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Why the Supreme Court's football decision is a game-changer on school prayer

By Charles J. Russo

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently banned school-sponsored prayer in public schools. At the same time, lower courts have generally forbidden public school employees from openly praying in the workplace, even if no...

What does equity in schools look like? And how is it tied to growing teacher shortages?

By Lucas Walsh

When Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declared victory on election night, he said he wanted to unite Australians around our shared values of fairness and opportunity, and hard work and kindness to those in need. So what...

Drones and DNA tracking: we show how these high-tech tools are helping nature heal

By Jake M Robinson Et Al

Technology has undoubtedly contributed to global biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. Where forests once stood, artificial lights now illuminate vast urban jungles. Where animals once roamed, huge factories now...

The dangers of big data extend to farming

By Kelly Bronson

Most internet users are by now aware of the vulnerability of their personal data. When the news broke that tech companies misuse and manipulate our personal data, there was a widespread techlash against the corporate...

Market research is essential for entrepreneurs who want their businesses to succeed

By Philippe Massiera

According to the U.S. research and consulting firm CB Insights, most entrepreneurs fail because they lack sufficient financing. The second reason they fail is because the market for their product is too small. Yet many...

Ukraine and Moldova gain EU candidate status but face a long road to full membership

By Stephen Hall3

For four months, Ukraine has been fighting for its very existence. Having successfully forced Russia to shift focus from a four-fronted offensive to concentrating on the Donbas region in the east of the country, Ukraine is...

Social Security benefits play key role in preventing older Americans from lacking enough quality food

By Sophie Mitra Et Al

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Social Security benefits make it easier for older Americans to afford the food they need to live a healthy, active life, according to...

Business schools get a bad rap – but a closer look shows they're often a force for good

By George Siedel

There is no shortage of books critical of business schools. The titles leave little doubt about how much disdain the authors have for the schools meant to prepare future leaders in business. Consider books like Shut...

I watched hundreds of flat-Earth videos to learn how conspiracy theories spread – and what it could mean for fighting disinformation

By Carlos Diaz Ruiz

Around the world, and against all scientific evidence, a segment of the population believes that Earths round shape is either an unproven theory or an elaborate hoax. Polls by YouGov America in 2018 and FDU in 2022 found...

How Rising festival brought us dance in times of plague

By Angela Conquet

Three years in the making, Risings much-anticipated first edition brought to Melbournes festival-deprived audiences a rich program featuring 225 events. With former Chunky Move founder and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek...

LIV Golf: Sportwashing vs. the commercial value of public attention

By Brad Millington Et Al

The LIV Golf Invitational Series held its first event recently at Centurion Club in St. Albans, England. LIV is a challenger to established tours in mens golf most notably the PGA Tour. Golfers have seemingly been...

Our current methods of food production are unsustainable – in his latest book, George Monbiot considers the alternatives

By Petra Marschner

In his new book Regenesis, journalist and environmental activist George Monbiot describes problems associated with agriculture now and into the future. He also gives examples of how agriculture can be improved to produce...

Female finance leaders outperform their male peers, so why so few of them in academia and beyond?

By Jing Xu Et Al

The gender diversity of thought leadership in finance is lower than in most other academic fields, our research shows. Finance ranks 132nd out of 175 fields with a representation of only 10.3% women among its thought...

Why capping food prices won't work – and will actually make things worse

By Phil Lewis

Australian shoppers are facing a crisis in the fresh-food aisles. Iceberg lettuces that cost $2.80 a year ago have doubled, or tripled, in price. Brussel sprouts that cost $4 to $6 a kilogram are now $7 to $14. Beans...

Russia’s Ukraine invasion won’t be over soon – and Putin is counting on the West’s short attention span

By Matthew Sussex

As Russias war in Ukraine becomes a quagmire of attrition, Western leaders are slowly coming to two realisations about Vladimir Putins intentions. First, Russias war against Ukraine wont be over soon, and is likely to...

US Capitol attack: how the public reaction to the January 6 hearings reflects deep divisions in the US

By Eliza Bechtold

After nearly a year of investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 2021, the Democrat-led House Select committee is holding a series of public hearings to present its findings to the US public. These findings...

At what point is a disease deemed to be a global threat? Here's the answer

By C Raina MacIntyre Et Al

Whenever there is an outbreak of a disease in the world such as monkeypox it is up to the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider what sort of weight to give it, including whether or not it constitutes a public...

How to combat the unethical and costly use of deepfakes

By Audrey de Rancourt-Raymond1 Et Al

Deepfakes are video, audio and image content generated by artificial intelligence. This technology can produce false images, videos or sounds of a person, place or event that appear authentic. In 2018, there were...

Vegan cheese: what you should know

By Richard Hoffman

For many people who go vegan, one of the hardest things to give up is cheese. Fortunately, thanks to the increasing popularity of veganism, food manufacturers have begun producing a greater variety of vegan cheeses with...

Crypto crash: market volatility is testing investor will but crypto-enthusiasts still see a future for the asset class

By Andrew Urquhart Et Al

Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, remains a bellweather for the sector. It hit an all-time high of more than US$68,000 (55,600) in November 2021, when the overall value of the cryptocurrency market was close to US$3...

What is a heat dome? An atmospheric scientist explains the weather phenomenon baking large parts of the country

By William Gallus

A heat dome occurs when a persistent region of high pressure traps heat over an area. The heat dome can stretch over several states and linger for days to weeks, leaving the people, crops and animals below to suffer...

What is curtailment? An electricity market expert explains

By Theodore J. Kury

Curtailment has a special meaning in electric power systems. It describes any action that reduces the amount of electricity generated to maintain the balance between supply and demand which is critical for avoiding...

Pandemic's impacts on how people live and work may change city centers for decades to come

By Eunjee Kwon Et Al

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea If companies allowed more of their employees to permanently work from home, businesses would gravitate toward city centers, while...

Celibacy: its surprising evolutionary advantages – new research

By Ruth Mace Et Al

Why would someone join an institution that removed the option of family life and required them to be celibate? Reproduction, after all, is at the very heart of the evolution that shaped us. Yet many religious institutions...

How digital tech can help people with asthma manage their meds and reduce the risk of attacks

By Amy Chan

Modern medical science has made remarkable progress in the treatment of asthma. Inhalers containing steroids are particularly effective in preventing an asthma attack. But getting people to take these preventive medicines...

Levelling up: why Netflix and TikTok are turning to gaming to secure their future

By James Birt

The streaming wars are heating up. In March, Disney delayed the release date of Obi-Wan Kenobi to May 27 to coincide with the launch of Netflixs top show, Stranger Things. This on the back of Googles announcement YouTube...

The national electricity market is a failed 1990s experiment. It's time the grid returned to public hands

By John Quiggin

A crisis, as the saying has it, combines danger and opportunity. The dangers of the current electricity crisis are obvious. The opportunity it presents is to end to the failed experiment of the national electricity...

Why Russia demonizes Ukrainian diasporas

By Vic Satzewich Et Al

Were now almost into the fifth month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and one of the consistent features of Russias associated information war is its continuing efforts to defame and demonize Ukrainian diasporas around...

UK work visa for elite graduates is exclusive and based on flawed assumptions

By Orla Quinlan

The UK governments announcement of a new work visa option aimed at attracting top graduates has elicited some backlash because the list of eligible institutions features no universities from Africa, Latin America or South...

Want to run for office in Kenya? Here's how much it'll cost you

By Karuti Kanyinga

Kenyas constitution provides for election of the president and 47 governors to head the executive organs at national and county levels, respectively. Also to be elected are legislators: 47 senators, 290 MPs and 1,450...

Ukraine war: fears that Belarus might invade on Russia's side are growing

By Stefan Wolff

As the war in Ukraine drags on and Russias attempts to gain significant ground in Donbas stall, concerns are being raised once again about the possibility of Belarus opening a second front. This, so the logic goes, would...

How monkeypox epidemic is likely to play out – in four graphs

By Adam Kleczkowski

The first case of monkeypox in a human was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, there have been many monkeypox outbreaks, but they have been self-limiting, with chains of human transmission...

Why including coal in a new ‘capacity mechanism’ will make Australia's energy crisis worse

By Tim Nelson

Australias electricity generators would be paid extra money to be available even if they dont actually generate any energy, under a new mechanism proposed by the federal governments Energy Security Board...

In an energy crisis, every watt counts. So yes, turning off your dishwasher can make a difference

By Anna Malos

Australias east coast energy market has been on a rocky road for the past few weeks. It begs the question: how could the market change to avoid the next crisis? To date, discussion has largely focused on the need to...

BTS take a break: world’s biggest K-pop group is caught between Korea’s soft power ambitions and national security

By Sarah A. Son

The decision by K-pop sensations, BTS, to take a hiatus is breaking hearts globally. But, unlike the Beatles or One Direction, their decision is tied to Korean peninsula politics and the challenge of balancing national...

Online dating fatigue – why some people are turning to face-to-face apps first

By Martin Graff

For the last two-plus years, people hoping to meet their soulmate in person have had a rough time. Lockdowns and uncertainty about social gatherings have led many people to turn to dating apps. People who feel they have...

A new farming proposal to reduce carbon emissions involves a lot of trust – and a lot of uncertainty

By Ralph Sims

After decades of avoiding inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), New Zealands primary production sector has begrudgingly acknowledged that reducing on-farm emissions of greenhouse gases is an...

Insurance firms can skim your online data to price your insurance — and there's little in the law to stop this

By Zofia Bednarz Et Al

What if your insurer was tracking your online data to price your car insurance? Seems far-fetched, right? Yet there is predictive value in the digital traces we leave online. And insurers may use data collection and...

How are PhD students meant to survive on two-thirds of the minimum wage?

By Shaun Belward Et Al

Over the decades, supportive parents of Australian students on the cusp of graduating from their undergraduate studies have occasionally been struck by a bewildering decision by their pride and joy. Instead of pursuing an...

What's driving the surge in South Africa's fuel price

By Jannie Rossouw

Increases in the domestic price of fuel are big news in South Africa, with the price of petrol, diesel and paraffin reaching new highs. The underlying reason for the price increases is movements in the international price...

Is a major recession unavoidable? Three economists give their views

By Jonathan Perraton Et Al

We are in a double bind right now. Prices are going through the roof but all the signs suggest that the economy is weakening. The answer to higher prices is normally to raise interest rates, but this also induces people...

The latest Bank of England rate rise won't do much to tackle inflation - here's what could work

By Michael Jacobs

There wasnt much dramatic tension as markets waited for the Bank of Englands latest decision on interest rates. The fifth monthly quarter-point hike in a row was largely expected, taking the base rate to 1.25% in June...

Canadians' trust in the news media hits a new low

By Colette Brin Et Al

According to the Reuters Institutes 2022 Digital News Report, trust in the Canadian news media has sunk to its lowest point in seven years. The study, produced by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the...

5 things to know about the Fed's interest rate increase and how it will affect you

By D. Brian Blank

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates for the third time this year, on June 15, 2022, as it seeks to counter inflation running at the fastest pace in over 40 years. The big question is how much it will lift rates....

Five of the world's tiniest robots

By Joao Filipe Ferreira

Allow me to take you on a trip down my memory lane. As a young lad, a film I saw captured my imagination: Fantastic Voyage, a 1966 release about people shrunk to microscopic size and sent into the body of an injured...

Local efforts have cut plastic waste on Australia's beaches by almost 30% in 6 years

By Kathryn Willis Et Al

Its common to hear about large amounts of plastic waste floating around our oceans. But while the problem of plastic waste is growing globally, in Australia its going the other way. This is because most plastic rubbish...

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at 40 – a deep meditation on loneliness, and Spielberg's most exhilarating film

By Ben McCann

40 years ago this month saw the release of Steven Spielbergs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial a film about a stranded alien, the boy called Elliott who discovers it and a bond of friendship that remains as magical and...

'Food sequencing' really can help your glucose levels. Here's what science says about eating salad before carbs

By Leonie Heilbronn

Biochemist and author of the Glucose Revolution Jessie Inchauspé says tweaking your diet can change your life. Among her recommendations in the mainstream media and on Instagram, the founder of the Glucose...

Conservative Supreme Court justices disagree about how to read the law

By Jeb Barnes

With a 6-3 majority, conservative justices on the Supreme Court may appear poised to hand down decisions that the Republican presidents who appointed them would applaud. As a political scientist who has published...

Small green spaces can help keep cities cool during heat waves

By Lingshan Li

A recent World Meterological Organization report called heat waves the deadliest meteorological hazard from 2015 to 2019, affecting people living on all continents, and setting new national heat records in many regions....

Sanctions against Russia: taking stock four months after the start of the war

On 23 February the eve of Russias invasion of Ukraine the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted the first package of sanctions in response to Moscows recognition of the self-proclaimed autonomous republics of...

Europe Roundup: Sterling near one-week low vs dollar, European stocks fall, Gold edges lower, Oil prices rise for fourth day on supply worries-June 29th,2022

12:29 PM| Market Roundups

Market Roundup Sweden May Household Lending Growth (YoY) 6.5%,6.8% previous Sweden Jun Manufacturing Confidence 120.6, 125.5 previous Spanish CPI (YoY)10.2%, 9.0% forecast, 8.7% previous Spanish Jun HICP (YoY)...

What's driving Uber's historic agreement with the TWU on gig work

By Caleb Goods - 14:20 PM| Business

Uber Australia has struck a historic agreement with the Transport Workers Union a statement of principles that re-regulate work in the Australian rideshare and food delivery industry. This is a major shift to...

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The FDA and Juul are fighting over a vape ban, but the role of e-cigarettes in the world of tobacco abuse is not clear-cut

By Lynn T. Kozlowski - 14:19 PM| Health

On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that all Juul products must be removed from U.S. markets. This decision essentially broadened an existing ban on teen use of the companys nicotine...

Nike posts US$46.7 billion for 2022, up 5% on-year

09:28 AM| Sports Economy Business

US sportswear giant Nike posted a US$46.7 billion revenue for the 2022 financial year, up five percent on-year. It also pushed its net income up six percent on-year to $6 billion for the same period. The Nike brand...

The impact of Christian purity culture is still being felt – including in Britain

By Denise Thwaites - 14:25 PM| Insights & Views

In the 1990s and 2000s, a Christian movement now known as purity culture reached its height. Purity culture was most significant in America, and since the noughties, it has gradually faded from cultural prominence. Its...

Elon Musk reportedly admits Tesla is not safe from bankruptcy

07:55 AM| Business Economy

Tesla may be one of the leading electric vehicle makers in the world today, but the company reportedly lost billions of dollars recently from its new plants coupled with problems related to the supply chain and COVID-19...

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Economy

Rold Gold marks 106 years as favorite pretzel brand by giving away $106,000 in real gold

Rold Gold was introduced by Philadelphia businessman Lorraine Schumaker in 1917, and with its upcoming 106th birthday, it is celebrating this milestone by giving away over $106,000 in real gold bars. It is now owned by...

Coke launches its newest flavor in collaboration with Marshmello

Coca-Cola just unveiled its newest Coke flavor under its Coca-Cola Creations banner. The limited-edition flavor was made in collaboration with Marshmello, the masked Grammy-nominated DJ and music producer. According to...

Gucci debuts first pet collection line

Gucci, one of the most popular luxury brands in the world, has launched its new line of fashion items. However, it is not for humans, as the company is releasing its very first line of pet clothing collection. As per...

Salesforce to bring Hyperforce cloud-based service to South Korea

Salesforce, an American cloud-based software company, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is launching its Hyperforce cloud-based software service in South Korea. With the release of this service, the company wants...

Nestle launches plant-based milk for toddlers

Nestle unveiled new plant-based milk for toddlers developed by SMA Nutrition. The new drink is fortified for optimal growth of young children, and it has been launched in Tesco and ASDA stores in the United Kingdom. SMA...

Politics

Afghanistan: No women at the national unity gathering, says Taliban acting deputy PM

The international community has raised concerns about the Talibans policies on women and girls since retaking control of Afghanistan in August last year. The insurgent groups acting deputy prime minister said no female...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Poland President Andrzej Duda praises US reinforcements

Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine for the fourth month since the invasion in February, sending neighboring countries on alert and in need of further deterrence. Following the US announcement of deploying more...

Iran: No progress in indirect talks with US over nuclear deal, says EU envoy

The indirect negotiations between Iran and the US that sought to restore the 2015 nuclear deal took place in Doha, Qatar this week. However, following the latest meeting for discussions, no progress was made. EU envoy...

Afghanistan: US to provide around $55 milion in additional immediate aid

Following a recent earthquake that affected Afghanistan and killed hundreds, appeals were made to countries to provide the needed financial assistance for those affected. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russian space agency releases coordinates of US Pentagon, NATO summit venue

The Russian space agency ROCOSMOS released the coordinates of several prominent government establishments in the West. The release of coordinates comes as the agency said the satellites in the West are all aligned with...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

How nanotechnology can revive Nigeria's textile industry

Nigerias cotton production has fallen steeply in recent years. It once supported the largest textile industry in Africa. The fall is due to weak demand for cotton and to poor yields resulting from planting low-quality...

Technology

Brazil’s Anatel proposes mandatory USB-C phone chargers

Brazils national telecommunications agency, also known as Anatel, is exploring the possibility of requiring phone manufacturers to support USB-C charging. The agency has opened a public consultation on the matter that...

Regular Pixel 7 model could gain 4K selfie video capability

The Pixel 7 series is still a few months away, but some details about its camera features might have leaked by way of the recent Google Camera update. And it appears that Google might be working on making the 4K selfie...

FCC urges Apple, Google to remove TikTok from app stores

United States FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has renewed efforts of the previous administration to limit TikToks operations in the country. While the Chinese-owned social media app is not facing another total ban, Carr has...

Report: ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ devs refute claims they didn’t know about critical bugs due to mishandled QA testing

A CD Projekt Red QA partner for Cyberpunk 2077 was recently accused of mishandling the project, suggesting it may have had drastic consequences that affected the games quality at launch. But, in a new report, developers...

Wimbledon looks to engage younger fans with WimbleWorld on Roblox

The All England Club (AELTC) has built a digital recreation of Wimbledons Centre Court dubbed WimbleWorld on the Roblox video game platform to reach a younger demographic. The project is part of its 100-year celebration...
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