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Whistleblowers are key to fighting corruption in South Africa. It shouldn't be at their peril

By Monray Marsellus Botha

Numerous corruption scandals have been reported in South Africa in recent times. The extent of corruption in the country has been laid bare at the judicial commission probing allegations of state capture over the past...

What the objections to COVID-19 control measures tells us about personal freedom

By Timothy A. Carey

As the protracted global battle with SARS-CoV-2 continues to rage, objections to the measures being taken to combat the virus are increasing. Protests have been reported in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia,...

Merkel's caution has made Germany the great economic underachiever of our times

By Muhammad Ali Nasir

Germans are taking to the polls on September 26 to elect the members for the 20th Bundestag. For the first time in 16 years, there will be a new chancellor as Angela Merkel steps down. Germany has been through some...

Josh Frydenberg prepares ground for Scott Morrison to commit to 2050 climate target

By Michelle Grattan

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will prepare the way for Scott Morrison to take a target of net zero emissions by 2050 to Glasgow, when he warns on Friday capital inflow will be at risk if Australia is seen as a climate...

Some rich people will love at least one sweetener in Democrats' $3.5 trillion plan

By Brent W Ambrose Et Al

While liberal lawmakers look for ways to raise taxes on the rich to finance their US$3.5 trillion spending package, some House Democrats are aiming to lower them. Specifically, several Democrats from high-tax states...

Colleges must choose whether to let athletes wear school gear for paid promotions

By John Holden

Just days after the NCAA changed it rules in June 2021 to let college athletes seek endorsement deals, a college quarterback in the South announced a sponsorship deal with a beverage company. About the same time,...

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?

By Dilani Gedera Et Al

As any university student, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So its important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to...

After AUKUS, Russia sees a potential threat — and an opportunity to market its own submarines

By Alexey D Muraviev

The global opinions on the new AUKUS security pact between Australia, the US and the UK have been decidedly mixed. China and France immediately blasted the deal, while others, such as Japan and the Philippines, were more...

Can animals sense when an earthquake is about to happen?

By Anne Quain

Within minutes of Melbourne being rattled by yesterdays earthquake, my Victorian friends reported changes in the behaviour of their animals. One friend wrote on social media that her dog Harvey stood in the hallway...

COVID-19 increases the chance of getting an autoimmune condition. Here's what the science says so far

By Magdalena Plebanski Et Al

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can sometimes cause the immune system to mistakenly attack the persons own body. This process, known as autoimmunity, can damage a number of different organs. After COVID-19,...

Instagram can make teens feel bad about their body, but parents can help. Here's how

By Gemma Sharp Et Al

Last week Facebooks internal research revealed Instagrams toxic effects on some young peoples body image particularly girls. One study by Facebook of teen Instagram users in the US and UK found more than 40% of those...

How will Delta evolve? Here's what the theory tells us

By Hamish McCallum

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dramatic demonstration of evolution in action. Evolutionary theory explains much of what has already happened, predicts what will happen in the future and suggests which management strategies are...

Land of opportunity: more sustainable Australian farming would protect our lucrative exports (and the planet)

By Frank Jotzo Et Al

The European Union is pressing ahead with carbon border levies charges on carbon-intensive goods from countries such as Australia that havent taken strong action to reduce emissions. The EU will impose such measures on a...

Progress stops when we create and dismantle infrastructure programs every federal election

By Kerry Black

According to the most recent Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, the state of our infrastructure is at risk in fact, its failing. And our approach to tackling infrastructure has remained stagnant for decades. Mired in...

Nando’s chicken shortage: how the pandemic has made supply and demand tougher to predict

By John Boylan

Peri-peri chicken fans were disappointed and frustrated when Nandos announced the temporary closure of nearly 50 restaurants. A chicken shortage has been blamed, and while reactions to the closures were satirised on social...

Hospitals often outsource important services to companies that prioritize profit over patients

By Leonard L. Berry Et Al

Hospitals have long embraced the practice of outsourcing some services to specialized companies. Much of this outsourcing is for nonclinical tasks such as laundry, information technology and cybersecurity, and outsourcing...

After India's brutal coronavirus wave, two-thirds of population has been exposed to SARS-CoV2

By Rajib Dasgupta

Cases of COVID-19 are surging around the world, but the course of the pandemic varies widely country to country. To provide you with a global view as we approach a year and a half since the official declaration of the...

Afghanistan: progress on women's rights has been hard fought – now everything is at risk under the Taliban

By Sahar Maranlou

When the Taliban was in power between 1996 and 2001, womens rights to education and employment were brutally violated. They could only go out in public if accompanied by a male relative and, even then, had to be fully...

Pfizer vaccinations for 16 to 39-year-olds is welcome news. But AstraZeneca remains a good option

By Catherine Bennett

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced the Pfizer vaccine would become available to all Australians aged 16 to 39 from August 30. This represents a vote of confidence in our vaccine supply, which has been...

'OK Boomer': how a TikTok meme traces the rise of Gen Z political consciousness

By Crystal Abidin

The phrase OK Boomer has become popular over the past two years as an all-purpose retort with which young people dismiss their elders for being old-fashioned. OK Boomer began as a meme in TikTok videos, but our research...

Can a polite sign lead to political change? What kinds of protest work?

By Aidan Ricketts

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently gave reporters in Canberra a lesson in what kinds of protest he thinks work best. Last week, he condemned Extinction Rebellion protesters who sprayed graffiti on Parliament House...

8 out of 10 teachers think education news is negative and demoralising. Some have even left because of it

By Kathryn Shine

For many teachers, news coverage of education seems to be unrelentingly negative. They say this is particularly noticeable in reporting of results of standardised tests such as NAPLAN and the OECDs Programme for...

How ancient beliefs in underwater worlds can shed light in a time of rising sea levels

By Patrick D. Nunn

The small boat sliced its way through the waveless ocean. The Fiji air was warm and still, the silhouettes of distant islands like sentinels watching our progress. It seemed a perfect day to visit the Solo Lighthouse and...

As the Taliban's grip on Afghanistan tightens, New Zealand must commit to taking more refugees

By Alexander Gillespie

With a Defence Force Hercules now en route to Afghanistan to assist with rescue and evacuation, New Zealand joins a 60-country response to the unfolding calamity. Yet doubt still surrounds just who is eligible for the...

Metabolism may not slow after 20 – so why do we still gain weight?

By Janet Cade

For a long time, it was believed that after the age of 20 your metabolism decreased dramatically making it harder to lose weight and keep in shape. But a recent study has shown our metabolism also known as energy...

How the gig economy could suffer from a labour shortage – but workers may be better off

By John Colley

The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the economy will not be clear for some time. But in the UK, the easing of pandemic related restrictions has coincided with significant labour shortages and the driving up of wages....

Gun control in South Africa: tightening the law, and more

By Guy Lamb

Statistics produced by the police and mortuary surveillance systems in South Africa have consistently shown that firearms are the most commonly used weapons to commit murder and other violent crimes, such as carjacking and...

Climate change: why government failure to act isn't the problem

By Nick Bernards

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report underscored the dire state of the climate crisis, concluding that immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to...

The US is taking a bite out of its food insecurity – here's one way to scrap the problem altogether

By Craig Gundersen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to permanently increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by 25% above pre-pandemic levels in October 2021. Its the biggest change since 1979 to...

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire

By Maureen C Kennedy Et Al

There is abundant evidence that changes in the climate, both increased temperature and reduced precipitation, are making wildfires worse in the western U.S. The relationship between climate and wildfire seems obvious and...

Digital health is a vital tool: here's how we can make it more sustainable

By Maddy Thompson

The pandemic has shown us the extraordinary potential of digital health to fight global health inequalities by providing expanded access to healthcare: as well as by better informing our responses to health...

Indonesia's obsession to maintain social order hinders equal treatment of minority faiths

By A'an Suryana

A few weeks ago, Religious Affairs Minister Cholil Yaqut Qoumas became a target of public criticism and praise for congratulating followers of the minority Bahai faith in Indonesia on celebrating their Nowruz...

Australia's 4.6% unemployment rate hints at what's possible, but it's not the real thing

By Richard Holden

This week provided a first tiny glimpse into the labour-market fallout from Australias recent lockdowns. Australian Bureau of Statistics published the wage price index for the June quarter yesterday, showing sluggish...

Why Twitter’s user-driven experiment to tackle misinformation is complicated

By Eryn Newman Et Al

Over the past year, weve seen how dramatically misinformation can impact the lives of people, communities and entire countries. In a bid to better understand how misinformation spreads online, Twitter has started an...

Could sending humans to sleep for a year help solve the climate crisis? A new play, Hibernation, asks this question

By Sarah Peters

Review: Hibernation by Finegan Kruckemeyer, State Theatre Company South Australia What lengths would you go to in order to save the planet from climate crisis? Stop eating meat and start composting? Recycle and make do,...

BHP is selling its dirty oil and gas assets, but hold the applause

By Jeremy Moss

When BHP announced it would sell its stake in its oil and gas business to Woodside Petroleum to form a merged oil and gas business, it appeared welcome news. A big miner finally takes climate change seriously. But...

Individual dietary choices can add – or take away – minutes, hours and years of life

By Olivier Jolliet Et Al

Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many people know that the food choices they make affect their own health as well as that of the...

Feedback from supervisors can be a good or bad experience. Here’s how to get it right

By Ritesh Chugh Et Al

Giving good feedback is an art. It can be challenging for supervisors and managers, whether in an educational setting or any other workplace. Our newly published review of the past decades research on this issue confirms...

The Taliban's conquest of Kabul threatens the lives and safety of girls, women and sexual minorities

By Deeplina Banerjee

The world watched in shock as Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, fled the country on Aug. 15. The Taliban occupied Kabul, the countrys capital, and international news channels and social media began to be flooded...

We trained AI to recognise footprints, but it won't replace forensic experts yet

By Matthew Robert Bennett Et Al

We rely on experts all the time. If you need financial advice, you ask an expert. If you are sick, you visit a doctor, and as a juror you may listen to an expert witness. In the future, however, artificial intelligence...

An Afghan American scholar describes his fear-filled journey from the chaos at Kabul airport to a plane bound for home in the US

By Hanif Sufizada

Editors note: Afghan scholar Hanif Sufizada, who works at the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha, got caught in Kabul during the chaos of the U.S. military pullout, when thousands of Afghans...

How politicians use French rap to stoke divisions

By Marie Sonnette

In 2021, two cases have put rap at the heart of media debates in France. The first concerns the rapper Médine. On 18 February, MP Aurore Bergé, a member of President Emmanuel Macrons governing party,...

Repairing ozone layer is also reducing CO₂ in the atmosphere – new study

By Paul Young1

Spring 2060. In dark glasses, a wide sunhat and with what little exposed skin left caked in sun cream, a child stares at the woodland across from their house. It looks scraggly and stunted, and with far fewer leaves than...

Incel culture: what we've learned from investigating Plymouth attacker's digital footprint

By Blyth Crawford Et Al

In the wake of a mass shooting in Plymouth, England, fresh questions are being asked about incel culture and whether crimes committed by its adherents should be considered terrorism. Jake Davison went on a shooting...

How older people are mastering technology to stay connected after lockdown

By Carolyn Wilson-Nash Et Al

Its a well-worn stereotype: the image of an elderly person fiddling with technology that leaves them completely bamboozled. The media often depict older people struggling to use or manage digital technology. While this is...

Can health insurance companies charge the unvaccinated higher premiums? What about life insurers? 5 questions answered

By Kosali Simon Et Al

The current COVID-19 wave in the U.S. is mostly affecting unvaccinated Americans, who represent more than 95% of current cases of hospitalization and death. Given the average cost of a COVID-19 hospitalization in 2020...

BHP's offloading of oil and gas assets shows the global market has turned on fossil fuels

By John Quiggin

The announcement by BHP, the worlds second-largest mining company, that it will shift its oil and gas assets into a joint venture with Australian outfit Woodside is a clear indication the Big Australian is getting out of...

How machine learning is helping us fine-tune climate models to reach unprecedented detail

By Navid Constantinou

From movie suggestions to self-driving vehicles, machine learning has revolutionised modern life. Experts are now using it to help solve one of humanitys biggest problems: climate change. With machine learning, we can...

Afghanistan only the latest US war to be driven by deceit and delusion

By Gordon Adams

In Afghanistan, American hubris the United States capacity for self-delusion and official lying has struck once again, as it has repeatedly for the last 60 years. This weakness-masquerading-as-strength has repeatedly...

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable

By Ankur Mutreja Et Al

The first wave of COVID-19 in India in the summer of 2020 was efficiently flattened by a rapid country-wide lockdown. A consistent drop in case numbers from September 2020 to February 2021 allowed a cautious but smooth...

Afghanistan: assessing the terror threat in the west as the Taliban returns

There is no other way to put it. The wests failure in Afghanistan will be remembered as one of epic proportions. Not only has the coalition of nations that entered the country 20 years ago failed to export their values ...

Consumer borrowing was heavily restricted in 1940s to curb inflation – it's time we did it again

By Sean H. Vanatta - 01:06 AM| Economy

There has been much talk about a potential inflation surge as countries lift pandemic restrictions and seek to resume normal economic activity. In recent months, US prices have risen more than 5% year-on-year. In the UK,...

Global crypto adoption among retail investors surge 881%, mostly from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Ukraine

23:37 PM| Digital Currency Economy

Global cryptocurrency adoption among ordinary investors surged 881 percent in the past year, with most coming from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and Ukraine, according to crypto-analysis firm Chainalysis. Chainalysis, which...

Hydrogen: UK government sees future in low-carbon fuel – but what's the reality?

By Tom Baxter - 01:27 AM| Business Economy

The UKs long-awaited hydrogen strategy has set out the governments plans for a world-leading hydrogen economy that it says would generate 900 million (US$1.2 million) and create over 9,000 jobs by 2030, potentially rising...

BHP may sell $15 billion petroleum biz to focus on mining

08:41 AM| Economy Business

The worlds biggest mining company BHP Group Ltd. is considering selling its oil-and-gas business for an estimated value of at least $15 billion to focus on mining. The sale would rank as one of the energy industrys...

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TikTok is partnering with a blockchain start-up. Here's why this could be good news for artists

By D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye - 01:33 AM| Technology

On August 17, TikTok announced it will partner with Audius, a streaming music platform, to manage its expansive internal audio library. Audius was not the obvious choice for partnering with the short video giant. A...

Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can't live with the virus

By Hassan Vally - 01:04 AM| Health

Were currently in the midst of one of the most challenging times during the pandemic in Australia, and were all struggling. Frustration with the situation is at an all-time high and questions are being raised about all...

How Africa can seize the moment and start resetting its relationship with the IMF

By Danny Bradlow - 01:08 AM| Insights & Views

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will inject $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights into the global economy. It will allocate them among its member states, which can then decide for themselves how they want to use...

We throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste

By Kamran Mahroof Et Al - 01:16 AM| Insights & Views

The COVID pandemic has shown the fragility of our global food supply chains, with many supermarkets and restaurants in almost every country having experienced food shortages. Millions of people in the UK alone have...

What lies behind social unrest in South Africa, and what might be done about it

By Justin Visagie Et Al - 01:43 AM| Politics

South Africa has among the highest recorded levels of social protest of any country in the world. The reasons behind this are more complex than often assumed. The scale and severity of the looting and sabotage in...

Why I no longer think we should try to eliminate COVID – public health expert

By Andrew Lee - 01:18 AM| Insights & Views Health

Around the world, countries are having to strike a balance between COVID-19 cases and restrictions. In the UK and the US, daily new cases number in the thousands, but restrictions and limitations are being lifted. In...

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Economy

Nestlé USA recalls DiGiorno Pizza for undeclared allergens and misbranding

Nestle USA is recalling more than 17,000 DiGiorno pan pizzas as consuming them may lead to serious health conditions. It was said that the brands Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza should not be sold and eaten due to...

Gordon Ramsay to open its famous burger restaurant in S. Korea

Gordon Ramsay is one of the most well-known names when it comes to Michelin-starred food fare. He owns restaurants in various countries and is famous for his burgers. Now, chef Gordon Ramsay is bringing his burger...

Pepsi to invest 160 million rupees in replenishing groundwater it uses in Pakistan

PepsiCo would invest Rs160 million to replenish 343 million liters it uses at local watersheds near its food manufacturing plants in Lahore by 2023 According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with...

Dogecoin suffers an almost 10% price drop due to China’s crypto ban

Dogecoins price dropped almost 10 percent from $0.222 to $0.196 after China made illegal all crypto transactions and services in their country. The cryptocurrency has since recovered a bit to push its price to around...

China makes all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

Chinas central bank declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal because it disrupts the financial system and is used in money laundering and other crimes. While promoters of...

Politics

Joe Biden criticizes treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol agents

US President Joe Biden is also tackling the immigration situation at the border, with thousands of migrants looking to enter the country following his inauguration as the new US leader. Following the recent images and...

Joe Biden will not invoke executive privilege on behalf of Donald Trump over Jan. 6 documents

US President Joe Biden has largely stayed away from getting involved in the investigations related to the Capitol insurrection last January 6. However, as of late, Biden may be considering assisting in the probe as White...

Capitol insurrection: Law enforcement reportedly subpoenas pro-Trump website host following riots

There are still a lot of insurrectionists who have yet to be identified and arrested following their involvement in the Capitol insurrection last January 6. Hacked documents revealed that a pro-Trump website host was...

Capitol riots: Judge rips into insurrectionist in court hearing

Insurrectionists that have been arrested and detained for their involvement in the January 6 riots at the Capitol are receiving their hearings with some up for sentencing. One federal judge took the insurrection...

Mary Trump should look for depositions in lawsuit by uncle, says Michael Cohen

Among the people former President Donald Trump is suing over the report by the New York Times over his financial records is his own niece and critic, Mary Trump. Trumps former fixer Michael Cohen recently weighed in on the...

Science

Tofurky to incorporate algae protein into plant-based food products

Tofurky, a processor of plant-analog proteins, will collaborate with Triton Algae Innovations to develop products incorporating protein from essential red algae. Jaime Athos, CEO of Tofurky, said that the opportunity...

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kgs to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Technology

‘Battlefield Mobile’ alpha gameplay videos leak after early playtest kicks off

The first round of the Battlefield Mobile technical playtest has started and, not surprisingly, videos of the gameplay have already leaked online. While the content and features available in the test are still limited, the...

‘Knockout City’ season 3 goes live on October 5

In a few days, the third season of Knockout City titled H@cKeD will go live. Players have more things to look forward to this time, including new features to change the way they will play the game. Some of the biggest...

iPhone 13 issue preventing Unlock with Apple Watch to work will be fixed soon

The iPhone 13 deliveries have started over the last week, and some owners of the new phones soon found that the Unlock with Apple Watch feature is not working properly. The good news is Apple has now recognized the issue...

PS Plus members to get ‘Hell Let Loose’ on PS5 for free at launch

Upcoming PlayStation Plus games may have leaked once again, and the list reportedly includes a game that is just arriving on consoles next month. The multiplayer first-person shooter Hell Let Loose is one of the three...

Naughty Dog reiterates they’re working on ‘The Last of Us Factions 2’

Naughty Dog addressed fans to celebrate The Last of Us day on Sunday. While the studio addressed concerns about the Factions multiplayer sequel, fans will have to remain patient as details about it are still under...
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