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No mullets, no mohawks, no ‘awkwardly contrasting colours’: what are school policies on hair and why do they matter so much?

By Kayla Mildren

A Queensland dad recently took his four-year-old son out of the Gold Coasts A.B. Paterson College because the school had ordered the boy to cut his long hair. Like other private schools, we have a uniform policy, school...

Spectator racism is still rife in Australia’s major football codes

By Keith Parry Et Al

The annual Indigenous rounds in the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. These events highlight the contributions of Indigenous...

Horn of Africa droughts: how a network of groundwater bores could help – study

By Bradley Hiller

The Horn of Africa recently suffered its worst drought in almost half a century, and its sixth failed rainfall season in a row. Fifty million people were directly affected and 100 million more were indirectly affected....

British Columbia needs a unified response to respond to the biodiversity crisis

By Jennifer Sunday Et Al

From massive kelp forests to monumental old-growth on land, British Columbias biodiversity which is unrivalled in Canada provides an array of cultural, economic, social and other benefits. B.C.s wide-ranging ecological...

Cyberflashing is a form of gendered sexual violence that must be taken seriously

By Dianne Lalonde

Sexting sending sexually suggestive or explicit messages and images is now a widespread practice, and can be a healthy way to express and explore sexuality. However, there is a need to distinguish between consensual...

Can marketing classes teach sustainability? 4 key insights

By Brooke Klassen

Young adults have an important role to play in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Adopted by all UN member nations, the SDGs offer a frame for an ambitious plan to transform our...

Decriminalization failures show half measures are not enough to address drug use problems and the opioid crisis

By Andrew Hathaway

Ottawas recent rejection of the City of Torontos request to decriminalize possession of controlled drugs is the latest shoe to drop in the resurgence of conservative anti-drug sentiment sweeping the country, and...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

By Eloise Stevens

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Louisiana set to reclassify abortion pills as controlled, dangerous substances − here’s what that means

By Jamie Rowen Et Al

Louisianas Legislature approved a bill on May 23, 2024, that would reclassify two abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, as controlled, dangerous substances. Both pills have a long history of safe and effective use...

The surge in hydroelectric dams is driving massive biodiversity loss

By Josie South Et Al

Around the world, free-flowing natural rivers are being fragmented by dams, weirs and other barriers. Its one of the biggest, yet least acknowledged, causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. River fragmentation is a key...

Election 2024: the stakes are higher than they appear, so quality information is essential

By Laura Hood

With the UK heading for an election on July 4, it can feel like the result is pre-ordained. Labour has maintained a decisive poll lead for over a year and nothing Rishi Sunak does appears to shift the dial. But below...

Depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder linked with ancient viral DNA in our genome – new research

By Rodrigo Duarte Et Al

Around 8% of human DNA is made up of genetic sequences acquired from ancient viruses. These sequences, known as human endogenous retroviruses (or Hervs), date back hundreds of thousands to millions of years with some even...

Haiti: first Kenyan police arrive to help tackle gang violence – but the prospects for success are slim

By Amalendu Misra

An advance team of Kenyan special forces police have arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation of Haiti. They are part of a larger UN-backed support mission tasked with establishing order, pushing back the advances of...

Does ‘whining’ really make you happier? A therapist gives his verdict

By Ray O'Neill

A problem shared is a problem halved. Research by Age UK shows that only 29% of adults share their worries, but of these 36% feel brighter as a result; 26% feel relief having confided in someone, and 8% feel that the...

GB News’s first election – how the new channel could affect broadcast coverage of the campaigns

By Stephen Cushion

The prime ministers announcement of a snap summer election in the UK caught many people by surprise. But broadcasters and the media regulator have been preparing for some time. Ofcom faces the challenge of monitoring how...

Scrapping FA Cup replays has upset smaller clubs, but they could still win from being matched against the top sides

By Mark Middling

Football fans delight in historic moments enjoyed by their club. Exeter City supporters for example, will have fond memories of the FA Cup third round match their team played on the wintry afternoon of January 8...

Colorado takes a new – and likely more effective – approach to the housing crisis

By Brian J. Connolly

In recent years, Colorado has been a poster child for the U.S. housing crisis. Previously a relatively affordable state, it has seen home prices increase nearly sixfold over the past three decades, outstripping even...

What Philadelphians need to know about the city’s 7,000-camera surveillance system

By Albert Fox Cahn

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently investigated Philadelphias use of what it described as a little-scrutinized, 7,000-camera system that is exposing residents across the city to heightened surveillance with few rules or...

6 ways to foster political discourse on college campuses

By Rachel Wahl

With deep divisions on college campuses most recently over the conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel many observers fear that universities are not places where students can discuss divisive issues with people who...

Why the US government is intervening in the live music business and could break up Live Nation Entertainment – a music industry scholar explains

By David Arditi

The U.S. Justice Department, along with 29 states and the District of Columbia, have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster. The lawsuit alleges that Live Nation...

How the 18th-century ‘probability revolution’ fueled the casino gambling craze

By John Eglin

The first commercial gambling operations emerged, coincidentally or not, at the same time as the study of mathematical probability in the mid-1600s. By the early 1700s, commercial gambling operations were widespread in...

What OpenAI’s deal with News Corp means for you

By T.J. Thomson Et Al

OpenAI, the makers of ChatGPT, and News Corp, the international media conglomerate, have signed a deal that will let OpenAI use and learn from News Corps content. In practical terms, this means when a user asks ChatGPT...

ChatGPT’s use of a soundalike Scarlett Johansson reflects a troubling history of gender-stereotyping in technology

By Alex Borkowski

Actress Scarlett Johansson released a statement this week expressing anger and concern that OpenAI used a voice eerily similar to her own as a default voice for ChatGPT. The voice in question, called Sky, has been...

Why knock down all public housing towers when retrofit can sometimes be better?

By Trivess Moore Et Al

The Victorian government is planning Australias largest urban renewal project. The plan is to knock down and rebuild 44 large public housing towers in Melbourne. The government says these towers, built in the 1960s and...

Ukraine recap: Putin on top as Kyiv scrambles to play catch-up on the battlefield

By Jonathan Este

Vladimir Putin has been looking pretty chipper of late. Two weeks ago saw him wearing his trademark vulpine smile as he presided over the Victory Day commemorations in Moscow. It was a rather more upbeat occasion than in...

Life’s big moments can impact an entrepreneur’s success – but not always in the way you’d expect

By Pi-Shen Seet Et Al

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any innovative economy. New business creation has been shown to have a significant and positive impact on economic growth, innovation and job creation. But it isnt easy, and most new...

Drug companies pay doctors over A$11 million a year for travel and education

By Barbara Mintzes Et Al

Drug companies are paying Australian doctors millions of dollars a year to fly to overseas conferences and meetings, give talks to other doctors, and to serve on advisory boards, our research shows. Our team analysed...

How Modi is using TV, film and social media to sway voters in India’s election

By Vinita Srivastava

As the worlds largest electorate goes to the polls in India, political parties are seeking to sway voters through popular culture, like film. Although cinema has long reflected and influenced the countrys political and...

Why the upcoming South African election a massive milestone for the ruling ANC

By Stephen Chan

South Africans governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), is in trouble. After 30 years in charge, it is scrambling for support ahead of the upcoming national elections. The ANC has run the country since the...

South Africa: Gold mine pollution is poisoning Soweto’s water and soil – study finds food gardens are at risk

By Lesego Khomo

For 140 years, gold mines in Johannesburg, South Africa have been leaking wastewater contaminated with heavy metals. The acid mine drainage from Johannesburgs estimated 278 abandoned mines and 200 mine dumps includes...

Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy

By Jordan Awan

Machine learning has pushed the boundaries in several fields, including personalized medicine, self-driving cars and customized advertisements. Research has shown, however, that these systems memorize aspects of the data...

How Iran selects its supreme leader

By Eric Lob

The sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi is unlikely to drastically alter Irans foreign and domestic policies, but it has left a power vacuum. As stipulated by the constitution, Raisi was replaced by his first vice...

We tracked secret Russian missile launchers in Ukraine using public satellite data

By Adam Bartley Et Al

In the occupied far east of Ukraine, Russian forces are aiming waves of missiles against Ukrainian civilian targets. Each of Russias state-of-the-art missile launch systems costs more than US$100 million (A$150 million)....

TikTok law threatening a ban if the app isn’t sold raises First Amendment concerns

By Anupam Chander Et Al

TikTok, the short-video company with Chinese roots, did the most American thing possible on May 7, 2024: It sued the U.S. government, in the person of Attorney General Merrick Garland, in federal court. The suit claims the...

Was Beethoven truly the greatest?

By Philip Ewell

On May 7, 1824, Ludwig van Beethovens Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna, Austria. On its 200th anniversary, much was made about this seminal achievement of a composer routinely touted as the greatest master who ever...

Electric cars: swappable batteries could be the way to revive flagging sales

By ManMohan S Sodhi

The rate of adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in western countries continues to wane. In the UK, EVs market share of all new cars for 2024 will barely hit 20%, somewhat below the government goal of 22%. New car...

Met Gala: what fairytales can teach us about modern fashion trends

By Cath Davies

Fairytales have long woven magic with fabric. But this years Met Gala, the annual fundraiser for the the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute in New York, took the connection between fantasy and fashion a step...

Synced brains: why being constantly tuned in to your child’s every need isn’t always ideal

By Pascal Vrticka

Its crucial for healthy child development that children can form secure attachment bonds with their parents. Decades of research identified one key ingredient for this process: the coordination of parents and childrens...

Will government investment make green hydrogen a reality in Australia?

By Kylie Turner Et Al

In the budget last week, the government was keen to talk about its efforts to turn Australia into a renewable superpower under the umbrella of the Future Made in Australia policies. Future Made is a framework that sets...

Can Iran avoid a political crisis after its president’s death?

By Ali Mamouri

The death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash this week occurred during one of the Islamic Republic of Irans most challenging periods. Raisi, a prominent figure in the political elite, held substantial sway...

What is fate? And how can it both limit and liberate us?

By Michael Allen Fox

The concept of fate, or the idea of fatefulness, seems to crop up everywhere we look in one form or another. Fate is a key belief enduring across cultures and generations. What is fate? Generally speaking, fate is...

A pest of our own making: revealing the true origins of the not-so-German cockroach

By Theo Evans Et Al

German cockroaches thrive in buildings all over the world. Theyre one of the most common cockroach species, causing trouble for people both here and overseas. But in nature, theyre nowhere to be found. Just how this...

Smoking fentanyl can cause irreversible brain damage, report shows

By Colin Davidson

A middle-aged American man with no previous medical history was found unconscious in his hotel room, with unidentified crushed pills and a white residue on a nearby table, according to a recent paper in BMJ Case Reports....

Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study

By Karikari Amoa-Gyarteng Et Al

South Africa has an alarming unemployment rate of approximately 32.1%. Solutions have been elusive. The unemployment rate has been consistently high for decades. Our research has revolved around entrepreneurship. We...

California is about to tax guns more like alcohol and tobacco

By Topher L. McDougal

Starting in July 2024, California will be the first state to charge an excise tax on guns and ammunition. The new tax an 11% levy on each sale will come on top of federal excise taxes of 10% or 11% for firearms and...

Crypto: what you need to know about the water parasite making people ill in Devon

By Lee Hutt

For the past two weeks, people in the south Devon town of Brixham have started contracting the disease known as crypto. There are now about 16,000 homes and businesses at risk of crypto infection due to contaminated...

US election: why Latino and Hispanic voters are shifting to Trump after a long history of supporting the Democrats

By Paul Whiteley

Several recent polls suggest that the Hispanic and Latino vote is shifting towards Donald Trump as the election moves closer. In a YouGov poll from May 8, 43% of Americans said they would vote for President Joe Biden...

Oral retinoids can harm unborn babies. But many women taking them for acne may not be using contraception

By Antonia Shand Et Al

Oral retinoids are a type of medicine used to treat severe acne. Theyre sold under the brand name Roaccutane, among others. While oral retinoids are very effective, they can have harmful effects if taken during...

Australia is set to ban live sheep exports. What will this mean for the industry?

By Alan Renwick1

This month the federal government announced a plan to ban live sheep exports, set to come into effect from May 1 2028. The announcement coincided with the release of a highly anticipated report by an independent panel...

Why has an Israel-Hamas ceasefire been so elusive?

By Marika Sosnowski

Ever since armed conflict has existed, ceasefires have been thought of as a bridge between war and peace. Consequently, their success has been measured by their ability to stop violence between warring parties for a period...

Why are grocery bills so high?

Rising food costs are squeezing Canadians around the country. Nearly everyone is feeling the pinch, and its not just an inconvenience high food prices are a major threat to food security for many Canadians. Understanding...

Top Stories

‘Everybody has not won’: trickle-down economics was an idiotic idea

By Carl Rhodes - 06:20 AM| Insights & Views Economy

In his 2024 State of the Union address, US president Joe Biden announced his plans for a bold set of tax reforms. Tax on corporations would go up. Deductions for high-income earners would come down. Tax breaks on corporate...

Top economists take a modest view of the budget, and doubt inflation will fall as planned

By Peter Martin1 - 06:33 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Asked to grade Treasurer Jim Chalmers third budget on his own criteria of delivering on inflation in the near term and then growth in the medium term, most of the 49 leading economists surveyed by the Economic Society of...

What the economic data told Rishi Sunak about the best date for a general election

By John Bryson - 06:36 AM| Insights & Views Economy Politics

The announcement of July 4 for the UK general election took many by surprise. A key question is why it was called then when it did not have to be? The decision to call an election is always a gamble there is perhaps no...

What to watch for in Trump trial’s closing arguments

By Jules Epstein - 06:52 AM| Insights & Views Politics

After more than four weeks of often sordid testimony, accusations of lying and even a warning from Judge Juan M. Merchan to a witness to stop giving him the side-eye, lawyers in the hush-money case involving former...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin’s designs on a Baltic island are leading Sweden to prepare for war

By Natasha Lindstaedt - 06:53 AM| Insights & Views

Gotland has been a popular holiday destination for decades, but recently Swedish commander-in-chief, Mikael Bydén, claimed that Russian president Vladmir Putin has his eyes on the island. Concern was further ramped...

What is a secular state? How South Africa has tried to separate religion and politics

By Calvin D. Ullrich - 06:54 AM| Insights & Views Politics

The shifting relationship between state and religion has historically been a contested space, and the focus of much scholarship. It is important for observers to understand this unstable boundary, so that neither political...

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Economy

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity

Some believe that the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Europe, giving birth to a different kind of European order. That is, it appears to be driving structural shifts in the way Europe is run and organised that...

Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments

There are 8.5 million households in the UK who own a home with a residential mortgage, often with fixed interest rates from two to five years. Usually, when that mortgage deal ends, the borrower will move to another deal...

Politics

Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt

Slovak society is in shock after a 71-year-old man fired five shots at the prime minister, Robert Fico, while he was greeting a small crowd after a meeting. Some members of the coalition government immediately blamed...

Infected blood scandal – what you need to know

The infected blood scandal has been hailed the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Over 3,000 people have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it is...

Modi’s anti-Muslim rhetoric taps into Hindu replacement fears that trace back to colonial India

The worlds largest election is currently under way in India, with more than 960 million people registered to vote over a period of six weeks. Spearheading the campaign for his Bharatiya Janata Party, incumbent Prime...

Some states’ populations are very much like the US overall – including 5 key states in the 2024 presidential election

Five of the seven states widely expected to be political battlegrounds in the 2024 presidential election have populations very much like that of the U.S. overall, in a range of demographic and socioeconomic...

Attempted assassination of Slovak prime minister follows country’s slide into political polarization

The assassination attempt against Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been widely condemned by world leaders as an attack on democracy. In Slovakia, the violent act similarly saw a unified response from the...

Science

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

Technology

Shiba Inu Super Diamond Trader Liquidates Holdings, Leaves Secret Message for Investors

A Shiba Inu super diamond trader has liquidated 48.09 billion SHIB tokens, followed by a secret message, raising questions about SHIBs market direction. Dormant Shiba Inu Tokens Exchanged for 278.7 ETH via MEV Bot,...

Solana-Based Sphere Labs Launches Banking Integration on Telegram for Seamless Transfers

Solana-based Sphere Labs debuts a new Telegram extension that enables secure transfers between digital wallets and bank accounts with a nominal 0.1% fee. Sphere Labs Unveils Solana-Powered Telegram Extension for...

What’s Next for Ethereum? Execs Discuss Spot Ether ETF Approvals

Bill Hughes, the director of worldwide regulatory concerns at Consensys, took the permission as an admission that Ether is a commodity. Industry professionals discussed the development during a session on X Spaces...

PEPE Coin Extends Weekly Rally Over 80% Amid Significant Whale Accumulation

PEPE Coin has extended its weekly rally to over 80%, driven by significant whale accumulation and a fourfold increase in active addresses. This surge has propelled PEPE to become the third-largest meme coin globally, with...

'Insane Pump' Predicted for Altcoins as Traders Watch Key Resistance Levels

Cryptocurrency analysts predict an altcoin surge, driven by market cap growth and approaching resistance levels. Key Resistance Levels Approached Analysts are once more speculating regarding the possibility of an alt...
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