'We have filed a case under your name': beware of tax scams — they'll be everywhere this EOFY
By Paul Haskell-Dowland
The end of the financial year is near. So all of us especially those scrambling at the last minute to get their receipts in order should keep an eye out for the accompanying onslaught of tax scams.
Posing as the...
What if I can't get in for my second Pfizer dose and the gap is longer than 3 weeks?
By Nathan Bartlett
Bookings for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine have been halted in Victoria this week, amid shortages of the vaccine.
Some Victorians whove had their first Pfizer dose already will need to wait six weeks to get their...
The Labor Party has long struggled over a position on Israel and Palestine. Here's why
By Dennis Altman
After the brutal conflict in Gaza flared yet again in the past month, and the end of Benyamin Netanyahus 12 years as prime minister of Israel, attention is again focused on the apparently intractable conflict between...
Australia needs construction waste recycling plants — but locals first need to be won over
By Salman Shooshtarian Et Al
Strong community opposition to a proposed waste facility in regional New South Wales made headlines earlier this year. The A$3.9 million facility would occupy 2.7 hectares of Gunnedahs industrial estate. Its intended to...
Approaching zero: super-chilled mirrors edge towards the borders of gravity and quantum physics
By David Ernest McClelland Et Al
The LIGO gravitational wave observatory in the United States is so sensitive to vibrations it can detect the tiny ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. These waves are caused by colliding black holes and other...
Too few women get to invent – that's a problem for women's health
By Rem Koning
MacArthur Genius and MIT professor Linda Griffith has built an epic career as a scientist and inventor, including growing a human ear on a mouse. She now spends her days unpacking the biological mechanisms underlying...
Sport in Africa: book delivers insights into the games, people and politics
By Tarminder Kaur Et Al
The efforts of a range of academics across Africa have produced a new anthology of articles about sport on the continent. Its an important book because its a subject thats been largely neglected.
Sports in Africa, Past...
Iran presidential elections: who will win and what will happen next?
By Louise Kettle
Iranians are heading to the polls to elect their next president and after years of economic hardship and internal crackdowns on government protests this election could have long-term implications domestically, regionally...
Writing can improve mental health – here's how
By Christina Thatcher
Ernest Hemingway famously said that writers should write hard and clear about what hurts. Although Hemingway may not have known it at the time, research has now shown that writing about what hurts can help improve our...
We archived 84 million tweets to learn about the pandemic – each one is a tiny historical document
By Robert Lawson
The first tweet that the UKs Department of Health and Social Care published about its new coronavirus testing regime came on January 25 2020. Less than a week later, the department tweeted its first announcement of two...
4 ways companies can avoid post-pandemic employee turnover
By Erica Pimentel
With provinces across Canada starting to lift pandemic-related lockdowns, businesses are announcing plans to bring employees back into the office.
Considering the widespread isolation and Zoom fatigue of the past year,...
Post-pandemic return to work is a perfect opportunity to move to a four-day week
By David Spencer
The gradual easing of lockdowns and social restrictions opens the possibility of a welcome return to pre-pandemic habits. This might mean trips to the cinema, eating in restaurants, or attending a large wedding. For...
Millions are rejecting one of humanity's best weapons for saving lives: Vaccines
By S. Jay Olshansky Et Al
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees at a Houston hospital who did not want to be vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe. In the June 12, 2021 ruling, U.S. district Judge...
Postal banking could provide free accounts to 21 million Americans who don't have access to a credit union or community bank
By Terri Friedline Et Al
The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.
The big idea
About a quarter of census tracts with a post office dont have a community bank or credit union branch, suggesting postal banking could...
What's the charitable deduction? An economist explains
By Patrick Rooney
The charitable deduction is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in taxable income that lowers what someone owes the Internal Revenue Service. Only donations to tax-exempt charities count.
This giving incentive is available...
Working from home: How classism covertly dominated the conversation
By Tracey Warren Et Al
Since the arrival of the pandemic, media accounts about the new world of work have painted a curiously uniform picture of the jobs that people across the UK do. Chief among them was the idea that everyone was all suddenly...
The Biden-Putin summit: no magic reset of relations, but no hitting the snooze button, either
By Matthew Sussex
Much speculation surrounded the lead up to the just concluded summit in Geneva between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Coming after a NATO meeting where Biden reaffirmed his...
Australia's 2.5% minimum wage rise: there's something in it for you, and the economy
By John Buchanan
Australia has a serious wage problem. Over the past decade wages for all but the top 20% of income earners have flat-lined.
This is part of the longer-term problem concerning productivity and wages identified by groups...
Why a carbon price alone won't be enough to drive down New Zealand's emissions
By David Hall
With its emissions budgets, the Climate Change Commissions final advice to the government charts a course towards a low-emissions economy. But its comprehensive policy package is arguably the more decisive element targets...
At last, health, aged care and quarantine workers get the right masks to protect against airborne coronavirus
By C Raina MacIntyre Et Al
Almost a year ago, in July 2020, our calls for the government to urgently upgrade the guidelines to protect health workers from airborne SARS-CoV-2 fell on deaf ears.
The existing guidelines said health providers...
Which COVID vaccine is best? Here's why that's really hard to answer
By Wen Shi Lee Et Al
With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, people are increasingly asking which vaccine is best?
According to Google Trends, more and more people want to know.
Even if we tried to answer this question,...
Why we still don't have self-driving cars on the roads in 2021
By Francesco Biondi
Do you remember the time when self-driving cars were upon us? It was almost a decade ago when the Autonomous Vehicle division at Google (now Waymo) promised a world where people would be chauffeured around by self-driving...
Netanyahu leaves behind a complex legacy in Israel. His successor will need to deliver change — and fast
By Ran Porat
Israels 36th government was approved today, with a slim majority of 6059 in the Knesset (parliament).
The new prime minister is the leader of national-religious party Yamina, Naftali Bennett. A religious person, former...
Even without new fossil fuel projects, global warming will still exceed 1.5℃.
By Sven Teske Et Al
The International Energy Agency (IEA) last month made global headlines when it declared there is no room for new fossil fuel investment if were to avoid catastrophic climate change.
However, our new research suggests...
Is it worth selling my house if I'm going into aged care?
By Colin Zhang
For senior Australians who cannot live independently at home, residential aged care can provide accommodation, personal care and general health care.
People usually think this is expensive. And many assume they need to...
Can Bitcoin become a real currency? Here's what's wrong with El Salvador's crypto plan
By John Hawkins1
Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, has got himself a pair of laser eyes on his Twitter profile at least.
Laser eyes are something social media users give themselves to show they love cryptocurrency and Bukele...
The problem with online learning? It doesn't teach people to think
By Robert Danisch
The modern research university was designed to produce new knowledge and to pass that knowledge on to students. North American universities over the last 100 years have been exceptionally good at that task.
But this is...
What's the G-7? An international economist explains
By Emily J. Blanchard
What the G-7 is
The Group of 7 is an informal group of seven powerful democracies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The presidents of the European Commission and European...
Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?
By Duane Mellor
Since the beginning of the pandemic, its been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable?
A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention...
How COVID-19 exposed the systemic ageism at the heart of Britain
By Shir Shimoni
The UK public cares deeply about injustices. In the first few months of 2021, thousands of people took to the streets demanding much-needed social changes, from Black Lives Matter to Kill the Bill protests against the...
Identity fusion: why some people will go to extremes for the beliefs of a group
By Roger Whitaker
Football fans often become so deeply connected to their club and to other fans, as though theyre related. Theyre willing to support the group on a lifelong basis, with unwaivering pride even in the face of losses.
With new Atlantic Charter, Biden and Johnson reset the special relationship
By Martin Farr
Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill first met in the summer of 1941 on HMS Prince of Wales to create the Atlantic Charter, establishing the terms of their countries relationship in war, and, as it was to prove, in...
Fake news: a simple nudge isn’t enough to tackle it – here's what to do instead
By Sander van der Linden Et Al
One high-profile theory of why people share fake news says that they arent paying sufficient attention. The proposed solution is therefore to nudge people in the right direction. For example, accuracy primes short...
Fashion for pointy shoes unleashed a wave of bunions in medieval England
By Piers Mitchell Et Al
The 14th century saw the arrival of an abundance of new styles of dress and footwear in Europe, coming in a wide range of fabrics and colours. Among these new fashion trends were poulaines rather eccentric-looking...
Proceed to your nearest (virtual) exit: gaming technology is teaching us how people respond to emergencies
By Ruggiero Lovreglio
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) arent just for gaming anymore, theyre also proving to be useful tools for disaster safety research. In fact, they could save lives.
Around the world, natural and...
It's not the Reserve Bank's job to worry about housing prices
By Richard Holden
Once again folks are pointing to the potential danger of Australias low interest rates.
This week a poll of so-called market economists by ratings agency Fitch had only 12% of respondents in favour of the Reserve Bank...
Aphantasia explained: some people can't form mental pictures
By Zoë Pounder
How many times have you watched a book adaptation on film or TV, and felt disappointed when a scene wasnt quite how youd pictured it? Or perhaps a character looked nothing like youd imagined them to look?
London terror attack: Canadians have become desensitized to violence against Muslims
By Jasmeet Bahia
A Muslim family was targeted in a violent hate crime in London, Ont., that left four people dead and a nine-year-old child in critical condition. Police have confirmed the attack was motivated by hate and that the...
Rapid delivery grocery apps have flourished during the pandemic – but will they permanently change how we shop?
By Janina Steinmetz
Billions of dollars are flowing to support companies you may never have heard of startups with memorable names like Zapp, Deliveroo, Getir and Gorillas. These speedy delivery companies have become the go-to for many...
Fastly's global internet meltdown could be a sign of things to come
By David S. Wall
For an hour on the morning of June 8, dozens of the worlds most-visited websites went offline. Among those affected were Amazon, Reddit, PayPal and Spotify, as well as the Guardian, the New York Times and the UK government...
The internet consumes extraordinary amounts of energy. Here's how we can make it more sustainable
By Jeff Kettle
Around 4.6 billion people use the internet every day. In fact, 350,000 tweets have been sent in the past minute. We tend to think of the internet as something ephemeral partly thanks to terms like web and cloud but the...
Bitcoin: El Salvador's grand experiment
By David Coker
Around the world, bitcoin has a mixed reputation. Owning and using the cryptocurrency is legal in a majority of nations, tolerated in many others, and outlawed by a relatively small number.
El Salvador has just become...
Ultra-marathon running: how safe is the sport?
By Lindsay Bottoms
The 2021 Yellow River Stone Forest 100km trail race in Gansu province, China, ended in tragedy in May, when unexpectedly severe weather resulted in the deaths of 21 of the 172 competitors. Among them was the Chinese...
Fastly global internet outage: why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?
By Paul Haskell-Dowland
If you were having difficulty accessing your favourite website on Tuesday evening Australian time, youre not alone. A jaw-dropping number of major websites around the globe suddenly became unavailable with no immediately...
Mexican president suffers setback in country's deadliest election in decades
By Luis Gómez Romero
Mexicans turned away from President Andrés Manuel López Obradors party in the countrys June 6, 2021, midterm election, widely seen as a referendum on his administrations self-proclaimed transformation of...
How an app to decrypt criminal messages was born 'over a few beers' with the FBI
By David Tuffley
Australian and US law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced theyd sprung a trap three years in the making, catching major international crime figures using an encrypted app.
More than 200 underworld figures in...
What would sustainable tourism really mean for New Zealand? Let’s ask the river
By Jason Paul Mika Et Al
Excitement among Cook Islands tourism operators and officials at the opening of quarantine-free travel with Aotearoa New Zealand was understandable. The impact of the pandemic on the island nations economy has been massive...
Tasmania's reached net-zero emissions and 100% renewables – but climate action doesn't stop there
By Rupert Posner Et Al
Getting to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% renewable energy might seem the end game for climate action. But what if, like Tasmania, youve already ticked both those goals off your list?
Why too many recorded lecture videos may be bad for maths students' learning
By Sven Trenholm
Screen-based devices have increasingly become part of our human experience even more so since the pandemic began. This trend includes watching more and more videos. For example, before COVID-19, the average American...
To become an innovation nation, we really need to think smaller
By Martie-Louise Verreynne Et Al
It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise...