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Canada's next government should assess why we have so many political advisers

By Heath Pickering

Canadians are soon heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2019 federal election after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made efforts to deflect a political controversy that has dogged him this election...

In Doug Ford's e-learning gamble, high school students will lose

By Beyhan Farhadi

Next school year, Ontario plans to launch a massive learning experiment with high school students that seems set to increase inequality and compound failure for students already struggling in face-to-face classes. The...

Is your horse normal? Now there’s an app for that

By Paul McGreevy Et Al

Since ancient times, horse behaviour, and the bond between horses and humans, has been a source of intrigue and fascination. The horse-lore that has accumulated over the centuries is a rich mix of both useful practice...

What is perimenopause and how does it affect women's health in midlife?

By Gita Mishra Et Al

All women know to expect the time in life when their periods finish and they reach menopause. Many might even look forward to it. What many women dont know, however, is they will also experience symptoms in the time...

Vital signs. Our compulsory super system is broken. We ought to axe it, or completely reform it

By Richard Holden

The just-announced inquiry into Australias retirement income system ought to be anything but run-of-the-mill. Taking place 25 years after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, it provides an opportunity to...

How to make your online shopping more environmentally friendly

By Stuart Milligan Et Al

Online shopping continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the market value of UK retail was 381 billion of which online transactions made up almost one-fifth. Thats 12.3 billion of grocery items and 58.8 billion of...

Can surgical masks protect you from getting the flu?

By Manal Mohammed

Australia has just suffered a severe flu season, with 299,211 laboratory-confirmed cases, at last count, and 662 deaths. This might be a sign of whats to come for the UK and US as the virus spreads to the northern...

Even short periods of physical inactivity are damaging to our health

By Tori Sprung Et Al

As a society, we arent getting as much exercise as we should. In fact, current activity guidelines state that adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every...

Bosses face more discrimination if they are women – from employees of any gender

By Martin Abel

Imagine that your boss Ethan calls you into his office. He expresses disappointment in your recent performance and lack of commitment. How would you react? Accept the feedback and put in more effort? Would you pout in your...

China's worldwide investment project is a push for more economic and political power

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Inspired by the ancient Silk Road, China is investing in a massive set of international development projects that are raising concerns about how the country is expanding its power around the world. Initially announced...

Deregulation and standards after Brexit – what Naomi Klein's 'disaster capitalism' can tell us

By Daniel Fisher

One of the most frustrating features of Brexit over the past three years is the widespread belief among Brexiteers that outside of the EU, Britain will have more control over its destiny as a nation. Its certainly a...

Three reasons you have neck pain – and why 'bad posture' probably isn't one of them

By Christian Worsfold

If you suffer from neck pain, youre not alone. Spinal pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and its occurrence has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. While most episodes of neck pain are...

How Asia transformed from the poorest continent in the world into a global economic powerhouse

By Deepak Nayyar

In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of the worlds population and more than one-half of global income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributed to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and...

How much do you need to retire? £10,200 a year at a minimum

By Matt Padley Et Al

Retirement is changing. Following more than a century of increases in life expectancy, one in every five people in the UK is 65 years and over. This ageing population presents some big challenges, not least when it comes...

A centrist political alliance in South Africa? Yes, but hard to get

By Roger Southall

Is there the possibility that political centrists in South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), and its main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), could merge? The question arises...

How hedge funds profit when big companies like Thomas Cook fail

By Patrick Augustin Et Al

In September 2019, the 178-year-old global tour operator Thomas Cook ceased trading with immediate effect. The collateral damage associated with the liquidation was considerable: more than 20,000 employees without work, an...

Thoughts and prayers: miracles, Christianity and praying for rain

By Philip C. Almond

In a speech in Albury last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told his audience that he was praying for rain in drought-affected areas. I pray for that rain everywhere else around the country, he continued. And I do...

Does choice overload you? It depends on your personality – take the test

By Frank Mathmann Et Al

When you wander down most supermarket aisles are you befuddled by too much choice? Do you feel overwhelmed when comparing new phone deals, insurance offers, energy provider plans? Theres a lot of research in consumer...

For people with a mental illness, loved ones who care are as important as formal supports

By Emily Hielscher Et Al

People living with mental illness often require support from carers, such as family and friends, on a long-term and somewhat unpredictable basis. But these support networks are not always in place. Geographical or...

Some countries have introduced mandatory nutritional labelling on menus – here's why the UK should follow suit

By Dolly Theis

Would you eat a burger if you knew it contained almost 6,000 calories? Some would gladly tuck in while others would recoil in horror. But if you have calories on the menu, at least you know what youre biting into. And as...

Lab-grown mini brains shed light on how humans split from great apes

By Silvia Benito Kwiecinski

Humans diverged from chimpanzees and other great apes roughly 6m years ago. But despite us being closely related, human brains are vastly different enabling us to engage in complex language, science, art, morality and...

Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor – but poses unexpected risks for women

By Paula Meth

South Africa is known around the world for its significant housing programme, and India has made substantial efforts to develop its cities. Providing free or affordable housing brings obvious benefits to residents who have...

Syria: why the Kurds had little option but to do a deal with Bashar al-Assad

By Cengiz Gunes

When the Syrian military withdrew from the Kurdish populated regions of Syria in July 2012, they left the Kurds in charge of their homeland, what they call Rojava. Without a backer and surrounded by many hostile states and...

Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

By James L. Gelvin

Turkeys attack on Kurdish-run territory in northern Syria will likely snuff out a radical experiment in self-government that is unlike anything I have seen in more than 30 years studying the Middle East. In a surprise...

Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

By Sigal Ben-Porath

The following is an edited excerpt from a talk to be given at the Magna Charta at McMaster University on Oct. 16, 2019. Free speech, a staple of modern democracy, has become the focal point for political and cultural...

As Turkish troops move in to Syria, the risks are great - including for Turkey itself

By Mehmet Ozalp

Turkey did not waste much time in launching an attack on Syrian soil just days after US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw US forces from northern Syria. As this development opens a new chapter in Syria,...

Points for tries? The Rugby World Cup shows how bonus schemes can come unstuck

By Liam Lenten

If you want to know how bonus schemes can come unstuck, take a look at the Rugby World Cup Its inching its way towards the end of the group stage in Japan, where Australia takes on Georgia tonight. The bonus points on...

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use it

By Fabio Mattioli Et Al

Months after Labors shock election loss, it is still pondering how the Liberals metamorphosed from party of the bosses to party of the workers - one that stole an election win from under them. At the May 18 federal...

Shh! Don't mention the public housing shortage. But no serious action on homelessness can ignore it

By David Kelly Et Al

Today, October 10, is World Homeless Day. Next week the Council to Homeless Persons will convene the Victorian Homelessness Conference to discuss options for ending homelessness. On the program are presentations and...

Trump's ratings slightly down after Ukraine scandal as Warren surges to tie Biden in Democratic polls

By Adrian Beaumont

About two weeks since a transcript of Donald Trumps phone conversation with the Ukrainian president was revealed, his approval with all polls in the FiveThirtyEight aggregate is 41.6% and his disapproval is 54.0%. Trumps...

The latest medical assistance in dying decision needs to be appealed: Here's why

By Trudo Lemmens Et Al

The federal and Québec governments appear reluctant to appeal whats known as the Truchon decision, which invalidated Canadas reasonable foreseeable death and end of life access criteria for medical assistance in...

PhD students should prepare for careers beyond becoming professors

By Jonathan Malloy Et Al

Every year, a new wave of students begin PhD programs in Canada, often aiming for a future academic career. Yet despite hopeful beginnings, large numbers dont achieve this goal. Many PhD students do not complete their...

Curators translate visual art into beautiful things you can touch

By Patricia Bérubé

A shift is taking place in museums and the way art history is presented globally. More museums now value visitor experience and at the same time, there is a growing emphasis on accessibility in Canadian public...

Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research

By Hassan Vally

Who doesnt want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? Were invested in staying healthy and many of us are...

Why we need 'crazy' ideas for new city parks

By Wendy Walls

Two seemingly unrelated but important things happened in Melbourne last week. One was a memorial service for David Yencken AO; the other was the exhibition opening of the Future Park Design Ideas Competition. The...

Nobel Prize in Chemistry: how lithium ion battery inventors changed the world

By Harry Hoster

This years Nobel Prize in Chemistry is shared by Michael Stanley Whittingham, John Bannister Goodenough and Akira Yoshino. These three world-leading scientists deserve enormous credit for their contributions to lithium ion...

For Russia, talk of Trump impeachment is the gift that keeps on giving

By Cynthia Hooper

The Russians are calling it Ukrainegate. I never thought Id say it, but CNN is right, remarked one pundit on Russia 1, the countys most-watched television station. The person who wins in this situation is...

Coal mines can be closed without destroying livelihoods – here's how

By Owen Douglas Et Al

Countries across the globe are trying to wind down coal production. While this will help in the battle against climate change, those communities that have specialised in coal mining may see their local job market decline...

Sharp rise in antidepressant use in over-65s despite depression prevalence remaining the same

By Antony Arthur Et Al

More than 300m people suffer from depression around the world. Of those, about 7% are people over the age of 60. For older people, there are many challenges when it comes to identifying and treating depression. This is...

6 ways to establish a productive homework routine

By Janine L. Nieroda-Madden

Homework. Whether youre a fifth-grader or a freshman in college, the mere thought of homework can be overwhelming. And actually doing homework can be quite difficult. But homework doesnt have to be something a student...

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

By Lindsay Grace

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns. Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new....

Curious Kids: why is the sea salty?

By Sally Little

Why is the sea salty? Torben, aged nine, Sussex, UK. Two thirds of the Earths surface is covered in water, and 97% of that is salty seawater. Only 3% of our planets water is fresh, and 2% is trapped, frozen in ice...

When doctors and parents disagree on how to treat a sick child the emotional and financial costs can be huge

By Forbat Forbat

When a child is sick and parents and doctors disagree about what to do next, who is best placed to make that decision? This is a tricky but not uncommon question with a number of recent high-profile legal cases...

British people hardly ever thought about the EU before Brexit, now it dominates their lives

By Barry Richards

The polling agency Ipsos MORI has, for many years, asked people in Britain every month what they think are the most important issues facing the country. In December 2015, only six months before the EU referendum and after...

Fake news: emotions and experiences, not more data, could be the antidote

By David Knights Et Al

At a time when public debate around the world is suffering from a collision between facts and alternative facts, experts must find new ways to reach people. According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump has made more...

What are hives, the common skin condition that gives you itchy, red bumps?

By Rodney Sinclair

Have you ever wondered who buys those huge boxes of antihistamines prominently displayed all year round in your local pharmacy? If antihistamines were just used for hay fever, youd think sales would be good in spring, but...

Cosmic theorist and planet-hunters share physics prize as Nobels reward otherworldly discoveries

By Michael Cowley

This years Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three researchers for their contributions to two unique fields. Half of the 9 million Swedish krona (A$1.34 million) award goes to James Peebles, a Canadian...

Fast evolution explains the tiny stature of extinct 'Hobbit' from Flores Island

By José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho Et Al

Its not every day that scientists discover a new human species. But thats just what happened back in 2004, when archaeologists uncovered some very well-preserved fossil remains in the Liang Bua cave on Flores Island,...

Who's responsible for the smart city? Sidewalk Labs' proposal poses regulation challenges

By Natasha Tusikov

Sidewalk Labs nearly 1,500-page Master Innovation and Development Plan was released in June 2019. The document exhaustively detailed proposals for a smart city on Torontos eastern waterfront. Following nearly two years...

Compassionate 'zero-suicide' prevention on campuses urgently needed

By Debbie Bruckner Et Al

Even with a concerted response to improve mental health at universities, mental health crises still occur. The issue of suicide has been in the news lately, and students are looking to universities to respond. The...

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency can still take off and revolutionise money

Facebooks Libra cryptocurrency has suffered a few setbacks recently. As well as facing pressure from global regulators, seven of its 28 founding members have left the project including high profile firms PayPal, Visa,...

UK gilts continue downtrend on Brexit deal optimism wave, BoE Governor Carney’s speech eyed

12:14 PM| Commentary Economy

The United Kingdoms gilts continued to down-trend during European trading hours Friday as optimism continued to flood market sentiments ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be...

Polish industrial output returns to growth in September, GDP likely to stand above 4 pct in Q3

13:28 PM| Commentary

Polish industrial output returned to growth in September, as expected. The growth was underpinned by higher number of working days and positive base effect in September. On a year-on-year basis, production rose 5.6...

China likely to maintain full year growth at 6.0 pct in 2019, unless GDP growth falls below 5.5 pct y/y in Q4, says ANZ Research

09:37 AM| Commentary Economy

With Chinas gross domestic product (GDP) having expanded 6.2 percent on a year-to-date basis in Q3, it is expected that the economy will maintain full year growth at 6.0 percent in 2019, unless GDP growth falls below 5.5...

EM Asian currencies likely to prop up as U.S. and China remain on track to reach a partial trade deal, says Scotiabank

07:41 AM| Commentary Economy

The emerging market Asian currencies, including the yuan are expected to prop up for the rest of the year as the United States and China remain on track to reach a partial trade deal, according to the latest research...

Australian bonds flat in muted session after market sentiments improve following breakthrough Brexit deal

05:59 AM| Commentary Economy

The Australian government bonds remained flat during Asian session of the last trading day of the week Friday amid otherwise muted hours that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, market sentiments...

Philadelphia Fed manufacturing confidence continues to fall in October

18:54 PM| Commentary

The U.S. Philadelphia Fed business outlook surveys general activity index dropped further in October. The index fell 6.4 points to 5.6, as compared with consensus expectations of the index to come in at 7.6. Readings in...

U.S. housing starts drop in September on fall in multifamily segment

17:04 PM| Commentary

U.S. housing starts eased in the month of September. Starts dropped 9.4 percent to 1.26 million units, after surging 15.1 percent in August. Market expectations were for a milder fall of 3.2 percent. Starts were revised...

Euro area construction output falls sequentially in August

15:27 PM| Commentary

Euro areas construction output dropped in the month of August. On a seasonally adjusted basis, production in the construction sector dropped 0.5 percent, showed the estimates from Eurostat. In the prior month, construction...

Top Stories

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: What’s Cooking in Crypto-Derivatives Marketplace?

11:17 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

September month saw the lacklustre launch of new bitcoin futures on the Intercontinental Exchange with the physical delivery in the Bakkt Warehouse. Bitwise Bitcoin ETF proposal has been rejected. The US-SECannouncedon...

Digital Currency Revolution Series: Brexit Impact on Bitcoin Volumes, and Price Sentiments

05:36 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Its been a historic day as the European Union and Britain reached a Brexit deal finally. Quite a few veteran analysts have perceived the geopolitical turmoil like Brexit and the US-China trade war have considerably...

Trading values to sell weapons: The Canada-Saudi relationship

By Jeremy Wildeman Et Al - 10:13 AM| Insights & Views

In August 2018, the relationship between Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appeared to break down in a most public and modern way: over Twitter. This began with mild criticism by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister...

Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

By Berthelot Nicolas Et Al - 10:14 AM| Insights & Views Health

Public health agencies are warning parents about using cannabis in the presence of their children. However, parents who use cannabis say that it makes them more empathetic, more patient and more caring towards their young...

Driverless cars won't deliver a transport revolution – and the auto industry stands to lose out

By David Metz - 10:17 AM| Insights & Views Technology

The breathless hype around driverless electric vehicles once promised an urban transport revolution, with claims that new technologies would ease congestion and eliminate harmful emissions. The potential benefits of these...

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal: what's in it and how is it different to Theresa May's version?

By Simon Usherwood - 10:18 AM| Insights & Views

Against seemingly all the odds, we have a new Brexit deal. As an apparent vindication of UK prime minister Boris Johnsons strategy to ramp up the threat of a no-deal departure from the EU and to force concessions from...

Our world is getting smaller

By Kristina Lerman - 10:19 AM| Insights & Views Technology

Has this happened to you? You strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, only to discover that you share surprising connections. My own brush with this phenomenon took place recently at a conference in Canada. I...

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Economy

UK gilts plunge on investor optimism from new Brexit deal, clearing path to end ties with EU

The United Kingdoms gilts plunged during European trading hours Thursday tracking an array of optimism from market participants after Britain and the European Union reached a deal on Brexit, which further cleared the...

German bunds slump on improvement in investor sentiments following draft Brexit deal

The German bunds slumped during European session Thursday after investor sentiments improved, following a draft Brexit deal that could actually smoothen the road for Britain to finally break all ties with the European...

German bunds slump on improvement in investor sentiments following draft Brexit deal

The German bunds slumped during European session Thursday after investor sentiments improved, following a draft Brexit deal that could actually smoothen the road for Britain to finally break all ties with the European...

Norges Bank’s upcoming policy meeting likely to be uneventful, says Danske Bank

The Norges Bank is expected to keep policy rates on hold for an extended period, thereby signalling the intermediate rate meeting on October 24 to be clearly be uneventful, according to the latest research report from...

Fed’s dovish stance and balance sheet re-expansion likely to weigh on dollar in months ahead, says Scotiabank

The Federal Reserves dovish stance and balance sheet re-expansion are expected to weigh on the dollar in the months ahead, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. The Feds Beige Book said on Wednesday...

Politics

Donald Trump’ tax records have ‘discrepancies’ between reports to lenders and authorities

President Donald Trump has had very interesting and hectic weeks recently. The Democrats-led Congress launched an impeachment inquiry. He is also continuously catching heat after abruptly pulling out US troops from Syria,...

Melania Trump admits she advises Donald Trump about his tweets sometimes

Even before Donald Trump occupied the White House, he has been infamous for his no-holds-barred tweets. But the title of United States President attached to his name for more than two years now, his online posts and rants...

Donald Trump’s alleged habit of ‘unwanted touching’ of women continues just before proposing to Melania Trump

Many people, especially the critics, have been having a hard time believing that the marriage and relationship between Donald Trump and Melania Trump are as good as they say it is. One of the pressing issues anchored to...

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Ben Ali: the Tunisian autocrat who laid the foundations for his demise

Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisias former long-time president who died in mid-September, will probably be remembered best as the first autocrat to fall during the popular uprisings that spread across the Middle East in...

Science

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

NASA mysterious image shows UFO near the Sun

Photos and videos from satellites of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have captured over the previous decades have provided the world a much clearer view of outer space. However, some of its images...

Blood pressure level and how it is affected by coffee and alcohol intake

Blood pressure is one of the vital signs that medical practitioners routinely look into to determine an individual medical state. With that, people of certain age groups need to maintain a healthy blood pressure level...

Cancer cure research successfully heals mice of cervical cancer

There appears to be a long road ahead before scientists could finally develop a complete cure for cancer. On the bright side, the availability of advanced technologies in the medical science field like the CRISPR-Cas9...

HIV cure studies major advancements reported in 2019 spark hope

Finding a cure that would eliminate HIV from the body remains one of the biggest challenges in humanity. However, there have been numerous studies published this year alone that seemed to have proven that, ultimately, HIV...

Technology

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date: New image leak suggests Naga might be a playable race

Following the announcement of Warcraft 3: Reforged last year, Blizzard went back into its studio and went radio silence about the game. For months, most of the news trickling on the web are coming from rumors and...

Fitbit Versa 2 not having a GPS is frustrating users; Other features also deliver a mediocre experience

Fitbit Versa 2 is now over one month old, and reviews about the wearable have started to pour on the web. Depending on where you stand, the sequel can be a hit or miss as its quite strong in some aspects but frustratingly...

‘Diablo 4’ may be announced in BlizzCon 2019 but it’s unlikely to overshadow Blizzard’s recent PR blunder

Diablo 4 is arguably one of the most requested Blizzard games by fans as its been already eight years since the third entry was released. Unfortunately, the company has been rather stubborn in creating the sequel, which...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’: Axed multiplayer mode to be released as a spinoff?

The year 2020 is going to be huge for the gaming industry with The Last of Us Part 2, and other highly anticipated AAA titles are now confirmed to go live next year. However, in the case of Naughty Dogs next major project,...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ could have the same DLC strategy as ‘The Witcher 3’

The launching of Cyberpunk 2077 is closer than ever, but certain details about its gameplay and post-launch roadmap remain unknown. Recent interviews with developers from CD Projekt Red suggest that the company has yet to...
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