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Remote working has led to managers spying more on staff – here are three ways to curb it

By Evronia Azer

With so many more people working from home during the pandemic, employers have stepped up the extent to which they are monitoring them online. Not so many years ago, employees were having to adjust to having their work...

Making space for Buddha in the boardroom

By Dr Linda Kantor Et Al

It seems farfetched to imagine that an ancient meditation technique, practised by Buddhists over 2,000 years ago, could have a place in the 21st-century corporate boardroom. Yet, despite criticisms that it is just...

Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows

By David Rutkowski Et Al

Ask what students need to learn at home, and the answer often involves access to Wi-Fi or a digital device. For example, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 sets aside US$7.1 billion to support access to high-speed...

Unblocking the passage from India

By Michelle Grattan

It became clear this week repatriation flights for Australians stranded in India would have to resume ASAP after May 15, whatever the COVID situation in that country. By going too far in its effort to stop individuals...

The government has pledged over $800m to fight natural disasters. It could be revolutionary — if done right

By Paul Barnes

To help Australia adapt to climate change and manage the disasters that come with it, the federal government this week pledged A$600 million towards establishing the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, and $210...

Why Facebook created its own ‘supreme court’ for judging content – 6 questions answered

By Siri Terjesen

Facebooks quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the companys suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram. The decision came four months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

Scottish election: how Brexit and independence referendums split voters into four tribes

By Fraser McMillan Et Al

The previous Scottish parliament election, in 2016, came less than two years after the countrys historic referendum on independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. That contest a Pyrrhic victory for the pro-union...

Survey shows some bosses are using the pandemic as an excuse to push workers

By Stephanie Ross Et Al

A middle-aged woman in the public sector says she and her colleagues have been underappreciated, overworked and mentally stressed out as they faced pandemic-related challenges and stresses, without any pay increase. An...

How scientists make plant-based foods taste and look more like meat

By Mariana Lamas

In 2019, Burger King Sweden released a plant-based burger, the Rebel Whopper, and the reaction was underwhelming. So, the company challenged its customers to taste the difference. Burger King Sweden created menu item...

IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?

By Roger Staff Et Al

From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. Which is why it would be easy to...

UK-India trade deal: why the timing is crucial for both nations

By Sangeeta Khorana

The UK and India have announced a new enhanced deal on trade at a virtual summit. The deal aims to double trade between the two countries by 2030 and declares their joint commitment to start working towards a comprehensive...

Taste alone won't persuade Americans to swap out beef for plant-based burgers

By Anna Mattila

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Consumers are more likely to choose a plant-based meat substitute when the restaurants advertising highlights the social benefits of...

Do people become more religious in times of crisis?

By Danielle Tumminio Hansen

Organized religion has been on the decline for decades in the United States. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that online searches for the word prayer soared to their highest level ever in over 90...

Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember

By Steven Furnell

For more than 15 years, there have been various predictions from tech leaders about the death of passwords. Bill Gates predicted it back in 2004 and Microsoft have predicted it for 2021. There have been numerous similar...

Male voices dominate the news. Here's how journalists and female experts can turn this around

By Kathryn Shine

Last week, the ABC announced it had achieved a milestone it had been trying to reach for more than two years. For the first time, in the previous month of March, it had equal numbers of women and men appearing in its news...

New Chia cryptocurrency promises to be greener than Bitcoin, but may drive up hard drive prices

By Mohiuddin Ahmed

It has been a big year for cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is worth six times what it was 12 months ago, and the joke currency Dogecoin has seen a hundredfold increase in price. A boom in non-fungible tokens, or NFTs tradable...

Gut feel or rational analysis? Both may be vital in finding winning ideas for new markets

By Thomas Gillier Et Al

Expansion into new markets is often essential for companies to grow, and there can be a constant quest for ideas with market-creating potential. But what if the very processes designed to help find those breakthrough ideas...

India: election loss in West Bengal may be start of a backlash against Modi's handling of COVID crisis

By Saba Hussain

In what is widely being interpreted as a popular verdict on Narendra Modis handling of the COVID crisis in India, voters in West Bengal have returned the incumbent chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, and her regional...

The world’s data explained: how much we're producing and where it's all stored

By Melvin M. Vopson

Ancient humans stored information in cave paintings, the oldest we know of are over 40,000 years old. As humans evolved, the emergence of languages and the invention of writing led to detailed information being stored in...

The Bank of Canada must seize the pandemic moment and do more for Canadians

By Peter Dietsch Et Al

The Bank of Canada, like central banks around the world, is currently facing enormous upheaval and uncertainty due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. Will its leadership seize the moment as an opportunity to innovate...

Sure, video games want to get you hooked on spending. But there's no evidence they can manipulate you

By Ben Egliston Et Al

The ABCs latest Four Corners report is an investigation into how videogames are deliberately designed to get people hooked. It describes the use of gambling-like loot boxes in games, the hotly debated notion of...

The budget is a window into the treasurer's soul. Here's what to look for Tuesday night

By Peter Martin1

What in America they call the State of the Union, in Australia we call the federal budget. As surprising as it may seem, Australian budgets arent really about money theyre about values. As a case in point, a key...

Laws governing police use of DNA are changing: are the proposals fair for all New Zealanders?

By Carrie Leonetti

By helping identify perpetrators and the remains of victims, forensic DNA analysis holds enormous power to solve crimes. It also has enormous implications for privacy and fairness. But with science and society changing at...

I'm over 50 and can now get my COVID vaccine. Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe? Does it work? What else do I need to know?

By Meru Sheel Et Al

From today, Australians aged 50 or older are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine from special respiratory clinics or mass vaccination hubs in some states. Appointments with selected GPs are available from May...

The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be

By Bill Hare Et Al

Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century is a central goal of the Paris Agreement. In recent months, climate experts and others, including in Australia, have suggested the target is now impossible. Whether Earth can...

Pandemic puppies: Canine crisis or happy household?

By Beth Daly

At first, it was toilet paper and hand sanitizer. People stuck at home with time to bake bought up all the flour. Next came the terrifying shortages of hospital ventilators and ICU beds, and eventually vaccines. Then...

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

By Jason Ng Et Al

The discovery and use of clays dates back to 30,000 years ago, making clays one of the oldest materials used in society. Clays are naturally occurring materials that were first used to make pottery and are now used...

Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leaders

By Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz

COVID-19 pushed much of the world into the digital realm for everything from schooling and work to religious worship and dating. At the same time, many governments were turning data connections off. Full or partial...

South Africa's romcom revolution and how it reimagines Joburg

By Pier Paolo Frassinelli

Netflix went live in South Africa on 6 January 2016. The arrival of the subscription-based content streaming service was a game changer for the countrys film and television industry, as it had been for other...

As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive

By Wambui Wamunyu

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, let us remember that 2020 was terrible for the press in many parts of the world. Two ranking measures the World Press Freedom Index 2021 and African Media Barometer publications...

Liberals likely to retain majority in Tasmania; Biden's ratings after 100 days

By Adrian Beaumont

AAP/Chris Crerar With 79% counted in Saturdays Tasmanian election, the ABC is calling 12 of the 25 Tasmanian lower house seats for the Liberals, eight for Labor, two Greens and three undecided. Vote shares were 48.7%...

COVID in India: the deep-rooted issues behind the current crisis

By Vageesh Jain

India finds itself in the throes of a humanitarian disaster. Until March 2021, case numbers were low in most parts of the country, leading many to think that the worst was over. Much like in Brazil though, jingoism,...

Remote working: why some people are less productive at home than others – new research

By Stephen Bevan

Has working at home during lockdown made people more productive or not? This has been the subject of some lively debate recently. Many companies do not routinely measure productivity. A large number will have...

The trucking industry has begun to turn electric — but passenger vehicles will take a little longer

By Gail Broadbent

Australias trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane ...

The First Australians grew to a population of millions, much more than previous estimates

By Corey J. A. Bradshaw Et Al

We know it is more than 60,000 years since the first people entered the continent of Sahul the giant landmass that connected New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania when sea levels were lower than today. But where the...

3 economic facts point to a big-spending federal budget

By Richard Holden

Its difficult to make predictions, the saying goes, especially about the future. The many predictions federal budgets make about the economy over the coming four years must therefore be taken with a large grain of...

Not two different worlds: QAnon and the offline dangers of online speech

By Chandell Gosse Et Al

The new docuseries, Q: Into the Storm, is an investigation into the QAnon conspiracy theory and the shadowy online subcultures and spaces that fuel it. An important narrative throughout the series is the negative...

82% of Americans want paid maternity leave – making it as popular as chocolate

By Chris Knoester Et Al

The United States is the only wealthy nation that doesnt guarantee paid leave to mothers after they give birth or adopt a child. The vast majority of Americans would like to see that change. According to a YouGov poll...

India's crisis deepens, but vaccine sharing is yet to materialise

By Rob Reddick

Indias deadly second wave is continuing to worsen, with daily new cases consistently exceeding 300,000 and deaths now having surpassed 3,000 a day. Hospitals are running out of intensive care beds and many are critically...

Post Office scandal reveals a hidden world of outsourced IT the government trusts but does not understand

By Helen Margetts

The convictions of 39 Post Office workers were quashed on April 23 after the UKs court of appeal heard that the crimes for which theyd been accused were in fact caused by the organisations Horizon IT system. The system,...

To demonstrate their commitment, teleworkers are making themselves more available than ever

By Marie-Colombe Afota Et Al

All around the world, the Covid-19 crisis and the repeated lockdowns have fuelled a massive increase working from home. In such circumstances, two urgent questions arise: First, can remote work become a permanent reality?...

Boris Johnson's Downing Street refurbishment: might a law have been broken?

By Sam Power

The Electoral Commission has announced that Boris Johnson, the, erm, prime minister of the United Kingdom, is under investigation. Well, to be precise, the Commission will investigate whether any transactions relating to...

From bioweapons to super soldiers: how the UK is joining the genomic technology arms race

By Yusef Paolo Rabiah

The UK government recently announced an 800 million, taxpayer-funded Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria). The brainchild of the British prime ministers former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings and modelled on the...

Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen

By Abigail McQuatters-Gollop

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the oceans surface waters. They cant swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, phytoplankton enable life in the oceans and...

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

By Nicholas R. Longrich

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere likely in Asia before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa...

Why renewable energy won’t end energy poverty in Zimbabwe

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that hopes renewable energy technologies will help to address their energy problems. About 42% of Zimbabwes households are connected to the electricity grid. The country has huge...

Robots are coming and the fallout will largely harm marginalized communities

By Constantine Gidaris

COVID-19 has brought about numerous, devastating changes to peoples lives globally. With the number of cases rising across Canada and globally, we are also witnessing the development and use of robots to perform jobs in...

India COVID crisis: four reasons it will derail the world economy

By Uma S Kambhampati

The second wave of the pandemic has struck India with a devastating impact. With over 300,000 new cases and 3,000 deaths across the country each day at present, the total number of deaths has just passed the 200,000 mark ...

State lawsuits over stimulus tax rule face uphill battle

By Jonathan Entin

States were told by the federal government that they cant use pandemic relief funds passed by Congress in March to lower taxes. In response, 16 states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of that...

Exclusive. Top economists back budget push for an unemployment rate beginning with '4'

By Peter Martin1

Australias top economists have overwhelmingly backed a decision by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to reset the budget strategy so that it prioritises achieving an unemployment rate of between 4% and 5% over reducing...

Print isn't dead: major survey reveals local newspapers vastly preferred over Google among country news consumers

Newspaper readers in rural and regional Australia are five times more likely to go directly to their local newspaper website than Google or Facebook for local information, and almost 10 times as likely to go to their local...

For the EU's 'Green Deal' to succeed, economic theory must take into account qualitative growth

By Sergio Focardi Et Al - 08:53 AM| Economy

The goal of the EUs ambitious new Green Deal is to put Europe on a path toward zero emissions and sustainable growth decoupled from resource use. The plan marks a sharp departure from traditional ecological approaches...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs hit the big league, but not everyone will win from this new sports craze

By Adam Karg Et Al - 02:33 AM| Technology Digital Currency

Some buy sporting memorabilia for love. Others for money. The world record for most money paid for a sports-related item goes to the original Olympic manifesto written in 1892 by International Olympic Committee founder...

S. Korea to boost investment, tax incentives for non-memory chips

23:58 PM| Economy

South Korea plans to expand investment and tax incentives for the semiconductor segment to foster the non-memory chip industry and cope with the global automotive chip shortages. Industry Minister Moon Sung-wook said...

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

By Richard Holden - 09:21 AM| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

PayPal posts $1.10 billion net profit for Q1 helped by cryptocurrency push

18:57 PM| Economy Business

PayPal shares rose by as much as 5.5 percent after reporting that its first-quarter earnings net profit rose to $1.10 billion from $84 million a year earlier that were stronger than analysts had expected. The mobile...

Top Stories

US-backed vaccine patent waiver: pros and cons explained

By Farasat Bokhari - 08:55 AM| Health

The Biden administration has now agreed to back a proposal to suspend intellectual property protection for COVID vaccines. This is a break from US governments long-held position on strong intellectual property protection,...

How Uber drivers avoided — and contributed to — the fate of taxi drivers

By Kam Phung Et Al - 12:52 PM| Insights & Views Business

Countries around the world are wrestling with whether to classify Uber drivers and other gig economy workers as independent contractors or employees. But when Uber first came on the scene, the primary subject of debate...

Trump's Facebook ban upheld – but the future of the oversight board is in doubt

By Elaine Fahey - 08:50 AM| Politics

Referred to by some as Facebooks supreme court, the oversight board tasked with reversing or upholding Facebooks content moderation decisions has ruled that the social media companys ban of Donald Trump should be...

COVID crisis in India: why its public health strategy failed

By Ankur Mutreja - 02:30 AM| Health

Most countries have used whats known as the Swiss cheese model in planning their COVID response. In this risk-management model, each preventative measure is represented by a slice of cheese. No slice on its own can stop...

Climate change risk is complex: here is a way to assess it

By Nicholas P. Simpson Et Al - 08:59 AM| Nature

A key feature of climate change is that it doesnt pose one single risk. Rather, it presents multiple, interacting risks that can compound and cascade. Importantly, responses to climate change can also affect risk. In...

Global Geopolitics Series

China does not want war, at least not yet. It's playing the long game

By John Blaxland - 09:03 AM| Politics

Talk of war has become louder in recent days, but the drumbeat has been heard for some time now as Chinas military capabilities have grown. China does not want war, at least not yet. Its playing the long game and its...

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Economy

McDonald's introduces new coffee cup design to promote COVID-19 vaccine

McDonalds has taken a step to help the White House spread awareness and promote COVID-19 vaccination to the public. The fast-food giant is doing this by releasing its newly-designed coffee cups that will be used in its...

Whole Foods' nutritional supplement brand recalls Whey Protein Powder product

A recall has been issued for one of Whole Foods own nutritional supplement labels products. It was revealed that its 365 Everyday Values vanilla flavor Protein Powder is being recalled due to mislabelling and undeclared...

Applebee's announces job recruitment day for 10,000 workers

Applebees is the latest company to announce a job recruitment event this month. The American grill and bar restaurant chain is aiming to hire at least 10,000 additional staff. Perks for booking an interview with...

Samsung announces worldwide debut of its BESPOKE home appliances lineup

Samsung formally announced the expanded lineup of its BESPOKE home appliances on Tuesday, May 11. The South Korean electronics company is also bringing these customizable products to the global market with the aim of...

S. Korean confectionary firms post robust overseas sales in 2020

South Korean confectionary companies led by Orion Corp. enjoyed brisk overseas sales in 2020, fueled by the popularity of Korean pop culture and food abroad. Orion Corp. sold approximately 1.5 trillion won worth of...

Politics

Joe Biden says Russia-based group is behind ransomware attack on US oil pipeline

The recent shutdown of the largest fuel pipeline in the eastern US caused a stir, leading law enforcement officials to investigate. President Joe Biden said that a Russia-based organization was responsible for the...

Kevin McCarthy reportedly hired Trump White House staff member to organize rally that fueled Jan. 6 violence

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has come under fire for backing the removal of Liz Cheney from her leadership position. As Congress and law enforcement authorities continue to dig into the January 6 insurrection at...

Liz Cheney ousting: GOP Senator Joni Ernst accuses party of 'cancel culture'

Many Republicans of today often resort to cancel culture when they are caught in a scandal or when they are criticized for making statements that are essentially deemed sexist or racist, or problematic. GOP Senator Joni...

Donald Trump super PAC to host fundraising event at ex-POTUS' Bedminster golf club this month

Former President Donald Trump is already set to spend the summer in his New Jersey golf club. Along with his stay in Bedminster, a pro-Trump PAC is also expected to host its first fundraiser this month at the club. A...

Joe Biden to nominate Rahm Emanuel for US Ambassador to Japan

US President Joe Biden is set to announce his picks for diplomatic posts. Among the appointments that he is set to make is Rahm Emanuel for US Ambassador to Japan. Biden is expected to appoint former Chicago Mayor Rahm...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Samsung skips in-person MWC Barcelona 2021 due to ‘health and safety’ concerns

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is one of the annual trade shows that tech fans look forward to because it is where the biggest smartphone announcements usually happen. However, Samsung confirmed it is joining the growing...

Here’s how to sign up for the ‘New World’ closed beta before it starts in July

New World is officially the only first-party title in Amazon Games pipeline right now, and more fans will be able to witness soon what the studio has been working on for several years. The upcoming massively multiplayer...

EA Play Live 2021 is set for June 22, where the next ‘Battlefield’ reveal could finally happen

EA made several major announcements this week, especially about the highly anticipated Battlefield reveal. The video game publisher confirmed it is bringing back the EA Play Live event where its next-level first-person...

iPhone 13 Pro models reportedly feature a bigger camera bump

Apple has reintroduced an iPhone 5-era design when it launched the iPhone 12 series last fall, and the overall appearance of the upcoming iPhone 13 is expected to be similar. However, another report has suggested that...

Facebook starts testing feature asking users to ‘open article’ before sharing

With so much going on in peoples social media news feeds every minute, many may have developed a habit of only reading titles or headlines before sharing them. Now, Facebook wants to encourage its billions of users to open...
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