshot represents one of the earliest...

Does a sugar tax cause alcohol sales to spike? The research doesn't give a decisive answer

By Heng Jiang Et Al

Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with a range of health issues including weight gain and obesity. These are risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain...

I've been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

By Amanda Patterson Et Al

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age. It can develop when iron intakes or iron absorption rates are unable to meet the...

Sense, think, act: the principle that governs everything from rocket landings to interest rates

By Christopher M Kellett

The successful first test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle Wednesday morning was an amazing technological feat and fantastic theatre. The Falcon Heavy is the second most powerful rocket ever launched,...

2018 Winter Olympics set to begin against the backdrop of warm words and cold politics

By David Rowe Et Al

Mega sporting events are always heavily infused with politics, but the impending Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have almost been buried in a geopolitical avalanche. Global tensions over North Koreas...

Why privatizing Puerto Rico's power grid won't solve its energy problems

By Arturo Massol-Deyá

Perhaps nothing is clearer to Puerto Ricans right now than the importance of having a good power grid. Hurricane Maria battered the island months ago, yet for many people the blackout continues. Not even the alleged 70...

Why the annual winter health crisis could be solved in homes, not hospitals

By Richard Morris

As winter continues, so does the usual soul searching about the state of the UKs National Health Service (NHS). Images of ambulances backing up outside emergency departments and patients lying on trolleys in corridors...

Amazon's new headquarters: here's what it will take to be the winning city

By Jim Coleman

Cities across the US are locked in fierce competition to host Amazons second headquarters known as HQ2. This is a big race: a shortlist of 20 cities seems to think this particular corporate investment can go a long way to...

Falcon Heavy: amazing launch – but what about the environmental impact?

By Ian Whittaker

SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era the Falcon Heavy rocket setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a...

South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

By Jakkie Cilliers

South Africas 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it...

How the digitalisation of everything is making us more lonely

By Chris Allen

The UK government recently appointed its first minister of loneliness. The move came in response to increasing concern of a loneliness epidemic sweeping Western society. Psychologists define loneliness as a subjective,...

Gesture politics and foreign aid: evidence vs spin

By Pablo Yanguas

Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt has warned recipient governments that they face cuts in UK aid if they dont put their hands in their pockets. Her warning is grounded on a claim of public...

How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health

By Ruth Cain

There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived...

Critical infrastructure firms face crackdown over poor cybersecurity

By Eerke Boiten

An EU-wide cyber security law is due to come into force in May to ensure that organisations providing critical national infrastructure services have robust systems in place to withstand cyber attacks. The legislation...

California's other drought: A major earthquake is overdue

By Richard Aster

California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake...

Here's how workers would spend the corporate tax cut – if they had a voice

By Thomas Kochan

Over 200 CEOs have said they will raise wages or give bonuses as a result of the large corporate income tax cut passed late last year by Congress. Some view their plans as simply a public relations move, others as a...

Nassar's abuse reflects more than 50 years of men's power over female athletes

By Anne Blaschke

Youve got a lucky boyfriend. These were the words the physicians assistant conducting my gynecological exam in 1998 uttered as he suggestively smiled down at me over my paper gown. I lay on the exam table, 20 years old,...

Why ignoring mental health needs of young Syrian refugees could harm us all

By M. Zaher Sahloul

When a seven-year-old student in eastern Aleppo was asked at the peak of the bombardment campaign by the Assad regime in 2015 to draw a picture, he did not draw children playing, nor did he draw a blue sky or a smiling...

Parliament may not have what it takes to fix its crumbling house

By Matthew Flinders

Back in 2015, a detailed analysis of the Palace of Westminster concluded that the risk of catastrophic failure is increasing … a major failing of the existing service infrastructure is inevitable. As the subsequent...

Jakarta: social and housing justice should not be a gamble on global market's table

By Alessandra Renzi

As a sociologist and media scholar with an interest in emerging forms of civic engagement, I initially came to Jakarta - the worlds Twitter capital - to research innovative social media uses. Instead, my first visits to...

What the Coincheck hack tells us about how Australian regulators will handle a cryptocurrency hack

By Philippa Ryan

New risk rules for cryptocurrency exchanges will be put to the test with the latest hack on Japanese exchange Coincheck. Hackers stole US$660 million worth of NEM (its native cryptocurrency). In the past eight years,...

Empowering the powerless: Let's end energy poverty

By Jatin Nathwani

Power to the people, the activists chanted in the 1960s. The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific and technological innovations that could light up distant shelters and communities in the...

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

By Tanusree Jain

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. In my own survey of...

Cyber peacekeeping is integral in an era of cyberwar – here's why

By Helge Janicke

Cyber warfare is upon us, from interference in elections to a leak of cyber weapons from a national stockpile. And, as with most evolutions in warfare, the world is largely unprepared. Cyber peacekeeping presents...

Startup investors don't get the same tax breaks with crowd-funding

By Stephen Graw

New crowd-sourced funding legislation for startups is meant to provide incentives for investors - but it doesnt quite achieve that goal. Not, that is, when compared with the tax and other concessions that apply to other...

Asia is set for a difficult year in 2018 – much of it centred around China

By Nick Bisley

In 2017 we finally realised that the four decades of geopolitical stability enjoyed by Asian countries and societies had come to an end. In 2018, the major patterns that will come to dominate the region will become...

Don't waste your time taking antioxidant supplements after exercise

By Mayur Ranchordas

The antioxidant market is big business and millions of pounds are spent every year on antioxidant supplements such as vitamin A, C and E as well as fruit and vegetable extracts and juices. Antioxidants are so popular ...

How the mothers of dead soldiers may be what reins in Vladimir Putin's ambitions

By Jennifer Mathers

Vladimir Putin seeks to present an image of Russia as a country that is strong, decisive, and able to reshape the world to its own ends. One of Moscows favourite tactics is to use military intervention even while Russian...

The next generation of cameras might see behind walls

By Stephen McLaughlin Et Al

You might be really pleased with the camera technology in your latest smartphone, which can recognise your face and take slow-mo video in ultra-high definition. But these technological feats are just the start of a larger...

Why Bitcoin is taken more seriously than Dogecoin

By Dimaz Wijaya

As Bitcoin loses value, it may seem like its just as useful as the cryptocurrency invented for a joke - Dogecoin. But there are genuine differences between these cryptocurrencies, and its not just because one is much...

What the government shutdown means for the health of Americans

By Gerald W. Parker Et Al

Morten Wendelbo, Lecturer, Bush School of Government and Public Service; Research Fellow, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs; and, Policy Sciences Lecturer, Texas AM University Libraries, Texas AM...

How blockchain is strengthening tuna traceability to combat illegal fishing

By Quentin Hanich Et Al

In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. The...

In The Post, Hollywood reminds us what true news should look like

By Denis Muller

Thank God for the Americans! Strange words to be uttering at this time, and yet within the space of three years their mighty image-making machine, Hollywood, has produced two masterpieces sheeting home to us all the...

Why energy-sapping bitcoin mining is here to stay

The enormous use of energy needed to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is proving to be very contentious, but alternative methods pose far too much of a security risk. The recent warning that electricity use at...

Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. Commerce Department announces final AD on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia

06:59 AM| Commentary Economy

Last night, the U.S. Commerce Department announced final results of the Anti-dumping investigations on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The investigation was initiated back in November last year in...

U.S. Leading Economic Index likely to have risen strongly in January – Wells Fargo

20:05 PM| Commentary

The U.S. Leading Economic Index had risen for the 16th straight month in December by 0.6 percent. According to a Wells Fargo research report, the index is expected to have risen further in the month of January. On a...

U.K. jobless rate rises slightly in three months to December

16:27 PM| Commentary

The U.K. Labor Force Survey estimates showed today that between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017, the number of people in work and the number of unemployed people both increased; however, the number of...

Polish industrial output and retail sales data come in strong in January, GDP growth likely to be strong

14:17 PM| Commentary Economy

Polands official statistics office released another set of monthly macroeconomic data, which indicate towards very robust performance of the Polish economy in the first quarter of this year. While the Polish industrial...

Russian central bank likely to continue cutting rates through 2018

13:52 PM| Commentary

The Central Bank or Russia has been lowering rates steadily and is likely to carry on with cutting rates through 2018, noted Commerzbank in a research report. There was a slight question mark raised by super-strong January...

Fundamental Evaluation Series: USD/CHF vs. 2-year yield divergence

12:57 PM| Commentary

During our evaluation period beginning 2012, the yield spread between the US 2-year bond and a Swiss equivalent has widened by almost 200 basis points but the exchange rate hasnt followed through as much as it should have...

Euro area flash PMI indices fall in February, financial markets impact economic sentiment

12:55 PM| Commentary

The euphoric mood in the euro area economy is likely to have been dampened by the abrupt end of the long period of nonchalance on the financial markets. The purchasing managers index for manufacturing for the euro area...

FxWirePro: WTI crude perspectives – Trade strangle short and hedge via calls spreads

09:41 AM| Research & Analysis Insights & Views

Crude prices were mixed yesterday, as lower-than-expected inventories buoyed the U.S. crude grade while refinery maintenance in Europe weighed on oil prices in the region but tumbled sharply today, weighed by the U.S....

German bunds jump ahead of February manufacturing, services PMI

07:43 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds jumped during early European session Wednesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing as well as services PMI for the month of February, both scheduled to be released today by 08:30GMT...

Australian wage growth picks up in Q4, driven by rise in public sector wages

04:35 AM| Commentary Economy

Australias wage growth finally looks to be picking up, posting the first upward surprise since Q4 2013. The strength was concentrated in public sector wages but some catch-up in private wages in Q1 this year is expected as...

Japanese bonds trade nearly flat as investors eye January inflation data

02:42 AM| Commentary Economy

Japanese bonds traded nearly flaton Wednesdayas investors eyed January consumer inflation data scheduled to be releasedon Thursdayat23:30GMT. Also, the market now look ahead to the marquee event for the week in...

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Before hitting the road, self-driving cars should have to pass a driving test

By Srikanth Saripalli - 12:47 PM| Insights & Views Technology

What should a self-driving car do when a nearby vehicle is swerving unpredictably back and forth on the road, as if its driver were drunk? What about encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way? Before autonomous cars are...

Researchers Want To Turn Jellyfish Into Junkfood Replacement

05:21 AM| Science

Right now, there is an epidemic of junk food addiction all over the world where people of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes are digging into chips, crusts, crisps, and crunches that really arent healthy for anyone to...

SpaceX Wants 12,000 Satellites In Orbit To Provide High-Speed Internet, To Launch First 2 On Thursday

05:20 AM| Technology

Elon Musks private space company, SpaceX is planning on launching a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Officially, the rocket will be carrying a satellite called Paz, which is a...

Scientists Finally Settle GMO Case; They Are Safe, Period

05:20 AM| Science

The debate over how safe genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are to eat has been raging for years. One side is composed of health-conscious individuals who are worried that private companies are meddling with nature too...

Alt-Right Claims Twitter Purge, Potential Collateral Damage In Bot Wars

05:19 AM| Technology

Twitter is a haven for trolls where users regularly display abusive behavior toward other users, companies, celebrity figures, or even ideas. In an attempt to stamp out these kinds of people, the platform has been...

Twitch Offers Viewers Incentive To Watch Overwatch League

05:18 AM| Technology

As an already hugely popular platform that can crash even with only several hundred thousands of views, Twitch is still looking to draw in more people to use its service. With the Overwatch League being such a big deal,...

Apple Heads Off Potential Battery Supply Shortage With Direct Cobalt Miner Deal

05:16 AM| Technology

As one of the worlds largest smartphone manufacturers, its only natural that Apple would be worried about supply shortages that could affect its products. This is apparently why it is now making a deal with cobalt miners...

Wyoming House unanimously passes bill on utility token securities exemptions

11:49 AM| Digital Currency

In a unanimous decision, the Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that seeks to exempt some utility tokens from securities regulations, CoinDesk reported. House Bill 70 is An ACT relating to securities;...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Indian PM Narendra Modi talks blockchain

06:15 AM| Digital Currency

The Indian government is gradually warming up to the blockchain revolution that has already engulfed major economies of the world. While the Indian banking sector has been actively involved in blockchain space with...

PC Gaming Cloud Service By Blade Launched In US

05:16 AM| Technology

Gaming PCs are becoming more expensive by the day and this goes doubly true for those who are planning on building their own rigs thanks to the soaring prices of GPUs due to crypto mining. As such, this is the perfect time...

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Polish industrial output and retail sales data come in strong in January, GDP growth likely to be strong

Polands official statistics office released another set of monthly macroeconomic data, which indicate towards very robust performance of the Polish economy in the first quarter of this year. While the Polish industrial...

UK gilts jump after unemployment rate worsens beyond expectations in December

The UK gilts jumped Wednesday after the countrys unemployment rate for the month of December came in worse than market expectations, leading investors to flock into safe-haven instruments. Markets will now focus on Bank of...

USD/INR likely to head for 65.00 mark amid intensifying risk aversion arising from India’s widening trade deficit, says Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to head for the 65.00 mark amid intensifying risk aversion arising from Indias widening trade deficit, the PNB fraud, and rising 10-year U.S. Treasury yield, after rallying through the...

New Zealand bonds end higher after dairy prices fall at GlobalDairyTrade price auction; eyes on Q4 retail sales

New Zealand government bonds ended Wednesdays session on a higher note after dairy product prices declined at the overnight GlobalDairyTrade auction, sliding for the first time this year after three consecutive...

Japanese bonds trade nearly flat as investors eye January inflation data

Japanese bonds traded nearly flaton Wednesdayas investors eyed January consumer inflation data scheduled to be releasedon Thursdayat23:30GMT. Also, the market now look ahead to the marquee event for the week in...


Hunger in the lucky country – charities step in where government fails

The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity an extraordinary figure...

For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

Oprah Winfreys rousing Golden Globe speech has many speculating whether the media mogul will become a presidential candidate in 2020, with some pundits questioning the merits of another celebrity president. But to...

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

Chris Doucouliagos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Deakin Business School and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University Many government policies are flawed because...

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and home, doing better than ones parents, and retiring in comfort are all hallmarks of a middle-class...

What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). This positions him to become the countrys president in 2019. Sibonelo...


UBI Helps People Be More Productive And Work More, Study Claims

The topic of universal basic income (UBI) has been a hot-button issue among economists, financial experts, legislators, and tech industry giants for years. Some say that it will increase productivity while others claim the...

Startup Raises $250M To Use Placenta To Extend Life And Cure Cancer

Companies have been trying to unlock the secrets to regenerative medicine for years and one startup just raised $250 million by intending to use human placenta to do so. The company believes that using the disposable...

Perfumes, Cologne And Other Chemicals Contribute To Air Pollution As Much As Cars

Environmentalists often blame cars for being the biggest contributors to air pollution thanks to the smog coming out of them. However, recent data shows that aerosol chemicals are also huge contributors to making the...

Potential Tests For Autism Using Blood And Urine Developed

Autism remains one of the biggest mysteries in the medical industry right now, with the root cause still being unidentified. Whats worse is that early detection of the illness has been rather unreliable. This may soon...

Ozone Layer Update; Not Recovering As Expected For Unknown Reasons

In the late 90s, the issue regarding the hole in the ozone layer was big in the public consciousness, but it quickly faded in light of a new gigantic threat in the form of climate change. In recent years, scientists have...


UN Chief Wants A Geneva Convention For Cyber Warfare

Over the decades, member countries of the UN have agreed to certain stipulations related to the matter of war. Basically, certain practices are to be banned and there are rules to be observed, particularly with regards to...

More Signs Of Spotify’s Hardware Ambitions Crop Up

While Spotify did build its business as a software entity, signs that it plans on selling hardware have become more and more apparent. Now, several job descriptions posted by the company are adding a tank of fuel on this...

Doom Gets Motion Control On The Switch, Follows Splatoon Formula

Motion controls have always been a tricky subject in the video game industry. So far, Nintendo has been the reigning king in this arena, what with its excellent Wii hardware. With the Switch, the company has taken things...

Amazon Uses Cashback To Increase Whole Foods Shopping By Prime Members

When it was announced that Amazon was buying Whole Foods, many wondered what changes the merchant giant would implement. As it turns out, not that much, at least for now. One of Amazons more major moves with regards to the...

This SSD Can Hold Up To 30TB Of Data, Props To Samsung

With digital media eating up more and more space, the need for bigger storage has been at the forefront of tech companies strategies in developing various products. In the case of Samsung, it recently unveiled an SSD that...
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