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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...