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How the Mediterranean diet became number 1 — and why that's a problem

By Tina Moffat Et Al

The Mediterranean diet was voted by a panel of 25 health and nutrition professionals as the best diet for 2020. Characterized by plant-based meals, the diet emphasizes eating less red meat and dairy, and more fish and...

Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your own backyard

By Holly Kirk Et Al

People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily the case: ten...

Why drought-busting rain depends on the tropical oceans

By Andrew King1 Et Al

Recent helpful rains dampened fire grounds and gave many farmers a reason to cheer. But much of southeast Australia remains in severe drought. Australia is no stranger to drought, but the current one stands out when...

Energy conservation needs to take centre stage in Ontario

By Mark Winfield

The false alarm earlier this year at Ontarios Pickering nuclear power plant, and the subsequent revelation that Doug Fords Conservative government intends to further extend the life of the already aged plant, has put the...

Dark Waters' pollution threat isn't Hollywood hysteria – it could be a ticking timebomb worldwide

By David Megson

If you live in the US or Australia, youre likely to know about PFAS (or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). But in the UK, few people have heard of them, despite one scientist I know describing the presence of...

Blacks are at higher risk for Alzheimer's, but why?

By Renã A.S. Robinson

Blacks are at higher risk for several health conditions in the U.S. This is true for heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stroke, which are often chronic diseases. And it is also for Alzheimers disease, in...

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don't fail

By Christopher Sergeant Et Al

Scars from large mining operations are permanently etched across the landscapes of the world. The environmental damage and human health hazards that these activities create may be both severe and irreversible. Many...

Albania's plan against disinformation lets Facebook and powerful politicians off the hook

By Elidor Mehilli

A new set of laws in Albania empowers a government agency to review citizen complaints about online news websites. If a site is found to have published untrue information, official regulators can fine the sites owners and...

The ancient Greeks had alternative facts too – they were just more chill about it

By Joel Christensen

In an age of deepfakes and alternative facts, it can be tricky getting at the truth. But persuading others or even yourself what is true is not a challenge unique to the modern era. Even the ancient Greeks had to...

South Africa's spaza shops: how regulatory avoidance harms informal workers

By Andries du Toit

Small informal retailers are ubiquitous feature of any developing country urban landscape. Known as spaza shops in South Africa, they are an important, even vital, component in the townships. Numbering over 100,000 across...

Lessons from Rwanda on tackling unsafe drinking water and household air pollution

By Evan Thomas Et Al

Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are major causes of illness and death around the world. This is also the case in Rwanda, where most people living in rural areas drink untreated water and burn firewood on...

How South African universities can tap into the continent's knowledge systems

By Oscar Oliver Eybers

South Africas higher education sector has experienced turmoil in recent years. Some of it stems from students financial woes. Some relates to experiences of alienation in the countrys universities. Some students, most...

Burnt is out, 'skinscreen' is in. How sunscreen got a beauty makeover

By Lauren Gurrieri

Under Australias harsh sun, weve long slapped on sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin damage and cancer. Now the product, once known for protecting skin against harmful UV rays, is becoming part of beauty routines....

I think my child has outgrown their food allergy. How can I be sure?

By Paxton Loke

Some children grow out of their food allergies, but researchers dont exactly know why. Heres how to work with your allergy specialist if you suspect your child isnt allergic any more. Whos more likely to grow out of...

More than 70% of the Universe is made of 'dark energy', the mysterious stuff even stranger than dark matter

By Sunanda Creagh

Youve heard of dark matter. Youve probably heard theres a fair bit of it out there in space, and that astronomers dont know for sure what it is. But, strange as dark matter is, theres an even more mysterious thing out...

Australian law says the media can't spin lies – 'entertainment magazines' aren't an exception

By Andrew Dodd

In a recent ruling the Australian Press Council has given a signal to gossip magazines it is OK to make up and publish rubbish about people, so long as the stories arent blatantly incorrect. This is despite the councils...

People with cognitive disability shouldn't be in prison because they're 'unfit to plead'. There are alternatives

By Bernadette McSherry

In 2018, the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, delivered a report about the saddest case she had ever seen. A 39-year-old woman with a developmental disorder had been locked in her prison cell for up to 23 hours a day...

Online lectures mean fewer students are turning up – does it matter?

By Natalie Skead Et Al

In 2017, a business lecturer posted a photo on LinkedIn showing a completely empty university classroom, 15 minutes after the class had been scheduled to start. This is not an isolated incident. Anecdotally, lecture and...

Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

By Patrick O'Connor Et Al

Among the vast number of native species damaged by the recent bushfire crisis, we must not forget native pollinators. These animals, mainly insects such as native bees, help sustain ecosystems by pollinating native...

Coronavirus quarantine could spark an online learning boom

By Carlo Perrotta

The spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 is a public health emergency with economic and social ramifications in China and across the world. While the impacts on business are well documented, education is...

Electricity market transforming apace but security a worry: Energy Security Board

By Michelle Grattan

The transformation of the national electricity market has progressed at a remarkable pace and scale over the last year as it moves towards renewables, but security is a critical issue, according to the Energy Security...

As vegan activism grows, politicians aim to protect agri-business, restaurateurs

By Alexia Renard

The vegan movement as diverse as it is is increasingly active and vocal, as several events have shown recently. Last month, a dozen activists entered the Joe Beef restaurant in Montréal as customers dined to...

What we don't understand about young people's motivations

By Heather Lawford Et Al

Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across...

New DNA test that reveals a child’s true age has promise, but ethical pitfalls

By Charles Dupras Et Al

Epigenetic clocks are a new type of biological test currently capturing the attention of the scientific community, private companies and governmental agencies because of their potential to reveal an individuals true...

Discrediting elections: why the opposition playbook carries risks

By Nic Cheeseman

Malawi recently held its breath as the Constitutional Court took ten hours to painstakingly read out its verdict on the highly controversial 2019 presidential elections. When it finally became clear that the judgment would...

African countries aren't getting as much as they should from foreign direct investment

By Muazu Ibrahim

Economic growth is driven by a number of factors. These include foreign direct investment, national savings, household spending, fiscal and monetary policies. Since the late 1980s African governments have fully embraced...

US-Taliban truce begins, feeding hope of a peaceful, more prosperous Afghanistan

By Elizabeth B. Hessami

If a seven-day truce between the United States and the Taliban holds until Feb. 28, 2020, Afghanistans decades-long conflict may finally end. A peace deal could be signed as soon as Feb. 29, according to the State...

What the Trump budget says about the administration's health priorities

By Simon F. Haeder

The Trump administration recently released its budget blueprint for the 2021 fiscal year, the first steps in the complex budgetary process. The final budget will reflect the input of Congress, including the Democratic...

They're all fabulous and wonderful! How to figure out what's real in an inflated letter of recommendation

By Stephen J Ceci

Over the decades that Ive worked in universities, Ive watched academic letters of reference become increasingly inflated. And letter inflation goes beyond the academy; friends who hire in business say they, too, have...

Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here's a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll

By Jason West Et Al

About 1 of every 25 deaths in the U.S. occurs prematurely because of exposure to air pollution. Dirty air kills roughly 110,000 Americans yearly, which is more than all transportation accidents and shootings...

How to turn the tide against South Africa's crime wave

By Guy Lamb

In February last year South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that his government would pursue five fundamental goals over the next decade. One of these was particularly bold, namely that violent crime would...

Antibiotic resistance: new discovery could change the future of treatment

By David Moyes Et Al

Since their discovery in 1928, antibiotics have become a common way of treating infections caused by bacteria, fungi and other microbes. To treat an infection, a doctor usually prescribes a course of antibiotics (such as...

What is hypnobirthing, the technique the Duchess of Cambridge used?

By Mary Steen

In a new parenting podcast, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said she used hypnobirthing techniques to help her get through severe morning sickness a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. She also used the...

Nondisclosure and secrecy laws protect Bloomberg – not the women who sued him

By Elizabeth C. Tippett

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a lot of flak at the Feb. 19 Democratic debate for his refusal to release employees who sued his company from nondisclosure agreements. He admitted...

Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

By Ahmet T. Kuru

Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. The charge: blasphemy, specifically insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Pakistan...

Carbon pricing may be overrated, if history is any indication

By Cameron Roberts

A common demand in discussions about climate change is to respect the science. This is appropriate. We should all be paying close attention to the urgent and terrifying conclusions being published by climate...

I've always wondered: who would win in a fight between the Black Mamba and the Inland Taipan?

By Timothy N. W. Jackson

Who would win in a fight between the Black Mamba and the Inland Taipan? Biswajit Tripathy Dear Biswajit, What a fascinating question! Before we start talking about the fight, we first need to think about why...

Brain temperature is difficult to measure. Here's how a new infrared technique can help

By Blanca del Rosal Rabes

Brain temperature is implicated in many common conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and headaches. Changes in brain temperature can indicate there is a disease developing,...

Albanese pledges Labor government would have 2050 carbon-neutral target

By Michelle Grattan

Anthony Albanese will commit a Labor government to adopting a target of zero net emissions by 2050, in a speech titled Leadership in a New Climate to be delivered on Friday. The opposition leaders embrace of this...

Teen use of cannabis has dropped in New Zealand, but legalisation could make access easier

By Jude Ball

As New Zealand prepares for a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis, the latest surveys show opposite trends for cannabis use by adults and adolescents. Adult use of cannabis has risen sharply over the last few...

What scientists are doing to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus

By Marc-Antoine De La Vega

With an increasing number of confirmed cases in China and 24 other countries, the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus (now known as SARS-CoV-2) looks concerning to many. As of Feb. 19, the latest numbers...

How portrayals of the NFL are shaping criminal justice reform

By Matt Ventresca Et Al

During the Super Bowl, crime and criminal justice reform were front and centre in an ad supporting Donald Trumps campaign for re-election. Commercials for the NFLs Inspire Change program (the leagues social justice...

Deep learning AI discovers surprising new antibiotics

By Sriram Chandrasekaran

Imagine youre a fossil hunter. You spend months in the heat of Arizona digging up bones only to find that what youve uncovered is from a previously discovered dinosaur. Thats how the search for antibiotics has panned...

Some infant formula milks contain more sugar than soda drinks – new research

By Gemma Bridge

Some formula milks have double the sugar per serving than a glass of soda. That was the key finding of our global investigation into the sugar content of infant formula and follow-on milks. But perhaps more shocking is the...

Why South Africa's white leaders shouldn't get into comparative politics of sin

By Roger Southall

FW De Klerk, South Africas last apartheid-era president, and his foundation, have learnt the hard way the dangers of the comparative politics of sin. He recently gave an interview to mark his historic speech to parliament...

Kenya: why elite cohesion is more important than ethnicity to political stability

By Nic Cheeseman Et Al

Kenyan politics is often depicted as a battle between different ethnic Big Men who can mobilise their supporters with a click of their fingers. The ability of successive generations of the Kenyatta family to rally the...

'Natural' flood management would be overwhelmed by Britain's winter super-floods

By Robert Wilby Et Al

As large swathes of the UK endure the worst floods in living memory, hearts and minds are rightly focused on protecting people and property. At one point the governments Environment Agency had issued a record 594 flood...

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

By John Rennie Short

New disease outbreaks, like the novel coronavirus that recently emerged in Chinas Hubei province, generate headlines and attention. Meanwhile, however, Americans face a slower but much more pervasive health crisis:...

Congress fixes – just a bit – the unpopular, 'unfair' rule that stopped injured service members from suing for damages

By Robert M. Ackerman

Members of the military who have long been barred by law from collecting damages from the federal government for injuries off the battlefield will finally be able to do so after Congress stepped in to amend the law. The...

Coronavirus: We need to start preparing for the next viral outbreak now

By David E. Bloom Et Al

The coronavirus outbreak is officially a crisis lets not waste it. Undeniably, the international community is taking the matter very seriously, as it should given that the death total from the COVID-19 epidemic already...

Africa countries aren't borrowing too much: they're paying too much for debt

There is renewed concern about the sustainability of rising debt levels in many African countries. Much of this debt is being incurred through foreign currency denominated Eurobonds issued on international financial...

German bunds rally after Q4 GDP disappoints investors; ECB’s Lagarde in focus

10:47 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds rallied during afternoon session of second first trading day of the week Tuesday after the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2019, released today, disappointed market...

PBoC avows more rate cuts to offset coronavirus impact, says ANZ Research

08:08 AM| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The deputy governor of the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), Chen Yulu, elaborated on recent monetary policy measures at a press conference held by the State Council on Monday, February 24. He outlined three measures to shore...

Surge in coronavirus cases fuels growth risks in South Korea, says Oxford Economics

07:26 AM| Commentary Economy

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to dampen South Koreas exports and industrial production due to weaker Chinese demand. This is mainly due to the lockdowns in several Chinese cities and delays in economic activity...

U.S. Treasuries gain amid muted trading session ahead of FOMC speeches, 2-year auction

13:28 PM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries gained during Mondays afternoon session amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield plunged 7-1/2 basis points...

UK gilts surge ahead of 10-year auction, BoE MPC members’ speeches

11:29 AM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms surged during European trading hours Tuesday ahead of the countrys 10-year auction, scheduled to be held on February 25 by 10:45GMT and a host of speeches by members of the Bank of Englands (BoE)...

INR likely to remain resilient; eyes on Modi-Trump meeting, says Scotiabank

06:28 AM| Commentary Economy

The Indian rupee is expected to remain resilient and the Federal Reserve to maintain its dovish tone, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. The INR has been outperforming most regional peers since...

Top Stories

Hip-hop's obsession with combat imagery is about more than violence

By Warrick Moses - 12:30 PM| Insights & Views Entertainment

On Let the Rhythm Hit Em, legendary New York MC Rakim proclaims: Im the arsenal, I got artillery, lyrics are ammo…. Senegalese-born French rapper MC Solaar compares his mic to body armour and warns listeners...

The hunt for a coronavirus cure is showing how science can change for the better

By Xin Xu - 12:30 PM| Insights & Views Science

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared an international public health emergency over the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. One day later, the Wellcome Trust research charity called for researchers,...

Trump White House goes 300+ days without a press briefing – why that's unprecedented

By Charles Bierbauer - 12:38 PM| Insights & Views Politics

Journalists learn to adapt to current conditions, be they storms or tantrums, vagaries of nature or whims of officials. White House correspondents these days should be well past their withdrawal symptoms from the daily...

Vaping and heart disease: setting the record straight

By Jamie Hartmann-Boyce - 12:53 PM| Insights & Views Health

In June 2019, a paper by prominent US academics found that people who used e-cigarettes were at greater risk of a heart attack. The authors concluded that e-cigarettes were just as risky as tobacco in provoking heart...

Three financial firms could change the direction of the climate crisis – and few people have any idea

By Eelke Heemskerk Et Al - 12:54 PM| Insights & Views Nature

A silent revolution is happening in investing. It is a paradigm shift that will have a profound impact on corporations, countries and pressing issues like climate change. Yet most people are not even aware of it. In a...

Julian Assange's extradition case is finally heading to court – here's what to expect

By Holly Cullen - 07:54 AM| Insights & Views Politics Law

The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin today in London. Assange is...

Billions are pouring into mobility technology – will the transport revolution live up to the hype?

By Neil G Sipe - 07:57 AM| Insights & Views Economy

Over the past decade almost US$200 billion has been invested globally in mobility technology that promises to improve our ability to get around. More than US$33 billion was invested last year alone. Another measure of...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of February consumer confidence, FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during Tuesdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys Consumer Board consumer confidence for the month of February, scheduled to be released today by 15:00GMT, besides, the 2-year auction, also...

Nevada debate highlights: The dance of women leaders and limited economic opportunity

Editors note: Six Democratic candidates met on the debate stage in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, discussing health care, immigration, billionaires and economic equality as well as the name of the president of Mexico. We asked two...

CNY unlikely to recover solidly given overnight risk-off sentiment, says Commerzbank

Given the risk-off sentiment overnight, it is hard to expect to see a solid recovery in the Chinese yuan, after the currency touched lower due to somewhat improving virus headlines, according to the latest research report...

Australian ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declines on weakness in financial conditions

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declined 0.7 percent last week, driven lower by weakness in financial conditions. Current finances fell 4 percent compared to the prior week, while future finances declined...

Australian bonds tad up in silent session tracking U.S. Treasuries amid decline in S&P500

Australian bonds remained tad higher on Tuesday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries amid a silent trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, the SP500 index...

Politics

What liberals and conservatives get wrong about free expression on college campuses

When it comes to understanding disputes over free expression on college campuses, such as speakers getting disinvited or having their speeches interrupted, conservatives tend to blame liberal professors for indoctrinating...

Craigslist turns 25 – a reminder that a more democratic version of the internet can still thrive

Fake news. Online surveillance. Phishing scams. Biased algorithms. Its easy to be cynical about the internet, and harder to remember a time when being online felt less commercial and more democratic. But there was a...

Vigilantes and private security are policing the internet where governments have failed

The internet revolution of the past 20 years has opened up countless new ways for people to shop, bank, find love and to commit crimes. Every time we switch on a computer, open an email, view a website or make an online...

How vulnerable is Xi Jinping over coronavirus? In today's China, there are few to hold him to account

Brand Peoples Republic of China is wobbling, as if the massive picture of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square was swaying with an earthquake tremor. But it can only actually fall if pushed from inside. The handling of the...

Donald Trump lashes out and threatens Adam Schiff for 'leaking intelligence' in a Twitter rant

Seeing President Donald Trump lash out on his enemies and make snide remarks on social media regarding those people has become the norm. Congressman Adam Schiff is once again one of his recent targets on social media as...

Science

Scientists discover the remnants of an ancient city in Turkey linked to King Midas' myth

There is still much to learn regarding the events that transpired in history. Recently, a group of researchers found remnants indicating a lost city in Turkey. Express reports that archaeologists from the University of...

SpaceX Starlink satellites to take part in US Air Force live-fire exercise

Because of the number of asteroids that have been coming close to the Earth, space agencies all over the world, and particularly in the United States like NASA, have begun developing defenses against otherworldly objects...

Archaeologists find secret chamber behind King Tutankhamun's tomb

King Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Egyptian royalties in history, with his golden tomb making him even more famous after his death. A discovery made by a group of archaeologists reveals that there is more to King...

Buzz Aldrin reveals he had his own moon landing strategy in mind during iconic moon landing mission

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are known for being the first two people to ever set foot on the moon following the historic Apollo 11 mission. An old interview back in 2016 reveals that Aldrin had his own ideas as to how...

Asteroids: Study reveals that asteroid collisions can be beneficial for the environment

Asteroid collisions are mainly seen as a cause of concern and understandably so. However, a new study suggests that these space rocks can actually help the environment. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba studied...

Technology

Sex in space: Could technology meet astronauts' intimate needs?

The 2018 movie A.I. Rising explores how machines could fulfill desires and support humans during space travel. Lo and behold, it might contain the solution to problems related to space exploration. Astronauts, despite...

‘League of Legends’ developer Riot Games says $10M is already a fair settlement for the gender discrimination lawsuit

Riot Games, the developer of the hit title League of Legends has released a statement to the ongoing lawsuit accusing the company of having a bro culture as well as gender discrimination. In its statement, the company...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ devs explain how the new ‘ReMind’ gameplay features work

The highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind DLC is finally available to all players with access to the action role-playing game from Square Enix. Since the DLC has just launched on Xbox One, players using this platform...

‘The Sims 5’: 3 things to expect from its gameplay features

EA and Maxis are still all-out in pushing for new content and expansions packs for the current installment of their popular life simulation game. However, the rumor mill has been rife with expectations about the release...

Microsoft Surface Book 3 with 32GB of RAM could be announced this Spring

Microsoft will be launching the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2 this coming Spring based on recent reports. There wont be major design changes to the exteriors of both devices, according to Petri. However, buyers can...
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