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Native cherries are a bit mysterious, and possibly inside-out

By Gregg Müller

People dont like parasites. But theres a local Aussie tree thats only a little bit parasitic: the native cherry, or cherry ballart. Its what we call hemiparasitic. It can photosynthesise, but gains extra nutrients by...

Women don't speak up over workplace harassment because no one hears them if they do

By Lisa Heap

There are good reasons why those experiencing sexual harassment particularly in the workplace dont report it at the time it occurs. To do so is likely to result in ostracism, exclusion, career suicide or a direct threat...

Some sharks have declined by 92% in the past half-century off Queensland's coast

By George Roff Et Al

There has been a striking decline in the number of large sharks caught off Queenslands coast over the past 50 years, suggesting that populations have declined dramatically. Our study, published today in the journal...

How to narrow the gap between Ardern's foreign policy aspirations and domestic debate

By Nina Hall Et Al

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out on the international stage. In an era of poisonous xenophobia and mean-spirited rhetoric, she has called for more compassion and kindness in politics and has stressed...

Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison

By Jerry Flores

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently confirmed that Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years in prison for shooting and killing a man in 2004 when she was just 16. News stories and social media have widely reported and shared...

Ontario's new climate plan is far from conservative

By Jennifer Lynes Et Al

In late November, the Ontario government unveiled its game plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change by replacing the previous Liberal governments cap-and-trade program. The first few pages of the...

Role reversal: China cites human rights in spat with Canada

By David Webster

When Chinas government recently protested the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou, it used something rarely heard from Beijing the language of individual human rights. The detention...

Wonder and wisdom in a children's forest nature program

By Louise Zimanyi

On a windy autumn morning, children dressed in colourful woolly hats and mittens sing a greeting to the Earth near a towering 150-year-old willow tree. Children notice how the wind and sun play with the tree. They...

How to infuse your family with the spirit of generosity this holiday

By Sheri Madigan

Around this time each year, many children have made a Christmas wish list that includes items like toys, games, crafts and electronics. While children may express gratitude and joy in response to receiving gifts, the...

The contest for the worst air pollutant

By Laurent Alleman

In its report published on June 28, 2018, the French Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) presented a list of 13 new priority air pollutants to monitor. Several air pollutants that are harmful to human health are already...

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics)

By Stephen Duckett

The A$1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week should be awarded a big policy fail. The move sets back Commonwealth-state relations by decades and its...

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

By Lisa Hartley Et Al

Accessing higher education is critical for many people seeking asylum. Its not simply a means of acquiring the qualifications and skills necessary for employment. Its also essential to living a meaningful life Despite...

It's not so easy to gain the true measure of things

By Cris Brack

I teach measurement the quantification of things. Some people think this is the most objective of the sciences; just numbers and observations, or what many people call objective facts. Lord Kelvin, a famous British...

Monday's MYEFO will look good, but it will set the budget up for awful trouble down the track

By Warren Hogan

An appallingly perfect storm is brewing for the federal budget: a government with much more income than expected a federal election due within months a government well behind in the...

Vital Signs: No, Joe, America should not be copying Australia's 'asset recycling' misdirection

By Richard Holden

Anyone who has been to La Guardia airport in New York can attest the dire need in the United States for infrastructure spending. Its not just crumbling bridges, pot-holed roads and lousy airports that provide the...

How low will Bitcoin now go? The history of price bubbles provides some clues

By Lee Smales

Nearly 170 years before the invention of Bitcoin, the journalist Charles Mackay noted the way whole communities could fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit. Millions of people, he wrote, become...

Saudi Arabia is allying with Russia to shore up oil prices as OPEC's power wanes

By Gregory Brew

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likes to look united. Thats evident when OPEC leaders meet in Vienna at the end of each year to decide how much oil its members will aim to produce the next year....

Five ways to reduce the risk of stillbirth

By Vicki Flenady Et Al

Six Australian babies are stillborn each day. This equates to more than 2,000 babies each year. Stillbirth is defined as the death of a baby of at least 20 weeks gestation or 400 grams in weight. Most stillbirths occur...

The best thing about the new Oz horror film The School is its poster

By Ari Mattes

Review: The School Theres something about the Australian context that lends itself to explorations of horror. As I have argued elsewhere, the combination of what historian Geoffrey Blainey famously described as the...

Why biodiversity is key to our survival

By Eric Muraille

Diversity, be it genetic, morphological, behavioural or ecological, is at the heart of many controversies. It fascinates us or worries us, depending on the context. But what is biological diversity? How useful is it, how...

Back-to-work legislation may come back to haunt Justin Trudeau

By Charles Smith Et Al

The Justin Trudeau governments use of back-to-work legislation effectively put an end to the rotating strikes waged by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). But the legislation could haunt the governing Liberals in...

Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

By John Bergeron

Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create designer humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the...

Gay men who use crystal meth need integrated care

By Rod Knight

The use of cheap and potent crystal methamphetamine (meth) is reaching a crisis point in Canada and globally, replacing opioids as the drug of choice in some areas. In media and policy conversations about this drug, one...

Why universities need homerooms

By Eva Pomeroy

What kind of education can give us hope for the future? As an experiential educator for the past 20 years who focused my doctoral research on school exclusion, this is a question close to my heart. Over 20 years ago,...

Could a recession be just around the corner?

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years, American companies are earning record profits and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century. So why are Wall Street and some economists...

The 1989 Polytechnique Massacre was an act of terrorism against all women

By Francis Dupuis-Déri Et Al

Late on the afternoon of Dec. 6, 1989, 25-year-old Marc Lépine entered École Polytechnique de Montréal armed with a semi-automatic weapon. He went into a classroom and ordered the men to leave....

The double juggle: how working parents manage school holidays and their jobs

By Candice Harris Et Al

The countdown is on towards the summer school holidays a time many working parents approach with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. School holidays are important for children as they offer a break from the routine...

Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother's main support, they need help

By Richard Fletcher1 Et Al

Englands National Health Service (NHS) this week announced it will offer mental health screening and treatment for new and expectant fathers whose partners are suffering from mental illness. The NHS described this as a...

Love hurts – on a life of sports fandom

By Sally Breen

When you grow up with no books in the house except maybe the full Readers Digest set of Catherine Cooksons and Bert Ryans Guide to Fishing you worship other heroes. The great battles in life are not going down in drama...

Australians love their sport, but investing in new venues is another matter

By Jessica Richards Et Al

For Australians, the accolade sporting capital of the world is arguably more prized than worlds most liveable city. Australian cities (and the states) have appeared hell-bent on outdoing one another in building bigger...

Remembering Pearl Harbor and America's entry into the theatre of war

By James H. Liu

December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation and,...

Are the tech giants taking over as your city leaders?

By Cristina Mateo Rebollo

Global tech players such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon the so-called Big 4, or GAFA Airbnb and Tesla are redefining work, mobility, leisure and the everyday of how we live. Our cities are increasingly being...

Vital Signs: 35 extraordinary years. What the float of Australian dollar bought us

By Richard Holden

If a week is a long time in politics, then 35 years must be an eternity. 35 years ago, on Monday December 12, 1983, the Hawke-Keating government announced the Australian dollar would be floated. That is, the prices...

Darwin port's sale is a blueprint for China's future economic expansion

By John Garrick

An agreement between Darwins city council and an overseas municipal counterpart normally wouldnt attract much attention. Local government officials love signing such deals. Darwin already has no less than six sister city...

Perth's brief abalone season is a time of delicacies and danger

By John Charles Ryan

Starting on December 8, recreational abalone fishing will be allowed in Perth. Fishing will be limited to one hour on four Saturday mornings between December and February. The maximum catch is still 15 per person per day....

Geckos walk on water – we filmed them to find out how

By Jasmine Nirody

Anyone whos seen a gecko will likely know they can climb walls. But these common lizards can also run across water nearly as fast as they can move on solid ground. Yet while we know how geckos scale smooth vertical...

Was Tolkien really racist?

By Dimitra Fimi

In demonising orcs, the ugly, monstrous enemy of the elves, did JRR Tolkien betray a belief that some races are worse than others? Thats the debate that has been at the heart of claims in the Britsh press recently accusing...

Syria: is Europe’s influence in the region finished?

By Richard Youngs

The Assad regime has inched closer to winning the Syrian conflict during 2018. With Russian and Iranian support, the regime has reestablished strong and authoritarian rule, at least outside the deescalation zones where its...

Badger cull alone won't work for eradicating bovine TB – but this might

By Malcolm Bennett

Controlling the epidemic of tuberculosis in English cattle is a hugely controversial issue. The role badgers play in that epidemic and how to prevent their infection spreading to cattle is also hotly contested. The...

Abiy's big steps shouldn't obscure undercurrents in Ethiopia

By Stig Jarle Hansen Et Al

Positive headlines about Ethiopia have been frequent since the countrys new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over in early April. One of the biggest steps hes taken has been the rapprochement with Eritrea, which ended the...

What puts children in Ethiopia more at risk of being injured

By Qingfeng Li

Children in poorer countries are far more at risk of death and disability from injuries than their developed-world peers. These injuries include; road traffic injuries, drownings, poisoning, falls, burns and intentional...

South Africa's children aren't getting the mental health care they need

By Renata Schoeman

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades. Its the most common psychiatric disorder in children affecting 2% to 16% of the...

Hokey-pokey politics as the government is shaken all about

By Michelle Grattan

In the topsy turvy Liberal universe, just when the right is trying to tighten its grip on the throat of the party, the government is haring off to the left, with this weeks legislation to allow it to break up recalcitrant...

What happens after Brexit vote? Four possible scenarios explained

By Louise Thompson1

MPs have started to debate the final Brexit withdrawal agreement ahead of a meaningful vote at the end of the day on December 11. That is about the only part of the current situation about which we can be sure. There are...

Syria may be using chemical weapons against its citizens again – here's how international law has changed to help countries intervene

By Michael Scharf

New reports have emerged from the Syrian civil war that banned chemical weapons are being used in Aleppo, a city on the edge of the last remaining rebel stronghold, Idlib province. Since 2011, the war has been the...

Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today's 'spiritual but not religious' Americans

By Joel Harrington

The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power, if not organized...

We've been studying a glacier in Peru for 14 years – and it may reach the point of no return in the next 30

By Mathias Vuille

High mountain environments in South America, which in many locations encompass peaks that reach 21,000 feet (6,500 meters) or more in altitude, are home to some of the most spectacular glaciers on our planet. My research...

Jay-Z's $200-million clothing battle could be game changer for black lawyers the world over

By Gbenga Oduntan

Millionaire rapper Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has proved yet again why he is larger than life. He is embroiled in a contractual dispute over the US$204m (159m) sale of his clothing brand to Iconix Brand Group a decade...

From pledges to action: Cities need to show their climate progress with hard data

By Conor K Gately Et Al

As world leaders negotiate rules for cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the COP24 meeting in Poland, U.S. cities have a vested interest in the outcome. About 85 percent of Americans live in cities, and urban areas produce...

The web really isn't worldwide – every country has different access

By Allison McDonald

What the internet looks like to users in the U.S. can be quite different from the online experience of people in other countries. Some of those variations are due to government censorship of online services, which is a...

How wireless recharging works – and doesn't, yet

Though the days of hardwired wall-mounted phones are ending and wireless internet connections are common at home and on the go, people are still dependent on cords to charge their mobile devices. My research, and that of...

Czech economic growth likely to reach around 3 pct in 2018 – Ertse Group Research

19:33 PM| Commentary

Czech economic growth was mainly driven by domestic demand and foreign demand in the third quarter. Household consumption had risen 3.1 percent year-on-year, while government consumption had risen 5.3 percent year-on-year...

U.S. private sector output grows strongly in December, service sector growth decelerates again

18:29 PM| Commentary

Private sector output in the U.S. continued to grow at a strong rate in December, but a deceleration in the service economy added to the softest overall growth for just one-and-a-half years. The flash Services PMI Business...

Euro area’s flash PMI index of service sector falls in December

14:32 PM| Commentary

Euro areas flash purchasing managers index for service sector dropped by 2 points to 51.4 in December, as compared with consensus expectations of 53.4. The main reason for the solid fall was the fall in the French index,...

Italian industrial turnover index falls sequentially in October, rises year-on-year

13:46 PM| Commentary

The seasonally adjusted industrial turnover index in Italy dropped 0.5 percent sequentially in October. The turnover index for domestic market came in at -0.7 percent and for non-domestic market it came in at -0.2 percent....

Italian headline inflation eases sequentially in November

13:03 PM| Commentary

Italian headline inflation eased on a sequential basis in November and rose on a year-on-year basis. Sequentially, the consumer price index fell 0.2 percent, whereas it rose 1.6 percent year-on-year. The flash estimate was...

Swedish home prices rise year-on-year in November, likely to remain stable going forward

12:26 PM| Commentary

Swedish home prices rose on a year-on-year basis in November. Prices rose 0.8 percent year-on-year in the month, whereas it was up 0.5 percent sequentially. Apartment prices in Stockholm rose 0.3 percent year-on-year and...

FxWirePro: Lingering Optimism of CBR Rate Hikes to intensify RUB – Strategic Options Structures to Hedge USD/RUB

12:09 PM| Research & Analysis Central Banks

The ruble has been the top performer among EM currencies over the past month, which is surprising given the lingering oil price and sanction risks weighing against it. A further rate hike by CBR today could further bolster...

FxWirePro: ECB hawks disappear – Place EUR/USD diagonal options strips on dovish rhetoric

11:59 AM| Research & Analysis Central Banks

ECBs Mario Draghis press conference yesterday did not help the euro. European central banks President modestly seemed too pessimistic for that: growth and inflation forecasts revised down, warnings of global risks. On the...

Top Stories

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain media firm PUBLISH launches end-to-end publishing software ‘PUBLISHsoft’

06:33 AM| Digital Currency Technology

PUBLISH Inc., the company behind PUBLISH Protocol, has announced the launch of a blockchain-based end-to-end publishing system. Dubbed PUBLISHsoft, the solution combines state-of-the-art digital newsroom software and...

Spiking Numbers of Crypto-Users, Shrinking Numbers of Miners Amid Dipping Price Trend – Cambridge University Research

07:27 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Cambridge Universitys research has recently shed some light on the vitality of crypto sphere with a keen attention at the entry of new users, mining as an activity. As per their findings, millions are driving into the...

Disappointment about gifts is good for kids who have enough

By Nikki Martyn Et Al - 10:26 AM| Insights & Views Life

Disappointment is a natural human emotion that occurs after a perceived failure. For our young children, this perceived failure can look like not getting the toy they wanted, not being invited to a classmates birthday...

Cryptocurrency trend in boom or gloom? A run through by Commerzbank

09:56 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The depreciation of crypto currencies accelerated in 2018. After the realisation that cryptocurrencies are unsuitable as currencies it has now also become obvious that many are also unsuitable as a means of payment. 2018...

Are ETH futures on cards as US CFTC eyes on ethereum?

05:40 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

US CFTC is sensibly awaiting public commentaries and stances in order to update the Commissions empathetic approach on the emerging technology, mechanics and markets for cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin, namely Ether and...

Atomic Swaps: Are they even a reality? What problems do we need to overcome to implement the tech?

By Andrew Zimine - 11:58 AM| Digital Currency

Atomic swaps are an innovative technology that some speculate to be the future of crypto trading. This new technology, also known as atomic cross-chain trading, allows peer-to-peer trades between two cryptocurrencies from...

Torrent Latest News & Update: The Reason Why Popular Tracker Server is Shutting Down for Good

08:52 AM| Technology

While torrent sites like ThePiratebay are still up running today, governments across the world are busy putting up more and more restrictions that are slowly suffocating the piracy network. Its latest victim is the...

Japanese regulator to ease taxation norms to rejuvenate crypto-avenues

06:00 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The Japanese government, back in October,insinuated its intentionsto ease the taxation procedures in crypto investments to abstain from unviable and irrational taxation frameworks from destructively upsetting the domestic...

Econotimes Series

Economy

U.S. Treasuries climb ahead of November retail sales, December manufacturing PMI data

The U.S. Treasuries climbed during late afternoon session Friday ahead of the countrys retail sales data for the month of November, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT. The headline retail figure is likely to come...

German bunds jump after December manufacturing PMI disappoints investors

The German bunds jumped during European session Friday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of December disappointed market expectations, amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic...

Brent crude oil likely to reach USD75/bbl in Q1 2019; U.S. shale output seen rising over next 18 months: ANZ Research

Brent crude oil is expected to reach USD75/bbl by the first quarter of 2019, while the year-end target stands at USD65/bbl; further, the United States shale oil output is seen to keep rising over the next 18 months,...

JGB yields bruised by weak Chinese economic data; Nikkei 225 down nearly over 2 pct at close

The Japanese government bond yields were bruised by weakness in the Chinese economic data, released early today, as investors sentiments were hurt, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 down over 2 percent at the time of closing...

Australian bonds gain amid hopes of Sino-U.S. trade resolution; weak Chinese data support debt-buying

Australian government bonds gained across the curve during Asian session Friday as investors remain cautious ahead of any breakthrough in U.S.-China trade deal. Global equity and bond markets had a mixed performance...

Politics

The John Birch Society is still influencing American politics, 60 years after its founding

The retired candy entrepreneur Robert Welch founded the John Birch Society 60 years ago to push back against what he perceived as a growing American welfare state modeled on communism and the federal governments push to...

Liberals adopt new rule to stop the revolving prime ministership

Scott Morrison has announced a major change in Liberal party rules to ensure a prime minister who wins an election serves the full term, unless two thirds of the party decides otherwise. Morrison said the Liberal party...

New hope in Nigeria, but Zimbabwe struggles with the same old problems

There has been a sense of transition in both Nigeria and Zimbabwe recently. In Nigeria, Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili launched her presidential election campaign. She is not expected to win in the 2019 election. At best, she...

Why France's ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters are so angry

Frances gilets jaunes protests of December 1 were marked not only by their anger and violence, but also by the variety of those taking part. The violence of the protests named after the yellow bibs worn by those on the...

How the neoliberal obsession with valuing nature changes our understanding of it

Over the last decade, an industry has developed that values different aspects of nature in different ways. Its growth has been underpinned by the argument that, in a neoliberal world where the market is the dominant...

Science

Scientist at work: To take atomic-scale pictures of tiny crystals, use a huge, kilometer-long synchrotron

Its 4 a.m., and Ive been up for about 20 hours straight. A loud alarm is blaring, accompanied by red strobe lights flashing. A stern voice announces, Searching station B. Exit immediately. It feels like an emergency, but...

There's no simple answer to what counts as 'science' in teaching reading

What is the best way to teach children to read? This apparently simple question has, in fact, has been the subject of robust and often polarised debate. Recently the New York Times ran an opinion piece titled Why are we...

New detections of gravitational waves brings the number to 11 – so far

Four new detections of gravitational waves have been announced at the Gravitational Waves Physics and Astronomy Workshop, at the University of Maryland in the United States. This brings the total number of detections to...

Worms in space: why we are launching them

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realise just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting...

Women have been written out of science history – time to put them back

Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive...

Technology

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Features: Is 2019 Launch Possible With ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Now Finished?

Tetsuya Nomura is credited as the director and character designer for Kingdom Hearts 3, which has gone gold for some weeks now. Does this mean the Final Fantasy VII: Remake development, where Nomura is credited for the...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: Is PC Port Launch Possible?

One of the biggest news that arrived for the gaming community in 2018 is the official release date of Kingdom Hearts 3. But that does not answer everything for the series dedicated fans as some of them are still hoping...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, News & Update: Top 3 Rumors in 2018 for Sixth Installment

News about GTA 6 is scarce at the moment as Rockstar Games remains reticent about everything that has to do with the next installment. So far, all fans have on their hands are rumors and speculations with some of them...

Jailbreak Latest News & Update: The Bug that Could Provide Pathways for Researchers to Jailbreak iOS 12.1

A jailbreak process that would see the unlocking of the latest iOS 12.1 has yet to make its way to public knowledge. In the past few months, a lot of researchers and developers have been trying to bypass the security...

'Fortnite' Latest News & Update: Epic to Make Dogfights More Dangerous; To Add Exploding Plane Damage

Adding flyable planes in Fortnite has made the game a thousand times more fun for a lot of players, but there appears to be an issue with the balance. While players can cause damage by using the planes weapons, opponents...
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