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The Texas deep freeze left the state in crisis. Here are 3 lessons for Australia

Feb 26, 2021 14:46 pm UTC| Nature

The US state of Texas has this month experienced some of its coldest weather on record. Houston recorded a temperature of -10.6℃, which is around 20℃ below average. And Dallas-Fort Worth recorded its lowest-ever...

Texas was a warning. Australia needs to rethink the design of its electricity market

Feb 26, 2021 14:17 pm UTC| Nature Economy

Australias electricity market is unsustainable. Texas shows us why. A week ago Texas experienced a bout of severe weather as arctic air reached deep into the state, driving temperature down to levels that had not been...

How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

Feb 20, 2021 12:16 pm UTC| Nature

Americans often take electricity for granted until the lights go out. The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit...

Why African countries must invest more in earth sciences

Feb 12, 2021 09:23 am UTC| Nature Investing

The African continent contains some of the worlds richest mineral resources. For instance, the Democratic Republic of Congo produces most of the worlds cobalt; Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique are major contributors to...

Climate Change Series

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here's why

Feb 12, 2021 08:13 am UTC| Technology Nature

The worlds most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon the raw...

Why is there water on Earth?

Feb 12, 2021 07:58 am UTC| Nature Science

Water is essential to life as we know it and it seems completely normal to have water all around us. Yet Earth is the only known planet to be covered by oceans. Do we know exactly where its water came from? This is not...

Climate Change Series

Home-delivered food has a huge climate cost

Jan 19, 2021 02:35 am UTC| Business Nature

Over the past few years, Australians have embraced online food delivery services such as UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog. But home-delivered food comes with a climate cost, and single-use packaging is one of the biggest...

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Economy

Ford dismisses ITC's criticism over SK deal for not being based on hearing

Ford Motor Co on Friday dismissed criticism from the U.S. International Trade Commission for not being based on a public interest hearing, noting that it committed to SK Innovations battery programs before any misconduct...

US, EU agree on 4-month tariff freeze in aircraft dispute

The EU and the US agreed on a four-month suspension on tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports to ease the burden on industry and workers and focus on conflict resolution. The suspension will cover all US...

China barred the import of pineapples from Taiwan

China banned the imports of pineapple, and the order came into effect earlier this week. Beijing announced that the tropical fruit could not enter the country, and Taiwan assumed that this is a political move. Taiwans...

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is laying off hundreds of workers soon

Sinclair Broadcasting Group announced this week that it would be laying off hundreds of workers soon. The company said it was left with no choice but to dismiss a percentage of its workforce as the business was affected by...

US suppliers to China's SMIC face licensing woes

The US has been slow to approve licenses for American companies to sell chipmaking equipment to Chinas Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), with an estimated $5 billion worth of parts and components...

Politics

Joe Biden COVID-19 response: POTUS says there is enough vaccine for all adults until May

With the Biden administration already ramping up efforts to make sure everyone is vaccinated, President Joe Biden brought more good news for adults across the country. Biden announced that there would be enough vaccines...

Barack Obama: New book claims ex-POTUS initially did not want to endorse Joe Biden

While former President Barack Obama is known for having a very close friendship with his then-vice president Joe Biden, a new book claims that their friendship did not extend to a campaign endorsement. The book claims that...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US-Australia ties in call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to world leaders as part of the Biden-Harris administrations plan to re-engage with allies. Harris recently reaffirmed the US alliance with Australia with its Prime Minister...

Donald Trump investigation: House Oversight Committee issues subpoena to ex-POTUS' accounting firm again

The Manhattan prosecutors are not the only ones who want to look into the financial records of former President Donald Trump. It appears the House is also keen on looking into Trumps records as its oversight committee has...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

Leaker says ‘Elden Ring’ will feature PvP and online multiplayer

With internal videos of Elden Ring appearing online recently, more information leak has now come to light about its gameplay. FromSoftwares next project is now shaping up to be an important IP as it is expected to combine...

OnePlus Nord 2 could feature MediaTek Dimensity 1200

OnePlus attempt at launching mid-range smartphones last year was well-received and the company appears to be working on the next OnePlus Nord. It is rumored to launch in the coming months with one significant change in its...

MacBook and iPad models in 2022 could sport OLED panels

Apple marked a significant development in its iPhone line last year after launching the first series with OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, as the standard panel. The company is reportedly not stopping at iPhone as it...

Realme GT 5G is powered by Snapdragon 888 for less than $500

Most smartphones powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset are expected to come with high prices, but that is not the case for Realme GT 5G. For less than $500, the device will allow its users to experience the...

WhatsApp desktop audio and video calls are now live

WhatsApp has introduced a much-requested feature among users who often use its desktop services. The option to make audio and video calls through Windows and Mac computers went live Thursday, but there is one major...
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