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Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food security

By Abdul-Rahim Abdulai

Global food supply chains proved brittle during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading for calls to boost the resilience of global food supply chains through improved efficiency in production, distribution and consumption of...

How scientists are restoring boreal peatlands to help keep carbon in the ground

By Bin Xu

Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed plants and other organic material are tens of thousands of years old. Globally,...

AstraZeneca vaccine: what now for rollout in the UK and Europe?

By Anthony R Cox

Regulators in the UK and Europe have said it looks increasingly likely that several rare forms of blood clotting are linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, noting that the evidence of the association is becoming firmer as more...

Welfare dependency of foreign nationals during the pandemic: insights from Switzerland

By Lisa Marie Borrelli Et Al

Welfare expenditures are a contested field, not just politically but also in public discourse. This hotly debated theme includes expressions of support for those in need, discussions on attempts to control social benefits,...

How we found hints of new particles or forces of nature – and why it could change physics

By Themis Bowcock Et Al

Seven years ago, a huge magnet was transported over 3,200 miles (5,150km) across land and sea, in the hope of studying a subatomic particle called a muon. Muons are closely related to electrons, which orbit every atom...

Road building is supposed to cut congestion and boost the economy – my research suggests otherwise

By David Metz

British politicians, national and local, tend to like investing in roads. The Treasury believes that the Department for Transports approach to economic analysis is sound, and so is willing to award substantial funds. The...

Stockpiling munitions carries risks. The basic steps that can stop catastrophic explosions

By Nicolas Florquin

A series of massive blasts recently rocked Equatorial Guineas city of Bata. The explosions, at an army barracks, killed over 100 people and destroyed military buildings as well as peoples homes around the site. President...

How children are taking European states to court over the climate crisis – and changing the law

By Aoife Daly Et Al

Even before Greta Thunberg launched her school strike for climate at age 15, youth activists have been key players in public action on the climate crisis. Now theyre breaking new ground in court. On November 30, six...

India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world's largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears

By Tulasi Srinivas

Massive crowds are expected to gather at Indias northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the countrys grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu...

Faith in numbers: Trump held steady among believers at the ballot – it was the nonreligious vote he lost in 2020

By Ryan Burge

For all the predictions and talk of a slump in support among evangelicals, it appears Donald Trumps election loss was not at the hands of religious voters. As an analyst of religious data, Ive been crunching data...

Why you should expect more Suez-like supply chain disruptions and shortages at your local grocery store

By Nada R. Sanders

When the Ever Given container ship choked off traffic in the Suez Canal for almost a week in late March 2021, it made big headlines around the world. The price of oil rose, and companies fretted as hundreds of ships...

Ukraine: rapid escalation of conflict in 2014 has lessons for today

By Jakob Hauter

Reports that Russia has been moving large numbers of troops and military hardware towards the Ukrainian border have raised fears of a new escalation of violence in the region. Kyiv has accused Moscow of aggravating the...

Company directors can't serve two masters: what went wrong at Australia Post

By Jason Harris

Shareholder primacy is often said to be the guiding principle of corporations. The idea is that they exist to benefit their shareholders by providing dividends and capital gains, the more the better. Fifty years ago,...

Passive vaping: an impending threat to bystanders

By Beladenta Amalia

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as vapes, are gaining popularity among youths in many parts of the world, including the US and Europe. These young vapers are often unaware their e-cigarettes contain...

Curbs on press freedom come with a cost, new research reveals

By Alexandra Wake Et Al

The importance of a free press to a thriving democracy is well-known. But what is its importance to a thriving economy? We have found evidence attacks on press freedom such as jailing journalists, raiding their homes,...

Anti-Asian violence: Mental health check-ins on your friends isn’t enough

By Diksha Kale

Recently, my friend and I were talking over the phone about the anti-Asian violence that has been taking place in the United States. As a first-generation Filipino Canadian woman, my friend was particularly worried for...

Unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic? Blame your stress hormones

By Lina Begdache

If you have experienced unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61% of U.S. adults reported undesired weight change since...

The situation at the US-Mexico border is a crisis – but is it new?

By Randi Mandelbaum

The media create the impression that there is an unprecedented crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with droves of children arriving alone, as well as families flooding to the border. There is a crisis. But as a law...

Should there be a limit on how much debt a young person takes on?

By Paul Schofield

Young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 owe over US$1 trillion in student loans and mortgage and credit card debt that many will be paying back for decades. The law generally allows adults to accrue significant...

How will our bodies be put back together? What about those eaten by cannibals? A brief history of Christian resurrection beliefs

By Philip C. Almond

Easter celebrates the Christian belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In so doing, he overcame sin and death on behalf of all of us. The resurrection of Jesus was a guarantee that, for those who believed in him,...

'Godzilla vs. Kong': Monster movies evoke adventure but also 'dangers' of tropics

By Priscilla Jolly

For audiences stuck in their living rooms, the new monster film Godzilla vs. Kong offers an opportunity to do some armchair travelling. But before you imagine a tropical island getaway perhaps a lounge-chair by a beach...

CBD, marijuana and hemp: What is the difference among these cannabis products, and which are legal?

By Brandon McFadden Et Al

New York recently became the 15th U.S. state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. While 67% of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis is low. A third of Americans think hemp...

Google's union of activists highlights the need for ethical engineering

By Marcel O'Gorman

All of my favourite engineers have either abandoned the profession or are dedicating their lives to changing it for the better. The most heroic engineer I know never built a bridge or patented a gizmo. He completed a stint...

In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up

By Zach Lang Et Al

Gun control is back in the U.S. political debate, in the wake of mass shootings in California, Boulder and Atlanta. Democrats see stricter gun control as a step toward addressing the problem. In March 2021, as the House...

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow

While the majority of Americans either intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have already received their shots, getting white evangelicals to vaccination sites may prove more of a challenge especially those who identify...

Westminster steps in after Northern Ireland fails to comply with abortion law change – how it happened

By Claire Pierson

Abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. In March the following year, the legal framework was in place to provide terminations. A year later, though, it hasnt happened. The Department of Health in...

Retirees, holidaymakers, alternative lifestyles, the UK strain: why Byron Bay's COVID situation is so concerning

By Catherine Bennett

Restrictions are in place for at least four council areas around the Byron Bay region after a suite of cases were linked to a Byron hens night. People in Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed have been urged to stay at...

Chocolate's secret ingredient is the fermenting microbes that make it taste so good

By Caitlin Clark

Whether baked as chips into a cookie, melted into a sweet warm drink or molded into the shape of a smiling bunny, chocolate is one of the worlds most universally consumed foods. Even the biggest chocolate lovers,...

Humpback whales may have bounced back from near-extinction, but it's too soon to declare them safe

By Olaf Meynecke

The resurgence in humpback whale populations over the past five decades is hailed as one of the great success stories of global conservation. And right now, the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment...

Why hydrogen energy has seduced a generation of politicians

By Tom Baxter

Hydrogen is often touted in the scientific and general media as a silver bullet for reaching net zero emissions. Such articles might include the following claims: Its the most common element on Earth. It can be...

Nawal El Saadawi’s intellectual life reflected eight decades of Arab society and culture

By Amal Amireh

Egypts Nawal El Saadawi was the foremost Arab feminist thinker of the past 50 years. Her ideas inspired generations of Arab women, but also provoked controversy and criticism. She was prolific, publishing over 50 books...

How nonfungible tokens work and where they get their value – a cryptocurrency expert explains NFTs

By Dragan Boscovic

Takeaways · Nonfungible tokens prove ownership of a digital item image, sound file or text in the same way that people own crypto coins. · Unlike crypto coins, which are identical and worth the same,...

The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?

By Erin Baker Et Al

The United States offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europes have run into long delays, but that may...

Prince Harry’s critics have a point: woke capitalism is no solution

By Carl Rhodes

Prince Harry has copped a pasting in the British media for his new job as chief impact officer with Silicon Valley startup BetterUp. His role, and the companys business model, has been called the latest expression of...

Democracy has always been fragile in Southeast Asia. Now, it may be sliding backwards

By James Chin

Just five years ago, many people were optimistic that Southeast Asia had finally turned the corner when it comes to democracy. Myanmars military had finally loosened its decades-long grip on power when Aung San Suu Kyis...

Politicians have 'washed their hands' and blamed others since Jesus's crucifixion

By Tony Keddie

Handwashing has gotten substantial coverage this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and not just for hygiene. You may have encountered some of the many accusations in both the U.S. and Canada that a politician has...

Israeli election: Mansour Abbas emerges as possible first Arab kingmaker in nation's history

By John Strawson

For Israel, this has been the no change, all change election. No change in that the result appears inconclusive just like the three previous elections. Its also all change, as we are seeing the beginnings of the political...

Does coffee burn more fat during exercise? What the evidence tells us

By Neil Clarke

Coffee, green tea and other caffeinated drinks are a popular way to start the morning. Not only does it give many people a much-needed boost, but caffeine can also help when it comes to fitness. Studies show it can help...

Offshore gas finds offered major promise for Mozambique: what went wrong

By Theo Neethling

Recent events in Palma, a town in the volatile Cabo Delgado province in the north of Mozambique, have taken bloodshed in the region to new levels. Dozens of people were killed when hundreds of Islamist militants stormed...

Free speech on campus: universities need to create 'safe but critical' spaces for debate – here's how they can do it

By Alison Scott-Baumann Et Al

The issue of free speech in universities continues to plague UK campuses. Earlier this year, the government announced landmark proposals to tackle the issue, including appointing a free speech tsar and giving the Office...

Governments must work with restaurants on a no-fee delivery app

By Mischa Young

To say its been a rough year for the restaurant industry is an understatement. Restaurants across Canada have suffered immensely from stay-at-home orders, strict in-person seating capacity restrictions and other...

Asian Americans top target for threats and harassment during pandemic

By Ying Liu

Since the very beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes toward Asians and Asian Americans have gotten increased media attention. Our data, from the Understanding Coronavirus in America Study, confirms that these events are...

Selfie culture: what your choice of camera angle says about you

By Alessandro Soranzo

Over the past decade, selfies have become a mainstay of popular culture. If the #selfie hashtag first appeared in 2004, it was the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 that saw the pictures go viral. Three years later, the...

Holding the news to ransom? What we know so far about the Channel 9 cyber attack

By Paul Haskell-Dowland

On Sunday afternoon, Channel 9 posted a cryptic tweet indicating it was under attack. The accompanying video acknowledged that the failure to run the Weekend Today show that morning was attributed to a major cyber...

A better deal for Uber drivers in UK, but Australia's ‘gig workers' must wait

By Tom Barratt Et Al

Ubers announcement earlier this month it will now treat its drivers in the United Kingdom as workers rather than independent contractors is a significant development for the so-called gig economy. It follows Uber losing...

Why can't the IRS just send Americans a refund – or a bill?

By Beverly Moran

The Internal Revenue Service has postponed the April 15 tax filing deadline to May 17. If taxpayers need even more time to file federal returns, the agency added, they can request an extension until Oct. 15. This...

Banning mobile phones in schools can improve students' academic performance. This is how we know

By Louis-Philippe Beland

The effects of mobiles phones and other technology at school is a hotly debated topic in many countries. Some advocate for a complete ban to limit distractions, while others suggest using technology as a teaching...

It's great to want wage growth, but the way we're going about it could stunt the recovery

By Michael Keating

The Reserve Bank is going all out for wage growth sustainably above 3% the kind of wage growth Australia hasnt seen for the best part of a decade. It has already committed itself to achieving an actual inflation...

Journalism jobs are precarious, financially insecure and require family support

By Erin Reid Et Al

HuffPost recently laid off dozens of Canadian journalists and closed its news site. Bell Media Inc. has also laid off hundreds of journalists. Journalism is a notoriously precarious profession. Downsizing and layoffs...

Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa. Here's how

By Cyrus Sinai Et Al

Theres hope that some industrialised countries will achieve near-universal vaccination against COVID-19 in the coming months. Yet the effort to vaccinate even the most essential workers in developing countries has only...

Swaps, options and other derivatives aren't just for the financial elite

One of the biggest trends in economics over the past 40 years has been so-called financialisation whereby an increasing proportion of GDP in advanced economies comes from the financial sector. This has involved the...

Britain's betting on buses – but how far will boosting services reduce carbon emissions?

By Enrica Papa Et Al - 10:00 AM| Economy

A move to make buses the transport of choice, reducing the number of car journeys and improving quality of life for millions has been launched as part of a national bus strategy in the UK. It seeks to make bus services...

Why Johnson & Johnson throwing out 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses shouldn't scare you

By Tinglong Dai - 09:33 AM| Business

Human errors at a manufacturing plant forced Johnson Johnson to throw out 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine enough to vaccinate 7% of the U.S. adult population. The New York Times, which first reported the loss...

Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plan – here’s why that’s a good idea

By Stephanie Leiser - 09:33 AM| Politics

President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more,...

Electric Car Series

Tesla delivers 184,800 units in Q1 to surpass record, expectations

00:35 AM| Business

Tesla Inc posted record deliveries of 184,800 vehicles globally during the first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates of 177,822 vehicles, as solid demand for less expensive models offset the impact of a global shortage...

US study finds global chip supply chain vulnerable to massive disruption

00:02 AM| Business

The Semiconductor Industry Association, a US industry group, says that the global semiconductor supply chain has become increasingly vulnerable to geopolitical disruptions and natural disasters as suppliers become more...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin may now be used for Starbucks transactions

00:06 AM| Digital Currency

Starbucks customers can now use Bitcoin, gift cards, and frequent flyer miles to reload their Starbucks cards through the coffee chains app. While Starbucks doesnt directly accept cryptocurrencies, the Bakkt App allows...

Top Stories

Suez Canal blockage: how cargo ships like Ever Given became so huge, and why they're causing problems

By Evangelos Boulougouris - 09:53 AM| Economy

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by a megaship named Ever Given came to an end on March 29 after salvage teams used dredging and tug boats to heave the vessel back into operation. The capacity of a single vessel...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

By Peter Howson - 10:00 AM| Technology

How much would you be willing to pay for a one-of-a-kind work of art? For some collectors, the limit lies somewhere in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars. What about a work of art that has no tangible form, and...

What side effects might I expect from the COVID-19 vaccines?

By Matthew Woodruff - 10:01 AM| Health

Takeaways You might experience redness and soreness in the arm where you got the shot, tiredness, muscle aches, chills and nausea, but these symptoms wont last long. You will be monitored for 15-30 minutes...

Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

By Diane Kim Et Al - 10:04 AM| Nature

The big idea Giant kelp, the worlds largest species of marine algae, is an attractive source for making biofuels. In a recent study, we tested a novel strategy for growing kelp that could make it possible to produce it...

We know how to cut off the financial valve to Myanmar's military. The world just needs the resolve to act

By Jonathan Liljeblad - 10:07 AM| Insights & Views

Since the coup in Myanmar on February 1, the international community has struggled to agree on coherent action against the military (also known as the Tatmadaw). Tough action by the UN Security Council has been stymied...

Without crowds, football teams still have a home advantage: new study

By Richard Buscombe - 10:18 AM| Sports

In football, a win on the road often takes on a greater significance than a comparative win at home. Although the idea of a home advantage has received some considerable research attention over the years, we still dont...

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Economy

Chicken franchises in S. Korea rose in 2020 amid the pandemic crisis

Chicken franchises in S. Korea reportedly recorded very high sales last year. Major chicken restaurant franchises were said to have increased because the public has relied more on food delivery since the lockdown...

Sanofi spending S$638 million for vaccine production in Singapore

Sanofi confirmed on Monday, April 12, that it is investing in Singapore for its vaccine production in the region. The French drugmaker is spending S$637 million or around 400 million that will be given out in over five...

Goldman Sachs confirms the opening of its new office in Birmingham

Goldman Sachs announced on Tuesday, April 13, that it will be opening its new office in Birmingham in the U.K. The investment bank and financial service company stated that it is taking this step to expand in...

Toshiba: Oasis says CVC’s $20 billion offer to buy the Japanese company is too low

Toshiba received a buyout proposal from CVC Capital Partners amounting to $20 billion. This is said to be equivalent to 5,000 per share, but the companys investor Oasis Management stated that this is too low. Toshibas...

Hyundai Motor looking to collaborate with Samsung SDI for EV batteries

Hyundai Motor is taking steps to realize its plans for a shift to totally eco-friendly vehicles and for this, it wants to collaborate with Samsung SDI. Thus, the companies are reportedly looking forward to signing a...

Politics

Joe Biden set to nominate Cindy McCain for US Ambassador to UN World Food Programme

Joe Biden and his administration recently announced several more nominations for administration posts. Biden is also expected to nominate top Republican Cindy McCain to become the US Ambassador for the UNs World Food...

Donald Trump 2024: Nikki Haley will not run if ex-POTUS decides to run for office again

Even as former President Donald Trump has suggested every now and then about running for office again in the 2024 elections, several Republicans are being touted as possible contenders for the party. One possible...

Nancy Pelosi takes a swipe at the "squad" in upcoming book

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses her colleagues in an upcoming book by USA Today journalist Susan Page. When it came to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her squad, Pelosi had some blunt remarks...

Joe Biden nominates Chris Magnus and Ur Jaddou to CBP and USCIS

Joe Biden is announcing his nominations for key positions in other agencies and this week he has announced his picks for two immigration agencies. Biden is nominating Chris Magnus and Ur Jaddou to lead the CBP and the...

Kamala Harris says Daunte Wright's family 'deserve answers' following the recent shooting

As the trial of Derek Chauvin over the murder of George Floyd is underway, another incident has occurred when Daunte Wright was shot and killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week. Vice president Kamala Harris condemned...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Technology

Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event happens on April 28

Samsung has announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event, and it is happening later this month. Aside from providing details on when and where to watch the presentation, the tech giant is still keeping the surprise as to what...

iPhone 13 leaked renders show dual-camera is aligned diagonally

The upcoming iPhone 13 series is highly anticipated to sport the same design as its predecessor iPhone 12. However, a new leak suggests that the next base model could sport slight changes, especially in the rear...

‘BioShock 4’ developer’s job listing for Senior Writer hints at an open-world setting

Fans of the retrofuturistic-themed video game series BioShock have known for a while that a fourth main title installment is underway. Updates on the progress of its development have been scarce, but developer Cloud...

Top-tier iPad Pro could face delayed launch or limited availability due to Mini-LED shortage

Apples next lineup of iPad Pro tablets is some of the most anticipated tech products right now, especially with rumors that its 12.9-inch model would adopt Mini-LED displays. However, suppliers are reportedly facing parts...

Apple confirms ‘Spring Loaded’ event is set for April 20

After weeks of information leaks going back and forth about Apples spring event, the tech giant has finally confirmed that a product launch is slated later this month. While the company has provided key details about the...
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