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Why online platforms banning Trump won't stop — or even slow down — his cause

By Bronwyn Carlson

Last week Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump in the wake of his supporters violent storming of Capitol Hill. Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. Heads quickly turned...

Why the alt-right believes another American Revolution is coming

By Clare Corbould Et Al

The alt-right, QAnon, paramilitary and Donald Trump-supporting mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6 claimed they were only doing what the so-called founding fathers of the US had done in 1776: overthrowing an...

Americans around the world were part of the largest voter turnout in U.S. history

By Angela Norwood

Americans abroad, like those in the United States, are transfixed by U.S. President-elect Joe Bidens high-stakes inauguration on Jan. 20. It will be unusual and somewhat surreal, to say the least, to see an incoming...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

By Alice Fleerackers Et Al

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine

By Matt Motta

Many Americans appear to be experiencing cautious optimism about the role that vaccines could play in ending the pandemic. But recent public opinion research suggests that 29% to 37% of Americans plan to refuse a COVID-19...

How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

By Forest Agostinelli

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. However, these AI algorithms...

What is a protein? A biologist explains

By Nathan Ahlgren

Editors note: Nathan Ahlgren is a professor of biology at Clark University. In this interview, he explains exactly what proteins are, how they are made, and the wide variety of functions they perform in the human...

How to avoid scams when buying a pet online

By Jack Mark Whittaker

For many people, the pandemic has been a lonely experience. Because of this, it might be tempting to go on the internet and look for a new animal companion. Whether it is a puppy, kitten or even an exotic bird, animal...

Oxford scientists: how we developed our COVID-19 vaccine in record time

By Tonia Thomas Et Al

The pandemic is only a year old, but we already have multiple vaccines available to fight COVID-19 including the vaccine developed by the team were part of at the University of Oxford. With our partner AstraZeneca, we...

The Oxford vaccine has unique advantages, as does Pfizer's. Using both is Australia's best strategy

By Kylie Quinn Et Al

On Sunday, federal Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said most Australians will be offered a vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca. Australia currently has agreements in place to receive 53.8 million doses of the...

Despite being permanently banned, Trump's prolific Twitter record lives on

By Audrey Courty

For years, US President Donald Trump pushed the limits of Twitters content policies, raising pressure on the platform to exercise tougher moderation. Ultimately, the violent siege of the US Capitol forced Twitters hand...

Why the flag of South Vietnam flew at US Capitol siege

By Long T. Bui

The violent mob that laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 carried symbols expressing the purpose of their insurrectionist campaign to derail Joe Bidens electoral certification. Alongside American flags, anti-Semitic...

Artificial intelligence can deepen social inequality. Here are 5 ways to help prevent this

By Tiberio Caetano Et Al

From Google searches and dating sites to detecting credit card fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) keeps finding new ways to creep into our lives. But can we trust the algorithms that drive it? As humans, we make...

Social media seized the narrative in Uganda's election. Why this was good for democracy

By Geoffrey Ssenoga

For months, Ugandans have witnessed a vicious presidential election campaign without precedent. While the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, has enjoyed free rein on the campaign trail, his youthful main opponent Robert...

Russian Cosmism: a national mythology against transhumanism

By Juliette Faure

Cosmism, a complex intellectual movement that blends Orthodox theology with scientific forecasting, emerged almost 150 years ago and is once again on the rise in Russia. Part of the countrys elite holds Cosmism as a...

Facebook antitrust battle escalates tensions between government, Big Tech

By Jeremy Shtern Et Al

Facebook made news this week by blocking U.S. President Donald Trump from posting to its platform. A seperate power struggle between government and Big Tech that will be far more consequential in the long term is unfolding...

Business debt: hidden advantage for giant firms means economy has been K-shaped for decades

By Sandy Brian Hager Et Al

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, it seemed like the day of reckoning for over-stretched corporate borrowers was finally at hand. For years, pundits and policymakers had been warning about a dangerous build-up of the...

Why resistance is common in antibiotics, but rare in vaccines

By Celia Souque Et Al

Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem to the extent that there is a grave risk that common infections will soon become untreatable. Meanwhile, vaccines developed nearly a century ago still protect us from deadly...

Gaming has benefits and perils – parents can help kids by playing with them

By Katie Headrick Taylor

As the pandemic forced many Americans to hunker down at home, the video game industry saw record spending and profits in 2020. Interacting with other people through gaming became, for some players, essential for social...

Thought the U.S. Capitol attack couldn’t happen? Think again: The insurrection threat isn’t over

By Jack L. Rozdilsky

In a dark and surreal moment in American history, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, a group of Americans staged a violent protest by assaulting their own capitol building. In this short-lived riot attempt, four lives were lost,...

How does the 25th Amendment work, and can it be used to remove Trump from office after US Capitol attack?

By Stephanie Newbold

A day after President Donald Trump incited supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, saying This...

Physical activity is good for your concentration – here's why

By Simon Cooper

Whether its during the post-lunch slump or just one of those days, we all struggle to concentrate on what were doing sometimes, whether thats at work, school, or home. Being able to concentrate on what were doing would...

Health crisis: up to a billion tonnes of waste potentially burned in the open every year

By Costas Velis Et Al

As much as one billion tonnes of waste could be burned in open and uncontrolled fires around the world each year, according to one estimate close to half of all the municipal solid waste generated on Earth. But even if...

Bitcoin: why the price has exploded – and where it goes from here

By Andrew Urquhart

Bitcoin achieved a remarkable rise in 2020 in spite of many things that would normally make investors wary, including US-China tensions, Brexit and, of course, an international pandemic. From a year-low on the daily charts...

Hong Kong: China crackdown is likely to boost migration to UK

By Peter Walsh

In recent weeks, dozens of pro-democracy activists and politicians in Hong Kong have been arrested for allegedly trying to overthrow the citys government. Most recently, on January 6, 53 people were detained under the...

Did Donald Trump ease tensions with North Korea?

By Marianne Péron-Doise

Throughout his 2020 campaign, Trump emphasized that President Obama left him a very dangerous situation with North Korea, one that could have even led to war. According to him, he was instrumental in cooling down the...

Jack Ma: China's spat with billionaire is part of bigger push to control big tech – Silicon Valley could be next

By Mark Greeven

Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma has allegedly fallen out with the Beijing government. Several recent articles reported that Ma offended the Chinese authorities by delivering a speech in Shanghai in October criticising...

Legalizing marijuana, once a pipe dream on Capitol Hill, takes an important step forward

By Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill sought to decriminalize marijuana nationally by removing cannabis from the...

Voting in Georgia runoff went better than June's disastrous primary, but trouble still lingers

By Adrienne Jones

The balance of power in the U.S. Senate and with it ease or hardship for President-elect Joe Bidens plans for the nation has come down to Tuesdays runoff election for both of Georgias Senate seats. It took place under...

Why is Bitcoin's price at an all-time high? And how is its value determined?

By Jason Potts Et Al

Bitcoin continues to trade close to its all-time high reached this month. Its price is now around US $34,000 up about 77% over the past month and 305% over the past year. First launched in 2009 as a digital currency,...

Trump's last stand: how the dramatic endgame for the 2020 US election will play out in Congress

By John Hart

This week, the US Congress will put the finishing touches to the chaotic, protracted 2020 US presidential election. A joint session of the House and Senate will assemble at 1pm on January 6 (5am AEDT/7am NZDT on January...

Reopen recreation spaces after COVID-19 for the good of the public, not the individual

By Bruce Erickson

As we struggle through various phases of COVID-19 restrictions, we are all looking towards what will be a long and tentative process of reopening. Yet the lessons from our first reopening strategies last spring make it...

What to feed ducks – according to science

By Ronald Jan Corbee Et Al

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Exhausted by 2020? Here are 5 steps to recover and feel more rested throughout 2021

By Peter A. Heslin

For most of us, 2020 was an exhausting year. The COVID-19 pandemic heralded draining physical health concerns, social isolation, job dislocation, uncertainty about the future and related mental health issues. Although...

The legitimacy of the US Supreme Court put to the test of its conservatism

By Blandine Chelini-Pont Et Al

The outcome of the 2020 US presidential election is no longer in doubt: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won, taking 306 Electoral College votes, well above the 270-vote threshold ironically, the same number that Donald Trump...

Why Trump's Senate supporters can't overturn Electoral College results they don't like – here's how the law actually works

By Donald Brand

On Jan. 6, the United States Congress will gather in a joint session to tally the votes of the Electoral College, which cast its ballots in state capitols last month. In his role as president of the Senate, Vice President...

Can a future ban on gas-powered cars work? An economist explains

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

The U.S. transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of carbon dioxide, the potent driver of climate change. Transportation accounts for about 28% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and, since 1990,...

World economy in 2021: here's who will win and who will lose

By Steve Schifferes

The coronavirus has crippled the world economy. Global GDP suffered its sharpest drop since the end of the second world war in 2020, millions were unemployed or furloughed, and governments pumped trillions of dollars into...

How the pandemic will shape the workplace trends of 2021

By Dave Cook

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that the amount we work would gradually shrink to as little as 15 hours a week as technology made us more productive. Not only did this not happen, but we also began to...

Fact check US: Will the senatorial election in Georgia determine Biden's presidency?

By Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy

The victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 US presidential election is now official. On December 14 the Electoral College confirmed the state-by-state results, giving a clear majority of 306 votes to Biden and...

Are the US and Iran headed for a military showdown before Trump leaves office?

By Clive Williams

Tensions are running high in the Middle East in the waning days of the Trump administration. Over the weekend, Irans foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, claimed Israeli agents were planning to attack US forces in...

China enters 2021 a stronger, more influential power — and Australia may feel the squeeze even more

By James Laurenceson

Great power competition in the Asia-Pacific region has been building for years. But COVID-19 has turbo-charged the shifts taking place and China is finishing 2020 in a significantly stronger position compared with the US...

Sure, interest rates are negative, but so are some prices, and when you look around, they're everywhere

By Peter Martin1

On December 10, it finally happened. Instead of demanding an interest payment from the government in return for lending it money, a group of investors offered to pay the government in order to lend it money. Naturally...

Post-Brexit trade deal: the gaps worth noting

By David Phinnemore

Plenty of political spin has already been applied to the post-Brexit UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement. This not only glosses over much of the detail, but it can also be decidedly misleading. For example, Boris...

How coronavirus made 2020 the year of the electric bike

By Ashley Cooper Et Al

Walking and cycling gained a higher profile than ever in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Governments around the world encouraged individuals to go on foot or take their bikes where possible instead of using crowded...

Bzzz, slap! How to treat insect bites (home remedies included)

By Cameron Webb

Its the holidays and were spending more time outdoors. This means were exposed to the more annoying and painful aspects of summer insect bites and stings. There are plenty of products at the local pharmacy to treat...

Vaccines may soon make travel possible again. But how quickly will it return — and will it be forever changed?

By Joseph M. Cheer Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the global tourism industry to a screeching halt in 2020. With vaccines starting to be rolled out, there is hope international travel can resume soon, but exactly when and how is the...

Whether slow or fast, here's how your metabolism influences how many calories you burn each day

By Terezie Tolar-Peterson

Its a common dieters lament: Ugh, my metabolism is so slow, Im never going to lose any weight. When people talk about a fast or slow metabolism, what theyre really getting at is how many calories their body burns as...

Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

By Nazanin Andalibi

Recently, when I opened Instagram, I noticed that the usual spot for checking notifications is now a Shop tab. The Instagram blog post announcing the redesign said that the change will support small businesses and connect...

How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

By Laurel Mellin

After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward. Brain science...

Five economic effects from the Democratic sweep in Washington

Joe Biden will inherit among the most challenging political and economic environments of any US president. With America reeling from the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists, not to mention a raging...

Electric Car Series

Volkswagen boosts EV sales by 214% to pose challenge to Tesla

23:57 PM| Business

Volkswagen sold 231,600 battery electric vehicles in 2020, representing a 214 percent on-year increase to mount a challenge to Tesla. According to Ralf Brandsttter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, the company is on...

Federal financial aid for college will be easier to apply for – and a bit more generous

By Robert Kelchen - 04:58 AM| Life Economy

Editors note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid better known as FAFSA is being simplified through the omnibus spending bill that became law in December. The FAFSA is what students must fill out to receive Pell...

Top Stories

US under Trump Series

A second impeachment is just the start of Trump's legal woes

By Thomas Klassen - 04:53 AM| Politics

By becoming the first president to be impeached twice, Donald Trumps controversial and divisive term as president is reaching a surreal ending. Although he will likely remain in office and finish his term on Jan. 20, the...

China Crisis Series

How China is controlling the COVID origins narrative — silencing critics and locking up dissenters

By John Garrick Et Al - 04:54 AM| Insights & Views

Just over a year has gone by since the novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the world still has many questions about where and how it originated. The World Health Organisation is sending a...

Currency War Series

Brexit: UK pound has not crashed yet, but here's why it will probably suffer in years to come

By Agelos Delis Et Al - 04:56 AM| Investing

The Brexit deal has failed to have any major effect on the exchange rate of the pound since January 1. The pound has held steady against the US dollar at US$1.36 and has strengthened slightly against the euro to 1.12. This...

The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

By Nicole Hassoun - 04:54 AM| Health

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs...

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Economy

JPMorgan leans on trading, investment banking to boost profits

JPMorgan Chase Cos net income rose to $12.1 billion, or $3.79 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from the previous years $8.5 billion, or $2.57 per share. The performance also surpassed its expected earnings of...

Xi Jinping urges Starbucks and its chairman emeritus Howard Schultz to help improve US-China ties

Xi Jinping, the president of the Republic of China, reportedly called on Starbucks to help patch things up and restore its ties with the U.S. To be more exact, the Chinese president was said to have asked the former CEO of...

French govt opposes foreign group's takeover of Carrefour

France is opposing any takeover of retailer Carrefour by a foreign company to preserve its food security and sovereignty, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. According to Maire, the acquisition by a foreign...

Electric car sales in China reportedly skyrocket by 10%

The electric car market in China is growing, and in fact, it was reported that the country achieved a 10% increase in its EV sales last year. The data was only revealed this week as the computation of sales cant be...

S. Korea approves Netherlands-based brokerage IMC to do business locally

Netherlands-based brokerage house IMC was green-lighted by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to operate a financial investment and brokerage business in South Korea on the condition that its subsidiary serves as a...

Politics

World War 3: Report reveals 2020 as the "darkest" time for human rights in China

Tensions among certain countries remain even as the world faces an ongoing pandemic and economic collapse. These tensions could also spark a world war 3 type of situation including a report that reveals what 2020 meant for...

Donald Trump impeached by House for the second time

The attempt to pressure Ukraine into digging up dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden led to Donald Trump getting impeached in 2019. In his final days as president, Trump has been impeached by the House the second...

Donald Trump humiliated: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull blasted for Capitol riots

The world was shaken by the insurrection done by rioters in support of Donald Trump at the Capitol that has forced world leaders to speak out. This also includes former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who...

Joe Biden foreign policy: POTUS-elect inherits diplomatic conflicts left by outgoing administration

It is no secret that president-elect Joe Biden will inherit a lot of problems either created or unresolved by the Trump administration. However, recent moves in foreign policies by the outgoing administration may be left...

Joe Biden inauguration: POTUS-elect will no longer take Amtrak to ceremony out of security concerns

President-elect Joe Biden is known for his preference of taking the Amtrak train from his home in Delaware and to Washington over the years. However, in his upcoming inauguration, Biden may not be able to take the train to...

Science

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Four ways microbial fuel cells could revolutionise electricity production in the future

The world population is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050. Given that most of our current energy is generated from fossil fuels, this creates significant challenges when it comes to providing enough sustainable...

Technology

First 'Resident Evil Village' gameplay trailer premieres on Jan. 21

The year 2021 is going to be significant for the gaming world as more titles launching on next-gen consoles are scheduled to launch in the coming months. Part of that list is Resident Evil Village, and fans are going to...

PS5 restocks available on Jan. 15 via Sony Rewards

PlayStation fans are getting another chance at finally scoring a unit of the new-gen console PlayStation 5 this week. Sony announced that it has a scheduled restock before the weekend. Where to look for the next PS5...

Signal, Telegram record higher app downloads than WhatsApp over the last week

WhatsApps privacy policy changes have sparked discussions on the types of user data being collected and how messaging apps handle them. The discussions have likely helped Telegram and Signal gain momentum in app downloads...

Netflix could add spatial audio support by spring 2021, report claims

Netflix could be joining other streaming platforms in offering spatial audio support to users with the necessary devices. The upcoming feature was reportedly being testing and planned to be released within the first half...

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag ships on Jan. 29, followed by SmartTag+ ‘later this year’

Samsung just announced a series of tracking devices with two variants using different types of wireless connections. First to launch this month is the Galaxy SmartTag that will be an apparent Tile tracker competitor....
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