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Are the West's sanctions against Russia actually working?

By Christopher Michaelsen

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 2022, the United States, the European Union and other countries swiftly imposed a mix of wide-ranging diplomatic and economic sanctions. Russia was excluded from...

3 ways 'bossware' surveillance technology is turning back the management clock

By Dale Tweedie Et Al

If youre reading this during work hours, theres a chance your boss knows about it. The market for bossware digital tools that enable managers to keep tabs on what workers are up to is reportedly booming. News reports...

Earth harbours 20,000,000,000,000,000 ants – and they weigh more than wild birds and mammals combined

By Mark Wong Et Al

Have you ever wondered exactly how many ants live on Earth? Possibly not, but its certainly a question weve asked ourselves. Our research published today provides an approximate answer. We conservatively estimate our...

For the first time, robots on Mars found meteorite impact craters by sensing seismic shock waves

By Katarina Miljkovic

Since 2018, NASAs InSight mission to Mars has recorded seismic waves from more than 1,300 marsquakes in its quest to probe the internal structure of the red planet. The solar panels of the car-sized robotic lander have...

Bollywood film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' paints an ambivalent picture of sex workers' rights

By Rajeshwari Nandkumar

Earlier this year, the Bollywood film Gangubai Kathiawadi grabbed headlines for its bold portrayal of sex work in India. The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, has been widely viewed on Netflix and...

The Tadamon Massacre: Two researchers secretly investigate mass murders in Syria

By Mohamad Moustafa Alabsi

In early 2019, at an international academic conference in Paris, a Syrian political activist approached a scholar of mass violence affiliated with the NIOD Institute of War, Holocaust Genocide Studies (University of...

Biden again indicates that US will defend Taiwan 'militarily' – does this constitute a change in policy?

By Meredith Oyen

President Joe Biden has not for the first time suggested that the U.S. would intervene militarily should China attempt an invasion of Taiwan. What did Biden say and why was it significant? In an exchange on 60...

South Africa’s farm exports are an economic lifeline – with weak spots

By Wandile Sihlobo

International trade has been at the core of South Africas agricultural progress since the early 2000s. Since 1994, the country has excelled in opening up new markets, as evidenced by several free trade agreements with...

Why does nature create patterns? A physicist explains the molecular-level processes behind crystals, stripes and basalt columns

By Maxim Lavrentovich

Why does nature always create a pattern? Saloni G., age 16, Alwar, Rajasthan, India The reason patterns often appear in nature is simple: The same basic physical or chemical processes occur in many patterned...

The Ethereum merge could kick off a transformation in crypto's battered reputation

By Jean-Philippe Serbera

Cryptocurrencies might still be a very long way from their highs of 2021, but some of the major ones have staged some decent recoveries in the past couple of months. Notably ether (ETH), the second largest cryptocurrency...

With family doctors heading for the exits, addressing the crisis in primary care is key to easing pressure on emergency rooms

By Colleen Grady

The Ford governments recently released plan to ease pressure on Ontario emergency rooms makes no mention of the mass exodus of physicians from family practice. With that omission, the provinces Plan to Stay Open ignores...

If your landlord wants to increase your rent, here are your rights

By Brendan Grigg

Inflation is pushing up interest rates. Interest rates are pushing up mortgage costs. Theres talk of a rental supply crisis. This means theres a good chance your landlord wants to increase your rent. So what are your...

Canterbury ratepayers risk paying the price twice if Tarras airport takes off

By Ilan Noy

This week saw the 12th anniversary of the first major Canterbury earthquake on September 4 2010. Since that event and the catastrophic aftershock of February 22 2011, the Canterbury economy has proved quite resilient. So...

4 strategies for hiring refugees successfully

By Robin Pesch Et Al

Over five million Ukrainians have fled their country, and more than 68,000 have made it to Canada. If they havent already, most will begin seeking employment in their new countries soon. In the face of this, its important...

Queen Elizabeth II: the end of the 'new Elizabethan age'

By Laura Clancy1

When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, Britain was just seven years out of the second world war. Rebuilding work was still ongoing, and rationing key products such as sugar, eggs, cheese and meat would...

'The entire industry is based on hunches': is Australian publishing an art, a science or a gamble?

By Katherine Day

Jason Epstein was the publisher and editor of authors such as Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth and Gore Vidal. In his 2001 book, Book Business, he described how the once-relaxed Random House where authors...

Better COVID vaccines are on the way. What do they do? And what technology might we see in future?

By Paul Griffin1

Regulators in Australia and the United States last week approved Omicron-specific boosters, following approval in the United Kingdom in mid-August. In Australia, a Moderna Omicron booster has been provisionally approved...

Only South Africa's elite benefits from black economic empowerment -- and COVID-19 proved it

By Casper Lӧtter

More than two decades ago the South African government put in place a policy designed to redress racial imbalances in the countrys economy. But, as I suggest in a recent paper, the policy known as broad-based black...

Rent crisis? Average rents are increasing less than you might think

By Ben Phillips

You wouldnt know it from the pages of our daily newspapers, but the rate of growth in rents has been pretty modest. Not everywhere, not for everyone, but for most Australians who rent. According to the most recent...

Five problems that could slow supplies of food, computers, cars and other goods this winter

By Sarah Schiffling Et Al

The pandemic highlighted how interconnected the world is right now. Multiple bottlenecks have disrupted global supply chains the networks of people, companies and modes of transport that order and manufacture goods and...

Pakistan floods: what role did climate change play?

By Ben Clarke Et Al

Pakistan is experiencing the most devastating and widespread floods in its history, with the countrys climate minister saying waters have reached across a third of the nation. The growing tally of impacts is dire. More...

How the Premier League's wealth funded a revolution in training technology

By Jonathan Taylor

The English Premier League (EPL) celebrates its 30th season this year, and much has changed since the leagues inception in 1992. For many long-time fans, the period may well be defined by the influx of money into the...

Cost of living: four ways to stop banks and companies using complex maths against you

By Craig Anderson

The cost of living crisis is dominating headlines at the moment. With so much conflicting information flying around, it can be hard to work out what is the best way to look after your household finances. Banks, energy...

Online reviews are broken – here's how to fix them

By Vasilis Katos

Its a crime story fit for the digital era. It was recently reported that a number of restaurants in New York had been targeted by internet scammers threatening to leave unfavourable one-star reviews unless they received...

As countries ranging from Indonesia to Mexico aim to attract digital nomads, locals say 'not so fast'

By Rachael A. Woldoff Et Al

Should your community welcome digital nomads individuals who work remotely, allowing them freedom to bounce from country to country? Our research has found that workers are eager to embrace the flexibility of not being...

Why Gorbachev’s legacy still threatens Putin

By Robert Horvath

Little remains of the legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader and one of the greatest reformers in Russian history. In the name of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring), Gorbachev dismantled...

Good news – there's a clean energy gold rush under way

By Bjorn Sturmberg

This week, the Australian Energy Market Operator warned gaps in electricity supply are likely within three years. The reason? Coal plants are quitting the market earlier than expected, as well as becoming less reliable....

The simple reason a viral math equation stumped the internet

By Egan J Chernoff Et Al

For about a decade now, mathematicians and mathematics educators have been weighing in on a particular debate rooted in school mathematics that shows no signs of abating. The debate, covered by Slate, Popular Mechanics,...

Want to get more women to start their own businesses? Here's what it takes

By Melodi Botha

Globally, men are twice as likely as women to start a business. Most research into how to start a business has been focused on men. Not much has looked at why women are not fully represented among entrepreneurs or how to...

Foreign banks are absent in Nigeria. We tracked down why

By Lilac Nachum Et Al

Privately owned Nigerian banks hold 94% of Nigerian banking assets. Only one other country in the world Israel has a higher share of ownership by local banks. The share of banking assets is the most reliable way to...

FBI's Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit reveals how Trump may have compromised national security – a legal expert answers 5 key questions

By Clark D. Cunningham

1. What is a search warrant affidavit? Lets start with a search warrant, which is a court order authorizing government agents to enter property without an owners permission to search for evidence of a crime. The warrant...

Will the UK experience blackouts? Three scenarios for this coming winter

By David Jenkins1

The UK could experience its first large scale blackout in decades this winter, if gas shortages combine with particularly cold weather. Thats according to the governments reasonable worst case scenario, a warning which was...

Why tech companies must address emissions caused by streaming and scrolling

By Doug Specht

Technology companies have been having a difficult year. The increased cost of living is turning people away from streaming, cryptocurrencies are faltering, Amazon has raised its prime membership costs, as has Twitter for...

Why clean, affordable water should not be in the hands of private companies targeting profit – new research

By Kate Bayliss

Englands water companies have come in for some heavy criticism this summer. An extremely dry July has led to drought status being declared in many areas, while 3 billion litres of water are lost through leakage every...

A £15 national minimum wage won't tackle the cost of living crisis — an economist explains why

By Kerry L. Papps

Since it was introduced 23 years ago, the national minimum wage has raised the incomes of millions of Britons and reduced inequality. Everyone loves it. For Labour politicians its a tool to reduce inequality, while for...

A new US data privacy bill aims to give you more control over information gathered by websites, social media platforms and all other businesses

By Anne Toomey McKenna

Data privacy in the U.S. is, in many ways, a legal void. While there are limited protections for health and financial data, the cradle of the worlds largest tech companies, like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Meta (Facebook),...

Tiredness can change how generous you are – new research

By Laura Boubert

What determines how generous a person you are? Could it be how much money you have? How kind you are? Or maybe it comes down to your values. These all seem reasonable assumptions, but a new study from Berkeley University...

Chemical imbalance theory of depression: clearing up some misconceptions

By Mark Horowitz Et Al

The scale of the response to our recent study finding that there was no support for the idea that low serotonin causes depression the so-called chemical imbalance theory of depression was enormous. Our paper is one of...

China property crisis: why the housing market is collapsing – and the risks to the wider economy

By Zhirong Ou

China has been trimming interest rates recently in contrast to other major economies as it tries to stem the economic effects of its zero-COVID policy and address a growing property crisis. The countrys traditionally...

How Québec's Bill 21 could be vanquished by a rarely used Charter provision

By Kerri Anne Froc

This November, the Québec Court of Appeal will hear an appeal of Hak v. Attorney General of Québec on the constitutionality of Bill 21, which prohibits public service workers from wearing religious...

Yoga versus democracy? What survey data says about spiritual Americans' political behavior

By Evan Stewart Et Al

As the United States gets less religious, is it also getting more selfish? Historically, religious Americans have been civically engaged. Through churches and other faith-based organizations, congregants volunteer,...

Lunar mining and Moon land claims fall into a gray area of international law, but negotiations are underway to avoid conflict and damage to spacecraft

By Michelle L.D. Hanlon

Its been 50 years since humans last visited the Moon, and even robotic missions have been few and far between. But the Earths only natural satellite is about to get crowded. At least six countries and a flurry of...

Six benefits that the metaverse offers to colleges and universities

By Nir Kshetri

Even though its unclear what exactly the metaverse is and whether it even exists, colleges and universities have jumped onto the metaverse bandwagon. They have augmented in-person and remote video learning with features...

The road to new fuel efficiency rules is filled with potholes. Here's how Australia can avoid them

By Robin Smit1 Et Al

Last week, federal Climate and Energy Minister Chris Bowen officially put fuel efficiency standards on the national agenda, saying the measure would reduce transport emissions and encourage electric vehicle uptake. Fuel...

In a climate crisis, how do we treat businesses that profit from carbon pollution?

By Alistair Woodward

Introducing the New Zealand governments first Emissions Reduction Plan in June, climate change minister James Shaw observed: The climate crisis is no longer something happening elsewhere, to someone else, in the...

The Big Four oilsands companies' influence threatens Alberta democracy, argues political scientist

By Robert (Bob) Ascah

Over the past five years, ownership of oilsands production has become hyperconcentrated in four companies: Cenovus Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Imperial Oil Limited and Suncor Energy. These four...

A professor in India lost her job over a bikini photo on Instagram. What does this say about misogyny?

By Deeplina Banerjee

News recently broke that last year, an assistant professor in Kolkata one of the more liberal cities in India was allegedly forced to resign after posting a photo in a bathing suit on her social media. While the...

South Africa's nuclear sector has failed its test: the Koeberg nuclear plant life extension

By Harald Winkler Et Al

South Africas only nuclear power plant, Koeberg, has frequently been in the news in 2022, all for the wrong reasons. Its operating licence expires in 2024, and its continued operation thereafter depends on critical...

Inflation: why it's very unlikely to get back below 2% for years to come

By Alexander Tziamalis

Inflation in the UK and eurozone is still getting worse. UK prices rose a whopping 10.1% in July compared to a year earlier, while those in the eurozone went up 8.9% breaking longstanding records in both places. Contrast...

Crimea: Ukraine uses new tactics to attempt to take back strategic territory from Russia

By Christoph Bluth

Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly replaced the commander of his Black Sea fleet just three days after an attack on the Russian Saki airbase in Crimea, as Ukraines military strategy shifts towards regaining...

Putin's mobilisation speech: what he said and what he meant

When Vladimir Putin took to Russian television on September 21 he wanted to send three clear headline messages. The first is that the threat of nuclear war is credible and serious. The second is that partial...

Gold Daily Outlook

05:39 AM| Technicals

Gold Daily Outlook Ichimoku Analysis (4-hour Chart) Tenken-Sen- $1671.06 Kijun-Sen- $1671.06 Gold pared some of its gains after the hawkish Fed monetary policy. The central bank hiked rates by 75 bpbs to the...

America’s Roundup: U.S. dollar soars to two-decade high as Fed flags more large hikes, Wall Street slumps, Gold bounces ,Oil prices slide 1% after U.S. Fed raises interest rates-September 22nd,2022

23:35 PM| Market Roundups

Market Roundup Fed raises rates by 75 bps, as expected,flags more hikes US indexes down: Dow 1.7%, SP 1.71%, Nasdaq 1.79% US Aug Existing Home Sales (MoM) -0.4%,-5.9% previous US Aug Existing Home Sales...

Google, Apple, other foreign tech firms in S. Korea log ₩4 trillion in sales

23:55 PM| Business Economy Technology

Google, Apple, and other tech titans took up the bulk of sales of 209 foreign tech companies that filed corporate tax returns in 2021.

Samsung to provide 5G Solutions to Comcast

23:55 PM| Technology Economy Business

The partnership with Samsung enables Comcast to offer 5G connectivity without having to build or acquire additional cell sites.

Top Stories

New York's $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump is the beginning, not end, of this case – a tax lawyer explains what's at stake

By Bridget J. Crawford - 07:04 AM| Politics

What are Trump and his children accused of in the lawsuit? The complaint is over 200 pages long and contains many specific claims. But, at its heart, the complaint says the Trump Organization made false financial or...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin plays the annexation card, pushing the war in Ukraine into a dangerous new phase

By Alexander Gillespie - 07:04 AM| Politics

A lot has changed since world leaders last met in person at the United Nations General Assembly: a global pandemic, a looming food crisis, economic stress, climate disasters and, of course, the Russian invasion of...

FxWirePro- Solana- "Ethereum Killer"

09:17 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency

Solana is the fastest permissionless blockchain in the world and is called an Ethereum killer within crypto communities. It supports NFT, Defi, Web3, and more. Consensus Mechanism. Proof of History (POH). It is a mix of...

HYBE's stock price in see-saw due to BTS' military enlistment issue

09:25 AM| Business Economy

Hybe's stock price has been going up and down as the military enlistment of BTS is being discussed by the public and officials.

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Economy

Instacart is moving forward with its IPO and it is reportedly eliminating staff before the filing.

Instacart Inc., an American firm that operates a grocery delivery and pick-up service in the United States and Canada through its website and mobile app, is reportedly getting rid of its staff as it moves closer to its...

WeMade emerged victorious in its legal conflict with a Chinese firm and set to receive ₩95 billion in compensation.

WeMade is a South Korean video game developer based in Seongnam that is known for its Legend of Mir series of massively multiplayer online role-playing games or MMORPGs. Its most successful titles are The Legend of Mir 2...

Beyond Meat discards its chief supply chain officer role after Bernie Adcock decided to leave the company.

Beyond Meat has decided to discard the companys chief supply chain role after Bernie Adcock resigned from his post. He just joined the firm in December 2021 as the chief supply officer after leaving Tyson Foods. The...

Ford Motor reshuffled executives as it moves to shift to EV production while also boosting its supply chain.

Ford Motor Company announced late last week that it would make big changes in its management through a major executive shuffle. The automaker said this move is being made to further bolster the product development of its...

LG Electronics is finally launching its wearable air purifier in South Korea after a year of delay.

LG Electronics is planning to release its electronic face mask called the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier in South Korea this year. While the country is its home ground, the company launched the said product in other...

Politics

us Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the additional aid would boost humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and in neighboring countries.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week that Washington would be providing Afghanistan with $327 million in much-needed aid. The aid comes as the countrys humanitarian crisis has continued for more...

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said decisive action must be taken on the protests as Tehran blames the US for the unrest.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the country must take decisive action on the ongoing protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Irans Morality Police. This also follows the escalated violence...

Harris is expected to discuss the issue surrounding Taiwan's security in her meetings with Japan and South Korea's leaders during her visit.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris will be visiting Asia in the coming week. During her meetings with leaders in the region, Harris is expected to bring up the issue of Taiwans security. A senior Biden...

Russian police have arrested at least 750 individuals protesting against Putin's mobilization order.

Unrest has occurred in Russia following Vladimir Putins order for reserve troops in a partial mobilization. Russian police have since arrested hundreds of people over protests of mobilization. Security forces in Russia...

Washington is reportedly in discussions with Australia over the building the latter's first nuclear-powered submarines, according to Western officials familiar with the matter.

The Biden administration is reportedly in talks with Australia to build its first nuclear-powered submarines. The talks come as Australia is boosting its defense spending amidst a time when China is ramping up its presence...

Science

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...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

A new MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch display is expected to be one of the new Apple devices to enter the market in 2023

Apple is expected to close this year with the announcement of new Mac devices next month. But reports on what products the tech giant plans to unveil in 2023 are already making the rounds online, and it might include an...

Google offers a closer look at Pixel Watch’s design ahead of October 6 event

There is only a little over a week left before Google launches a new slate of Pixel-branded devices, including the Pixel Watch. But thanks to a mix of early teasers and leaks, details about the smartwatchs design and...

Sony says a game’s 'premium release' should come first before it goes to a subscription service

Sony is adamant that subscription services like PlayStation Plus are not the best venue to launch new video games. A company executive said Sony prioritizes a new titles premium release but noted that PS Plus can serve an...

Apple is expected to introduce bigger changes to the iPhone line in 2023, including the launch of ‘iPhone 15 Ultra’

Many Apple customers are still waiting to receive their iPhone 14 orders, but reports about the companys 2023 smartphone line are already rife. Apple is expected to introduce significant changes to the iPhone branding next...

Night School Studio’s “Oxenfree” launched Netflix Games a year after the streaming giant bought the game developer

Upcoming movies and TV shows were not the only highlights at Netflixs Tudum event over the weekend. The company also announced that Night School Studios Oxenfree finally made its way to the Netflix Games library. The...
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