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California fire damage to homes is less 'random' than it seems

By Faith Kearns

In the midst of the many wildfire emergencies that have faced California this year, it can often seem that the way houses burn, or dont, is random. The thing is, though, its not. Firefighters and researchers alike have...

video Wall Street at 30: is greed still good?

By Siobhan Lyons

December 11 marks the 30th anniversary of Oliver Stones darkly perceptive Wall Street. The film exemplified the 80s yuppie era during Ronald Reagans conservative presidency: a time when a celebrity suddenly became...

Why Trump's evangelical supporters welcome his move on Jerusalem

By Julie Ingersoll

President Trumps announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 6 that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel received widespread criticism. Observers quickly recognized the decision as related, not so much to...

Ireland: a century of trade relations shows why a soft border is so important

By Jason Begley

You only have to look at the levels of trade and economic development in Ireland over the past century to realise the significance of a smooth border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. The Republic is best...

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

By Kate M. Miltner

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming or coding is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom in the United States. The aim of making computer science a new...

Brexit: widespread opposition across UK to controls along the Irish border

By Sofia Vasilopoulou Et Al

The question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is now a central issue in Brexit negotiations. With the UK government promising to leave the EU customs union and single market, the Irish...

How identity data is turning toxic for big companies

By Robert McCausland Et Al

Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding...

Is the British monarchy actually adapting to changing social norms?

By Ben Carrington

Is the royal marriage story were being sold really a fairy tale come true? Or is it a story spun by Buckingham Palace for its own self-interest, one shrouded in myth and make-believe? In the coverage of next summers...

Teaching machines to teach themselves

By Arend Hintze

Are you tired of telling machines what to do and what not to do? Its a large part of regular peoples days operating dishwashers, smartphones and cars. Its an even bigger part of life for researchers like me, working on...

For Beijing, the greatest threat to China's national security is not the Kim regime: it is the US

By Anny Boc

With every new North Korean missile such as the one launched on Tuesday November 28 or nuclear test, all eyes are on China. Like previous American presidents, Donald Trump believes that the road to a diplomatic solution...

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

By Ian Hamilton Et Al

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But there are limitations with the way drug use is...

We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how

By Charlotte Adams Et Al

Fossil fuels currently dominate the production of electricity and heat. Although renewable energy accounts for around a quarter of electricity produced in the UK, the production of central heating is dominated by natural...

Productive cities: toward a new biopolitics of cities

By Raphaël Besson

The idea of the productive city emerged with the development of industrial capitalism. In this way, the productive model imposed its own logic on cities, which came to be regarded as passive receptacles harbouring economic...

Public investment in electricity generation - a hot button issue in Queensland?

By John Quiggin

One of the most striking features of the Queensland election campaign is that all major parties are advocating public investment in electricity generation. The real choice to be made is whether this investment will...

Companies need confidentiality clauses – but not to muzzle sexual abuse victims

By Elizabeth C. Tippett

Harassment and abuse accusations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men, like Bill OReilly, have revealed a trail of settlement agreements in their wake, many of which contained language that prevented victims...

Why good design alone won't attract millennials to your company

By Libby Sander

Many Australian companies are embracing funky new design features that maximise relaxation and homely chill zones in an effort to lure highly skilled professionals. While these features certainly hold appeal, most workers...

Surgeons and the opioid crisis: We need prescription guidelines

By Tola Afolabi

Of all the possible ways of alleviating the opioid crisis, one has so far garnered far less attention than it deserves: prescription guidelines for surgeons. Surgeons are the third-biggest prescribers of opioids, often...

Why journalists must be allowed to pay and reward their sources

By Tim Crook

Robert Norman helped shine a light on serious social issues. He exposed cutbacks in national detention security, highlighted prison safety concerns, and exposed failures to contain and manage convicted terrorists. He...

Politics won out over international law in recent UN elections

By Rosa Freedman

For the first time in the courts history, the UK will not have a judge sitting at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Christopher Greenwood, who was seeking a second nine-year term, pulled out of the race on November...

We built a robot care assistant for people with dementia – here's how it works

By Conor McGinn

Not all robots will take over human jobs. My colleagues and I have just unveiled a prototype care robot that we hope could take on some of the more mundane work of looking after elderly and disabled people and those with...

Welcome to Britain: a land where jobs may be plentiful but are more and more precarious

By Daiga Kamerāde

The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, was roundly criticised on November 19 after claiming there were no unemployed people during a BBC interview with Andrew Marr. While the latest figures from the Office for National...

Jet fuel from sugarcane? It's not a flight of fancy

By Vijay Singh Et Al

The aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent ...

Will Puerto Ricans return home after Hurricane María?

By Alexis R. Santos-Lozada

Even before this years devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics had predicted that the population of Puerto Rico would decline over the...

Online learning can prepare students for a fast-changing future – wherever they are

By Helen O'Sullivan

Take a moment to think back to the first classroom you ever entered, whether it was at school, or nursery, chances are there was a blackboard, with coloured chalk where you focused most of your attention. You were probably...

Revealed: legal advice for asylum seekers disappearing due to legal aid cuts

By Jo Wilding

Ever since changes were introduced in 2013 to the way legal aid works in England and Wales, campaigners, judges and politicians have been telling the government that many people are now unable to access legal advice and...

High Court strikes again – knocking out Government Senate replacement

By Michelle Grattan

The High Court has ruled out Liberal Hollie Hughes as a replacement for former Nationals senator Fiona Nash, on the grounds that she had an office of profit under the crown during the election period. Once again, the...

Why Puerto Rico is getting the brunt of 'donor fatigue'

By Samantha Penta

Recovering from disasters is never easy. When disasters pile up, it gets harder. On top of the inevitable competition for everything from the governments funding for recovery efforts to construction materials, donations...

From Public Confessions to Public Trials: The Complexities of the "Weinstein Effect"

By Lauren Rosewarne

As the Weinstein effect sweeps Hollywood, the sex/gender/pop culture clash that is my passion project has led to lots of conversations, oftentimes on air. At some point during interviews therell be a question about change:...

Green finance? Why global banks are pledging billions to fight climate change

By Simon Wilde

Banking giant HSBC has pledged US$100 billion (76 billion) to fight climate change, to be spent on sustainable finance and investment over the next eight years. It also commits to increasing its own use of renewable energy...

Sheep can recognise celebrities from photographs, says amusing study with serious potential

By Catherine Douglas

Sheep are surprisingly smart. New research from the University of Cambridge shows the animals can learn to recognise people from photographs, even people theyve never seen in real life, such as celebrities. The...

How to take the stress out of Europe's busiest shopping street – rerouting traffic is just the first step

By Nick Tyler

Every day, some 500,000 people walk along Oxford Street in London Europes busiest shopping street. Now, the citys mayor, Sadiq Khan, has proposed a plan to divert buses and taxis on to other parallel roads and redesign...

How blockchain technology has medieval roots

By Victoria Lemieux

Blockchain is an emergent technology that may be as transformative as the Internet, according to many predictions. But this innovative new technology has a surprising link to the days of medieval treasuries. Blockchain...

EU citizens' rights and Brexit negotiations: both sides could be violating human rights law

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Around 5m European citizens affected by the outcome of the UK referendum (EU citizens in the UK, and British citizens in the EU) have been living in a state of uncertainty for more than 500 days. Months on from the EU...

Shipbuilding in Britain: how to reboot it

By Paul Stott

The UK has a new strategy for shipbuilding. After a 20th century marked by a painful decline in UK shipbuilding, it is not about to resume global dominance. There is, however, a chance to leave the past behind and revive...

Why people have long questioned the point of public inquiries

By Simon Peplow

The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry has received more than 500 requests from individuals and organisations seeking core participant status. This would allow them advance knowledge of some evidence, and the opportunity to make...

Gun violence in the US kills more black people and urban dwellers

By Michael Siegel Et Al

On Nov. 5, just 35 days after the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a man walked into a church in a small Texas town and murdered 26 people with an assault rifle. The coverage dominated the news. But the day before, even more...

As angry voters reject major parties, Mexico's 2018 presidential race grows chaotic

By Salvador Vázquez del Mercado

Salvador Vázquez del Mercado, Conacyt Research Professor, National Laboratory of Public Policy, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas Mexicos 2018 campaign season has not officially begun,...

When Americans tried – and failed – to reunite Christianity

By David Mislin

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a German monk, initiated a split in Christianity that came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. After the Reformation, deep divisions between Protestants and Catholics...

The challenge of authenticating real humans in a digital world

By Jungwoo Ryoo

Proving identity is a routine part of modern daily life. Many people must show a drivers license to buy alcohol at a store, flash an ID card to security guards at work, enter passwords and passcodes to retrieve email and...

GOP plan to tax college endowments like Yale's and Harvard's would be neither fair nor effective

By Jay L. Zagorsky

Tucked away in the recently announced GOP tax bill is a small item you may have missed: a new tax on university endowments. As I have spent decades working in higher education, the proposal immediately piqued my...

Counselling doesn't work in the long term

By Robin Bailey

Person-centred counselling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. Often just shortened to counselling, the approach focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a...

The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here's why

By Thomas Hale Et Al

The crisis of contemporary democracy has become a major subject of political science in recent years. Despite this, the symptoms of this crisis the vote for Brexit and Trump, among others were not foreseen. Nor were the...

Why financial inequality can't simply be blamed on older people hoarding their wealth

By Karen Rowlingson

Millennials are typically spending three times as much money on housing costs as their grandparents, according to recent research from the Resolution Foundation think tank. It has warned of a tight spending squeeze for...

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

By Krissy Kendall

Whether your goal is to increase strength, decrease body fat or improve overall performance, adding supplements to your daily regimen can give you that extra edge. But with thousands of products on the market, choosing the...

From selfie to infinity: Yayoi Kusama’s amazing technicoloured dreamscape

By Chari Larsson

Yayoi Kusama is arguably Japans most famous living artist. Born in 1929, she is one of the few practising artists whose work spans the most important isms of the 20th century. At the same time, her work is undeniably...

It's time for a royal commission into banking regulation

By Pat McConnell

The handling of recent financial scandals show that regulators are confused about what they do, or should do. And as a result the regulation of the financial system, which is vital to a strong functioning economy, is just...

You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem

By Siobhan Lyons

We all seem worried about privacy. Though its not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: its also our attitudes towards privacy that are important. When we stop caring about our digital privacy, we witness...

Three strategies to fight the tax avoidance revealed by the Paradise Papers

By Roman Lanis Et Al

The release of more than 13 million financial and tax documents known as the Paradise Papers show that the Panama Papers last year and LuxLeaks in 2014 were just the tip of the tax avoidance iceberg. It also shows that the...

Facing uncertain future, fossil fuel workers want retraining in renewables

By Andrew Voysey

A top talking point at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this month is President Donald Trumps plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The decision follows Trumps campaign commitment...

Sears Canada tarnishes the gold standard of pensions

By Michael J. Armstrong

Like many department stores, Sears Canada has struggled with competition from specialty stores and online retailers. Its bankruptcy will eliminate some 12,000 jobs and leave 16,000 retirees worried about their...

DNA has gone digital – what could possibly go wrong?

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks and biologists remain largely...

U.S. employment likely to have risen in November, jobless rate to have risen to 4.2 pct

20:44 PM| Commentary

Employment in the U.S. is expected to have risen in November. According to a TD Economics research report, nonfarm payrolls are likely to have increased 175k in the month. Data on persons not at work due to bad weather...

Swedish headline inflation likely to have accelerated in November on higher energy prices

20:04 PM| Commentary

Swedish inflation gauged by CPIF is expected to have come above Riksbanks view. According to a Nordea Bank research report, the CPIF inflation is likely to have come in at 1.9 percent, 0.2 percentage point above the...

Euro area economy grows strongly in Q3, likely to expand 0.6 pct sequentially in Q4

18:49 PM| Commentary

The final release of euro areas third quarter GDP growth showed few surprises. The economic growth confirmed at 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter, consistent with the average of the earlier four quarters. However, modest...

U.S. initial jobless claims fall at start of December, underlying health of labor market intact

17:08 PM| Commentary

Initial jobless claims in the U.S. dropped at the start of December. For the week ended 2 December, the jobless claims fell to 236,000, consistent with Barclays projection of 235k. The four-week moving average remained...

German industrial production falls again in October on lower automobile production

13:21 PM| Commentary

Germanys industrial production dropped in October for the second straight month. Industrial output dropped markedly by 1.4 percent after a drop of 0.9 percent in September. The fall in October industrial production was...

Taiwanese central bank likely to stand pat in December - Scotiabank

12:49 PM| Commentary

The Taiwanese central bank, CBC, is set to meet for its rate decision on 21 December. According to a Scotiabank research report, the central bank is expected to keep its rate on hold at 1.375 percent given Taiwans benign...

Global Geopolitical Series: Russia declares Syria free from ISIS; Tillerson asks Russia to bring Assad to Geneva talks

11:40 AM| Commentary

After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced earlier this week that Syria has almost been freed from the terrorist group known as Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), The Russian foreign ministry has now officially declared...

FxWirePro: Deploy short hedges on narrowed Aussie trade surplus

08:35 AM| Research & Analysis Insights & Views

Australias trade surplus narrowed 93 percent to AUD 0.1 billion in October of 2017 from a downwardly revised AUD 1.60 billion in the prior month and way below market expectations of AUD 1.4 billion. It was the smallest...

FxWirePro: BTC skyrockets the pace on the brink of derivatives market developments

07:47 AM| Digital Currency Research & Analysis Insights & Views

Lets just know as to how the Bitcoin price (or any other cryptocurrencies) seems to have exceeded the expectations briefly for the first time in this week before we proceed further with why it has shown such a movement;...

Moody's: Increased profitability underpins positive outlook for US exchanges, retail brokers; market makers stable

00:47 AM| Research & Analysis

The 2018 outlook for US exchanges and other trading venue operators and retail brokers is positive, owing to increased profitability and steady to lower debt leverage for the collective group, Moodys Investors Service...

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EA Might Permanently Give Up On Battlefront 2 Microtransactions

02:35 AM| Technology

Due to the backlash that it received with the prevalence of pay-to-win elements in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, EA had previously decided to temporarily remove microtransactions from the game. However, reports have started...

Sony Keeps Crushing In Console Sales, Over 70 Million PS4 Units And 2 Million PS VR Sold

02:28 AM| Technology

In the current console generation, Sony has had a firm hold on the top spot with sales of the PlayStation 4 handily outperforming Microsofts Xbox One. The company continues this winning streak, recently surpassing 70...

Digital Currency Revolution

South Korea bans bitcoin futures – Report

10:24 AM| Digital Currency

South Korea has prohibited domestic firms from getting involved in foreign bitcoin-related derivatives, according to The Korea Herald. The countrys financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) has issued...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Encyclopedia on blockchain ‘Everipedia’ gets Wikipedia Co-Founder on board

09:01 AM| Digital Currency

Wikipedia co-founder Dr. Larry Sanger has joined a company that aims to put the encyclopedia on a blockchain. Everipedia, which started off as an alternative to Wikipedia in 2015, is now building the worlds first...

Insurance Company Offers Discount To Tesla Owners Who Use Autopilot

02:23 AM| Technology

The auto industry has pretty much accepted that self-driving is the future, but its still interesting to see how this conclusion is affecting other companies. One insurance carrier, for example, is offering incentives to...

Scientists Are Now Closes To Creating Artificial Life

02:22 AM| Science

Most lifeforms on Earth are made up of natural DNA. However, scientists are now much closer to creating artificial creatures using synthetic methods. They did this by basically making additions to DNA in ways that nature...

Blockchain Revolution Series

ASX to switch to DLT-based system for trade settlement

03:59 AM| Digital Currency

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has announced plans to replace Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) using distributed ledger technology (DLT) developed by Digital Asset. ASX uses CHESS to record...

Scientists Might Have Discovered How To Turn Off Hunger, End Of Overeating?

02:21 AM| Science Health

The lack of control when it comes to eating is one of the biggest reasons for why a lot of people find it so difficult to lose weight. Thanks to a recent discovery by scientists, however, overeating might potentially cease...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin’s spurt catches the eye of Reserve Bank of India again

03:06 AM| Digital Currency

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a warning on the risks of digital currencies such as bitcoin, marking the second time the central bank has cautioned cryptocurrency users this year alone. The cautionary note...

Yahoo And Mozilla Sue Each Other, Google Now Default Firefox Search Engine

02:18 AM| Technology

Google is the most dominant search engine company in the business, so its no surprise that Mozilla would make it the default search option on its updated Firefox Quantum browser. Unfortunately, this was in violation of the...

Econotimes Series


Asian economies’ exports to hold up in 2018, feed through into domestic demand: ANZ Research

Asian economies are expected to witness a holding up of exports in 2018, further, feeding through into domestic demand, according to a recent report from ANZ Research. Core inflation pressures should remain contained as...

Norges Bank likely to keep sight deposit rate unchanged at 0.50 pct, says Danske Bank

Norges Bank (NB) is expected to keep the sight deposit rate unchanged at 0.50 percent at Thursdays meeting. While developments since September have been roughly as expected, the combination of a weaker NOK and higher oil...

JGBs inch down slightly on Fed interest rate hike optimism

Japanese government bonds inched lower slightlyon Mondayas investors remained optimistic about the Federal Reserve interest rate hikeon Wednesdayand followed by three more next year. Also, strong risk sentiments among...

Australian bonds slump following weakness in U.S. Treasuries; FOMC decision in focus

Australian government bonds slumpedon Mondayfollowing weakness in the U.S. Treasuries as investors remained optimistic about December and three more rate hike by the Federal Reserve next year. The yield on the benchmark...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 11th December 2017

Not many economic data and events scheduled for today and all with low to medium volatility risks Upcoming: Italy: Retail sales report for October will be published at 9:00 GMT. Greece: industrial production...


Latino elites are paying the California dream forward

American Latino economic elites have incomes and wealth in the top 5 percent of earners. Some own multi-million-dollar companies or work as corporate executives. Latino politicians like Kevin De León, who is...

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinpings political dominance and his burning...


Scientists Prevent Weight Gain Despite High Fat Diet

The alarming rate of obesity and weight gain in industrialized nations is one of the most concerning health issues plaguing developed countries today. Scientists might have just come much closer to finally ending this...

Study Says Air Pollution Makes Exercise Pointless, Poses Huge Health Risks To Unborn Babies

Scientists have been encouraging older people to exercise in order to stay healthy, but according to a recent study, air pollution makes this rather pointless. Whats more, another study found that a dirty atmosphere has...

Baby Born Via Transplanted Uterus For The First Time

Further proving that advances in medical science never cease to amaze, a woman just gave birth to a baby with a transplanted uterus. This is the first time it has ever happened in the U.S. and provides hope to a lot of...

Smartphone Addiction Increases Anxiety And Depression, Study Finds

It might feel like the same old story, where elders take issue with new technology and tell the younger generation that their addiction to gadgets would result in problems. However, this time, tutting adults might have...

Thousands Of HIV Patients To Be Injected With HIV Vaccine In Human Trials

Even though HIV has been part of the human consciousness for several decades, creating a cure has proven difficult. Now, an international collaboration is about to perform human trials by injecting thousands of patients...


Far Cry 5 Delayed Due To Ubisoft’s Newfound Commitment To Quality

Ubisoft just announced that it will be delaying the release of several of its upcoming titles, including Far Cry 5 and the Crew 2. This is apparently due to the success of Assassins Creed Origins, which is currently being...

Net Neutrality Death May Or May Not Kill Bitcoin, Experts Disagree With Each Other

One of the biggest hot-button topics in the American political landscape right now is Net Neutrality and the upcoming vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to kill it. While many fear that the death of a free...

Vine Creator Teases New App, Could It Be Vine 2.0?

Reports that the creator of the previously popular app Vine was making a follow-up app started circulating recently when he revealed that he was working on a side project. Now, Dom Hofmann is teasing the internet with an...

Steam No Longer Accepts Bitcoin For Video Game Purchase

Even though Bitcoin is continuing to skyrocket in value, at least one prominent tech entity is jumping off the crypto bandwagon instead of on it. Valve just announced that it would no longer accept the digital currency on...

Accidental Leak Of God Of War March 2018 Release Date Might Have Been Intentional

Gamers recently spotted a release date on the PlayStation Stores God of War page. At the time, the page said that Kratos is coming back on March 22, 2018. The date has since been changed to December 31, 2018, but many are...
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