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China makes it hard for foreign businesses to work there -- but businesses keep chasing profits there

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Doing business in China can be a difficult and contentious proposition for companies in many countries. Yet even with charges of intellectual property theft, forced partnerships and tight restrictions on doing business,...

New modelling finds investing in childcare and aged care almost pays for itself

By Janine Dixon Et Al

In the absence of an official analysis of the impact of the budget by gender the National Foundation for Australian Women has this morning published its own gender analysis of the budget, across multiple dimensions. It...

United States' standing wanes on Lowy Asia power index

By Michelle Grattan

The United States has registered the largest fall in relative regional power of any country in the Indo-Pacific during the last year, according to the Lowy Institutes Asia Power Index. The index, started in 2018, ranks...

Facebook ban of QAnon is only a first step in the battle against dangerous conspiracy theories

By Marc-André Argentino

The decision by Facebook to remove any pages and groups associated with the far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon will disrupt the ability of dangerous online communities to spread their radical messages, but...

Apple releases fast 5G iPhones, but not for Australia. And we're lagging behind in getting there

By Stanley Shanapinda

Following in the footsteps of Samsung, Apple has released its first high-spectrum 5G smartphone, the iPhone 12. But only US customers will benefit. High-spectrum 5G uses millimetre-wave frequencies in the 26GHz range...

We need to restart immigration quickly to drive economic growth. Here's one way to do it safely

By Anna Boucher Et Al

Faced with a difficult economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia needs to act quickly with creative solutions to reestablish immigration into the country, even before a potential vaccine is found. Over the...

Europe's second wave is worse than the first. What went so wrong, and what can it learn from countries like Vietnam?

By Maximilian de Courten Et Al

Europe is again in the grip of a COVID-19 resurgence, with outbreak hot-spots in the United Kingdom, Spain and France each reporting thousands of new daily cases. The level of infections are now higher than in March and...

Robot take the wheel: Waymo has launched a self-driving taxi service

By James Jin Kang Et Al

The age of the driverless taxi has arrived at least in parts of Phoenix, Arizona. Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Googles parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the...

Ballet dancers should absolutely think about becoming computer programmers – here's why

By John Bryson

There has been quite a backlash since the UK government launched an advert encouraging dancers to think about retraining in cyber security. The ad, which has since been withdrawn, depicted a female ballet dancer with the...

New evidence suggests that swapping tobacco for e-cigarettes can save lives

By Jamie Hartmann-Boyce Et Al

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are a popular aid for quitting smoking, but it is taking time for scientific research to catch up and provide clear answers on how well they work, and whether they are safe to use...

How do pandemics end? History suggests diseases fade but are almost never truly gone

By Nükhet Varlik

When will the pandemic end? All these months in, with over 37 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million deaths globally, you may be wondering, with increasing exasperation, how long this will continue. Since the...

What happens when senators die or are incapacitated?

By Nicholas G. Napolio Et Al

What happens if U.S. senators get sick or, even worse, if they die? Its happened before and our research shows that national policies, and even the course of history, can change as a result. At least three U.S....

WeChat: why Donald Trump's push to ban the app would be so hard on the Chinese diaspora

By Yan Wu Et Al

Chinese Americans are waiting nervously to hear whether the Trump administrations efforts to ban the app WeChat in the US will be successful. Donald Trump issued an executive order on August 6 placing the Chinese-owned...

Boris Johnson's offshore wind pledge is positive, but protecting UK jobs requires more

By Jamie Stewart Et Al

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, some countries have announced significant spending pledges to support a green recovery. Germany leads the way with a 40 billion (36 billion) commitment to climate-related...

Indonesia and China inks deal to promote the use of the Yuan and Rupiah

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Last month, China and Indonesia signed an agreement to promote the use of local currencies Chinese Yuan (RMB) and Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) in trade and investment transactions between the two countries. Yuan has...

James Bond is more than a (sexist) secret agent. He is a fertility god, a Dionysus of the modern era

By Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan

History isnt kind to people who play God, quips James Bond to supervillain Safin in the trailer for No Time to Die. The films release has been delayed yet again, to April 2021. It will mark Daniel Craigs swansong as 007...

The underappreciated and critical Catholic vote in the 2020 US presidential election

By Mark J. Rozell Et Al

In the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, political analysts focused considerable attention on white Evangelicals support for Donald Trump. Less examined was the critical role of the Catholic vote in the three...

Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

By Roger Bales Et Al

As California contends with its worst wildfire season in history, its more evident than ever that land management practices in the states forested mountains need major changes. Many of Californias 33 million acres of...

Election 2020 sees record $11 billion in campaign spending, mostly from a handful of super-rich donors

By Richard Briffault

Total spending in the 2020 federal elections is projected to set a new record of almost US$11 billion by November. When adjusted for inflation, thats over 50% higher than 2016 election spending. This years federal...

Appealing to evangelicals, Trump uses religious words and references to God at a higher rate than previous presidents

By Ceri Hughes

Speaking from the hospital while undergoing treatment for COVID-19, Donald Trump faced the camera and touted therapeutics that look like miracles coming down from God. The choice of words shouldnt come as a surprise....

Nobel economics prize: Wilson and Milgrom's insights into auctions could drive down carbon emissions

By Robin Mason

Many would argue that the global financial crisis of 2007-09 taught us not just the irrelevance but the dangers of economic theory. Yet the Nobel committee has awarded its economic prize for 2020 to two high theorists ...

Do social media algorithms erode our ability to make decisions freely? The jury is out

By Lewis Mitchell Et Al

Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives? This article is part...

Fact check US: Is Joe Biden really 'lax on security'?

By Jean-Éric Branaa

Law and order. One of the most-shared tweets of the US president in recent months was a three-word slogan, repeated loudly and often, that has gradually become his sole platform for re-election. Accordingly, Donald Trump...

Thai food, living 'hygge'… What drives us to consume products from other cultures?

By Catherine Demangeot Et Al

When was the last time you went out for a Thai meal, got items from the ethnic isle of a supermarket, wore a pashmina, or watched a foreign film? Many of us consume culturally-cued offerings, either recurrently or for...

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19

By Matthew Woodruff

In the earliest days of the pandemic, many immunologists, including me, assumed that patients who produced high quantities of antibodies early in infection would be free from disease. We were wrong. Several months into...

Managers must listen to workers of all ages on COVID-19 safety

By Nick Turner

The workplace is full of psychological hazards, including abusive supervisors and mistreatment from customers. But there are also physical hazards like falls from heights, working with faulty equipment and exposure to...

Combating lifestyle diseases can make a big difference in the lives of older people

By Razak M. Gyasi

Noncommunicable diseases account for about 71% of the 57 million deaths reported around the world every year. Most of these deaths are caused by diabetes, cancers, heart disease and lung disease. Over 85% of these...

Pulmonary hypertension: why creating awareness is key in Africa

By Gerald J. Maarman

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that occurs exclusively in the lungs. It is a deadly condition that affects an estimated 75 million people worldwide. Around 80% of them live in low- and middle-income...

Widening access to shared ownership is not enough to solve England's housing crisis

By Gavin Parker Et Al

Housing inequalities have been laid bare by COVID-19, further exposing a housing crisis in England that is already severe. Unless some genuine steps are taken, it will only get worse for millions living in inadequate...

Nobel prize: who gets left out?

By Rebecca Owens

This years Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded for a genuine revolution in modern science. The Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing tool allows scientists to precisely alter DNA by cutting and pasting sections of it. It has led to...

Do sports teams’ sustainability efforts matter to fans?

By Brian P. McCullough

While the sport sectors environmental impact is not fully understood, it has a social platform and reach to influence a significant number of people worldwide to choose more sustainable behaviors. Brian McCullough,...

Trump v Biden: who is engaging the most followers on Facebook?

By Tristan Hotham

Facebook was the election battleground that helped fuel Donald Trumps journey to the White House in 2016, and the president continues to dominate on the social media platform in 2020. My initial analysis of 4,450...

What is CRISPR? A close look at the gene editing technology that won the Chemistry Nobel prize

By Dimitri Perrin

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences yesterday awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on CRISPR, a method of genome editing. A genome is the full set of...

Climate migration: what the research shows is very different from the alarmist headlines

By David Durand-Delacre Et Al

Predictions of mass climate migration make for attention-grabbing headlines. For more than two decades, commentators have predicted waves and rising tides of people forced to move by climate change. Recently, a think-tank...

Boris Johnson promises a UK offshore wind revolution – but China holds the monopoly on vital 'rare earth' metals

By Gavin Harper Et Al

It wasnt so long ago that the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, said wind turbines couldnt pull the skin off a rice pudding. He now seems to have undergone something of a Damascene conversion, promising to boost the...

Why you should never use Microsoft Excel to count coronavirus cases

By Paul Clough

Public Health England has admitted that 16,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK were missed from daily figures being reported between September 25 and October 2. The missing figures were subsequently added to the...

Oxford is protecting students from China's national security law – other universities must follow suit

By Michael Joseph Richardson

Students at the University of Oxford will now submit some of their work on China anonymously. This, among other measures, is an important protection against Chinas new national security law in Hong Kong, which makes it...

From recording videos in a closet to Zoom meditating, 2020's political campaigns adjust to the pandemic

By Barbara A. Trish

President Donald Trump may have eschewed masks and distancing in this pandemic year of campaigning, resulting in both his diagnosis of COVID-19 and the spread of the disease in the White House. But others have figured...

How a government-linked foundation could speed the spread of new clean-energy technologies

By David M. Hart

To address climate change over the coming decades, all nations will need to transition to energy resources that emit less carbon. This transformation, already underway, will require many new technologies. The United...

Rough sleeping fell during the pandemic – but can this success be sustained?

By Christopher Gidlow

Two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, the UK government announced Everyone In, a scheme to protect people sleeping rough from catching the virus. The policy was highly...

Nagorno-Karabach: why Iran is trying to remain neutral over the conflict on its doorstep

By Marzieh Kouhi-Esfahani

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensified in early October over Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region in the South Caucasus at the centre of a conflict that has lasted for more than three decades. The South...

No blockbusters: how COVID-19 has worsened the fraught relationship between cinemas and distributors

By Christopher John Chandler

To add an additional shade of darkness to the current cloud of gloom over the country, cinema operator Cineworld announced that it would be temporarily closing all of its cinemas in the UK. Close on the heels of this came...

Like the care economy, arts and culture are an opportunity missed in the 2020-21 budget

By Julian Meyrick

If a week is a long time in politics, a years an eon. The 2019-20 budget announced a regal return to surplus, with a fundamentally sound Australian economy at 2.75% growth and unemployment under 5%. Low interest rates and...

Indonesia publishes the most open-access journals in the world: what it means for local research

By Dasapta Erwin Irawan Et Al

Indonesia is a world leader in the number of free-to-read published research journals. Journals published with open access (OA) licenses are available to read for free and can be legally redistributed. With the...

Why US presidents shouldn't rely on stock market performance to win votes

By Paul Whiteley

While Donald Trumps positive test for COVID-19 provoked volatility on US stock markets, they remain only a few percentage points down from the all-time highs reached in early September. After a crash in March caused by...

Trump and Biden ads on Facebook and Instagram focus on rallying the base

By Jennifer Stromer-Galley

The campaigns of Donald Trump and Joe Biden together spent US$65.8 million on social media advertising between June 1 and Sept. 13, according to Syracuse Universitys Illuminating 2020 project. The project, which I am part...

Why we should leave old oil rigs in the sea – and why we don't

By Tom Baxter

Decommissioning the UKs offshore oil and gas infrastructure will cost the taxpayer 24 billion, according to estimates from HMRC. So why cant we leave man-made structures in the sea and thereby save the cost of removal and...

Government extends assistance for first home buyers to stimulate building industry

By Michelle Grattan

In its latest stimulus measure, the Morrison government will extend its first home loan deposit scheme to an extra 10,000 home buyers. But unlike existing arrangements, where people can purchase a new or existing home,...

To combat conspiracy theories teach critical thinking – and community values

By Thomas Roulet

In the era of social media, conspiracy theories feel more prominent and prevalent than ever before. Most recently, the high level of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with peoples desire to make sense...

Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

By Kyungmee Lee

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear...

Estonia is a 'digital republic' – what that means and why it may be everyone's future

People around the globe have been watching the build up to the US election with disbelief. Particularly confusing to many is the furore over postal ballots, which the US president, Donald Trump is insisting will lead to...

Climate Change Series

European oil firms struggle to meet UN climate goals

00:08 AM| Business

None of Europes 59 major oil companies, including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, are on track to meet the Paris Agreements goals on limiting global warming. BP is the least aligned among the European firms, not even meeting...

India’s rice exports set to surge by 42%

23:58 PM| Business

Indias rice exports in 2020 could surge to 14 million tons, up by nearly 42 percent from last years 9.9 million tons due to reduced shipments from rival exporters Thailand and Vietnam and a depreciating currency. Higher...

How coronavirus has hit the UK's creative industries

By Holly Patrick Et Al - 07:16 AM| Economy

As the days get shorter and the second wave of coronavirus sets in, the UK is switching to a new winter economy plan. The package of measures marks a shift in government rhetoric from jobs retention to jobs support as the...

Global Geopolitics Series

Under what conditions are international sanctions effective?

By Sophie Marineau - 07:51 AM| Economy

According to US government data, 32 sanctions regimes are currently in effect. Canada, for its part, currently imposes sanctions on 20 different states and on terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda. The EU is currently...

Hollywood is creating a void like the one that permanently stunted European film after Spanish flu

By Gianluca Sergi - 08:43 AM| Entertainment

When Christopher Nolans latest sci-fi film Tenet opened in late summer, the hope was that audiences would return to the velvet seats and the waft of popcorn would engulf cinemas once more. Exhibitors everywhere had...

Top Stories

Shopping online to stay safe during the pandemic? Here are 10 tips for avoiding scams

By H. Colleen Sinclair - 08:10 AM| Life

The holiday season is already a booming time for online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only increases the likelihood that when people shop this holiday season, they will choose online shopping over brick-and-mortar...

US election: horse-race reporting is media gold but democratic poison

By Richard Thomas1 Et Al - 08:15 AM| Politics

The 2020 US presidential election campaign is moving quickly and the news media are valiantly struggling to keep abreast of whats happening. Day in, day out theres a relentless source of material to report. Its hard enough...

Oil in Global Economy Series

North Sea oil: new owners for twilight years raise questions of national interest

By Gavin Bridge Et Al - 07:04 AM| Business

The changing of the guard in the UK North Sea has reached a symbolic turning point. The reverse takeover deal between Chrysaor and Premier Oil overhauls BP to create a new number-one oil and gas operator, producing some...

There's nothing unusual about early voting – it's been done since the founding of the republic

By Terri Bimes - 07:07 AM| Politics

With voting in key states having begun more than six weeks before Election Day, early voting has emerged as a contentious issue. Observing that the country now has more of an election season than an election day, Attorney...

Harris and Pence dodge tough questions in VP debate – experts react

By Cynthia A. Young Et Al - 07:18 AM| Politics

Vice presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Mike Pence sat far apart and separated by Plexiglass for the only 2020 vice presidential debate, held in Utah on Oct. 7. Their exchanges were more civil than the presidential...

Econotimes Series

Economy

New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports and taking reciprocal measures toward countries or regions that abuse export controls and threaten its national security and interests. Export controls under the...

Egypt exceeds IMF's growth expectation amid pandemic

Egypt exceeded the International Monetary Funds (IMF) expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the latter to raise its estimate of the countrys economic growth rate from 2 percent during the last fiscal year to...

Indian government raises country of origin rule vs Amazon, Walmart

The Indian government is giving Amazons local unit and Walmarts Flipkart 15 days to explain why sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule specifying the goods country of origin. In its notices, the...

Chinese to post 5.2% Q3 surge, on track for 2.3% full-year growth

Chinas economic recovery surged in the third quarter with growth expected to come in at 5.2 percent due to consumer spending gradually stepping up as fears about coronavirus waned, AFPs survey revealed. AFPs survey,...

Biden's poll lead boosts shares of gun manufacturers

Shares of gun makers have been surging as Democratic candidate Joe Biden who vowed to increase gun regulation widened his lead in the polls against President Donald Trump since their debate. Smith Wessons stock is up...

Politics

Donald Trump humiliated: Congresswoman Ilhan Omar pushes back against POTUS' accusation of entering US illegally

Donald Trump is often criticized for pushing for an anti-immigrant as well as anti-Muslim agenda. Following his accusation that congresswoman Ilhan Omar entered the country illegally, Omar spoke out against...

World War 3 warning: India minister says defense forces are always ready for potential threats

Several countries find themselves at odds over deals and ideologies and geographic landscapes, with India and China being two of the countries that have long-running disputes with each other. As China continues to assert...

Joe Biden warning: Former VP says he expects more attacks from Donald Trump and allies about Hunter Biden reports

A big talking point amongst Donald Trump and his allies is former vice president Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine. Following the widely disputed New York Post reports about his son, Biden...

Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father's anti-environment agenda

Environmental conservation and protection is one of the biggest challenges that people face today aside from climate change as a prevalent issue. However, Ivanka Trumps sudden support for conserving trees was criticized,...

Melania Trump slams former friend in White House statement following DOJ lawsuit

While a handful of books have already been written about first lady Melania Trump, she has usually remained mum or has already dismissed all the claims in the book. However, following the tell-all written by her former...

Science

NASA news: Expert warns of China's increasing dominance in future space exploration

In recent years, more countries are beginning to branch out into potential space exploration, among them being China. As NASA gears up for its upcoming space missions, a scientist has warned that Chinas own space agency is...

Climate change discovery: Changing global temperatures may have been the cause of human extinction in the past

Climate change today is becoming more and more of a problem that the toll it has taken on the environment has become more evident especially in recent years. Aside from leading to the extinction of certain species of...

NASA discovery: New study suggests Moon once protected Earth from solar rays

Earth has often been hit by solar rays and solar radiation, but the atmosphere has protected us from the intense and dangerous amount of radiation given by the sun. A new study by NASA, however, suggests that at some point...

Asteroid alert: 11-meter space rock to fly past Earth this weekend

Asteroids regularly pass by our planet during their journey through space. This weekend, another rock is set to approach Earth, as NASA has detected. NASA has detected an asteroid traveling through space at a rate of...

Climate change discovery: 6.4 million year-old fossil reveals monkeys learned to adapt to rising temperatures

Over time, Earth has experienced the problem of climate change. Unfortunately, it has become even more evident today, with the temperatures continuously rising due to human activity. An archaeological discovery has...

Technology

Apple silicon Macs reportedly slated to be announced in November

Apples biggest events of 2020 have already taken place, where new iPad, Watch, and iPhones have been announced. However, the tech giant is expected to have one more product unveiling before the year ends focused on the...

Huawei Mate 40 Pro sports 50MP camera, 65-watt fast charging as specs leak before Oct. 22 reveal

Shortly before the official unveiling of the Huawei Mate 40 series, a reliable source has already reported the supposed full specs sheet for the Pro model. Aside from a processor that could surpass the capacity of Qualcomm...

Xbox Game Pass hints at ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ arriving on the streaming service

Previous online teasers made for Xbox Game Pass promotions have been fun, albeit easy, puzzles to crack. Video game fans may have just been given one more thing to decode, which suggests the addition of Rainbow Six Siege...

iPad Air 4 release date listed as Oct. 23 by several retailers

More evidence has surfaced online suggesting that the iPad Air 4 pre-order will open on the same day as the iPhone 12 on Friday, Oct. 16. Reports have it that third-party retailers have also listed the tablet with a...

Playstation 5: Pre-orders of PS5 console units sold out faster than expected

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month and Sony officially opened its pre-order options last month. The company already announced months ago that it will only offer a limited number of PS5 units due to the COVID-19 pandemic...
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