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Unemployment support will be slashed by $300 this week in Australia. This won't help people find work

By Bruce Bradbury Et Al

This week, support to unemployed Australians will be dramatically reduced. In April, the new Coronavirus Supplement roughly doubled the level of benefits for unemployed people on the JobSeeker payment and a range of...

Celebrity, money and power: TVs obsession with the Murdoch family dynasty

By Nick Richardson

Of all the words written about Rupert Murdoch, boring is not one of them. The media mogul has been the object of fascination for six decades, after he followed his father Sir Keith in to the newspaper business. Family...

Athlete activism or corporate woke washing? Getting it right in the age of Black Lives Matter is a tough game

By Jessica Vredenburg Et Al

So-called brand activism is evolving fast. When Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the US national anthem in 2016, professional football turned its back on him. Now, consumer and sports fan expectations are forcing brands...

Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

By Donald Weaver

Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory...

This is why the fight over the Supreme Court could make the US presidential election even nastier

By Jared Mondschein

As the two sides in US politics begin jockeying for position following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the similarities to the 2016 presidential election are striking. That year, the fierce...

The Olympics strive for political neutrality. So, how will they deal with surging athlete activism?

By Michelle O'Shea Et Al

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long tried to insulate itself from politics in society, but wider issues have always been a part of sport - including the Olympics. Sometimes political statements have been...

In war-torn Syria, the coronavirus pandemic has brought its people to the brink of starvation

By Mehmet Ozalp

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have successfully warded off a nine-year rebellion against his government, but he is being tested with economic turmoil and civilian protests amid the coronavirus pandemic and looming...

Why we need a global citizens' assembly on gene editing

By Nicole Curato Et Al

Developments in gene editing are often met with moral panic. Every new announcement raises outrage over the audacity of scientists playing God. The existence of mutant mosquitoes and designer babies are often framed as...

50 years ago Milton Friedman told us greed was good. He was half right

By Richard Holden

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed for lack of a better word is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its...

Recycling isn't enough — the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse

By Stephanie B. Borrelle

Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s. In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the worlds lakes, rivers and oceans. That...

Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away

By Grayson Jaggers

The connection between the pandemic and our dietary habits is undeniable. The stress of isolation coupled with a struggling economy has caused many of us to seek comfort with our old friends: Big Mac, Tom Collins, Ben and...

Federal Reserve hopes years of zero rates will spur inflation – but there are risks

By Richard S. Warr

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price growth is a sign of a growing economy. And, historically at least, wages tend to go up...

NFL concussion lawsuit payouts reveal how racial bias in science continues

By Matt Ventresca Et Al

The first week of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) season occurred amid a growing social justice movement in professional sport. While other athletes protested police violence and honoured Black victims, the NFL...

How employers can help workers become more dedicated and engaged — new research

By Rweyemamu Ndibalema

Whatever your occupation, you may have noticed that some of your colleagues are energetic and passionate about their job, while others appear bored and disinterested. The difference between them is known as employee...

AI called GPT-3 can now write like a human without thinking like one

By Guillaume Thierry

Since it was unveiled earlier this year, the new AI-based language generating software GPT-3 has attracted much attention for its ability to produce passages of writing that are convincingly human-like. Some have even...

How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector

By Xiaoqing Chen Et Al

Large groups of Chinese visitors have become a pillar of the global tourism industry. Coronavirus has not only put paid to this enormous source of income for major cities and sights around the world, it is having a massive...

Australian government extends COVID health initiatives at $2 billion cost

By Michelle Grattan

The government is extending the COVID health measures for a further six months, until the end of March, in its latest acknowledgement that pandemic assistance will be needed on various fronts for a longer period. The...

Brexit: Ireland's land bridge to the continent boosts air pollution in the UK

By John Bryson Et Al

A no-deal Brexit could cost up to 5,000 jobs in Irelands fisheries, but its not just access to the UKs coastal waters that the country is hoping to hold on to in any post-Brexit arrangement. Perhaps more important to...

Journalism makes blunders but still feeds democracy: an insider's view

By Anton Harber

Anton Harber, the veteran South African journalist, editor and journalism professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, has a new book out. So, For the Record: Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture is a deep...

Shots fired in the Himalayas: a dangerous development in the China-India border standoff

By Stephen Peter Westcott

In the midst of all the stories about Chinas oppression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and its expulsion of foreign journalists, a recent clash on its border with India may pose the greater threat to Asian security. For the...

Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

By John Quiggin

In another round of the increasingly bitter exchanges between China and Australia, a columnist for Chinas Global Times, Yu Lei, suggested that a further decoupling from China will make former Singapore Prime Minister Lee...

Breaking the law over Brexit: how the UK is playing dirty in EU talks

By Simon Sweeney

The UK government seems to be doubling down on threats to leave the European Union without a deal unless the EU gives in on issues of state aid and fisheries. These two concerns are as important in Brussels as they seem to...

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers?

By Danny Dorling

It is a conundrum. For much of the past two months, many people have been convinced that mortality associated with COVID-19 would rise as the number of people testing positive with the disease increased. But this has not...

US-China decoupling and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won't kill globalisation

By Niccolò Pisani

The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyones attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with...

What BTS breaking Billboard 100 means for pop as the industry knows it

By Kim-Marie Spence

K-pop supergroup BTS made pop history on August 31 when it became the first Korean group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 with their first wholly English-language single Dynamite. The song topped...

Neuralink: brain hacking is exceptionally hard, no matter what Elon Musk says

By Andrew Jackson

If thoughts, feelings and other mental activities are nothing more than electrochemical signals flowing around a vast network of brain cells, will connecting these signals with digital electronics allow us to enhance the...

Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus

By Elvira Bolat

Social media influencers are often seen as lazy freelancers who make a living being paid to pretend they like products. But these celebrities are more than just marketing vehicles. If used properly, they can be effective...

China's leaders are strong and emboldened. It's wrong to see them as weak and insecure

By Saul Eslake

Theres an emerging view that Chinas belligerent approach and torching of diplomatic relationships with the wider world is a sign of insecurity and weakness; that its economic growth is unsustainable; and that everyone in...

Beyond long-term care: The benefits of seniors' communities that evolve on their own

By Catherine Donnelly Et Al

The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown Canadians that we need to think differently about how we support older adults. The media and all levels of government have focused heavily on long-term care, and rightly so. However,...

Now we'll need $100-$120 billion. Why the budget has to spend big to avoid scarring

By Brendan Coates Et Al

Australia is in for a long and damaging economic slump, unless governments inject substantially more fiscal stimulus. The July budget update forecast that unemployment would hit 9.25% in coming months. The Treasury...

Comic-Con@Home: Virtual comics event declared a failure by industry critics, but fans loved it

By Benjamin Woo Et Al

With the vast majority of North Americas thousand-plus fan conventions cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual conventions (called cons) have been a bright spot for fans in an otherwise bleak year. Although...

How behavioural science can help us understand human behaviour during a pandemic

By Benjamin (Ben) Voyer

When the day comes that the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, one of things that will remain with us is witnessing our fellow humans irrational and sometimes extreme behaviour and perhaps our own as well. These included...

Why businesses embrace populists and what to do about it: lessons from Hungary

By Gabor Scheiring

The coronavirus crisis has revealed the weaknesses of some populist leaders such as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Donald Trump in the US, yet others are emerging stronger than ever. And they have some unlikely...

Smart speakers have overcome privacy fears to give new sales power to Amazon and Google

By Greig Paul

With everyone spending so much time at home during the pandemic, smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Nest ranges have had a golden opportunity. In their latest attempt to make the devices as relevant as...

Government algorithms are undermining democracy – let's open up their design to the people

By Mhairi Aitken

Algorithms appear to be in retreat in the UK for now. Not only did national governments recently U-turn over their use of algorithms to assign the grades of school leavers, but numerous local authorities have also...

As concerns mount over integrity of US elections, so does support for international poll monitors

By Timothy Rich

With the U.S. presidential election approaching, Americans face a daunting set of challenges as they prepare to vote. Many voters fear the coronavirus will force them to risk their lives at the polls. Yes, voting by...

Coffee, coronavirus and the uncertain future of high street cafe culture

By Jennifer Ferreira

Before coronavirus hit, the UK had a thriving coffee shop culture, with around 26,000 coffee shops across the country. But by the end of March 2020 many coffee shops were closed, or only open for takeaway. Up to 92% of...

Portland and Kenosha violence was predictable – and preventable

By Cynthia Miller-Idriss

The U.S. reached a deadly moment in protests over racial injustice, as back-to-back shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 25 and 29 took the lives of three people and seriously injured...

How the government can drive medical innovation amidst the pandemic

By Jeffrey Clemens

The current COVID-19 pandemic, the largest public health crisis in a century, threatens the health of people across the globe. The U.S. has had the most diagnosed cases surpassing 6 million and more than 180,000...

TikTok suicide video: it's time platforms collaborated to limit disturbing content

By Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández Et Al

A disturbing video purporting to show a man committing suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of...

If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed

By Alexander Gillespie

The case for a referendum on New Zealands cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was...

Coronavirus nanoscience: the tiny technologies tackling a global pandemic

By Josh Davies

The world-altering coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be just 60 nanometres to 120 nanometres in size. This is so mind bogglingly small that you could fit more than 400 of these virus particles into the...

Nearly a century ago, a QAnon-like conspiracy theory propelled candidates to Congress

By Sophie Bjork-James

Marjorie Taylor Greenes Republican congressional primary win in Georgia ensures, in all likelihood, that the heavily Republican district will be represented by a QAnon conspiracy theorist in the 117th Congress. But...

Foreign agriculture investments don't always threaten food security: the case of Madagascar

By Wegayehu Fitawek Et Al

Large-scale land acquisitions have been increasing in developing countries following the 2007/8 high food price crisis. Countries with limited agricultural potential, like Gulf states, have been driving foreign...

How social media are levelling Kenya's political field -- and lessons learnt

By John Ndavula

Social media have opened up spaces for political candidates to engage with voters in more direct ways compared to traditional forms of campaigns such as rallies, billboard advertising, and the legacy media. Social media...

Ant Group: why America is missing out on the biggest IPO in history

By Daniel Broby

The US capital markets are being shunned by the largest initial public offering in history. This is an indirect result of the recent China-baiting by US politicians, led by Donald Trump. Ant Groups US$200 billion (168...

How foreign countries can help Indonesia's economy recover from COVID-19 downturn

By Eko NM Saputro

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the Indonesia economy. The latest data showed minus 5.32% economic growth in the second quarter. To recover from this downturn, Indonesia needs every assistance available,...

Neuralink put a chip in Gertrude the pig's brain. It might be useful one day

By Angela Renton

A recent demonstration video released by Elon Musks firm Neuralink might not look like much at first. In the video, a pig named Gertrude eats snacks from a persons hand, while an accompanying computer screen displays blue...

If Facebook really pulls news from its Australian sites, we'll have a much less compelling product

By Rob Nicholls

Facebook will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law, the tech giant has announced. The...

Shame and fear: lessons to learn as COVID-19 collides with a growing HIV epidemic in Indonesia

By Keerti Gedela Et Al

The nation with the worlds fourth-largest population, Indonesia, has become a target of criticism for its poor COVID-19 mitigation response that does not value policy advice from external experts. This has contributed to...

Cashless payment is booming, thanks to coronavirus. So is financial surveillance

A banknote has been sitting in my wallet for six months now. As time ticks on, it burns an ever greater hole in my pocket. At first I felt uneasy spending it, following COVID-19 warnings to pay more attention to hand...

South Korea's Green New Deal shows the world what a smart economic recovery looks like

By Sung-Young Kim Et Al - 06:47 AM| Economy

As the COVID-19 pandemic devastates the global economy, theres an opportunity for governments to support a green-led recovery. This involves spending fiscal stimulus on renewable energy and other clean technologies to...

The pandemic has revealed the cracks in US manufacturing: Here's how to fix them

By Sridhar Kota Et Al - 07:02 AM| Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed glaring deficiencies in the U.S. manufacturing sectors ability to provide necessary products especially amidst a crisis. Its been five months since the nation declared a national...

Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here's how it needs to change

By Jenny McArthur Et Al - 07:12 AM| Economy

COVID-19 has triggered a crisis for public transport, as lockdowns caused its use to plummet by 70-90% worldwide. Even as lockdowns ease, buses and trains are can only carry 15% of the usual number of people due to social...

Three-fourths of S. Korean firms not eager to hire in H2: poll

22:18 PM| Economy

Three-fourths of S. Korean firms not keen on hiring in H2: poll

China's big banks brace for surge in bad loans

11:31 AM| Economy

China's big banks brace for surge in bad loans

Most Japanese firms against holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021

02:55 AM| Economy

Most Japanese firms against holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021

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US under Trump Series

George Washington was silent, but Trump tweets regularly – running for president has changed over the years

By Sarah Burns - 06:42 AM| Insights & Views Politics

Presidential campaigns havent always looked the way they do in 2020 or the way they did in 2016, before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything about conventions, political outreach and voting. The requirements...

Does 4 years of college make students more liberal?

By Matthew J. Mayhew Et Al - 07:04 AM| Insights & Views

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Over four years of college, students develop positive attitudes for political liberals but not conservatives. Why it...

Global Geopolitics Series

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China's relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

By Rowan Callick - 07:13 AM| Insights & Views

The forced departure from China of leading Australian journalists Bill Birtles of the ABC and Mike Smith of The Australian Financial Review robs Australia of direct coverage of events in the vast nation for the first time...

Medical research is broken: here's how we can fix it

By Kelly E Lloyd Et Al - 13:45 PM| Insights & Views Health

Every year, around US$200 billion (150 billion) is spent globally on health research. Meanwhile, millions of people volunteer their time to be participants in health studies. Despite all the resources that go into creating...

Why the Gulf monarchies have survived

By Edmund Adam - 13:23 PM| Insights & Views Politics

When the Arab Spring protests erupted in 2010, many political pundits predicted the uprisings would ripple through the entire region and ultimately reach the oil-rich Gulf states, sweeping away monarchies. But...

Americans are renouncing U.S. citizenship in record numbers – but maybe not for the reasons you think

13:29 PM| Insights & Views Life

Brett Goodin, Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University American citizenship is not as coveted as it once was. iStock / Getty Images Plus President Trump hosted a televised naturalization ceremony at the White...

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Economy

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

Politics

Joe Biden: Former UK PM David Cameron hints former VP should beat Donald Trump

The Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from international agreements like the Paris Climate Accords, and relations between the US and its allies have also been placed under some strain as of late....

Melania Trump: FLOTUS reportedly snubs stepdaughter Ivanka Trump's aspirations to become next president

First lady Melania Trumps former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff claimed that there was already some tension between Melania and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump. Her new book also revealed that the first lady...

Donald Trump: POTUS wants U.N. to hold China accountable for COVID-19 spread

Donald Trump was among the world leaders making an address in this years United Nations General Assembly. Tensions between the US and China in many aspects, especially COVID-19, have been placed center stage, with Trump...

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller's top deputy Andrew Weissman revealed POTUS did obstruct justice

Aside from the revelations offered by journalist Bob Woodward also come big reveals from special counsel Robert Muellers deputy Andrew Weissman in his upcoming book. The book, offering a peek into the Mueller...

Joe Biden: Campaign and Democrat committees gain financial lead

Former vice president Joe Biden and his campaign initially started off trailing Donald Trump in terms of cash reserves. But over the recent months and especially following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the...

Science

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Climate change: Arctic sea ice reaches second record low

Although the world is suffering from the effects of climate change, colder regions such as Greenland and the Arctic are the worst hit. A recent report has revealed that the situation in the Arctic does not appear to do any...

NASA: Expert reveals the budget required to bring astronauts back to the Moon

With NASA currently undergoing preparations for its upcoming missions, the agency requires a lot of funding for preparations to stay on schedule. The upcoming Artemis mission is estimated to cost tens of billions of...

Asteroid to make a very close approach to Earth on Thursday

Despite being able to track thousands of asteroids passing through space, there are still some rocks that can escape detection. One such asteroid is coming to Earth this week, with astronomers predicting that it will make...

Mars mission: Scientists find "worms" inside Martian meteor

NASA is gearing up for the future Mars mission that will take place over the coming years, with the Perseverance Rover already making a headstart after launching into space many weeks ago. With the search for signs of life...

Technology

Can ‘Rainbow Six Quarantine’ be released in 2020?

The launch of Rainbow Six Quarantine was delayed even before the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the delay of its release. However, a recent supposed leak seemingly suggested that the game would be released sooner than most...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ beta tests kick off in October

The full release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is just around the corner. This also means that the annual beta tests before the games launch are also set. However, video game players should note that only those with...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ may not be an Xbox-exclusive despite Microsoft’s ZeniMax Media acquisition

Microsoft kind of broke the internet on Monday after its plans to acquire ZeniMax Media -- Bethesda Softworks parent company -- was made public. There are plenty of popular IPs under the banners of ZeniMax and Bethesda,...

How Apple Watch SE compares to the flagship Apple Watch Series 6

The main star of Apples September event this year is not the new iPhone, but the latest lineup of Apple Watch. The biggest surprise, however, was that the Apple Watch Series 6 was not the only presented at the recent...

GoPro HERO9 Black: Everything to know about the new action camera

Joining the busy fall season for the consumer tech industry is the GoPro HERO9 Black. The new action camera has been announced and the improvements in its design, specs, and features would give fans to think about whether...
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