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Why Indonesia’s anti-sexual violence bill is important for people with disabilities

By Dina Afrianty

Despite many controversies surrounding deliberation on the anti-sexual violence bill in Indonesias parliament, people with disabilities welcome the new bill. Many disability organisations and advocates have demanded the...

Bills, banks and promises: here's what you can expect as 'government business' starts again

By Mark Kenny

If the first week of the 46th Parliament was heavily ceremonial dominated by the new governor-general, a raft of first-time MPs and Bob Hawke condolence speeches the next two weeks will mark a return to normal...

It's Sarabi's pride, Mufasa just lives there: a biologist on The Lion King

By Alexander Richard Braczkowski

Last week saw the release of the rebooted The Lion King, an attempt to capitalise on the billion-dollar success of the 1994 original. With a star-studded cast, the reboot closely follows the plot of the first movie...

All-night public transport hasn't reduced alcohol-related harm in Melbourne

By Ashlee Curtis Et Al

The Victorian government introduced 24-hour public transport on Friday and Saturday nights in Melbourne from January 1 2016. Services mostly run every hour from 1am to 5am on all metropolitan lines with some additional...

Dangerous to human health: that's a housing problem much bigger than a few high-profile apartment blocks

By Andrew Beer Et Al

Australias biggest city is abuzz with news of yet another housing development declared unsafe for human habitation. This time it is apartments built on a toxic dump the local council fears was not properly cleaned...

Math challenges? A school psychologist could help

By Kelsey Gould

Statistically speaking, five to eight per cent of children meet the criteria for a mathematics learning disability. Kids who have challenges with math at a young age also tend to experience these challenges throughout...

Rabies: How it spreads and how to protect yourself

By J Scott Weese

A 21-year-old Canadian man recently died of rabies a disease that kills an estimated 59,000 people a year internationally but hasnt infected a person in Canada since 2007. Nick Major, from Parksville, B.C., suffered a...

Indonesia's environment ministry fails to communicate risk of air pollution to Jakartans

By Juhri Selamet

Indonesias Ministry of Environment and Forestry has failed to communicate the risk of air pollution in the capital, Jakarta, and surrounding areas. Data presented on the ministrys website shows Jakarta has good air...

Why isn't Australia in deep space?

By David Flannery

This weekend marks 50 years exactly since humans first walked on the Moon. It also marks Australias small but significant role in enabling NASA to place boots on the lunar landscape or at least to broadcast the...

The 'Mandela effect' and the science of false memories

By Neil Dagnall Et Al

Theres a theory doing the rounds online that nuclear research experiments caused the world to shift into an alternate reality where Donald Trump became president. This might sound stupid, but some people genuinely believe...

Instagram influencers: no, having 30,000 followers does not make you a celebrity

By Hayleigh Bosher

Claims that anyone with more than 30,000 social media followers is officially a celebrity have been circulating, following a recent ruling by the UKs Advertising Standards Authority, in which it decided that an ad for...

Understanding the political economy of maize in Kenya

By Timothy Njagi Njeru

Maize is the cheapest source of calories among the cereal grains, making up about 65% of total food calories consumed by households in Kenya. To meet this demand, maize is produced on 40% of the total crop area mainly by...

What Amazon's decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work

By Scott F. Latham

Amazons announcement that it will invest US$700 million to retrain 100,000 employees a third of its U.S. workforce in new technologies is the latest reminder that the much-heralded future of work is well...

Brain machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink's new brain implant pushes the pace

By Robert Gaunt Et Al

Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is to create assistive...

Yes, I'm searching for aliens – and no, I won't be going to Area 51 to look for them

By Jason Wright

Editors note: What started as an internet joke has generated a stern military warning after more than a million people signed up to raid Area 51 a secretive military installation in Southern Nevada long fancied by...

Are Syrian refugees a danger to the West?

By Arie Kruglanski Et Al

While todays news is full of stories about refugees and migrants to the U.S. from Central America, the plight of those particular refugees is only part of an international migration crisis that has been going on since 2015...

What school segregation looks like in the US today, in 4 charts

By Erica Frankenberg

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, has spoken about how she benefited from attending Berkeleys desegregated schools. There was a little girl in California who was part of the...

Boris Johnson lacks character, competence and credibility, say leadership experts

By Michael Smets Et Al

The race to become the UKs next prime minister is challenging our usual assumptions about what is important when people choose a leader. The rule book has been thrown out of the window. The general public does not have...

How far-right groups use Britain's extremism definition to argue they aren't extremist

By Chris Allen1

The governments definition of extremism is so unfit for purpose that far-right groups with clearly dangerous ideology are using it to prove that they are not extremist. Ive written about this in a new study published by...

Cigarette butts are the forgotten plastic pollution – and they could be killing our plants

By Dannielle Green

Its amazing how quickly people have ditched plastic straws thanks to campaigns to discourage us from using such pointless plastic. Yet rarely do we hear about a much more common source of plastic pollution. Cigarette...

Humans aren't designed to be happy – so stop trying

By Rafael Euba

A huge happiness and positive thinking industry, estimated to be worth US$11 billion a year, has helped to create the fantasy that happiness is a realistic goal. Chasing the happiness dream is a very American concept,...

How geological maps made the Apollo moon landings worthwhile

By David Rothery

I still remember a cartoon in a newspaper in July 1969, just before the first Apollo moon landing. It showed the ground crew reminding the astronauts as they boarded their rocket, Dont forget to bring back some rock! This...

New wave of smart cities has arrived - and they're nothing like science fiction

By James Ransom

An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a deep farm that...

Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that's lower than prison

By Cherie Hugo

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety this week turned its attention to food and nutrition. The testimony of maggots in bins and rotting food in refrigerators was horrific. When so much of a residents...

What's not to like? Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem

By Joanne Orlando

Instagram is running a social media experiment in Australia and elsewhere to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts. If you have an Instagram account, youll get to see the numbers...

What's the next 'giant leap' for humankind in space? We asked 3 space experts

By Molly Glassey Et Al

Youve probably heard that this week marks 50 years since humans first set foot on the Moon a feat that still boggles the mind given the limitations of technology at the time and the global effort required to pull it...

Explainer: what is leptospirosis and how can it harm us and our pets?

By Christine Griebsch Et Al

Recently reported cases of the often fatal bacterial infection leptospirosis in dogs in Sydney have raised the issue of animal diseases that also affect humans. This zoonotic disease is spread by rats and other rodents....

Using language to make the world of fossil fuels strange and ugly

By Matthew Hoffmann

They werent getting it. I had a room full of bright first-year university students in front of me, but confusion reigned as I tried to describe how embedded fossil fuels are in every aspect of society. OK, lets try...

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

By Stephanie Liu Et Al

Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine. We also know that drinking while breastfeeding remains a...

Moon landing anniversary: One small step for man...a giant leap for space robots

By Robin Chhabra

Apollo 11s successful mission 50 years ago was the turning point in the space industry. It is comparable to the Wright brothers flight in 1903 that marked the beginning of the aviation industry and James Watts invention of...

Cartel kingpin El Chapo is jailed for life, but the US-Mexico drug trade is booming

By Luis Gómez Romero

The infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera aka El Chapo has been sentenced to life plus an additional 30 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy, money laundering and weapons charges,...

Adapting cities to a hotter world: 3 essential reads

By Jennifer Weeks

Heat waves can be deadly, especially when they combine high temperatures with elevated humidity levels that make the air feel even hotter. The impacts can be especially strong in cities, which often are several degrees...

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

By Gabriel Neal

I easily remember laughing at Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner while watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child. I can still see the Coyote walking slowly through the sweltering desert, sun high in the...

Domestic abuse or genuine relationship? Our welfare system can't tell

By Lyndal Sleep

In Australias social security laws, the couple rule is used to determine if a person is in a relationship, tying access to Centrelink payments to the income and assets of their partner. For victims of domestic violence,...

Friday essay: why old is new again - the mid-century homes made famous by Don's Party and Dame Edna

By Kirsty Volz

Of all the mantras for modernism, the one I think most befitting for Australian mid-century modern houses is Lesprit Nouveau The New Spirit. These houses represented more than style; they reflected a new Australian spirit...

How public libraries can help prepare us for the future

By Matthew Finch

For generations, libraries have helped people explore knowledge, information and culture. The invention of the public library meant more and more people got to use these collections and services. In the digital age, a...

How our obsession with performance is changing our sense of self

By Ben Walker Et Al

We live in a society obsessed with performance. For both young and old, competitions, awards and rankings are an inescapable feature of life. How well we do in the classroom, at work, on the sports field or even in...

No-deal Brexit: does latest parliamentary vote make it less likely?

By Chris Stafford

MPs voted on July 18 to back an attempt to stop the UK government from shutting down parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit in late October. Four cabinet ministers abstained and 17 Conservative MPs rebelled over...

South Africa's state owned companies: a complex history that's seldom told

By Nancy L Clark

The problems of South Africas state owned enterprises are in the headlines every day. Yet many have existed for over 80 years. Why were they established in the first place and how have they survived this long? Their...

HIV in Kenya: high risk groups aren't getting the attention they need

By Makobu Kimani

Efforts to manage the HIV epidemic in much of sub-Saharan Africa need to specifically target sections of the population that are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Two such key populations include men who have sex with men...

South Africa's carbon tax matters -- for the economy and tackling climate change

By Mmatlou Kalaba Et Al

Carbon tax is likely to be an effective way of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to climate change and have negative consequences for human life. But the carbon tax thats been introduced in South Africa could...

China is building a global coalition of human rights violators to defend its record in Xinjiang – what is its endgame?

By Abbas Faiz

A letter signed in early July by 22 Western countries, including the UK, Australia, Canada and France, raised serious concerns to UN officials about Chinas incarceration of Uyghur people in so-called education camps in the...

How women and the moon intertwine in literature

By Sara Read Et Al

In the late 17th century, the female English playwright Aphra Behn wrote a smash hit play about a man obsessed with the moon, who was constantly travelling there in his imagination. Exactly 282 years later, Neil Armstrong...

Doctors as border police: what happened to 'first, do no harm'?

By Anita Berlin Et Al

Building trust and acting in the patients best interests are guiding principles of medical practice. This is especially true when caring for vulnerable and marginalised people, such as undocumented migrants. They often...

Betting on speculative geoengineering may risk an escalating ‘climate debt crisis’

By Shinichiro Asayama Et Al

The opening of the Oscar-winning film The Big Short, a comedy-drama on the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, begins with a famous quote: It aint what you dont know that gets you into trouble. Its what you know for sure...

Why the federal government isn't prosecuting the officer who killed Eric Garner

By Caren Morrison

The Justice Department wont file federal charges against the New York City police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner. With the statute of limitations having run out, the case, legally, is closed. The...

Washington state's big bet on 'free college'

By William Zumeta

Washington state doesnt have a problem finding educated people to work in its booming high-tech economy its just most of those people come from out of state. This is why Washington enacted the landmark Workforce...

The debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered

By Steven Pressman

Editors note: The U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March and has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon the Treasury Department will reach the limits of this...

How the Volkswagen Beetle sparked America's art car movement

By John A. Heitmann

With a mariachi band playing along, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line of a Mexican factory on July 10. Originally created in Germany at the behest of Adolf Hitler, the Beetle ended up being...

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

By Joan Combellick

For all of human history, babies have been born where their mothers lived whether in a house, hut or cave. Only in the last century has birth moved out of the home and into the hospital. How has that changed the types of...

What is at stake in the Strait of Hormuz?

Tensions between the United States, Iran and other countries are flaring again in the Strait of Hormuz. There are competing explanations for whats going on in the narrow seaway through which 21% of the worlds crude oil...

Singaporean full year growth forecast likely to be revised down, disinflationary pressures to persist

13:33 PM| Commentary

The Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore affirmed during the weekend that the nations full year growth is expected to be downwardly revised again. In the second quarter, the Singaporean economy barely expanded,...

Fundamentals to watch out for this week

12:45 PM| Commentary Central Banks

In terms of volatility risks, this week is heavy with the focus on central banks and geopolitics, What to watch for over the coming days: Central Banks: European Central Bank (ECB) will release a lending survey...

Hong Kong’s headline inflation accelerates in June on surge in pork prices

12:28 PM| Commentary

The Hong Kong headline inflation accelerated in the month of June. The Census and Statistics Department showed that the overall consumer prices rose 3.3 percent year-on-year, an acceleration from 2.8 percent seen in...

UK gilts gain ahead of 10-year auction amid muted trading session

10:21 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Wednesday ahead of the countrys 10-year auction, scheduled to be held on July 23 by 09:45GMT. The yield on the benchmark 10-year gilts, slipped 1-1/2 basis...

German bunds jump ahead of July manufacturing PMI, ECB’s policy meeting

09:41 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds jumped during European session Monday ahead of the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of July, scheduled to be released on July 24 by 07:30GMT and the European Central Banks (ECB) monetary policy...

Fed unlikely to adopt 50bp rate cut in July, market conditions do not warrant urgent response: DBS Economics & Strategy

06:31 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Federal Reserve is not expected to adopt a 50 basis points rate cut at its monetary policy meeting on July 31, according to the latest report from DBS Economics and Strategy. Also, market conditions do not warrant an...

EM Asian currencies likely to rally amid accommodative dollar liquidity, says Scotiabank

05:40 AM| Commentary Economy

The emerging market Asian currencies are expected to rally amid accommodative dollar liquidity if the US Treasury Department conducts the currency intervention along with the Feds insurance rate cuts, according to the...

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Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: Bakkt Initiates Beta-Testing of Bitcoin Futures as Scheduled

13:22 PM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The much-awaitedBakktsplatform for bitcoin futures contracts with physical delivery facility appears to be ready to go. Yes, it is finallyall set tounveilon this July 22nd. Quite a few crypto aspirants have been hoping...

Digital Currency Revolution Series: Overbought momentum causes bitcoin rallies and restrained below $10.5k

11:15 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Technicals Insights & Views

Bitcoin spiked higher in July but struggling for the momentum, surged from $9,049 to the recent highs of $13,200 levels. While bears plummet below 7 21-DMAs, consequently, the pair slid below $10.5k. Both leading...

Stable-Coins Series: Latest heads-up on Libra coin

07:07 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

There have been some predominant factors in order to preciselyassessLibra in comparison with the fiat money or other crypto pairs, and banking. It could even be the pros or cons, constructive or destructive. The...

Iran and US refusing to budge as tit-for-tat ship seizures in Middle East raise the temperature

By Tony Walker - 13:23 PM| Insights & Views

In a world run ragged by multiple crises and an unravelling of American global leadership, military confrontation in the Gulf poses risks that extend well beyond the region itself. One of the greater risks is to a...

Media hype and increased testing: this year's flu numbers are high, but there's more to the story

By Craig Dalton - 13:23 PM| Insights & Views Health

Over recent months, the news has been saturated with headlines claiming were experiencing a killer flu season. Researchers watching laboratory data are using the term flunami. Data suggests this is a serious year for...

Online viewer privacy is regulated by an act originally designed to protect video rentals

By Jonathan Cohn - 13:24 PM| Insights & Views Law

In 1988, after United States Supreme Court nominee Robert Borks videotape rental history was leaked to the press, Congress realised the threat that new technologies through the clandestine buying and selling of personal...

Is Instagram's removal of its 'like' counter a turning point in social media?

By Kane X. Faucher - 13:25 PM| Insights & Views Technology

Instagrams recent decision to remove its like counter from its platform in select geographic regions is an interesting, perhaps long overdue, measure. Although recently users in Canada reported seeing the like counter back...

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Australian bonds jump in silent trading ahead of RBA Assistant Governor Kent’s speech

Australian government bonds jumped during Asian session of the first trading day of the week Monday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australias...

Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. Commerce announces duties on Chinese steel racks to counter malpractice

In a continuation of the toughened stance against both Allies and adversaries, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed duties on steel racks and parts from China. The United States, in 2017, imported $200 million worth of the...

Australian bonds remain range-bound in muted trading session; RBA’s Lowe, Kent speeches eyed

Australian government bonds traded range bound during Asian session Friday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australias Phillip Lowe and...

South Africans are upbeat about new technologies, but worried about jobs

Powerful new technologies are emerging that will continue to affect individuals in multiple ways. This has led to references to a Fourth Industrial Revolution a new era involving the application of digitisation and...

U.S. Treasuries gain slightly ahead of weekly initial jobless claims, FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries slightly gained during Thursdays afternoon session, ahead of the countrys weekly initial jobless claims, besides, the Philly Fed and Conference Boards Leading indices, all scheduled to be released today...


Can protecting land promote employment? In New England, the answer is yes

Protecting land from development provides numerous ecological and social benefits, but many people debate whether it hurts or helps local economies. Some worry that land protection will inhibit economic growth by...

US Dem presidential primaries: Biden leading, followed by Sanders, Warren, Harris; and will Trump be beaten?

The next US presidential election will be held on November 3, 2020. Incumbent president Donald Trump will almost certainly be the Republican nominee, but there is a contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. The...

Archive documents reveal the US and UK's role in the dying days of apartheid

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in South Africa. But its easy to forget how complex, difficult and violent the birth of full democracy really was. This was particularly true in KwaZulu-Natal, where...

Melania Trump might have requested a better prenup since 2016 election

Various White House representatives have previously assured the public that the marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in good status. But rumors and insider reports keep...

Donald Trump denies being racist

To hear that United States President Donald Trump is going on a Twitter tirade, no matter what time of the day is nothing new. But his recent tweets directed at four congresswomen telling them to go back to their countries...


How big is the Moon? Let me compare ...

Even though we can see the Moon shining brightly in the night sky and sometimes in daylight its hard to put into perspective just how large, and just how distant, our nearest neighbour actually is. So just how big is...

3,800 patients to test promising HIV vaccine

Several significant developments in the field of HIV/AIDS cure studies have been reported this year. Now, adding to that is an HIV vaccine entering human trials after it has been in development for more than 30...

CAR-T therapy could be the world’s first cancer cure

Numerous cancer research is taking place around the world at this moment. While some of it has already shown promising results, there remains an undeniably long work ahead before at least one of them can be officially...

Curious Kids: how does electricity work?

Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question youd like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected] You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS...

How solar heat drives rapid melting of parts of Antarctica's largest ice shelf

The ocean that surrounds Antarctica plays a crucial role in regulating the mass balance of the continents ice cover. We now know that the thinning of ice that affects nearly a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is...


PlayStation 5's SSD offers a new gaming experience

PlayStation 5 is Sonys next-generation console, so for it to have the best hardware components ever seen in the gaming industry is not much of a surprise. However, the company singled out the addition of the solid-state...

Tesla Model 3 is one safe car that just got price cuts

Tesla Model 3 may not be the companys flagship, but a recently concluded safety tests done by the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) confirms it is one of the safest cars. Meanwhile, the pricing of Tesla Model 3 has...

iPhone 11 first look revealed via leaked video

iPhone 11 is not around yet, and there is no official announcement from Apple either. However, it is sure to come soon because there are proofs that the American tech giant is releasing it. Probably, the best evidence is...

Microsoft Surface Book 3 may be the most powerful Surface Book yet

Microsoft Surface Book 3 is the latest version of the Surface Laptop, and while technology enthusiasts are already looking forward to this device, information about it is still scarce. Most of the available details were...

3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

As the public and government regulators around the world discuss whether and how to manage the power of technology companies, one idea that keeps coming up is breaking up these large conglomerate corporations into smaller...
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