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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...

Escher x nendo will surprise, delight and challenge

By Sasha Grishin

Review: Escher x nendo, National Gallery of Victoria. M. C. Escher (1898-1972) is an artist whose name is synonymous with mathematically challenging, optically intriguing and intellectually perplexing prints. This...

NASA spacecraft gets up close with an asteroid that could one day collide with Earth

By Kathryn Harriss

NASAs spacecraft OSIRIS-REx has finally reached the asteroid 101955 Bennu which may be on collision course with the Earth after travelling for just over two years since its launch in September 2016. This mission, which...

COP24: 12 years from disaster, here's where we are and what needs to be done to fight climate change

By Khalil A. Cassimally

World leaders are gathering in Katowice, Poland, to negotiate the worlds response to climate change. The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) will last from December 3-14 and its primary aim is to reach agreement on how...

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

By John Henneberry

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...

Why UNESCO was right to add reggae to its cultural heritage list

By Christopher Partridge

When UNESCO announced that the reggae music of Jamaica had been added to its list of cultural products considered worthy of recognition, it was a reflection on the fact that reggae, which grew from its roots in the...

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

By Claude Poissenot

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...

Wizard of Oz: why this extraordinary movie has been so influential

By Brian Hoyle

Film director Joel Coen one half of the famed Coen Brothers once quipped that every movie ever made is an attempt to remake The Wizard of Oz and while, strictly speaking, theres a bit of artistic licence in this...

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

By Claire Jones

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...

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 remain narrowly mixed in muted session ahead of October JOLTs job openings data

The U.S. Treasuries traded narrowly mixed during late afternoon session Monday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. Investors will be, however, keeping a close eye on the...

German bunds mixed despite better-than-expected October trade balance; December ZEW economic sentiment index eyed

The German bunds remained mixed during European session Monday after witnessing a better-than-expected trade balance for the month of October, released today. Investors will now remain attentive to watch the countrys ZEW...

Norges Bank unlikely to alter rates on December 13, but maintain clear tightening bias: Danske Bank

The Norges Bank is not expected to adopt any change in its benchmark interest rate at its monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be held on December 13, but with a clear tightening bias, signalling a rate hike in March,...

OPEC+ agrees to cut production by 1.2mb/d, bringing production back to level at the beginning of this year

The OPEC+ has agreed to cut production by 1.2mb/d, effectively bringing its production back to its level at the beginning of the year. The deal is set to last six months and to be reviewed in April. The outcome was about...

JGBs slump after Japan’s economic growth worsens in Q3; 30-year auction eyed

The Japanese government bonds slumped on the first trading day of the week Monday after the countrys economic growth for the third quarter of this year worsened, disappointing market participants and investors will now...

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...

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,...

US presidential elections: why a Democrat is now favourite to win in 2020

The results of the US midterm elections are now largely in and they came as a shock to many seasoned forecasters. This wasnt the kind of shock that occurred in 2016, when the EU referendum tipped to Brexit and the US...

Politicians need to be braver about the biggest issues – like our consumption of meat

Scientists, environmentalists and animal rights activists have said it for many years. Now conclusive analysis has confirmed their argument. The global meat industry not only damages our health and is ethically dubious ...

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...

Curious Kids: What existed before the Big Bang? Did something have to be there to go boom?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like the...

Technology

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: The Best Worlds & Characters Included in Game Launching Next Month

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released next month with a very vast array of Disney worlds and characters included in the first full version of the game. There are, at least, 17 worlds confirmed a much higher number of...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, Features: Is Game Map Going Back to London or Vice City?

Rockstar Games is still mum about any details related to GTA 6. However, rumors suggest that the sequel games map is most likely taking players back to either Vice City or London. The gameplay maps are some of the most...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Latest News & Update: Why Reimagining is Being Released in Multiple Parts

Final Fantasy VII: Remake wont be coming out anytime soon as Square Enix has scrapped most of the work thats been done by CyberConnect2. But apart from rebuilding, the sheer size of the game is another major factor that is...

‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’ Latest News & Update: Fans Can Join Season 3 Adventures in Mobile Game

Stranger Things Season 3 is coming up but Netflix has yet to announce when exactly it is going to drop. Just to drill the anticipation even deeper into fans, a new mobile game in Stranger Things 3: The Game was recently...

‘Fallout 76’ Latest News & Update: Glitch with Real-Life Consequences, Players Advised to Avoid Toxic Game?

If there was any doubt before, the most recent issue related to Fallout 76 has made its title of being the worst game that Bethesda ever made official. Everything from the bug-infested mechanics to the misleading physical...
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