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How labels like 'addict' and 'junkie' mask class contempt for drug users

By Liviu Alexandrescu

Terms such as drug user, addict or the blatantly pejorative junkie, dope head or stoner, are loaded with moral bias. They suggest that people who consume psychoactive substances are mentally weak and dangerous when in...

Is full transparency good for democracy?

By Austin Sarat

With the approval of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives released the so-called Nunes memo on Feb. 2. In it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes describes alleged abuses of surveillance...

Why stock markets crash – lessons from recent history

By Enrico Onali

Stock markets around the world suffered sudden, heavy losses on February 5 and 6. Following a 4.6% drop in the Dow Jones on the Monday, the Japanese Nikkei index fell by 4.6%, and European markets followed suit, with the...

Police mugshots: millions of citizens' faces are now digitised and searchable – but the tech is poor

By Martin Paul Evison

The steady march of technological progress has finally shone its light into the dingy world of the mugshot the commonplace name given to the photograph of a police suspect. The mugshot represents one of the earliest...

Does a sugar tax cause alcohol sales to spike? The research doesn't give a decisive answer

By Heng Jiang Et Al

Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with a range of health issues including weight gain and obesity. These are risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain...

I've been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

By Amanda Patterson Et Al

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age. It can develop when iron intakes or iron absorption rates are unable to meet the...

Sense, think, act: the principle that governs everything from rocket landings to interest rates

By Christopher M Kellett

The successful first test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle Wednesday morning was an amazing technological feat and fantastic theatre. The Falcon Heavy is the second most powerful rocket ever launched,...

2018 Winter Olympics set to begin against the backdrop of warm words and cold politics

By David Rowe Et Al

Mega sporting events are always heavily infused with politics, but the impending Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have almost been buried in a geopolitical avalanche. Global tensions over North Koreas...

Why privatizing Puerto Rico's power grid won't solve its energy problems

By Arturo Massol-Deyá

Perhaps nothing is clearer to Puerto Ricans right now than the importance of having a good power grid. Hurricane Maria battered the island months ago, yet for many people the blackout continues. Not even the alleged 70...

Why the annual winter health crisis could be solved in homes, not hospitals

By Richard Morris

As winter continues, so does the usual soul searching about the state of the UKs National Health Service (NHS). Images of ambulances backing up outside emergency departments and patients lying on trolleys in corridors...

Falcon Heavy: amazing launch – but what about the environmental impact?

By Ian Whittaker

SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era the Falcon Heavy rocket setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a...

South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

By Jakkie Cilliers

South Africas 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it...

Gesture politics and foreign aid: evidence vs spin

By Pablo Yanguas

Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt has warned recipient governments that they face cuts in UK aid if they dont put their hands in their pockets. Her warning is grounded on a claim of public...

How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health

By Ruth Cain

There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived...

Critical infrastructure firms face crackdown over poor cybersecurity

By Eerke Boiten

An EU-wide cyber security law is due to come into force in May to ensure that organisations providing critical national infrastructure services have robust systems in place to withstand cyber attacks. The legislation...

California's other drought: A major earthquake is overdue

By Richard Aster

California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake...

Here's how workers would spend the corporate tax cut – if they had a voice

By Thomas Kochan

Over 200 CEOs have said they will raise wages or give bonuses as a result of the large corporate income tax cut passed late last year by Congress. Some view their plans as simply a public relations move, others as a...

Nassar's abuse reflects more than 50 years of men's power over female athletes

By Anne Blaschke

Youve got a lucky boyfriend. These were the words the physicians assistant conducting my gynecological exam in 1998 uttered as he suggestively smiled down at me over my paper gown. I lay on the exam table, 20 years old,...

Why ignoring mental health needs of young Syrian refugees could harm us all

By M. Zaher Sahloul

When a seven-year-old student in eastern Aleppo was asked at the peak of the bombardment campaign by the Assad regime in 2015 to draw a picture, he did not draw children playing, nor did he draw a blue sky or a smiling...

Parliament may not have what it takes to fix its crumbling house

By Matthew Flinders

Back in 2015, a detailed analysis of the Palace of Westminster concluded that the risk of catastrophic failure is increasing … a major failing of the existing service infrastructure is inevitable. As the subsequent...

Jakarta: social and housing justice should not be a gamble on global market's table

By Alessandra Renzi

As a sociologist and media scholar with an interest in emerging forms of civic engagement, I initially came to Jakarta - the worlds Twitter capital - to research innovative social media uses. Instead, my first visits to...

What the Coincheck hack tells us about how Australian regulators will handle a cryptocurrency hack

By Philippa Ryan

New risk rules for cryptocurrency exchanges will be put to the test with the latest hack on Japanese exchange Coincheck. Hackers stole US$660 million worth of NEM (its native cryptocurrency). In the past eight years,...

Empowering the powerless: Let's end energy poverty

By Jatin Nathwani

Power to the people, the activists chanted in the 1960s. The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific and technological innovations that could light up distant shelters and communities in the...

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

By Tanusree Jain

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. In my own survey of...

Cyber peacekeeping is integral in an era of cyberwar – here's why

By Helge Janicke

Cyber warfare is upon us, from interference in elections to a leak of cyber weapons from a national stockpile. And, as with most evolutions in warfare, the world is largely unprepared. Cyber peacekeeping presents...

Startup investors don't get the same tax breaks with crowd-funding

By Stephen Graw

New crowd-sourced funding legislation for startups is meant to provide incentives for investors - but it doesnt quite achieve that goal. Not, that is, when compared with the tax and other concessions that apply to other...

Asia is set for a difficult year in 2018 – much of it centred around China

By Nick Bisley

In 2017 we finally realised that the four decades of geopolitical stability enjoyed by Asian countries and societies had come to an end. In 2018, the major patterns that will come to dominate the region will become...

Don't waste your time taking antioxidant supplements after exercise

By Mayur Ranchordas

The antioxidant market is big business and millions of pounds are spent every year on antioxidant supplements such as vitamin A, C and E as well as fruit and vegetable extracts and juices. Antioxidants are so popular ...

How the mothers of dead soldiers may be what reins in Vladimir Putin's ambitions

By Jennifer Mathers

Vladimir Putin seeks to present an image of Russia as a country that is strong, decisive, and able to reshape the world to its own ends. One of Moscows favourite tactics is to use military intervention even while Russian...

The next generation of cameras might see behind walls

By Stephen McLaughlin Et Al

You might be really pleased with the camera technology in your latest smartphone, which can recognise your face and take slow-mo video in ultra-high definition. But these technological feats are just the start of a larger...

Why Bitcoin is taken more seriously than Dogecoin

By Dimaz Wijaya

As Bitcoin loses value, it may seem like its just as useful as the cryptocurrency invented for a joke - Dogecoin. But there are genuine differences between these cryptocurrencies, and its not just because one is much...

What the government shutdown means for the health of Americans

By Gerald W. Parker Et Al

Morten Wendelbo, Lecturer, Bush School of Government and Public Service; Research Fellow, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs; and, Policy Sciences Lecturer, Texas AM University Libraries, Texas AM...

How blockchain is strengthening tuna traceability to combat illegal fishing

By Quentin Hanich Et Al

In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. The...

In The Post, Hollywood reminds us what true news should look like

By Denis Muller

Thank God for the Americans! Strange words to be uttering at this time, and yet within the space of three years their mighty image-making machine, Hollywood, has produced two masterpieces sheeting home to us all the...

Looking at the universe through very different 'eyes'

By Michael J. I. Brown

We are bathed in starlight. During the day we see the Sun, light reflected off the surface of the Earth and blue sunlight scattered by the air. At night we see the stars, as well as sunlight reflected off the Moon and the...

Tech diplomacy: cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

By Hussein Dia

France recently appointed a tech ambassador to the Silicon Valley. French President Emmanuel Macron named David Martinon as ambassador for digital affairs, with jurisdiction over the digital issues that the foreign affairs...

Ethiopia's hotel industry needs help to encourage tourism

By Orthodox Tefera

The global tourism industry has huge economic importance. It contributes 10% of the worlds gross domestic product and 6% of exports. One billion people a year travel somewhere in the world. Africas natural and cultural...

Will a federal government shutdown damage the US economy?

By Scott R. Baker

The federal government is on the brink of shutting down for the first time in a little more than four years after Republicans and Democrats appeared unable to agree on a last-minute deal to keep funds flowing for another...

New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

By Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic

Most cancers are detected by a cell biopsy, where a sample of the cancerous tissue is examined under a microscope. However, researchers in the US have reported that they are a step closer to developing a cancer screening...

How trafficked children are being hidden behind a focus on modern slavery

By Alinka Gearon

The crime of modern slavery has received much attention in the last few years. The British government introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, and the prime minister, Theresa May, said she wanted tough new penalties to...

With cheap solar and wind power, is it time to rethink 'energy efficiency'?

By Eduardo Martínez Ceseña Et Al

The need to cut emissions from the energy sector has motivated the use of hydro, solar and wind power, and the development of more efficient buildings that consume less energy. And these solutions have indeed slightly...

How the legacy of dirty coal could create a clean energy future

By Amin Al-Habaibeh

Energy from coal is now being linked to global warming and pollution on a global level. In fact, it has been estimated that coal contributes to 25% of green house gases. Coal use has caused severe negative environmental...

The data war behind net neutrality

By Nicolas Scott Et Al

In the social and political saga surrounding the question of net neutrality, what is often overlooked is the data war going on behind the scenes. The real fuel behind the debate is the enormous volume of data we generate...

Sexual assault and the princess industry are all part of the same system

By Maisam Najafizada

Since Harvey Weinsteins case, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been condemned by almost everyone. The #MeToo movement went viral and thousands agreed with it. But recently, a backlash to #MeToo led by French...

Hunger in the lucky country – charities step in where government fails

By Carol Richards

The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity an extraordinary figure...

KodakOne could be the start of a new kind of intellectual property

By Chris Berg Et Al

Its easy to be a bit amused about Kodaks new blockchain and cryptocurrency, the KodakOne. The old photography company is the classic case of a firm that failed to keep up with technological change. But now Kodak is...

Quantum speed limit may put brakes on quantum computers

By Sebastian Deffner

Over the past five decades, standard computer processors have gotten increasingly faster. In recent years, however, the limits to that technology have become clear: Chip components can only get so small, and be packed only...

Could the blockchain be the salvation of the pharmaceutical industry?

By Anca Petre

Currently 53% of the population doesnt trust the pharmaceutical industry. Most of this mistrust is caused by the numerous scandals that have hit the industry in recent years, often related to controversial clinical-trial...

Sustainable shopping: is it possible to fly sustainably?

By Andrew Glover

Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find environmentally friendly options makes it even more difficult. Welcome to our Sustainable Shopping series, in which we ask experts to provide easy...

It's time to get ready for augmented reality

By Matt Adcock

The worlds largest annual consumer technology show CES 2018 in Las Vegas ends today and some of the most exciting gadgets this year were on display in the augmented reality (AR) marketplace. This follows the news,...

How the digitalisation of everything is making us more lonely

The UK government recently appointed its first minister of loneliness. The move came in response to increasing concern of a loneliness epidemic sweeping Western society. Psychologists define loneliness as a subjective,...

Turkish industrial production rises year-on-year in December

13:47 PM| Commentary

Turkish industrial production expanded year-on-year in December. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, industrial production grew 8.7 percent in December, as compared with Novembers 7 percent year-on-year...

National Bank of Poland likely to hike rate by end of 2018 - Commerzbank

13:03 PM| Commentary Central Banks

The National Bank of Poland kept its key interest rate on hold yesterday, as anticipated. The MPC hawks appeared to have given more mixed signals. For instance, Lucasz Hardt agreed that the possibility of a rate hike this...

Philippine central bank keeps policy tools on hold, likely hike rates in March

12:38 PM| Commentary Central Banks

The Philippine central bank, BSP, kept its policy tools on hold today, consistent with market projections. However, the window to keep the policy stable is narrowing rapidly. BSP kept its interest rate corridor at 2.50...

FxWirePro: Copper might face sharp selloff after next bounce to reach $2.78 per pound

11:32 AM| Commentary

After reaching a peak of $3.32 per pound in December, the price of copper has come down steadily over the past six weeks. The price declined in the five of the last six weeks. The red metal, which is widely considered as a...

Global Geopolitical Series: North Korean officials won’t meet U.S. diplomats led by Vice President Pence during winter Olympics

11:25 AM| Commentary

North Korean athletes would be marching along with South Korean counterparts at the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea; North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong-uns sister would meet with South Korean President Moon...

Bank of England’s monetary policy preview

11:04 AM| Commentary Central Banks

Today Bank of England (BOE) will announce its regular monetary policy along with minutes. What made today special is quarterly inflation report. All the three releases, individually have enough firepower to generate...

U.S. Treasuries steady ahead of initial jobless claims, FOMC members’ speeches

11:03 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries steadied Thursday ahead of the countrys initial jobless claims and a host of FOMC members speeches scheduled for later in the day. Also, the 30-year auction, scheduled to be held today at 18:00GMT will...

German bunds plunge after December trade surplus exceeds market expectations; investors eye ECB members’ speeches

09:26 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds plunged during the mid-European session Thursday after the countrys trade surplus for the month of December exceeded market expectations, as investors keep a close eye on a host of speeches by European...

China’s booming imports likely to conceal near-term volatility, says ANZ Research

07:40 AM| Commentary Economy

Chinas booming imports are expected to conceal the near-term volatility, according to a recent report from ANZ Research. Seasonality, cold weather and higher commodity imports pushed up import growth in January. The timing...

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Blockchain Revolution Series

Chinese payment provider LianLian International partners with blockchain startup Ripple

11:18 AM| Digital Currency

Money service company LianLian International has entered into an agreement with Ripple to use the latters enterprise blockchain solution, xCurrent, to process real-time cross-border payments. Under the agreement,...

Initial Coin Offering Series Digital Currency Revolution

Cryptocurrencies and ICOs on SEC’s 2018 Examination Priorities

10:23 AM| Digital Currency

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that the examination priorities for its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) for 2018 will particularly focus on cryptocurrencies and...

Digital Currency Revolution

ECB working to identify digital currency risks for financial institutions: Draghi

06:21 AM| Digital Currency

European banks are showing limited appetite for digital currencies such as bitcoin, the European Central Bank President said recently. Speaking at a European Parliament meeting this week, Mario Draghi said: Let me...

Snap Share Prices Skyrocket Following App Redesign

08:35 AM| Technology

After an excellent IPO, Snap Inc., the owner of Snapchat has been struggling to prove that it can grow its users as investors expected. Thanks to a recent redesign of the app, the company was finally able to make some...

Early Britons Had Dark Skin And Curly Hair, Research Claims

08:34 AM| Science

Most people have gotten used to the idea that the British Isles have always been populated with light-skinned, straight-haired humans that are predominantly found in todays UK. However, research indicates that this was...

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch Was A Resounding Success With A Few Hiccups

08:33 AM| Technology

By and large, the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX, the most powerful rocket to ever take off was a huge success. There were a few minor hiccups, however, including the fact that the core failed to land on the...

Reddit Bans AI-Powered Porn, Classifying It As ‘Involuntary Pornography’

08:33 AM| Technology

Reddit has always been a strange community where users of every age, gender, and point of view could find other like-minded individuals to indulge in their interests. This applies to porn, as well, with numerous...

A Google Video Game Streaming Service Or Console Could Be In The Works

08:31 AM| Technology

Wild claims are made in the tech industry by publications all the time and recently, a report from The Information indicated that Google could be working on a video game streaming services. Whats more, the streaming could...

Consumer Reports Warns Of Smart TV Hacking Vulnerability, Roku Disagrees

08:31 AM| Technology

In a recent analysis of smart TVs from major brands, Consumer Reports found that they have several problems, which made them vulnerable to getting hacked. As such, consumers could have their personal information collected...

Amazon's new headquarters: here's what it will take to be the winning city

By Jim Coleman - 13:37 PM| Insights & Views Technology

Cities across the US are locked in fierce competition to host Amazons second headquarters known as HQ2. This is a big race: a shortlist of 20 cities seems to think this particular corporate investment can go a long way to...

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Economy

JGBs trade sideways ahead of January national CPI, BoJ member Funo’s speech eyed

Japanese government bonds traded sideways Tuesday as investors await the Bank of Japans policymaker Funos speech, scheduled to be held on February 21 by 01:10GMT, besides, the countrys national consumer price inflation...

Australian bonds slump after policymakers remain optimistic over growth outlook in February minutes

Australian bonds slumpedon Tuesdayafter policymakers showed optimism over economic growth outlook in February minutes, mapping out a steady course for rates at its first meeting of 2018 this month. The yield on the...

UK gilts suffer ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech, January employment report

The UK gilts suffered during European session Monday as investors wait to watch Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be held later today and the countrys employment report for the month of...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

Politics

For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

Oprah Winfreys rousing Golden Globe speech has many speculating whether the media mogul will become a presidential candidate in 2020, with some pundits questioning the merits of another celebrity president. But to...

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

Chris Doucouliagos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Deakin Business School and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University Many government policies are flawed because...

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and home, doing better than ones parents, and retiring in comfort are all hallmarks of a middle-class...

What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). This positions him to become the countrys president in 2019. Sibonelo...

Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to confront South Africa's bleak future

Among all the remarkable turns in African politics this year, one of the most momentous was Decembers ANC party congress in South Africa, where the party chose a new president: Cyril Ramaphosa, who narrowly bested...

Science

UBI Helps People Be More Productive And Work More, Study Claims

The topic of universal basic income (UBI) has been a hot-button issue among economists, financial experts, legislators, and tech industry giants for years. Some say that it will increase productivity while others claim the...

Startup Raises $250M To Use Placenta To Extend Life And Cure Cancer

Companies have been trying to unlock the secrets to regenerative medicine for years and one startup just raised $250 million by intending to use human placenta to do so. The company believes that using the disposable...

Perfumes, Cologne And Other Chemicals Contribute To Air Pollution As Much As Cars

Environmentalists often blame cars for being the biggest contributors to air pollution thanks to the smog coming out of them. However, recent data shows that aerosol chemicals are also huge contributors to making the...

Potential Tests For Autism Using Blood And Urine Developed

Autism remains one of the biggest mysteries in the medical industry right now, with the root cause still being unidentified. Whats worse is that early detection of the illness has been rather unreliable. This may soon...

Ozone Layer Update; Not Recovering As Expected For Unknown Reasons

In the late 90s, the issue regarding the hole in the ozone layer was big in the public consciousness, but it quickly faded in light of a new gigantic threat in the form of climate change. In recent years, scientists have...

Technology

SpaceX Internet Is One Step Closer To Reality, Satellite Launch Backed By FCC Chair

Elon Musks private space agency, SpaceX has been considering launching satellites into space with the main goal of delivering high-speed broadband internet connection. This ambition is now one step closer to becoming a...

Facebook Sinks To New Lows, Uses Two-Factor Authentication To Spam Users

The two-factor authentication system is meant to provide users with extra security to protect themselves from threats like getting hacked or getting spammed. Facebook, like many other tech companies these days, employs...

Facebook Slammed For Offering VPN That Does The Opposite Of What VPNs Do

Virtual private networks (VPN) are supposed to help users get away from the usual data-tracking schemes that both tech companies and governments have been cooking up. They basically cover the users tracks, thus allowing...

Peter Thiel Escapes Silicon Valley, Moves To Los Angeles

Peter Thiel is a controversial figure in the tech industry because unlike many of his colleagues, he is an avid Donald Trump supporter. It seems the backlash for his political leanings have finally taken its toll since a...

Google’s High-Speed Internet Service Is Now Available In 170 Countries

Google just expanded the coverage of its Project Fi service from 135 countries to 170, bringing much-needed diversity in options to places that might not have access to reliable internet connections. Aside from the fact...
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