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How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence

By Kawser Ahmed

In todays technologically interconnected world, the ability to concoct and spread conspiracy theories has become easier than ever before. This became evident after the recent assassination attempt on former U.S. president...

Want to sleep longer? Adding mini-bursts of exercise to your evening routine can help – new study

By Jennifer Gale Et Al

Exercising before bed has long been discouraged as the body doesnt have time to wind down before the lights go out. But new research has found breaking up a quiet, sedentary evening of watching television with short...

Why the stinky durian really is the ‘king of all fruits’

By John Charles Ryan

Theres little else in the food world that brings about as much social turbulence as the durian. This so-called king of all fruits is considered a delicacy across its native Southeast Asia, where durian season is currently...

Soccer and religion have more in common than you might think

By Hanna Tervanotko

People around the world have been captivated by two major soccer tournaments in recent weeks: The UEFA European Football Championship, which Spain won, and Copa América, which Canada finished fourth in. Soccer...

Why we find extreme weather so fascinating

By Will de Freitas

When climate change leads the news, its often down to a hurricane, heatwave or flood. And, judging by our most widely read environment stories over the past decade, extreme weather really is one of the main ways the public...

How to stop released prisoners reoffending: what the evidence says

By Jake Phillips

In the midst of a prison overcrowding crisis, the UK government has decided to release some prisoners early. This will certainly ease pressure on prisons and prison staff (who are drastically low in numbers). But a...

Why are some people happy when they are dying?

By Mattias Tranberg

Simon Boas, who wrote a candid account of living with cancer, passed away on July 15 at the age of 47. In a recent BBC interview, the former aid worker told the reporter: My pain is under control and Im terribly happy it...

Cumbria coal mine shows planning is the next battleground in UK climate policy

By Gareth Fearn Et Al

Last week the UKs new Labour government made a bold decision. The new minister for local government, Angela Rayner, announced that the government would withdraw its support for a new coal mine near Whitehaven in Cumbria,...

A delicious history of the apple – from the Tian Sian mountains to supermarket shelves

By Serin Quinn

Reading labels in the supermarket, you may have wondered where your apples come from but have you ever thought about why youre eating apples in the first place? Author Sally Coulthards new book gives you the answer to...

Is your desk job killing your back?

By Petra Brukner Havelková Et Al

Tens of thousands of years ago, during a period of Egyptian history known as the Old Kingdom (around 26492130 BC), it was rare for people to be able to read and write. From an estimated population of between 1 million and...

The HIV epidemic 40 years on: 5 essential reads on breakthroughs, blind spots and new challenges

By Nadine Dreyer

In June 1981 The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a rare form of pneumonia in young gay men in California. Although they didnt know it at the time, these were the first documented cases of AIDS. In...

Pennsylvania continues tradition as ‘keystone state’ in presidential elections

By Robert Speel

Pennsylvanias role as a swing state in presidential elections is a modern continuation of a characteristic noted as early as 1802. At a rally celebrating the election victory of President Thomas Jefferson, Pennsylvania was...

Five ways to keep your pets cool when the weather’s hot

By Jacqueline Boyd

When summer arrives in the UK, it seems to appear suddenly. One day we can be wrapped up cosy winter woollies the next we are panic buying fans and ice lollies. Any sudden and extreme change in temperature can be...

DRC conflict risks spreading: African leaders must push for solutions beyond military intervention

By Anthoni van Nieuwkerk

In response to the deepening crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council established a panel of independent experts in 2023 to examine the situation and provide it with options...

Is Australia becoming a dumping ground for unrepairable appliances?

By Leanne Wiseman

Australians have a love affair with household appliances. The national household appliance market is projected to reach A$13 billion in 2024 a figure that grows each year. On average, Australian homes have five large...

Brand Olympics: do the famous rings deliver value to host countries?

By Steven Greenland Et Al

The cost of hosting Paris 2024, the 33rd Olympics, is predicted to be more than A$14 billion. So whats in it for the French? Will this oldest of sporting events shine for them, or as has happened with some previous...

Sharehousing can be fun, but fraught with risk – and the law offers little protection. These 3 changes could help

By Zoe Goodall Et Al

Anyone whos lived in a sharehouse knows it only takes one person to send the household off the rails. Everyones life is affected when one housemate leaves out food, plays loud music all night or routinely uses all the hot...

The UK’s prisons aren’t just overcrowded – they need to be better designed

By Yvonne Jewkes

The UK government has taken urgent action to address the prison capacity crisis, announcing early release for several thousand non-violent offenders. For years, politicians of all stripes have used prisons and...

How to deal with being the youngest in the office

By Jane Parry Et Al

Among the new class of MPs sworn into the UK parliament this month, there were the first MPs from generation Z. The youngest of these, Sam Carling who now has the unofficial title baby of the house is aged 22. In an...

The Turkish Detective: a familiar tale in a new setting

By Helen Piper

In the not so very distant past of British television, capers in the company of avuncular, maverick detectives were the ratings sureties around which peak-time drama schedules were built. Although viewing figures are much...

Supershoes have transformed competitive distance running, but they remain controversial

By Bryce Dyer

On the face of it, competitive distance running appears not to have changed much since the Olympic Games were revived in 1896. However, even the relative simplicity of racing from gun to tape has radically altered in...

Trump attempted shooting: what drives a solo assassin to kill? A psychologist explains

By Geoff Beattie

The image of the would-be assassin at Donald Trumps rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13 is now part of history. A young man in beige lying dead on the flat roof. Minutes earlier, this self-appointed executioner had...

South Africa’s new parliament needs to do a better job of holding cabinet to account: legal scholar weighs the chances

By Hugh Corder

South Africa has entered new territory with a government of national unity after the May elections. The parties representing more than 70% of the electorate will now be the dominant force in parliament. The parties that...

Corruption hurts businesses but digital tools offer the hope of fighting it, say manufacturers in Ghana and Nigeria

By Samuel Adomako Et Al

Technology has changed the way the world does business. Mobile and digital payment platforms, blockchain, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) tools have all driven innovations in recent years. They allow...

Social media and political violence – how to break the cycle

By Richard Forno

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump on July 13, 2024, added more fuel to an already fiery election season. In this case, political violence was carried out against the party that is most often found espousing it....

Trump-appointed federal judge rules Trump’s classified document case is unconstitutional

By Joshua Holzer

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump dismissed the case on July 15, 2024. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by Trump, ruled...

Nutrition Facts labels have a complicated legacy – a historian explains the science and politics of translating food into information

By Xaq Frohlich

The Nutrition Facts label, that black and white information box found on nearly every packaged food product in the U.S. since 1994, has recently become an icon for consumer transparency. From Apples Privacy Nutrition...

Twisters follows a superstar storm chaser – obsession with extreme weather has a deep underlying psychology

By Simon Dickinson

At first glance, the 2024 remake movie Twisters contains many of the ingredients of the 1996 original, which starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton: a catastrophic and rare weather event, the urgency to use new technology to...

Lebanese society is split over a potential war with Israel

By Rola El-Husseini

Hezbollah began launching rockets into northern Israel in solidarity with Palestinians shortly after the start of the war in Gaza. These attacks prompted skirmishes along the border that have escalated and spread further...

Conspiracy theories on the Trump assassination attempt are spreading like wildfire – on both sides of politics

By Katherine M. FitzGerald

As the sound of gunshots interrupted Donald Trumps rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13, the former US president clutched his right ear before squatting to the ground. Members of the Secret Service quickly...

Past shootings of US presidents led to new gun controls. This one probably won’t

By David Smith

The shooting of former president Donald Trump and three attendees at his rally was just one of nearly 300 mass shootings in the US so far this year. Amid all the shocking news from that day, there was one depressingly...

Donald Trump picks JD Vance as his running mate: Here’s why the Ohio senator is a smart choice

By Jason Opal

Just two days after surviving a bloody assassination attempt that claimed the life of one of his supporters, Donald Trump has chosen Ohio Sen. JD Vance as his vice-presidential running mate. Thats a good move. Lets...

Trump’s assassination attempt reveals a major security breakdown

By Javed Ali

As investigators analyze what led 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks to try to assassinate former president Donald Trump and how Crooks was able to fire at the former president at a heavily patrolled event on July 13,...

‘Alien invasion’: researchers identify which exotic animals may soon hitchhike into Australia

By Arman Pili Et Al

Australia is renowned for its native flora and fauna, but did you know the continent is also home to about 3,000 alien species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes? Alien species are those brought by humans to areas...

How being shot might affect Donald Trump’s mental health – and that of millions of others

By Simon McCarthy-Jones

After the attempted assassination of Donald Trump at his Pennsylvania campaign rally, there is much speculation about how this will affect the 2024 US election. However, no one is yet asking how these events may affect...

Why Trump’s victory over death could land him in the Oval Office for a second time

By James K. Rowe

A headline from the Canadian satirical publication The Beaverton captured the political mood among Democrats after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump: Whatever you need to do to mentally prepare yourself for a...

ChatGPT in education: breakthrough or disruptive innovation?

By Fanny Verrax Et Al

In November 2022, the UN symbolically declared that the 8 billionth human being had been born in Manilla, Philippines, thus adding to the 2,3 billion children already living in the world. Another event happened the same...

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

By Jack L. Rozdilsky

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

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

By Wayne Peake

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

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

By Leslie Legge Et Al

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

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

By Alison Doherty Et Al

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

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

By Andreas Cebulla

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

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

By Tijl Grootswagers Et Al

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

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

By Jack Wharton Et Al

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

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

By Laura D'Olimpio

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

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

By Paul Rogers

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

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

By Akhil Bhardwaj

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

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

By Gustavo Morello

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

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

By Dante Chinni Et Al

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

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

By Lisa Fazio

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

A global IT outage brought supply chains to their knees

Fridays global IT outage caused by a faulty software update from cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike wrought havoc on business operations around the world. Severe disruptions were reported in multiple countries, including...

Top Stories

Massive IT outage spotlights major vulnerabilities in the global information ecosystem

By Richard Forno - 16:21 PM| Insights & Views Technology

The global information technology outage on July 19, 2024, that paralyzed organizations ranging from airlines to hospitals and even the delivery of uniforms for the Olympic Games represents a growing concern for...

Long COVID puzzle pieces are falling into place – the picture is unsettling

By Ziyad Al-Aly - 10:42 AM| Insights & Views Health

Since 2020, the condition known as long COVID-19 has become a widespread disability affecting the health and quality of life of millions of people across the globe and costing economies billions of dollars in reduced...

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Ukraine recap: the bleak prospect of a Trump-Vance White House

By Jonathan Este - 16:26 PM| Insights & Views

Ukraine will no longer exist by 2034, or so says former Russian president and Kremlin attack dog, Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev didnt say so in as many words. But, reflecting recently on the outgoing Nato leader Jens...

How the UK’s new government is promising to kickstart the economy

By Shampa Roy-Mukherjee - 10:43 AM| Insights & Views Economy

The new Labour government has fully laid out its plans for the UK in its first kings speech to parliament. There were 40 new bills in the speech, aimed at setting a clear agenda focused on growing the economy and improving...

Drones could revolutionise the construction industry, supporting a new UK housing boom

By Joshua Krook Et Al - 16:29 PM| Insights & Views Technology

The UKs new Labour government has pledged to build 1.5 million homes during its first term in office. To achieve this, it promises planning reform and the reintroduction of local housing targets. Yet little attention has...

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Economy

Xi’s Financial Blueprint Aims to Resolve China’s Regional Debt Crisis

President Xi Jinping announced comprehensive plans to bolster the finances of Chinas indebted local governments. By transferring more revenue from the central government to regional authorities, including a larger share of...

Boeing Component Shortage Delays US-Japan Production of Patriot Missiles for Ukraine

A critical component shortage from Boeing is delaying the production of Patriot air defense missiles used by Ukraine against Russian attacks. The United States and Japan aim to ramp up production, but manufacturing...

Green Dot Fined $44 Million by Federal Reserve for Consumer Law Violations

The Federal Reserve fined Green Dot Bank $44 million for a deficient consumer compliance risk management program and unfair practices. The bank, which partners with Apple and Walmart, saw its stock fall by 5.7%. The fine...

China Commits to Economic Growth and Reform Amidst National Security Concerns

The Communist Party of China concluded a significant conclave, pledging to boost economic development through comprehensive reforms while maintaining national security. The Central Committees communique outlined objectives...

Japan Sets Visitor Record in June as Weak Yen Spurs Tourism Boom

Japan achieved a new monthly visitor record in June, with 3.14 million foreign visitors, driven by the weak yen. This surge positions tourism as a critical economic driver, with expectations of surpassing pre-pandemic...

Politics

Kamala Harris and Crypto: How the Next Potential President Stands on Digital Currencies?

With Joe Biden not seeking re-election, Kamala Harris unclear stance on crypto sparks debate about the future of digital currencies in the U.S. Kamala Harris Stance on Digital Currencies Remains a Mystery Virtually...

Is Hillary Clinton Set to Challenge Donald Trump as Joe Biden’s Successor? Here's What We Know

Amid discussions of Joe Biden potentially withdrawing from the Presidential campaign, the United States polity is now grappling with who is most qualified to succeed him. Will Hillary Clinton replace Joe Biden as the...

JD Vance, Trump's Pro-Crypto VP Pick, Demands President Biden's Resignation

JD Vance, the pro-crypto VP pick of Donald Trump, has demanded President Joe Bidens resignation, intensifying the political landscape and affecting market sentiments. JD Vances Call for Bidens Resignation Shakes...

Kamala Harris Pushes for Prominence as Top Democrats Question Joe Biden's Viability: 'It's Time To Pass The Buck'

Kamala Harris desires her moment of prominence. According to a new report, the vice president is taking action as many prominent Democrats lose confidence in the elderly Joe Biden. Massive drama right now in WH, Kamala...

Joe Biden Shock: Leaked Messages Reveal Democratic Delegates Doubting POTUS' 2024 Candidacy After Debate Performance

Democratic delegates voiced concern regarding President Joe Bidens debate performance in private online discussions, which cast doubt on the feasibility of his candidacy. Politico acquired a collection of messages...

Science

SpaceX's New EVA Spacesuits Pass Testing for Historic Commercial Spacewalk

SpaceX has finalized acceptance testing of its new EVA spacesuits, marking a significant milestone for the Polaris Program. The suits will facilitate the first commercial spacewalk, led by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman,...

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

NASA and SpaceX have unveiled plans to deorbit the International Space Station by 2031. The $843 million contract awarded to SpaceX includes designing and constructing a deorbit vehicle to guide the ISS to its final...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology

Global Chaos: CrowdStrike Update Causes Massive IT Outage, Disrupting Critical Services

On July 19, a faulty CrowdStrike update caused a global IT outage, disrupting air travel, financial services, and television broadcasts. Less than 1% of Windows machines were affected, yet the widespread impact highlights...

Could Huawei's HarmonyOS Overtake Windows After Moving Away from Android in China?

Huawei plans to replace Windows in China with its new HarmonyOS, further distancing itself from Android. HarmonyOS NEXT for Phones, Watches, and Tablets It is Huaweis goal to create devices that do not rely on...

Solana Cat Meme Coin Popcat Soars 117%, Raises Insider Trading Alarms

The Solana-based Popcat meme coin surged 117% since July 11, raising suspicions of insider trading. Hope Amidst the Surge Retail traders took notice of the recently created Solana joke coin, sending its price soaring...

Shiba Inu (SHIB) and Crypto Assets at Center of WazirX's $11.5M Recovery Bounty Program

In response to a $230 million security breach, WazirX announces an $11.5M bounty program to recover Shiba Inu (SHIB) and other stolen assets. Following a significant security breach that resulted in a two hundred thirty...

MicroStrategy Beats Nvidia with 1339% Stock Surge in Four Years, Highlights Michael Saylor

MicroStrategy (MSTR) has surged by 1,339% in the past four years, outperforming Nvidias growth, Michael Saylor highlights. Nvidia Falls Behind as MicroStrategy Achieves 1339% Growth The stock price of MicroStrategy...
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