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Don't fear robo-justice. Algorithms could help more people access legal advice

By John Zeleznikow

Algorithms have a role to play in supporting but not replacing the role of lawyers. Around 15 years ago, my team and I created an automated tool that helped determine eligibility for legal aid. Known as GetAid, we built...

Is local news on the cusp of a renaissance?

By Damian Radcliffe

Its not an easy time to be a journalist in the United States. Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobs more than 20,000 of them have disappeared. Rubbing salt into the wounds, CareerCast named newspaper reporter the...

Financial literacy is a public policy problem

By Ross Guest

As the world of finance becomes more complex, most of us arent keeping up. In this series were exploring what it means to be financially literate. Its pretty common nowadays to see the likes of the Reserve Bank of...

How doctors are taught to deal with death

By Jennifer Philip Et Al

As a society were pretty removed from death. We dont really talk about it. Yet when medical students start their training, it suddenly becomes something theyre intimately acquainted with. So how are young doctors taught to...

I’ve always wondered: why do our computing devices seem to slow down?

By Robert Merkel

Why do phones, tablets and computers always slow down as they get older, to the point that they become unusable, but when I back it up and restore it onto a brand new device, its fast again (despite not changing any of the...

How oil exploration is adding to Mali's security woes

By Julie Snorek

Mali is one of the least developed countries in the world, with nearly half the population living near the poverty line. In the past six years, the country has experienced civil war, jihadist terrorism and a coup dett....

The burger apocalypse: low carbon eating and avoiding food waste

By Tony Curran

More than 95% of people still eat meat and dont like being told that it is wrong and bad for the planet to do so. But it is now well established that meat production is responsible for a substantial proportion of human...

DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology

By Jean-Christophe Nebel

When police in London recently trialled a new facial recognition system, they made a worrying and embarrassing mistake. At the Notting Hill Carnival, the technology made roughly 35 false matches between known suspects and...

Xi Jinping sets out plans to make China great again

By Jinghan Zeng

In 1793, in his letter to Britains King George III, Chinas Qianlong emperor rejected all the British requests to improve the state of trade between England and China. After all, the Middle Kingdom possesses all things in...

How Islamic financial markets are a safe haven in conventional market crises

By Larisa Yarovaya

Islamic finance is enjoying a surge in popularity, with 14% annual growth in recent years. And the interest in sharia-compliant stocks and bonds is growing across the non-Muslim as well as Muslim world. My recent...

Why we need to improve cloud computing's security

By Robert Deng

Do you often use Facebook? How about Snapchat, Gmail, Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, Spotify or Minecraft? Perhaps all of them? Bottom line, if you use an online social network, e-mail program, data storage service or a...

Google’s new Go-playing AI learns fast, and even thrashed its former self

By Geoff Goodhill

Just last year Google DeepMinds AlphaGo took the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by storm, showing that a computer program could beat the worlds best human Go players. But in a demonstration of the feverish rate...

Why marking essays by algorithm risks rewarding the writing of 'bullshit'

By Kai Riemer

Picture this: you have written an essay. You researched the topic and carefully constructed your argument. You submit your essay online and receive your grade within seconds. But how can anyone read, comprehend and judge...

Why the new banking laws won’t be the slam dunk the government is expecting

By Helen Bird

The federal government is set to enact new laws covering Australian banks, senior executives and directors. Called the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), it imposes new legal obligations on banks and their...

The government's energy policy hinges on some tricky wordplay about coal's role

By John Quiggin

The most important thing to understand about the federal governments new National Energy Guarantee is that it is designed not to produce a sustainable and reliable electricity supply system for the future, but to meet...

Insurance changes not enough to drive real mental health reform

By Sebastian Rosenberg

Recent changes to private mental health insurance offer the prospect of lower premiums and reduced waiting periods, though the magnitude of these benefits is disputed. Travel and accommodation assistance will now be...

Solving the political ad problem with transparency

By Seth Copen Goldstein

Almost all the content and advertising on the internet is customized to each viewer. The impact of this kind of content distribution on the 2016 election is still being explored. But, we can certainly say that the...

Why Russia thinks it's exceptional

By Gregory Carleton

Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same...

Why craft beer is going corporate

By Gary Mortimer

Australians may be drinking beer at 65-year lows, but one segment is bucking the trend - craft beer. According to a recent report, Australian craft breweries generate almost A$500 million in yearly revenue, and this is...

In defence of happiness: why emotional intelligence is key in the digital age

By Mushtak Al-Atabi

Much has been written about the relationship between a happy, positive workplace and an effective, productive workforce. But the definition of happiness can be misunderstood often it is seen as the presence of positive...

#LstTxt&Tstmnt: an unsent text message can count as a will, in the right circumstances

By Brendan Gogarty

The unsent text message read: Dave Nic you and Jack keep all that I have house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden with Trish Julie will take her stuff only shes ok gone back to her ex AGAIN Im beaten...

The pull of energy markets – and legal challenges – will blunt plans to roll back EPA carbon rules

By Hari Osofsky Et Al

On Oct. 10, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt formally announced a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, regulation intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. This follows a...

Why Trump's executive order may compound the health insurance industry's problems

By J.B. Silvers

President Donald Trump has issued the first of what promises to be a series of health insurance executive orders aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act. It instructs the government to essentially exempt small...

Changes to lure young people into private health insurance won't slow increase in premiums

By Stephen Duckett

Australians will be able to choose lower premiums for higher excess, and insurers required to more clearly categorise their policies, under the federal governments shake up of private health insurance announced...

What the Harvey Weinstein case tells us about sexual assault disclosure

By Bianca Fileborn

Explosive reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker in recent days have revealed decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by high-profile Hollywood movie executive Harvey Weinstein. In the wake...

The spooky mortgage risk signs our bankers are ignoring

By Richard Holden

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting...

What's behind the huge increase in breast cancer rates in China?

By Jin-Li Luo

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in China, according to the latest data from Chinas national cancer registry. An analysis of the data reveals that the cancer has increased at a rate of around 3.5% a year...

End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

By Matthew Watkins

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the...

Evolutionary biology can help us understand how language works

By Michael Dunn

As a linguist I dread the question, what do you do?, because when I answer Im a linguist the inevitable follow-up question is: How many languages do you speak? That, of course, is not the point. While learning languages is...

New 'race disparity audit' means little unless we consider where people live

By Laura Vaughan

In an attempt to challenge the disparities in the way people from different backgrounds are treated in Britain, the government has launched a race disparity audit. A new website called Ethnicity Facts and Figures presents...

New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one?

By Keith M. Johnston

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy not that far away, the trailer for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opened with the promise that every generation has a legend. Although it was not ultimately the film many fans...

When VR meets reality – how live concerts could be enhanced by 21st-century opera glasses

By Augusto Esteves

What do Coldplay, Stevie Wonder and the Imagine Dragons all have in common? The answer, and well done if you got this right, is that they have all had recent live shows broadcast in virtual reality. Music fans with VR...

The chemicals in firefighting foam aren't the new asbestos

By Ian Musgrave

This weeks ABC Four Corners episode investigated contamination at defence force sites and surrounding aquifers with chemicals called perfluoroalkyl acids or PFAAs. Around 18 sites are reported to be affected, with the...

Despite the charged atmosphere, Frydenberg and Finkel have the same goal for electricity

By Tony Wood

Globally in the past seven years, the cost of wind-powered generation has more than halved. Domestically, solar PV costs have dropped more than 50%. By 2020, costs of battery technologies are expected to fall 40-60% and...

Nobody reads privacy policies – here's how to fix that

By Florian Schaub

Have you ever actually read an apps privacy policy before clicking to accept the terms? What about reading the privacy policy for the website you visit most often? Have you ever read or even noticed the privacy policy...

How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

By Sylvain Charlebois

Fall is always a good time to create new habits, and coffee chains know it. These days, they are desperately trying to find any excuse to get you to drink their java. Many chains used National or International Coffee...

Economist who helped behavioral 'nudges' go mainstream wins Nobel

By Jay L. Zagorsky

The 2017 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to University of Chicagos Richard Thaler for his work in behavioral economics, which is the integration of economics with psychology. While the award was not a total...

No chance of US gun control despite Las Vegas massacre; NZ left gains two seats after special votes

By Adrian Beaumont

In the last decade, there have been many horrific gun crimes in the US, where at least 10 people have been murdered in the one incident. However, the National Rifle Association has successfully fought all efforts to impose...

The caste politics curse that India just can't shake off

By Afroz Alam

India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during a festival. Yet Narendra Modis ruling Bhartiya Janata Party...

How a billion-dollar insurance industry protects Florida's risky real estate game – for now

By Zac Taylor

Yet, since 1886, the Sunshine State has been hit with almost twice as many hurricanes as the next two states, Texas and Louisiana. Currently, 2.4m people and 1.3m homes sit just 1.2 metres above the high tide line and sea...

Underpaid, overworked and drowning in debt: you wonder why young people are voting again?

By Paul Whiteley

The 2017 general election was highly unusual as far as the youth vote was concerned. The Labour party won 65% the lions share of the youth vote. The nearest comparisons are with 1964 and 1997. In both those years, Labour...

How Blade Runner 2049 prepares us to welcome robots for real

By Michael Burdett Et Al

The idea of dangerous, inhumane artificial intelligence taking over the world is familiar to many of us, thanks to cautionary tales such as the Matrix and Terminator franchises. But what about the more sympathetic...

Bare cupboards and nobody to help buy food: the forgotten welfare gap in older age

By Kingsley Purdam

Welfare reform and austerity in the UK has led to reductions in public spending on services that support older people. Age UK has highlighted how nearly one million older people have unmet social care needs. This is of...

Why people stay in disaster-prone cities

By Gina Yannitell Reinhardt

The 2017 hurricane season has brought unprecedented destruction to the Caribbean and southern United States. As millions of people around the world have watched these events unfold from afar, no doubt some have found...

What the Nobel Prize tells us about the state of economics

By Fabrizio Carmignani

While we dont yet know who will win this years Nobel Prize for economics, taking a look at the top contenders gives great insight into where the field of economics is and where it is heading. The big takeaway is a clear...

Let's face it, we'll be no safer with a national facial recognition database

By Bruce Baer Arnold

A commitment to share the biometric data of most Australians including your driving licence photo agreed at Thursdays Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting will result in a further erosion of our...

Are self-driving cars the future of mobility for disabled people?

By Srikanth Saripalli

Self-driving cars could revolutionize how disabled people get around their communities and even travel far from home. People who cant see well or with physical or mental difficulties that prevent them from driving safely...

'Blade Runner''s chillingly prescient vision of the future

By Marsha Gordon

Can corporations become so powerful that they dictate the way we feel? Can machines get mad like, really mad at their makers? Can people learn to love machines? These are a few of the questions raised by Ridley Scotts...

Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism?

By Sara Bannerman

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...

The government's new gas deal will ease the squeeze, but dodges the price issue

By Samantha Hepburn

The deal signed this week by the federal government and the nations biggest three gas producers will ease Australias gas supply squeeze, but it will do nothing to address the current high prices. Under the contract,...

Does regulating artificial intelligence save humanity or just stifle innovation?

Some people are afraid that heavily armed artificially intelligent robots might take over the world, enslaving humanity or perhaps exterminating us. These people, including tech-industry billionaire Elon Musk and eminent...

U.S. existing home sales rise sequentially in September

20:34 PM| Commentary

Existing home sales in the U.S. rose sequentially in September by 0.7 percent to 5.39 million, as compared to the consensus expectations of a slight moderation of 5.30 million. The rebound was mainly due to sales of...

Canadian retail sales volume drops slightly in August

20:01 PM| Commentary

Canadas retail sales dropped a bit in August, falling 0.3 percent sequentially. Removing the impact of prices, the performance was weaker, as volumes dropped 0.7 percent. In spite of strong sales growth among motor vehicle...

U.S. trade and currency account deficits likely to continue to expand, says Scotiabank

17:19 PM| Commentary

U.S. merchandise exports have recorded their greatest annual gains in half a decade, underpinned by a significant rebound in commodity exports and renewed strength in manufacturers. Increased prices of oil and minerals...

Australian headline inflation likely to have accelerated in Q3 on sharp rises in electricity, gas prices

16:28 PM| Commentary

The Australian headline inflation figure for the third quarter is expected to be dominated by the effect of the sharp rises in residential electricity and gas prices that came into effect via most of the country on 1...

Malaysia likely to project budget deficit of 2.9 percent of GDP in 2018 - OCBC

15:03 PM| Commentary

The Malaysian 2018 budget Shaping the Future is set to be announced at the end of this month, before the nations general election that is to be held before 24 August 2018. According to the OCBC Treasury Research, Malaysia...

Riksbank likely to keep repo rate on hold in October, says Nordea Bank

14:16 PM| Commentary

Swedish inflation has been both high and low, and the Riksbank is not comfortable with this trend, noted Nordea Bank. Thus, the central bank is expected to give soft signals in its upcoming monetary policy decisions next...

Malaysian headline inflation accelerates in September, likely to reach 3.8 pct in 2017

12:54 PM| Commentary

The consumer price inflation of Malaysia accelerated in the month of September, highlighting a more rapid rate of rise in transport costs, noted ANZ in a research report. On a sequential seasonally adjusted basis,...

German producer prices rise sequentially in September

13:35 PM| Commentary

Germanys producer prices rose in September on sequential terms as well as on year-on-year basis. The index of producer prices for industrial productions were up 3.1 percent year-on-year and 0.3 percent sequentially, showed...

Catalonia Crisis: Spanish banks to face stress test as independence group calls for mass withdrawal

07:59 AM| Commentary

Spanish banks operating in the Catalan region are set to feel the heat of the feud between Barcelona and Madrid. On Thursday, just before the deadline expired, Catalonias Independence leader Carles Puigdemont announced in...

Sweden’s labor supply rises sharply in September

17:51 PM| Commentary

Swedens labor supply rose sharply in September. Labor supply surged 0.6 percent, more than forecast. The jobless rate also rose more than expected to 6.8 percent. The labor market report for the month of September is...

Bank of Korea stands pat, likely to hike in coming months

14:14 PM| Commentary Central Banks

The South Korean central bank, Bank of Korea, stood pat this morning. But it seems that a hike in interest rate is looming on the horizon, given the rebounding economic fundamentals and gradually rising inflation, noted...

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Will Obamacare marketplaces suffer as open enrollment begins?

By Michael Morrisey - 01:25 AM| Insights & Views Law Health

The Trump administrations executive order to some elements of the Affordable Care Acts administration is creating uncertainty as open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is set to start Nov. 1. How will the...

Our laws don't do enough to protect our health data

By Sharona Hoffman - 01:27 AM| Insights & Views Law Health

Have you ever wondered why your computer often shows you ads that seem tailor-made for your interests? The answer is big data. By combing through extremely large datasets, analysts can reveal patterns in your...

Terrorist leaders in the Philippines are dead – will democracy be restored?

By Jessica Trisko Darden - 01:28 AM| Insights & Views Politics Law

For almost five months, 21 million people in the southern Philippines have been living under martial law. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the province of Mindanao in May in response to...

The IRS targeting scandal was fake, but IRS budget woes are a real problem

By Philip Hackney - 01:23 AM| Insights & Views Law

Conservatives have been seething since 2013 over what they say was an unfair and imbalanced effort by the IRS to scrutinize right-leaning organizations more closely than other groups seeking nonprofit status. As a new...

Facebook Is Testing Out Paywalls On Instant Articles

09:40 AM| Technology

A new announcement by Facebook reveals that the social network will be implementing some changes with regards to one of its more popular services. It seems the social media giant is doing a new test that involves adding a...

Google Tells Uber It’s Over, Invests $1 Billion On Rival Company Lyft

09:39 AM| Technology

It seems Google parent company Alphabet has finally decided to burn bridges with Uber. The two companies used to be in good terms, with the search engine giant even investing in the ride-hailing firm when it was just...

Richard Branson Throws Shade At Elon Musk, Essentially Calls Him Mars-Obsessed

10:08 AM| Technology

The private space industry is currently dominated by SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, but it has competitors in the form of Richard Bransons Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin. Recently, Branson threw a jab at...

Tree-Planting Deserves As Much Attention As Renewable Energy, Study States

10:07 AM| Technology

The current effort to fight climate change is reducing carbon emissions by increasing reliance on renewable energy and basically reducing the use of fossil fuel. However, a recent study suggests that the world should also...

Sony To Start Putting Games On The Switch, Just Indie Games Though

10:06 AM| Technology

Active participants in the gaming community are well aware of how stubborn Sony can be when it comes to porting video games to other platforms, especially when it comes to PlayStation exclusives. A division of the Japanese...

Samsung Creates 8-Nanometer Chips, Partners With Qualcomm For Mass Production

10:06 AM| Technology

Samsung has done it again. The South Korean company is set to start mass-producing 8-nanometer low power plus chips (LPP) with the help of Qualcomm. The chip offers improvements in power consumption and performance in key...

Apple Still Refuses To Confirm Driverless Car Existence Despite Video Proof

02:27 AM| Technology

Apple has always been a secretive company, keeping information on several of its projects under wraps until its ready to reveal anything. However, one would think that video clips of its self-driving car test popping up on...

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German bunds surge ahead of October manufacturing PMI, ECB policy rate decision

The German bunds surged Monday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of October, scheduled to be released on October 24 by 07:30GMT. Also, markets await the European Central Banks (ECB)...

Singapore headline consumer inflation stabilizes in September, in line with estimates

Singapores headline inflation stabilized at 0.4 percent in September, in line with market estimates. Core inflation edged up slightly due to an increase in services costs and telecommunications fees in particular. As...

US dollar likely to advance against EM Asian currencies in weeks ahead, says Scotiabank

The US dollar is expected to advance against the emerging market currencies over the coming weeks, according to a report from Scotiabank. The US Senate approved a Republican-backed 2018 budget on a 51-49 vote last Thursday...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 23rd October 2017

Few economic data and events scheduled for today and all with low to medium volatility risks associated. Data released so far: China: House price index is up 6.3 percent y/y in...

JGBs little changed despite PM Abe’s tumultuous snap election win

The Japanese government bonds remained little changed at the start of the trading week Monday even as the countrys snap elections held over the weekend yielded results as per market expectations, with Prime Minister Shinzo...


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...

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...

Catalonia's referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain

I have long worried about the rise of authoritarianism in the European Union. The Spanish governments violent crackdown during the Catalonia referendum on Oct. 1 is the latest crisis to challenge EU institutions....


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...


The Evil Within 2 Can Be Played In First-Person Via PC Console Command

The Evil Within 2 is the recently launched horror-survival shooter sequel to the critically-acclaimed The Evil Within. Launched for all major platforms, it seems the PC version has another advantage over its console...

Three Leaked Steam Sale Dates Confirmed By Devs

No matter the time of year, Steam Sales are events that PC gamers cant help but look forward to. There are three Steam Sales lined up before Christmas, which include Halloween, Autumn, and Winter. The dates of these events...

Razer Made Webcam Specifically For Live Streamers, Gamers And YouTubers Alike

Although the company is mostly known for making high-quality gaming computers, Razer is also famous for producing some of the best peripherals in the business. Among its latest lineup are a web camera and a microphone that...

Apple Gets Amazon Studio Veteran, Shows It’s Serious About Scripted Shows

For months now, the tech industry has been wondering just how serious Apple was at creating original, scripted content and how far it was willing to go. Recently, the Cupertino firm just announced that it was hiring Morgan...

Apple Sued Over Animoji Trademark By Japanese Company

During the most recent Apple event where the company showed off its latest gadgets and gizmos, the Cupertino firm tried to put hype behind a new type of messaging feature called Animoji. Its basically an emoji that mimics...
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