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Ben McCann

Associate Professor of French Studies, University of Adelaide
I am Associate Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide. I have published widely on many areas of French cinema.

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

Jun 09, 2022 08:39 am UTC| Science

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...

From Star Wars to Apocalypse Now, director’s cuts are all the rage. But do they make the films any better?

Jul 28, 2019 11:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

Ridley Scott and James Cameron did it, and George Lucas never stops. Directors ceaselessly return to their work to tweak, tinker, chop and change. Extended Cut, Definitive Version, Special Edition: the list goes...

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Economy

Sukyoung Textile worked for the intermediate agency but Nike made every business decision, including production methods.

Nike and other foreign companies could easily evade the fair trade law in South Korea even if they exploit their dominant position over domestic subcontractors by abusing them, according to a lawmaker. According to Rep....

This service allows users to control their avatar in a metaverse-based virtual model house.

The South Korean construction industry is using metaverse technology as an option for building and operating expensive real model houses and reaching a wider customer base Lotte Engineering Construction Co. rolled out...

Singapore-based ONE’s revenue grew 19.1 percent on year to $67.7 million.

ONE Championship expects to turn a profit in three years after its losses increase 125 percent on year to US$111 million for 2021. Singapore-based ONEs revenue grew 19.1 percent on year to $67.7 million, with...

Subscription streaming service Bally Sports+ provides access to the Bally Sports Ohio regional sports network.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will cover Bally Sports+ subscription streaming costs for Cavs United members with full or half-season tickets. The NBA teams move follows the nationwide US launch of the Bally Sports+...

Apple and Amazon will no longer pay the $195M fine for their collusion case last year after the judge scrapped the penalty.

Apple and Amazon were previously slapped with a hefty $195 million fine by the Italian anti-trust regulators. However, on Monday, Oct. 3, it was revealed that the administrative court in Italy has thrown out the penalty...

Politics

The agency is looking to the public for a way to better invoke the Defense Production Act to boost power grid reliability.

The United States Energy Department this week moved to advance a Cold War-era law in order to bolster the reliability of the electric grid and deploy clean energy. The department sought the public on how to determine the...

Officials from both sides agreed to meet for the first time in seven months to resume talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Officials from the United Kingdom and the European Union are set to restart their discussions on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The restarting of the discussions comes after seven months following legal actions both sides...

The opposition Labor Party maintains its lead over the Conservative Party in recent polls, the latest Opinum survey showing a 19-point lead.

The British opposition Labour Party has maintained its lead over the ruling Conservative Party in recent opinion polls. An Opinum poll over the weekend showed that the Labour Party has a 19-point lead over the...

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's reclaiming of Lyman shows that Ukrainian forces are making progress in pushing back Russians.

NATOs Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lauded the recent advance Ukrainian troops made in their recapturing of the city of Lyman in the Donetsk region. Stoltenberg said the reclaiming of Lyman shows Ukraines ability to...

Science

The NPS has been focusing on anthocyanins, the antioxidant-rich pigments that give blackberries and blueberries their signature shades.

The US Department of Agriculture approved the genetically modified purple tomato to extend its shelf life and boost nutritional quality almost 15 years after its development. According to biochemist Cathie Martin, she...

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

Technology

TikTok live shopping feature is reportedly heading to North America

TikToks live shopping feature is expected to launch in more regions before the year ends. The social media giant is reportedly making arrangements to bring its in-app shopping tools to North America in time for the holiday...

Tencent reportedly takes an aggressive approach to gain major stakes in more gaming companies outside China

Tencent Holdings could be named a majority stakeholder in more gaming companies. The tech giant is reportedly aiming to replicate its recent deal with Ubisoft to expand overseas investments, following new regulatory laws...

SIE president Jim Ryan reportedly voiced his concerns on Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger directly to EU regulators

Sony is naturally one of the most vocal companies about the looming Xbox and Activision Blizzard merger. But the PlayStation maker appears to be doing more than just giving press statements as Sony Interactive...

Japan will subsidize US chipmaker Micron Technolog

Japan will subsidize US chipmaker Micron Technology by up to $322 million to support its plan to produce advanced memory chips at a Hiroshima factory. Japans Economy and Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said he hopes...
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