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How wireless recharging works – and doesn't, yet

By Shashank Priya

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...

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...

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...

Disappointment about gifts is good for kids who have enough

By Nikki Martyn Et Al

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...

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...

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

By Andrew Zimine

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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

By Christopher Towler

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...

Getting to the heart of coal seam gas protests – it's not just the technical risks

By Hedda Ransan-Cooper Et Al

Opposition to coal seam gas (CSG) in Australia is remarkable. CSG proposals mostly affecting rural areas have spawned hundreds of opposition groups across the country. Some are now household names, like Lock the Gate and...

NZ is home to species found nowhere else but biodiversity losses match global crisis

By Robert McLachlan Et Al

The recently released 2018 Living Planet report is among the most comprehensive global analyses of biodiversity yet. It is based on published data on 4,000 out of the 70,000 known species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles...

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians: what it is and why it needs updating

By Don Carter

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced the government will update the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. This document sets out the agreed national purposes and role of schooling...

Educating nurses to support digital health

By Tracie Risling

Canadas healthcare system is undergoing a digital revolution. The technology is new, but it must be used by the existing health workforce. A recent report by the British National Health Service found that a lack of...

Married by default? Why Alberta's proposed new law is misguided

By Erez Aloni Et Al

Imagine that you move in with your intimate partner. Three years later, you get a letter from the province: Congratulations! From now on, we view you as a married couple. While you might not actually find such a letter...

Why we should stop labelling people climate change deniers

By Chui-Ling Tam

In the westernmost reaches of Nunavut, on the Northwest Passage, Inuit hunters have told me some pithy things about climate change. The land is changing. It isnt climate change. This is part of cycles. Our elders saw...

The promise of the “learn to code” movement

By Ivan Ruby Et Al

This week, educators, students and the public around the world are participating in Computer Science Education Week by organizing and leading one-hour coding tutorials. By the start of the week, more than 2,700 Canadian...

We all buy slave-made products: here's how we avoid feeling guilty

By Michal Carrington Et Al

We consume the products of slavery every day. All of us. Todays globalised supply chains make it is almost impossible to avoid goods or services free of the fingerprints of slavery. Electronic gadgets, clothing, fish,...

Australians think immigration should be cut? Well, it depends on how you ask

By Andrew Markus

Over the past 12 months, immigration policy has been increasingly contested in Australian politics and the media. Former prime minister Tony Abbott has been prominent with his advocacy of a reduction in the permanent...

Fracking policies are wildly inconsistent across Australia, from gung-ho development to total bans

By Hanabeth Luke Et Al

Last week, the Western Australian Government lifted its state-wide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Unconventional gas industries were given the green light to develop on existing petroleum leases, especially...

Health Check: I’m taking antibiotics – when will they start working?

By Christine Carson Et Al

So youve got an infection (probably), feel terrible, saw your doctor and now have a freshly filled prescription for antibiotics. Once you start taking them, when will you feel better? This is difficult to predict. Each...

Health impacts and murky decision-making feed public distrust of projects like WestConnex

By Patrick Harris Et Al

WestConnex, the most expensive piece of transport infrastructure being built in Australia, looms large over the next New South Wales election. Construction is well under way, fuelling community concern about the projects...

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

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...

FxWirePro: Is Turkish economy contracted? TRY trade perspectives

14:47 PM| Research & Analysis

The Turkish economy contracted by a sharper-than-expected 1.1% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 and we expect further mild contraction in Q4. The behaviour of key expenditure components was more or less in line with expectations...

A Glance at Automation of Crypto-Derivatives

10:06 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency

Cryptocurrency derivatives have been the center of attraction in the recent past.Cryptocurrency derivatives, including cryptocurrency futures, cryptocurrency CFDs, and cryptocurrency options) have been under the meticulous...

Is US SEC’s deferral of judgement on VanEck/SolidX crypto ETF approval causing price action?

07:58 AM| Research & Analysis Technicals Digital Currency

The U.S. SECs eagle eye on the crypto regulation has prolonged, while having embraced the market even while fighting to fend off fraud. The current state of the cryptocurrency avenue has been luring investors attention...

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

By Gregory Brew - 10:50 AM| Insights & Views

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....

Choice between dawn or doom – Bitcoin’s 19,89,000% rallies or 78.6% Fibonacci retracements, what is more luring?

12:38 PM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency

We wouldnt run you through on the boredom news that booms across the cryptocurrency gamut which is universally known. Yes, we meant constant steep slumps in the cryptocurrency prices. Bitcoinand its peers have again...

UK FCA and German cops spot concerns over frauds in cryptocurrency binary options and CFDs

11:58 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The regulation for cryptocurrency space is getting stringent across the globe in the recent past. We, recently, glimpsed on theUS lawmakers and SECs approach to prevent crypto price manipulation and ETF approvals. Well,...

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

By Charles Smith Et Al - 17:27 PM| Insights & Views Politics

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...

Could a recession be just around the corner?

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal - 17:29 PM| Insights & Views Economy

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...

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Cryptocurrency Brief: Bitcoin plunges to 14-month low in major bloodbath, Ethereum down to double digits, Bitcoin Cash SV overtakes Bitcoin Cash ABC – Friday, December 07

11:48 AM| Commentary Digital Currency Economy Market Roundups

BTC/USD: Bitcoin prices continues to be in the bearish zone, plunging to a 14-month low during late European session Friday, with crypto markets crashing to their lowest this year today. According to a report from NewsBTC,...

iOS 12.1.1 Features, Latest News & Update: Wider eSIM Support, One-Tap Camera Flip Now Available

08:15 AM| Technology

The latest update iOS 12.1.1 is now officially released. Among the new functions and features it brings, many Apple fans are likely most excited about wider availability of the eSIM support. Even before the release of...

Are the tech giants taking over as your city leaders?

By Cristina Mateo Rebollo - 17:32 PM| Insights & Views Technology

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...

Gibraltar’s commerce ministry to feature in panel discussion at Latin American bitcoin and blockchain conference

11:59 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency

Gibraltars Minister for Commerce is attending the Latin American Bitcoin and Blockchain Conference taking place in Santiago, Chile. The Hon Albert Isola MP, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on at the...

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

By Allison McDonald - 02:46 AM| Insights & Views Technology

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...

New instruments, new opportunities - A confirmation of launch of NASDAQ bitcoin futures

10:14 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The renowned US stock exchange operator, NASDAQ has now clarified its plans of launching Bitcoin futures in 2019. While a crypto exchange ErisX has raised $27.5 million from Fidelity Investments andNASDAQVentures, among...

Frontiers of AI and FinTech - An illumination by CFA Institute

11:58 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Amid the mixed bag of turbulence between price actions and lingering prospects among the Blockchain/FinTech space, the keen interest continues to mount everywhere, reputed institutions from Big 4 auditing firms to the...

Why autonomous vehicles won't reduce our dependence on cars in cities

By Jennifer Kent - 16:26 PM| Technology

The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how theyll work in reality? In its report on AVs in Australia, Austroads (the association of Australasian road...

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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

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...

The 60th anniversary of France's Fifth Republic: Out of breath?

The current French Republic was born in 1958 out of what were then referred to as the events in Algeria. On June 4 of that year, Charles de Gaulle used the opportunity of an attempted coup in Algiers to return to power,...

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

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

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...

‘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...

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

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...
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