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How extremists have used the COVID pandemic to further their own ends, often with chaotic results

By Kristy Campion

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, extremists have sought to exploit the pandemic environment to their own ends. Where most of the population sees an enduring health catastrophe, extremists tend to see opportunity. Over...

How Covid broke supply chains, and how AI and blockchain could fix them

By Andreea Minca

When the coronavirus crisis erupted in 2020, it became apparent that the medical emergency was accompanied by severe shortages, especially in some medical devices. The pattern was first observed for ventilators: demand...

How social media can crush your self-esteem

By Sabrina Laplante

We all have a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others, whether intentionally or not, online or offline. Such comparisons help us evaluate our own achievements, skills, personality and our emotions. This, in turn,...

Feeling powerless in the COVID-19 pandemic? 4 principles of self-determination can help you take back some control

By Kate Mulligan

The Omicron wave seemed to come like a rising tide slowly, then suddenly, in all directions and all at once. Inside the health-care system, skeleton crews face impossible workloads and moral distress. Outside of it,...

Omicron: Vaccines remain the best defence against this COVID-19 variant and others

By Julian Daniel Sunday Willett

We have made it through another pandemic winter holiday. Fortunately, COVID-19 fatalities have decreased since the year before, however, the numbers still werent ideal. Using Dec. 25 as a reference date, the death rate...

The U.S. failed in Afghanistan by trying to moralize with bullets and bombs

By F. Haider Alvi

Last August, the world watched the chaotic and painful American departure from Afghanistan. It led to a profound reckoning: how could two decades of war end in such humiliating defeat at the hands of Taliban...

Supreme Court considers derailing federal vaccine mandates

By James Hodge1

Conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared to signal a belief that the Biden administration may have overreached in ordering private companies to require that staff be vaccinated or subject to regular testing. But...

In Kazakhstan, Russia follows a playbook it developed in Ukraine

By Lena Surzhko Harned

Add Kazakhstan to the list of former Soviet republics whose independence is now being threatened by Russia. Russian leader Vladimir Putin is using a similar playbook in Kazakhstan to one that he has used over almost a...

Supply chains in 2022: shortages will continue, but for some sellers the problem will be too much stock

By Sarah Schiffling

Everything was about shortages in 2021. COVID vaccine shortages at the start of the year were replaced by fears that we would struggle to buy turkeys, toys or electronic gizmos to put under the Christmas tree. For most of...

Sydney's dams may be almost full – but don't relax, because drought will come again

By Ian Wright

Dams serving capital cities such as Canberra, Hobart and Sydney are near full after two years of widespread rainfall. But these wet conditions wont last. Under climate change, droughts in Australia will become more...

Capitol assault: the real reason Trump and the crowd almost killed US democracy

By Stephen Reicher Et Al

It was the moment that could have brought US democracy to its knees. One year ago, around noon on January 6, 2021, Donald Trump gave the concluding speech to a Stop the Steal rally in Washington DC. Within an hour,...

A simple calculation can stop artificial intelligence sending you broke

By Evan Shellshear Et Al

Mike is a 40-something crop farmer from southern Queensland. With a chestnut tan, crushing handshake and a strong outback accent, hes the third generation of his family to grow sorghum, a cereal mostly used for animal...

From speed viewing to watching the end first: how streaming has changed the way we consume TV

By Stephanie Feiereisen Et Al

In 2010, there were around 200 television programs in the United States and only 4% of them aired on streaming networks such as Netflix. By 2020, this number had more than doubled. Thanks to streaming platforms such as...

Insurance isn't enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience

By Anne E. Kleffner Et Al

The massive floods in British Columbia in November 2021 demonstrated the devastation that natural disasters can cause in Canada. Prior to 2010, it was rare for annual insured losses from natural disasters in Canada to...

Working holidaymakers bring in $3bn each year – so, how will Australia ensure they come back?

By Sarah Gardiner

Working holidaymakers will be one of the first international visitor markets to return to Australia in 2022. But as global travel slowly resumes and many young people start thinking about working overseas again, global...

This New Year, why not resolve to ditch your dodgy old passwords?

By Paul Haskell-Dowland Et Al

Most of the classic New Year resolutions revolve around improving your health and lifestyle. But this year, why not consider cleaning up your passwords too? We all know the habits to avoid, yet so many of us do them...

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

By Meghan McGee

As we ring in the new year and people announce their resolutions and goals for 2022, many opt for getting healthy, cutting out drinking or starting a new hobby. Vegan magazines and organizations are pushing plant-based...

Here are some of the political events that will dominate headlines in 2022

By Thomas Klassen

Last year started out hopeful with the emergence of COVID-19 vaccines, but quickly proved to be a challenging year for governments and communities worldwide. Still, in the midst of the pandemic, 2022 will bring about a...

AI-powered chatbots, designed ethically, can support high-quality university teaching

By Nadia Naffi Et Al

While COVID-19 forced an emergency transformation to online learning at universities, learning how to teach efficiently and effectively online using different platforms and tools is a positive addition to education and is...

Life after COVID: most people don't want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future

By Stephan Lewandowsky Et Al

We are in a crisis now and omicron has made it harder to imagine the pandemic ending. But it will not last forever. When the COVID outbreak is over, what do we want the world to look like? In the early stages of the...

How COVID-19 transformed genomics and changed the handling of disease outbreaks forever

By Angela Beckett Et Al

If the pandemic had happened ten years ago, what would it have looked like? Doubtless there would have been many differences, but probably the most striking would have been the relative lack of genomic sequencing. This is...

New Year's resolutions – if the future is preordained can we really change?

By Matyáš Moravec

Many of us set ourselves New Years resolutions hoping to form better habits. Some of us might want to be more environmentally friendly. Others want to eat better, stop smoking or, if youre like me, start running more...

Weightlifting: how beginners can get started this new year

By Athalie Redwood-Brown Et Al

Weightlifting has become increasingly popular with people looking to get in shape. Not only can it be a great way to lose weight, it can also build strength and prevent muscle loss as we age. But knowing how to start...

Six big digital trends to watch in 2022

By Theo Tzanidis

According to recent McKinsey research, 2021 was a year of transformation: people, corporations and society began to look ahead to influencing their futures rather than just surviving the present. It was the year that...

Is The Matrix a trans film? Revisiting the Wachowskis through a trans lens

By Naja Later

With Lana Wachowskis The Matrix Resurrections about to hit theatres, were going to see a lot of criticism interpreting siblings Lana and Lilly Wachowskis body of films through a trans lens. Im really looking forward to it:...

Nature's GPS: how animals use the natural world to perform extraordinary feats of navigation

By Richard Holland

At Christmas, thousands of greetings cards feature the iconic winter plumage of the robin. But not all the robins you might find in your backyard are permanent natives to your country. In the UK, for example, some will...

Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in Epstein sex trafficking case: What the case revealed about female sex offenders

By Poco Kernsmith Et Al

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted for her role in luring and grooming girls to be sexually abused by the American financier Jeffrey Epstein. In a court in lower Manhattan, Maxwell a close friend of...

Why COVID-19 means the era of ever cheaper air travel could be over

By David Beirman

After its worst two years since the second world war, 2022 is looking brighter for the global airline industry. For passengers, though, the chance to travel at low cost again may prove short-lived. In 2020 international...

How a handful of prehistoric geniuses launched humanity's technological revolution

By Nicholas R. Longrich

For the first few million years of human evolution, technologies changed slowly. Some three million years ago, our ancestors were making chipped stone flakes and crude choppers. Two million years ago, hand-axes. A million...

Explainer: what is corporate social responsibility or CSR – and what do investors need to know?

By Limin Fu

With the world facing an ever-growing number of environmental and social challenges, investors are increasingly expecting corporations to do the right thing and contribute positively to the community. This is known as...

When should you go to hospital for a headache?

By Natasha Yates

I waited for hours in emergency last night with this dreadful headache, but eventually gave up and left. Should I have kept waiting at the hospital? This is a surprisingly common scenario I encounter as a general...

Five ways the internet era has changed British English – new research

By Vaclav Brezina

The dramatic changes in technology over the past 20 or so years, from the internet to the smartphone and digital assistants like Alexa, have made communication more accessible than ever before. We have created an online...

Beyond Sherlock Holmes: five Victorian detective stories you must read

By Clare Clarke

In December 1893, just six years after his first appearance and at the height of his popularity with the late-Victorian reading public, Sherlock Holmes, the worlds most famous fictional detective, was killed off by his...

Can China win back global opinion before the Winter Olympics? Does it even want to?

By Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

The Beijing Winter Olympics are only weeks away and China has been forced on the defensive by a diplomatic boycott called by the US, UK, Australia and other western countries. There had been pressure for Western...

How 2021 was the year governments really started to wise up against big tech

By David Tuffley

After all the bad press tech companies have received, would anyone still be surprised to learn the outwardly smiling face of social media conceals a sophisticated data-collection industry? This years headlines delivered...

Running out of ideas? Dozing off could be the secret to unlocking your creativity

By Delphine Oudiette Et Al

At the fringe between wakefulness and sleep, there is a grey zone where our consciousness fluctuates, our responsiveness decreases and our awareness of the real world starts to dissolve, giving way to spontaneous...

What will 2022 bring in the way of misinformation on social media? 3 experts weigh in

By Anjana Susarla Et Al

At the end of 2020, it seemed hard to imagine a worse year for misinformation on social media, given the intensity of the presidential election and the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic. But 2021 proved up to the task,...

Hunting galaxies far far away – here's how anyone can explore the universe

By Sara Webb

This article is part of a series explaining how readers can learn the skills to take part in activities that academics love doing as part of their work. By far my favourite thing about my job as an astronomer is those...

How much trouble is Boris Johnson in? Lessons from the fall of Margaret Thatcher

By Paul Whiteley Et Al

It has been a bad few weeks for Boris Johnson and the Conservative government. It began with allegations that Christmas parties had been held in Downing Street during the lockdown of 2020 and has escalated into open...

Kim Jong Un’s decade in power: Starvation, repression and brutal rule

By Sung-Yoon Lee

By the grim metric of fatalities in the first 10 years of a dictators rule, Kim Jong Un has yet to match the records set by his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, or father, Kim Jong Il the two tyrants who reigned by terror in...

Lost touch with friends during lockdown? Here's how to reconnect (and let go of 'toxic' ones)

By Roger Patulny

As we resume our social lives after strict COVID restrictions have lifted, many of us are finding its time to take stock of our friendships. Recent research Ive been involved in found friendship networks were shrinking...

Latest government bid to dictate research directions builds on a decade of failure

By Ksenia Sawczak

The acting minister for education and youth, Stuart Robert, wrote a letter last week to Australian Research Council (ARC) CEO Sue Thomas, listing four demands. These included changes to ARC funding models and an overhaul...

Face masks, digital screens and winter weather are a triple threat for dry eyes

By William Ngo

How do your eyes feel right now? Whether youre sitting at home or in the office, youre likely reading this on a digital device, and your eyes may be hot, scratchy, tired and dry. If so, you may be part of a new phenomenon...

Farmers shouldn't have to compete with solar companies for land

By Madeline Taylor

When it comes to solar energy, Australia has a huge natural advantage with an abundance of sun and vast, flat expanses of land. This makes it relatively easy to build solar farms across the continent. Some proposed...

Why toy shops — and Amazon — are tapping into paper catalogues

By Joanne E. McNeish

Did you receive them? Found in many mailboxes in this second pandemic holiday season were paper catalogues from Toys R Us, Mastermind Toys and perhaps most surprisingly, the highly profitable digital retailer Amazon....

Organizational support: The key to employee commitment and well-being during the pandemic

By Oli Mihalache

For nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly difficult for people to do their jobs. In addition to regular work duties, people have had to worry about their health and that of their loved ones. They...

A new approach finds materials that can turn waste heat into electricity

By Jan-Hendrik Pöhls

The need to transition to clean energy is apparent, urgent and inescapable. We must limit Earths rising temperature to within 1.5 C to avoid the worst effects of climate change an especially daunting challenge in the face...

Releasing US$9.5 billion in frozen assets can't help the Afghan people as long as the Taliban remain in power

By Weeda Mehran

Afghanistan is in a major humanitarian crisis: the health sector is failing, the economy is collapsing, and amid the COVID pandemic, famine is inflicting ever-larger numbers of casualties. According to the most recent...

Hydroelectric dams take toll on endangered big cats, study shows

By Tara Pirie

Big cats are among the most widespread top predators on Earth. Lions stalk zebra in the African savanna, tigers ambush antelope in the forests of Asia and jaguars hunt deer in the jungles of South America. They play an...

Coffee's health benefits aren’t as straightforward as they seem – here’s why

By Charlotte Mills1 Et Al

Youve probably heard it before: drinking coffee is good for your health. Studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee is associated with many health benefits, including a lower risk of developing type 2...

The metaverse offers a future full of potential – for terrorists and extremists, too

The metaverse is coming. Like all technological innovation, it brings new opportunities and new risks. The metaverse is an immersive virtual reality version of the internet where people can interact with digital objects...

Supermarket shortages are different this time: how to respond and avoid panic

By Flavio Macau - 13:04 PM| Economy

Australia has experienced plenty of supermarket shortages since the COVID pandemic began. The emerging crisis now is a bit different. In 2020 and 2021, empty shelves were due to spikes in demand, as shoppers responded...

Airbnb hints at accepting crypto payments

12:00 PM| Digital Currency Economy Business

Travel website Airbnb hinted it could soon accept cryptocurrencies for payments. CEO Brian Chesky described the possible developments as a revolution happening in crypto similar to the revolution in travel. Earlier...

S. Korean food firms collaborate in suing Chinese imitators

23:47 PM| Economy Business Law

South Korean food producers established a consortium to file a lawsuit against Chinese firms imitating K-food for violating intellectual property rights. The Korea Food Industry Associations consortium includes Samyang...

Toyota overtakes GM as top auto seller in US in 2021

23:28 PM| Economy Business

Toyota grew annual sales in the United States by 10.4 percent to 2.3 million in 2021 to overtake General Motors, which suffered a 12.9 percent drop to 2.2 million, for the top spot. The shift came a year after assembly...

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What is 5G? An electrical engineer explains

By Prasenjit Mitra - 13:40 PM| Technology

5G stands for fifth-generation cellular network technology. Its the technology that enables wireless communication for example, from your cellular phone to a cell tower, which channels it to the internet. 5G is a...

When industrial policy meets African political realities: lessons from Uganda

13:44 PM| Politics

Since the 2008/2009 global financial crisis, industrial policy has been widely celebrated as having become fashionable again. Joseph Stiglitz, Justin Yifu Lin and Célestin Monga argued in 2013 that governments...

T-cells: the superheroes in the battle against omicron

By Luke O'Neill - 13:41 PM| Science

Omicron is spreading rapidly throughout the world, with experts claiming that 40% of the global population will be infected within the next two months. This sounds quite startling, but we still dont really know whether...

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Economy

Pakistan to block cryptocurrency trading websites

Pakistans Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will block websites dealing in cryptocurrency after a complete ban on crypto was recommended following its meeting with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The SBP officials,...

Crocs files trademark application for NFT and digital collectibles

Colorado-based American shoe company Crocs may be delving into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on its US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing. Rocs filing was described as Downloadable Virtual Goods...

Chick-fil-A hit a snag with its plans to build New Jersey restaurant

Chick-Fil-A has been planning to build an outlet at a rest stop area on Garen State Parkway in New Jersey. However, the company faces some issues; thus, it cannot proceed with its plans at the moment. According to Fox...

McDonald’s Japan’s launches Canadian Maple Custard Pie, Belgian Chocolat Pie, McNuggets Garlic Pepper

McDonalds Japan has added new food items to its menu list, and they are all delectable. Starting from the Canadian Maple Custard Pie to the Belgian Chocolat Pie and Spicy Chicken McNuggets Garlic Pepper, all new items are...

Rio De Janeiro to invest 1% of treasury in cryptocurrency

Rio de Janeiro will invest one percent of its Treasury in cryptocurrencies to turn the city into a cryptocurrency-friendly hub, according to its mayor, Eduardo Paes Other tax incentives will also be applied to achieve...

Politics

Mike Pence Capitol insurrection: Committee wants former VP to testify about efforts to remove Trump from office

The Congressional committee probing the Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021, is making progress with its investigation. This time, the panel is looking into getting former vice president Mike Pence to testify not only...

Kevin McCarthy reveals Donald Trump admitted responsibility for Capitol insurrection

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has flip-flopped on his stance regarding the January 6 Capitol insurrection, of which he has become a material witness in the congressional investigations. An unearthed interview of...

Joe Biden appoints Star Jones to serve in US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad

Joe Biden has appointed television personality Star Jones to a presidential commission. Jones will be serving in the US Commission for the Preservation of Americas Heritage Abroad. Biden has appointed Jones to serve in...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: US official says Moscow looking for 'excuse' to invade

Tensions remain high between Russia, Ukraine, the US, and NATO, along with fears of an invasion. A US official claims the recent cyberattack on Ukraine was Russia looking for a reason to carry out an invasion. Speaking...

Nancy Pelosi's office received calls from Capitol insurrectionists asking for a 'lost and found'

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among the lawmakers being targeted by the pro-Trump mob during the January 6 Capitol insurrection. According to Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, following the insurrection, the...

Science

Keio University doctors use iPS-derived cells to treat spinal cord injury

Keio University researchers have successfully transplanted into a patient with a severe spinal cord injury two million neural progenitor cells derived from other peoples iPS cells as part of a clinical study, offering hope...

Virtual moon landing experience offered at Tottori Sand Dunes

Tokyo-based Amulapo, Inc. is offering a tour at the Tottori Sand Dunes for experiencing a simulated landing on the lunar surface for up to 20 participants on Saturday nights until the end of March, during good...

Unilever calls for better plant-based diet through public health strategies

Unilever scientists are prompting public health officials to facilitate the transition to a balanced diet with more diverse nutrient-dense plant foods through consumer education, food fortification, and...

IBS develops photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide to hydrocarbon

The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has developed a photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide into useful hydrocarbon energy. The study was done in collaboration with the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and...

KEPCO to share CO2 decomposition tech to Korea National Railway

Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) had signed an agreement for joint use of the sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) decomposition technology with the Korea National Railway as part of efforts to limit carbon dioxide...

Technology

Walmart cryptocurrency and NFTs could be in the works

Some of the biggest brands around the world have been launching new products and campaigns that would put them into the metaverse over the last year. It appears that Walmart plans on joining them soon by introducing...

‘Halo Infinite’ devs to lower prices in the Shop on January 18

Halo Infinite marked a massive shift in the franchise after introducing its online multiplayer mode as a standalone free-to-play game. That also meant microtransactions have a bigger role now. But 343 Industries confirmed...

SteamDB update suggests ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch 1.5 could arrive soon

Aside from all-new titles, video game fans are also looking forward to some significant updates slated to launch in the earlier part of the year, including the next patch for Cyberpunk 2077. And it appears that CD Projekt...

‘WWE 2K22’ covers to feature Rey Mysterio

Long-time fans of WWE and pro wrestling may have more reasons to look forward to WWE 2K22. A new leak claimed both editions of WWE 2K22 will feature the legendary Rey Mysterio on the cover. A couple of images claimed to...

iPad Air 5 is expected to launch with iPhone SE 3 in spring 2022

The first half of 2022 might be a busy one for Apple based on the rumored products to launch in the coming months. The fifth generation of iPad Air is expected to be one of them, and a new report suggests it could be...
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