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Anyone for obstacle course swimming? How some of the more unusual Olympic Games sports came to be

By Wayne Peake

The Latin motto of the Olympic Games, which Baron Pierre de Coubertin known as the father of the Olympics resurrected at Athens in 1896, is citius, altius, fortius communiter. In English, this means faster, higher,...

From NIMBY to YIMBY: How localized real estate investment trusts can help address Canada’s housing crisis

By Leslie Legge Et Al

The housing crisis in Canada has reached a critical juncture. With rising real estate prices and a dwindling number of affordable options, it is crucial that Canada rapidly increases housing stocks in high-demand...

‘I just want to keep playing:’ Why youth athletes under-report concussion symptoms

By Alison Doherty Et Al

Despite ongoing advocacy and education about the risks of concussions from organizations like the Sport Information Resource Centre, Hockey Canada, and legislation like Rowans Law, many young athletes still hesitate, or...

How should I factor AI into my decision about what to study after school?

By Andreas Cebulla

As year 12 students across Australia ponder their next move, the world of work is undergoing a seismic shift. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are reshaping industries, creating new opportunities, and rendering...

Think you’ve decided what to buy? Actually, your brain is still deciding – even as you put it in your basket

By Tijl Grootswagers Et Al

You are standing in the cereal aisle, weighing up whether to buy a healthy bran or a sugary chocolate-flavoured alternative. Your hand hovers momentarily before you make the final grab. But did you know that during...

The Atlantic Gulf Stream was unexpectedly strong during the last ice age – new study

By Jack Wharton Et Al

Twenty thousand years ago the world was locked into a great ice age. Ice sheets two miles thick covered much of North America, Scandinavia and the British Isles. Greenhouse gas concentrations were much lower, the world...

Boeing’s fraud case shows that some businesses are still too big to fail

By Akhil Bhardwaj

In January, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 nearly fell out of the sky when it lost a door plug at an altitude of more than 10,000ft, leading to rapid decompression of the main cabin of the plane. Although no one was...

At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello

This has been a wonderful summer if you follow sports: tennis championships, end-of-season tournaments and soccers European Championship and Copa America all leading up to the most global event of all, the...

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues, including topics like abortion, immigration and wealth inequality

By Dante Chinni Et Al

As the presidential election campaign heats up, media coverage suggests Americans are hopelessly divided and headed for a difficult fall perhaps also a tense January. But that isnt the whole story, according to...

From the ’60s till now, TV news coverage of large-scale university protests doesn’t look so different

By Lisa Fazio

While much has changed over the past 50 years, evening television news remains a prominent source of information for Americans. I am a scholar of psychology and study how people learn information from the world around...

‘Fart walk’: the health benefits of going for a walk after a meal

By Dan Baumgardt

Mairlyn Smith, a Canadian actress and cook, recently revealed on TikTok that she and her husband go for a walk after dinner to release their pent up gases. Smith calls these post-prandial strolls fart walks. The hashtag is...

When transmission lines fell, 16 electric vehicles fed power into the grid

By Bjorn Sturmberg

Electric vehicles are an increasingly common sight on Australian roads. Each one cuts carbon emissions by half compared to fossil fuel vehicles, but increases household electricity use by 50%. This extra electricity...

We need to consider alternatives to dark matter that better explain cosmological observations

By Rajendra Gupta

Do constants of nature the numbers that determine how things behave, like the speed of light change over time as the universe expands? Does light get a little tired travelling vast cosmic distances? It was believed that...

Euros 2024: whoever wins the football, the Turkish kebab takes the fast-food crown

By Daniel Newman

In a recent Amazon poll among its employees in European countries to mark the European football championships, the kebab appears as their favourite food, with the English beans on toast coming a distant second. More...

Iran’s new reformist president offers hope to the west and cover for the conservative establishment

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Good news for democracy in Iran words which in recent times, particularly in western news reports, are rarely seen in the same sentence. But the election of Masoud Pezeshkian as president of Iran must be seen as a...

French say ‘non’ to Le Pen’s National Rally - but a messy coalition government looks likely

By Romain Fathi

Todays French elections results are everything except what predictions had forecast. Only days ago, Marine Le Pens National Rally party was tipped to win. But this weekend it became the clear loser of these French...

French election: far-right government blocked as Le Pen’s alliance pushed into third place, says exit poll

By David Lees

And so it did not come to pass. For all the expectation and yes, fear among some in France and around the world the far-right appears to have failed in its bid to gain a majority in the French National Assembly (the...

Recruiters and jobseekers are ‘ghosting’ each other

By Connie Zheng

Being ghosted cut off from all communications without an explanation isnt a pleasant experience in any situation. So when youre in the middle of a job hunt and may have poured your heart and soul into application...

Alcohol consumption among teenagers: Parents need to set rules and not just talk about it

By Catherine Cimon-Paquet Et Al

When it comes to talking about alcohol consumption with their teenage children, many parents dont know where to start. The official drinking age across Canada ranges from 18 to 19 years. Although alcohol consumption...

Computer love: AI-powered chatbots are changing how we understand romantic and sexual well-being

By Valerie A. Lapointe Et Al

Over the past decade, virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence, like Apples Siri and Amazons Alexa, have become integral to technologies such as smartphones and social media. More recently, a new type of...

Rap lyrics can provide catharsis – both for artists and their fans

By Paul Stephen Adey

I heard a rappers verse a while ago that stopped me in my tracks. The artist was Kemba and the song, Daemons, featured on the posthumous album Bad Vibes Forever (2019), by the conflicted and gifted artist...

US Supreme Court: 10 days of blockbuster decisions with huge implications for the future

By Colin Provost

The US Supreme Court has concluded its 2023-24 term in the past two weeks with a number of profoundly consequential decisions that have major implications for the years to come. This is the court of last resort in the...

The UK’s new prime minister Keir Starmer – hoping for a Democrat in the White House, preparing for Trump

By Christopher Featherstone

Keir Starmer, the UKs new prime minister, was quiet on the question of relations with the US prior to his election, choosing to avoid, in particular, talk of how he would manage a second Donald Trump presidency. Starmer...

South Africa’s healthcare system: eight steps that would get it on the right track

By Lilian Dudley Et Al

South Africas healthcare system suffers from widespread problems in its governance. A number of indicators point to this dysfunction. These include the large number of managers in acting positions, frequent changes in...

Euro 2024: England’s squad shows the true value of football teams in the lower leagues

By Mark Middling

Before the start of Euro 2024, Englands football squad was widely considered one of the favourites to win the tournament. Manager Gareth Southgate had a wealth of talent at his disposal with some of Europes finest players...

Euro 2024 in a super election year: how the Olympic Stadium is putting Germany’s past front and centre

By Clare Copley

Germany is hosting the Uefa Euro 2024 mens football tournament right in the middle of what has been called the countrys super election year. People are voting at local, state and European levels, amid renewed contests over...

Japan’s looming imperial crisis – why it’s time to open the succession to female heirs

By Ella Tennant

Japans Emperor Naruhito has finally admitted that the future of the Chrysanthemum Throne is in peril. Speaking on the eve of his state visit to the UK in mid-June, Naruhito noted that the number of male heirs in the...

The energy transition requires a lot of minerals and metals — which could impact our lakes

By Marc Amyot Et Al

Bringing about the energy transition is essential, but it will require developing a significant amount of minerals and green electricity, such as hydroelectricity. These activities often take place on Indigenous lands and...

Australia’s long-awaited national anti-corruption body is a year old. Is it meeting expectations?

By Andrew Young2

After a great deal of political haggling, pressure and negotiations, Australias National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) was established a year ago, with a view to stamping out corruption and discouraging any activities...

What can you do if you think your teen already has unhealthy social media habits?

By Carmel Taddeo Et Al

Many parents are worried about how much their children use social media and what content they might encounter while using it. Amid proposals to ban teenagers under 16yrs from social media and calls to better educate...

How investing in green buildings, including cheaper home loans, is a win for banks, people and our planet

By Ehsan Noroozinejad Et Al

Australia is facing dual crises: increasing climate change risks and soaring housing costs. Financial institutions have a crucial role to play in funding and promoting solutions to these challenges. A recent United...

Nuclear power has an advantage not reflected in the average price. It’s price stability, and for some users that matters

By Magnus Söderberg

Much of the debate about nuclear power in the month since the Coalition announced its plan to install reactors in seven states has been about cost. But some things matter more to electricity users than the average price...

No croutons, no anchovies, no bacon: the 100-year-old Mexican origins of the Caesar salad

By Garritt C. Van Dyk

The most seductive culinary myths have murky origins, with a revolutionary discovery created by accident, or out of necessity. For the Caesar salad, these classic ingredients are spiced up with a family food feud and a...

Have-not neighbourhoods hurt by about-face on engaging with the community in urban planning

By Meg Holden Et Al

Community engagement became a formal requirement of planning in Canada via the neighbourhood improvement program of the 1970s. That program required local governments to work together with residents to rehabilitate...

Election 2024: what happens on the big day – and at what time

By Jonathan Tonge

After an eventful election campaign, voters across the UK are making their final decision. Polls have indicated for some time that the Conservatives, led by Rishi Sunak, are on course to lose to Labour and that Keir...

Not the Sun wot won it: what Murdoch’s half-hearted, last-minute endorsements mean for Labour

By John Jewell

Leaving it as late as editorially possible, the Sun has endorsed Labour. With an election day front page saying its time for a change, the Murdoch-owned tabloid says the Conservatives have become a divided rabble, more...

Ukraine war: Kyiv rejects Orbán ceasefire plan but global security deals offer hope

By Stefan Wolff

Ukraine has firmly ruled out any compromises in its war with Russia, according to a senior aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky. Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian presidents chief of staff, said that while Kyiv welcomed advice...

Ukraine war: Russia toughens up draft law to round-up more people for the frontlines

By Anastassiya Mahon

Russia is introducing laws aimed at closing loopholes used by those wanting to avoid the draft. Evading the draft has been relatively easy in Russia until now. All those who wanted to avoid military service needed to do...

Three ways to eat more nutritiously

By Hazel Flight

When it comes to staying healthy, diet is one of the best things you can do to look after your body. If you want to eat more nutritiously but dont quite know how, here are a few easy changes you can make that will...

British netball wants to turn professional, but there are risks in making money the goal

By Christina Philippou

There was some football on over the same weekend, and a music festival too. But despite the distractions of the Euros and Glastonbury, on June 29 2024, 8,000 British netball fans watched Loughborough Lightning successfully...

How sport and poetry make the perfect match

By Joe Towns

Centre Court, Wimbledon, 2008. The mens final. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two titans of tennis at their zenith, are locked in an enthralling battle. But rain disrupts play, forcing a pause that hangs heavy with...

How the Dutch became the tallest nation on Earth

By Kristina Thompson Et Al

Studying the history of a country or regions physical health is challenging, as consistently collected indicators of health are hard to come by. However, our recent study looked at the clear link between a populations...

Why Russia still has friends on the world stage

By Alexander Hill

Russian president Vladimir Putins recent visits to both North Korea and Vietnam received significant attention in the western media. So, too, did a recent visit by Russian warships to Cuba. Before the outbreak of the...

Detroit’s legacy of housing inequity has caused long-term health impacts − these policies can help mitigate that harm

By Roshanak Mehdipanah Et Al

Detroiters who face rising rents, poor living conditions and systemic barriers to affordable and safe housing are at greater risk of poor health, our research finds. We study the connection between housing inequities...

Tactical voting: why is it such a big part of British elections?

By Thomas Lockwood Et Al

Voters across the UK will cast their ballots on July 4 to decide who will form the next government. Under the UKs voting system, known as first past the post, voters choose one candidate standing in their constituency....

To guard against cyberattacks in space, researchers ask ‘what if?’

By Patrick Lin

If space systems such as GPS were hacked and knocked offline, much of the world would instantly be returned to the communications and navigation technologies of the 1950s. Yet space cybersecurity is largely invisible to...

Global rise in penis cancer – what you need to know

By Colin Michie

Penis cancer is thankfully rare, but cases are rising. Some experts predict a 77% increase in penis cancer by 2050. While developing countries tend to have the highest rates of penis cancer, cases are increasing in most...

How the French far-right rose to prominence

By Joseph Downing

European politics was shaken by a surge in support for the far-right and far-left in the first round of Frances legislative elections on June 30. Marine Le Pens National Rally party won 33% of the popular vote, ahead of...

ASIC has comprehensively failed and its role should be split in two, according to long-awaited inquiry

By Jason Harris

Australias corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), should be broken up and replaced by new and more responsive regulatory agencies, a damning report has found. The Senate...

Heading to Bali or somewhere tropical these holidays? Here’s what you need to know about dengue fever

By Cameron Webb

If youre looking to escape the Australian winter for your next holiday, dont forget where theres warmth, there will also be mosquitoes. In turn, tropical destinations can be hot spots of mosquito-borne diseases such as...

The Trump assassination attempt has historical precedents — and future security implications

At a political rally in Pennsylvania, former president Donald Trump narrowly survived an assassination attempt. As gunshots rang out during the Republican candidates rally, Trump miraculously avoided a direct hit and said...

Top Stories

Manifesting has a dark side – there are problems with believing our thoughts have so much power

By Laura D'Olimpio - 07:56 AM| Insights & Views Life

Have you tried manifesting? Its hard to escape on social media the idea that you can will what you desire into reality through the power of belief. This could be financial success, romantic love or sporting...

Global Geopolitics Series

Gaza war: ceasefire deal in the balance again as Israel presses ahead with its military campaign

By Paul Rogers - 07:58 AM| Insights & Views

Hamas made a renewed offer to the Israeli government for a possible ceasefire in Gaza last Friday. The offer included what a member of Israels negotiating team called a very significant breakthrough. It led Israeli...

From robots and drones to sheep trackers, new tech can help farmers monitor and improve soil health

By Jennifer Rowntree - 07:57 AM| Technology

Twelve million hectares of agricultural soils are lost globally through soil degradation every year. As an ecologist, I work alongside farmers and growers in the field and have seen how farming can help solve this global...

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Economy

Global Trade Imbalance Deepens as Chinese Exports Surge and Imports Plummet

Chinas relentless export growth, reaching $308 billion in June, contrasts sharply with declining imports, widening the trade surplus to a record $99 billion. This imbalance intensifies global economic tensions as countries...

Argentina's Inflation Rises in June, Challenging President Milei’s Economic Reforms

Argentinas consumer price index rose to 4.6% in June, breaking a five-month trend of declining inflation. This increase challenges President Javier Mileis economic reforms aimed at combating the countrys severe economic...

Saudi Arabia Quadruples Fuel Oil Imports to Meet Soaring Summer Power Demand

Saudi Arabia has quadrupled its fuel oil imports to the highest level in over three years to meet soaring power demand during the scorching summer. Fuel oil shipments surged in June and are expected to remain elevated in...

Pakistan Secures $7 Billion IMF Loan to Bolster Economy and Address Debts

Pakistan has secured a $7 billion loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund, aiming to stabilize its economy and address outstanding debts. This 37-month arrangement focuses on enhancing fiscal and monetary...

U.S. Inflation Hits Three-Year Low, Yet Stocks Slide Amid Rate Cut Speculation

Americans received some relief in June as U.S. inflation fell to a three-year low of 2.97%, surpassing expectations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 0.1% month-over-month decline, raising hopes for potential...

Politics

Trump’s VP Candidate JD Vance Calls Out SEC's Gary Gensler in Resurfaced Crypto Clip

In a resurfaced clip, Donald Trumps VP pick, JD Vance, brands SEC Chair Gary Gensler the worst person for his crypto regulation policies, igniting discussion online. Vances Sharp Critique of Genslers Crypto...

Special Counsel to Appeal Ruling Dismissing Donald Trump’s Documents Case; Legal Expert Weighs In

Special Counsel Jack Smith is set to appeal U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannons dismissal of former President Trumps classified documents case. The ruling, citing improper appointment, has been labeled a blessing in...

Private Efforts to Urge Joe Biden to Exit Presidential Race Intensify Amid Polling Concerns

Despite public silence, private efforts to influence President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race persist. Democratic insiders, citing dire internal polling data, continue to urge Biden and his advisers to...

Would-Be Donald Trump Assassin Aimed Gun at Officer, Prompting Security Probes: Report

A report reveals that the would-be assassin of former President Donald Trump aimed his gun at a local officer, prompting the officer to retreat just moments before the attack. Congress is now calling for probes into the...

Melania Trump Speaks Out After Assassination Attempt on Husband Donald Trump

Melania Trump has broken her silence following the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, urging Americans to rise above hatred and seek unity. Her poignant letter highlighted the personal impact of the...

Science

SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

SpaceX announced a liquid oxygen leak caused the Falcon 9s second-stage engine failure, resulting in a RUD. Despite the anomaly, the second stage was passivated successfully. SpaceX Identifies Liquid Oxygen Leak as...

SpaceX Moves Starship Booster to Launch Pad for Historic Flight 5 Test Attempt

SpaceX has moved its rocket booster to the launch pad for the fifth Starship test flight, following a series of prelaunch tests. This test, set for next month, includes the unprecedented attempt to catch the first stage...

Study: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mix Impairs Memory and Learning in Rodents

Researchers at an Italian university found that mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to long-term memory and learning issues in rodents. The study, published in Neuropharmacology, highlights the potential risks to...

SpaceX to Help NASA Deorbit ISS; Starlink Lands Major Comcast Business Partnership

SpaceX will develop the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle so that NASA can safely deorbit the ISS by 2030. Meanwhile, SpaceX Starlink secures a significant partnership with Comcast Business to enhance rural connectivity. NASA Taps...

Japan Discovers 230 Million Ton Manganese Deposits, Boosting EV Battery Industry

Japan has discovered 230 million tonnes of manganese deposits near Minami-Torishima Island, potentially transforming its EV battery industry by significantly reducing reliance on imports and providing enough cobalt and...

Technology

XRP Soars 36%: Key Role of Whale Activity Explained

Santiment has identified whale accumulation as the key reason behind XRPs recent 36% price surge, revealing significant market movements. XRP Faces Resistance at $0.56610 Santiment, a well-known on-chain data...

Bitcoin Moves: Mt Gox Transfers 44,527 BTC to New Wallet Amid Repayment Plans

Mt Gox moved 44,527 Bitcoin to a new wallet in preparation for creditor repayments, causing a stir in the crypto community. Significant BTC Transfer by Mt Gox to New Wallet Crypto exchange gone In preparation for...

Huawei's Chairman Teases Ambitious Tri-Fold Foldable Phone Set for Potential 2024 Launch

During a live broadcast on July 15, Huaweis chairman, Yu Chengdong, teased the potential release of a tri-fold foldable smartphone. Huaweis Tri-Fold: A Technological Marvel in the Making Per Huawei Central, for the...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra Firmware Spotted, Korean Market Release Probable

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra has been spotted in test firmware, suggesting it may launch in the Korean market soon. Exclusive Korean Codes The Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra/Slim model is reportedly still in development,...

SEC's Preliminary Nod to Ether ETFs: Three Issuers Gear Up for Potential Tuesday Launch

The SEC has reportedly granted preliminary approval to Ether ETFs from three issuers, setting the stage for a potential trading debut next Tuesday. Preliminary Approval Granted by SEC to Three Ether ETF...
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