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David Wästerfors

David Wästerfors

Associate professor, Lund University

I am a Swedish researcher in sociology with a great interest in ethnography, interactionism and social psychology.

Reshaping NAFTA could be good for Mexico's economy (and Brazil's and Argentina's, too)

Apr 18, 2017 13:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Among other threats targeting Mexico during his election campaign, US President Donald Trump harshly criticised the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old tripartite deal that removed tariffs and...

Young gamers are inventing their own controllers to get around their disabilities

Apr 18, 2017 13:31 pm UTC| Technology

Nintendos latest gaming device is unique. It can operate like a traditional home console, a tablet or a handheld gaming unit complete with miniature joystick. But for gamers with disabilities, the Nintendo Switch may still...

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Economy

German bunds slump after October manufacturing PMI cheers markets; 10-year auction in focus

The German bunds slumped Tuesday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of October succeeded to cheer markets, coming in a tad higher than expectations and from the previous reading in September. Also, markets...

Korea Q3 GDP likely to rise 3 pct q/q on decent rise in monthly output numbers, says DBS Bank

South Koreas third-quarter GDP (preliminary) is due for release this Thursday. Headline growth is expected to rise to 3 percent q/q saar, moderately higher than the 2.4 percent in Q2, albeit lower than the Q1 peak of 4.3...

New Zealand bonds close mixed ahead of Q3 employment report

The New Zealand bonds closed mixed Tuesday as investors remained focus on the countrys employment report for the third-quarter of this year, scheduled to be released later today by 21:45GMT. At the time of closing, the...

Global Geo-political Series: U.S. commerce department imposes CVD on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. commerce department, under the guidance of Secretary Wilbur Ross continues to take a tough stance on countries that have used unfair means to promote exports. Last night, U.S....

BoK remains on track to hike by 25 bps as early as November 30, says Scotiabank

The Bank of Korea (BoK) is expected to remain on track for a 25 basis points hike as early as November 30. The central bank maintained its policy rate at 1.25 percent last Thursday morning. However, it was not a unanimous...

Politics

As China prepares for its Communist Party congress, what will it mean for the rest of the world?

Of Chinese President Xi Jinpings many achievements in his time in office about which much will be made in the official propaganda one of the most surprising was the more confident and assertive approach to foreign policy...

What it's like to transition on to Universal Credit

Originally designed with the intention of making work pay by smoothing out transitions between paid work and welfare, Universal Credit is now being widely criticised for failing to deliver on its promises. Despite calls by...

Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism?

Although we now live in a vast internet landscape with immense amounts of content, the diversity and quality of the news media we consume continues to be a concern.. Large sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google should...

Theresa May's speech and the challenge to expand English social housing

Amid the drama of Theresa Mays conference speech was the announcement of new funding for social housing and a new generation of council houses in England. This follows long-term under-investment in social and affordable...

Las Vegas: the US is racked with impossible divisions over rights and freedoms

In the immediate aftermath of the October 2 Las Vegas massacre the USs 273rd mass shooting in 2017 alone it seems neither President Donald Trump nor his Republican colleagues will entertain a review of current gun...

Science

New Treatment For Blindness Gets FDA Panel Recommendation, First Of Its Kind

Providing hope to thousands of people suffering from hereditary blindness, advisers for the US Food and Drug Administration just gave a critical recommendation to a new type of treatment. Using gene therapy, the treatment...

VP Mike Pence Heads NASA’s Revived Moon Council, SpaceX To Do The Heavy Lifting

After months of hinting that a Lunar mission is in the works, US vice-president Mike Pence announced via The Wall Street Journal op-ed that NASA would be sending humans to the moon. The article was published just before...

Scientists Makes Hydrogen Fuel Production Cheaper With Seawater And New Nanomaterial

Solar and wind energy might be the renewable resources that are growing in popularity, but hydrogen fuel has proven to be incredibly reliable and powerful as well. Now, a University of Central Florida (UCF) scientist has...

Chilled proteins and 3-D images: The cryo-electron microscopy technology that just won a Nobel Prize

Many people will never have heard of cryo-electron microscopy before the announcement that Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson had won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work developing this...

Ikea Now Has Indoor Vertical Farm, Huge Potential For Solar Partnership

With the worlds climate constantly becoming hotter by the year, industries such as farming are going to experience massive problems such as drought and daylight heat thats too much for plants to handle. Thats why products...

Technology

Tesla In Talks To Install Solar Grid In Puerto Rico, Could Privatize Power Industry

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been in talks with Puerto Ricos officials regarding a proposed solar power grid to restore the devastated islands electricity. Much of the US territorys population still dont have access to power...

Amazon Is Now In Real Estate, Sells And Ships Pre-Fabricated Homes To Customers

As the premier online retail giant in the industry, Amazon has a lot of clout in many sectors. Now, it would seem that the merchant behemoth is making a move to completely revolutionize selling homes. Customers can now...

Ex-BioWare Employee Says EA Only Cares About Money, Confirms What Gamers Already Know

The gaming community has long branded Entertainment Arts (EA) as the worst video game company in the industry. Ruining multiple promising studios and franchises, milking players for every last dime, and releasing titles...

No Sequel For PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Blue Zone Carnage To Increase

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) is currently one of the hottest online, multiplayer shooting games in the market. As such, even though it is still in Early Access, some people are already asking if PUBG 2 is coming....

Apple VS Samsung Patent Battle Heats Up Once Again, Again

The legal disputes between Apple and South Korean rival Samsung have been going on for so long and for so many times, publications are actually losing count. The two companies are once again going to court in order to...
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EZMarkit Comp Flash PMI

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55.9 bln EUR

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56.5 bln EUR

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54.9 bln EUR

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3.6 %

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1.00 %

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