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US shootings: Norway and Finland have similar levels of gun ownership, but far less gun crime

By Peter Squires

In the wake of the most recent US mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 pupils and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old armed with an assault rifle, a comparison considering how the US compares with other...

The 'carbon footprint' was co-opted by fossil fuel companies to shift climate blame – here's how it can serve us again

By Marcelle McManus

You cant manage what you cant measure, according to a famous business mantra often attributed to management guru Peter Drucker. This can help explain why carbon emissions are under more scrutiny than ever as we ramp up our...

Champions League final 2022: the economic tactics that drive Liverpool and Real Madrid

By Simon Chadwick

Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final is a fixture for football fans to savour two giants battling it out for one of the most prized trophies in the game. And regardless of the result, some will also...

Monkeypox: we have vaccines and drugs to treat it

By Parastou Donyai

Medicines are not normally needed to treat monkeypox. The illness is usually mild and most people infected will recover within a few weeks without needing treatment. But there are vaccines that can be used to control...

The singing was great – but what was it about? Why opera companies should explain themselves better

By Peter Tregear

Opera Australia has received outstanding reviews for its Melbourne season of Richard Wagners opera Lohengrin. The casting of German singer Jonas Kaufmann in the title role has been universally praised. Kaufmann...

5 ways entrepreneurs can become more psychologically resilient

By Kyle Brykman Et Al

Entrepreneurship is the backbone of any free-market economy. Globally, small and medium-sized businesses represent roughly 90 per cent of businesses and employ over 50 per cent of the workforce. They also contribute about...

SUVs: four reasons why they are less safe and worse for the environment than a regular car

By Tom Stacey

The sport utility vehicle, or SUV, and its spin-off class known as the crossover or CUV, are now the most popular types of vehicles. In the UK, they account for more than half of all new cars sold, and the story is similar...

Ukraine war: rising food prices are not the only global economic fallout

By Stefan Wolff Et Al

As the war in Ukraine heads into its fourth month, its economic consequences are becoming more apparent and begin to move up on the global political agendas. And in the same way in which Russias aggression has had...

Ideology matters in unravelling Russia's invasion of Ukraine

By Richard Meissner

In explaining the war on Ukraine, ideology matters as much as interests. This means that we need to factor ideology into our analysis if we want to gain a deeper understanding of interstate violent conflict. If we focus...

Russia's blockade could cause mass famine beyond Ukraine – but it’s a crime without a name

By Alexander Gillespie

Trying to gauge the worst aspect of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is difficult. For some, it will be the illegal invasion itself. For others, the war crimes or crimes against humanity committed since. But measured in...

Is Elon Musk getting cold feet? Why the entrepreneur may be trying to pull out of buying Twitter

By Anup Srivastava

Has Elon Musk developed cold feet? Is he experiencing buyers remorse? Or is he trying to create drama for the markets, true to his public persona? Or could Musk be negotiating for a better price? Musk started buying...

What's it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues

By Andrew Gunn1

What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturns moon Titan? This curiosity has driven advances in space exploration since Sputnik 1 was launched 65 years ago....

Abortion and inherited disease: Genetic disorders complicate the view that abortion is a choice

By Neal Sondheimer

With the rising spectre of the loss of womens reproductive autonomy in the United States, its timely to consider why abortion is an important and necessary part of pregnancy and fetal care. More consideration needs to be...

Ukraine recap: why Turkey wants to block Sweden and Finland joining Nato

By Rachael Jolley

Over the last week, further details emerged of Finland and Swedens intention to join Nato, until on Tuesday the nations formally submitted the paperwork. Natos secretary general Jens Stoltenberg called it a historic moment...

What you need to know about the Defense Production Act – the 1950s law Biden invoked to try to end the baby formula shortage

By Erik Gordon

U.S. President Joe Biden on May 18, 2022, announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act to help end the shortage of baby formula stressing out parents nationwide. He said he will direct suppliers of baby formula...

Smart city technologies pose serious threats to women waste workers in India

By Josie Wittmer

Smart city technologies are an increasingly popular approach to urban governance and sustainable development worldwide, but their implementation, use and impact on society are only just being fully understood. Smart...

How visionary scientist Bernie Fanaroff put African astronomy on the map

By Daniel Cunnama Et Al

Recent decades have seen remarkable growth in astronomy on the African continent. Africa enjoys pristine dark skies and vast radio quiet zones, making it the ideal home for many advanced telescopes trained on our galaxy...

Companies are mitigating labour shortages with automation — and this could drastically impact workers

By Geraint Harvey1

Last month, unemployment in Canada reached a record low of 5.2 per cent. Alongside low unemployment, many industries saw and are still seeing a worker shortage, with the number of job vacancies in Canada reaching 900,000...

As Ukraine war deepens great-power divisions, a revitalized non-aligned movement could emerge

By John Ciorciari

Russias invasion of Ukraine has brought strong Western condemnation and sanctions, but many nations around the world have chosen not to join this united front. Dozens of governments outside Europe and North America have...

How to preserve our privacy in an AI-enabled world of smart fridges and fitbits? Here are my simple fixes

By Toby Walsh

The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the total entropy of a system the amount of disorder only ever increases. In other words, the amount of order only ever decreases. Privacy is similar to entropy. Privacy is...

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

By Jaigris Hodson

In mid-April, Elon Musk made public his desire to acquire Twitter, make it a private company, and overhaul its moderation policies. Citing ideals of free speech, Musk claimed that Twitter has become kind of the de facto...

Ukraine recap: why words are important – and truth must triumph over propaganda

By Jonathan Este

Its eight weeks since the Russian military rolled across the border into Ukraine, telling the world that this was just a special military operation aiming to free an oppressed people from what Vladimir Putin called a gang...

Many young French voters are approaching the presidential runoff with a shrug and vow to 'vote blank'

By Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager

The race for the presidential post in France began with 12 candidates. It will conclude on April 24 with the same choice that confronted voters five years earlier: the centrist Emmanuel Macron or the far-right Marine Le...

From 'biologically dead' to chart-toppingly clean: how the Thames made an extraordinary recovery over 60 years

By Veronica Edmonds-Brown

It might surprise you to know that the River Thames is considered one of the worlds cleanest rivers running through a city. Whats even more surprising is that it reached that status just 60 years after being declared...

Warmer summers threaten Antarctica’s giant ice shelves because of the lakes they create

By Jennifer Arthur

During the Antarctic summer, air temperatures get warm enough to melt snow and ice on the surface of the great ice sheets that make up around 99% of Antarctica. This melted water collects to form thousands of lakes around...

African cities can do more to protect children from climate change

By Rongedzayi Fambasayi

Six in 10 people will be living in cities by 2030. This is concerning. Cities are responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet cities can also do a lot to mitigate climate change and help people adapt...

Green policies are in place for South Africa's major port city: but a key piece is missing

By Richard Meissner

The floods of April 2022 in the South African city of Durban (eThekwini municipality) placed the spotlight on the management of urban areas and their vulnerability to natural disasters. That homes had been built close to...

Regional journalism is dying: advertising subsidies won't help

By Leon Gettler

Australias regional news outlets are dying a not-so-slow death, and COVID-19 has accelerated their decline. Over the past two years more than a hundred of the 435 regional and community newspapers that existed in 2019...

Why wealthy countries and companies need to do more to clean up global toxic chemical pollution

By Mohamad Mova AlAfghani

Keeping the environment safe is a shared responsibility between nations. But when it comes to harmful substances, especially persistent organic pollutants, advanced industrial nations should put more effort into reducing...

Anti-satellite weapons: the US has sworn off tests, and Australia should follow suit

By Cassandra Steer

When United States Vice-President Kamala Harris was at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California earlier this week she said the US would not conduct tests of destructive, direct ascent anti-satellite missiles. This...

How long can Vladimir Putin hold on to power?

By William Partlett

As the war in Ukraine drags on and sanctions start to bite, key questions are being asked. How long can President Vladimir Putin remain in power? Will he be overthrown in a palace coup, as recent rumours have suggested?...

China's demand for seaborne coal is set to drop fast and far. Australia should take note.

By Jorrit Gosens Et Al

Chinas plans to boost energy security and cut carbon emissions mean this years sudden boom for Australian coal exporters is just a blip. Our new research explores the double pressures of Chinas plans to bolster energy...

Natural disasters cost the nation: we've calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake

By Merve Küçük Et Al

Understanding the true cost of natural disasters is critical for governments to develop policies to deal with them. Historically, calculations have been based on toting up insurance claims and government aid. But these...

Defunding the police is a move towards community safety

By Kevin Walby

Defund should not be a dirty word. In fact, defunding public police is a step towards choosing real safety for communities across Canada. Defunding means taking funds from police budgets, while shrinking the size and...

Did governments around the world initially over-react to the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Sofiane Baba Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about the dangers of the virus have diverted attention from the primary response to the crisis the decision to lock down entire populations. Yet there are important questions to ask....

Three priorities Africa's newbie on the World Bank board should focus on

By Danny Bradlow Et Al

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently appointed a senior South African politician, Ayanda Dlodlo, to serve a two-year term as a member of the World Banks 25-person Board of Executive Directors. She will represent a...

Christians hold many views on Jesus' resurrection – a theologian explains the differing views among Baptists

By Jason Oliver Evans

Every year, Christians from around the world gather for worship on Easter Sunday. Also known as Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, Easter is the final day of a weeklong commemoration of the story of Jesus final days in the...

Senator Dianne Feinstein faces pressure to end her 30 years representing California

By Lincoln Mitchell

On Nov. 27, 1978, Dianne Feinstein then the 45-year-old president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and two-time failed mayoral candidate effectively announced her retirement from politics. It was a foggy...

Elon Musk argues Twitter would be better off in private rather than public hands – corporate governance scholars would disagree

By Bert Spector

Billionaire Elon Musk says he wants to take Twitter private by buying 100% of its publicly held shares in a deal worth US$43 billion. In a letter to the board, he said that Twitter cant serve as a platform for free...

Just Stop Oil: protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying

By Tom Stacey

Protesters from the climate activist groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have blocked at least 11 fuel depots across England and disrupted supplies (though its always tough to quantify exactly how much disruption...

Ukraine war: while most Americans express outrage, Putin's spell continues to hang over Republicans

By Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy

A majority of US citizens across parties now condemn Moscows invasion of Ukraine and support the sanctions adopted by the Biden administration. However, talk of unanimity would be stretching it. The Republican Party is a...

Want to know why India has been soft on Russia? Take a look at its military, diplomatic and energy ties

By Sumit Ganguly

As global democracies lined up to condemn the actions of Russia in Ukraine, one country was less forthcoming in its criticism and it was the largest democracy of them all: India. Throughout the ongoing crisis, the...

Manifesto published in Russian media reflects Putin regime's ruthless plans in Ukraine

By Susanne Sternthal

Shortly after footage emerged of the carnage Russian troops left behind in the town of Bucha, Ukraine, an article was published April 4, 2022, in one of the largest Russian state-run media companies. The article called...

Canada's new climate plan is reckless, but a better way forward is still possible

By Jason MacLean

Canadas new climate plan is reckless. The federal governments Emissions Reduction Plan doesnt meet the criteria of credible net-zero emissions plans, and it lacks any vision of a future capable of inspiring Canadians to...

Jesus the faithful Jew: How misreadings of the Gospel miss this and fuel anti-Judaism

By Matthew Thiessen

This year, Easter and Passover, holidays central to Christianity and Judaism, respectively, begin on the same weekend. This timing provides an ideal opportunity to address faulty and often dangerous misconceptions that...

Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

By Steven Gordon

International migration in South Africa, particularly as it relates to the labour market, is a highly contentious topic. We, the undersigned migration scholars, want to share relevant information about this important...

Ukraine war: Sweden and Finland eye the Nato option, but it's a security dilemma for the west

By Caroline Kennedy-Pipe Et Al

The Kremlin has issued an ominous warning to Nato about the consequences for the Baltic if it allows Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, as has been widely reported. Dmitry Medvedev, a former president and a close...

Esports: how the struggling hospitality industry could capitalise on this massive business

By Jamie Thompson Et Al

During the pandemic, the sporting world ground to a halt. Global events such as the Olympics, Formula 1 racing, the UEFA Champions League and American basketball were all postponed. As an alternative, Formula 1 launched...

Simulating Earth's changing climate: why some models exaggerate future warming

By Olaf Morgenstern

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released overnight, shows a viable path to cutting global emissions by half by the end of this decade. It follows earlier reports in the IPCCs...

What will the fuel excise cut save you? Not as much as the Treasurer says

By John Hawkins1 Et Al

As an appeal to middle Australia, to the voters politicians routinely describe as working families or battlers, the Morrison governments centrepiece budget move to halve the fuel excise for six months has obvious...

Inflation: there's a vital way to reduce it that everyone overlooks – raise productivity

Inflation has become one of the great issues of our times. The UKs is the highest in the G7, weighing in at 9% a year according to the most recent figures on consumer price inflation. When you look at the other common...

America’s Roundup: Dollar slides for second week, Wall Street rallies, Gold prices edge up, Oil settles up ahead of U.S. driving season, EU embargo decision-May 28th,2022

03:49 AM| Market Roundups

Market Roundup US Apr Retail Inventories Ex Auto 1.7%,2.5% previous US Apr Personal Income (MoM) 0.4%,0.5%forecast, 0.5% previous US Apr Goods Trade Balance -105.94B,-127.12B previous US Apr Core PCE Price...

6 charts shows key role firearms makers play in America’s gun culture

By Michael Siegel - 11:22 AM| Insights & Views

Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. The latest,...

Global Geopolitics Series

Sweden: a history of neutrality ends after 200 years

11:49 AM| Politics

Swedens application to join Nato in May marks a major shift away from its longstanding position as a neutral state, stretching back to 1812. Yet following Russias invasion of Ukraine, the decision now appears to command...

Top Stories

How Ukraine war could boost tensions between US and China over future of Taiwan

By Christoph Bluth - 11:03 AM| Politics

China is becoming more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad, according to the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken. Blinken made a major statement on US foreign policy on May 26 at George Washington University....

Blockchain Revolution Series

There are systems 'guarding' your data in cyberspace – but who is guarding the guards?

By Joanne Hall - 11:05 AM| Technology

We use internet-connected devices to access our bank accounts, keep our transport systems moving, communicate with our colleagues, listen to music, undertake commercially sensitive tasks and order pizza. Digital security...

Global Geopolitics Series

Amplifying narratives about the 'China threat' in the Pacific may help China achieve its broader aims

By Joanne Wallis - 11:06 AM| Politics

Yet more proposed Chinese security agreements in the Pacific Islands have been leaked. The drafts have been described by critics as revealing the ambitious scope of Beijings strategic intent in the Pacific and its...

Planning a holiday? What's the COVID situation in Bali, Fiji, NZ and the UK?

11:12 AM| Life

Many of us are considering a long-delayed overseas trip. However, despite what our politicians are telling us, the pandemic is not over yet, and there is always the risk you could catch COVID on holiday or just before you...

6 charts shows key role firearms makers play in America’s gun culture

By Michael Siegel - 11:22 AM| Insights & Views

Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. The latest,...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Expect more power price hikes – a 1970s-style energy shock is on the cards

11:21 AM| Economy

Yesterday the Australian Energy Regulator increased the default market offers that apply to electricity retailers in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland by 8% to 18%, depending on type of tariffs and...

How college students can help save local news

By Lara Salahi - 11:51 AM| Insights & Views

Local news outlets across the U.S. are struggling to bring in advertising and subscription revenue, which pays for the reporting, editing and production of their articles. Its not a new problem, but with fewer and fewer...

How digital technology can help keep cities green and pleasant

11:54 AM| Technology

Parks, small woodlands and even simple patches of grass not only keep a city attractive, but also help people find a sense of bliss in an otherwise bustling urban environment. With new technologies, we can plan and monitor...

Econotimes Series

Economy

Hyundai Steel uses low-carbon electric furnace to produce high-end steel

Hyundai Steel Co. will launch the production of high-end steel materials by establishing Hy-Cube, a new electric furnace-based steel production system. The Hy-Cube technology is based on a new electric furnace concept...

S. Korean scientists use mussel adhesive protein to connect severed nerve segments

South Korean scientists have developed a method using mussel adhesive protein to connect severed nerve ends without the need to use suture threads. A joint research team from Pohang University of Science and Technology,...

ESPN optimistic of rights renewal with F1

ESPN held talks with Formula One over a broadcast partnership renewal, according to the US networks president of programming and original content, Burke Magnus. The current deal, where ESPN pays about US$5 million...

MLS taps Caterpillar for major sponsorship deal

Major League Soccer (MLS) has tapped US construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar as a major sponsor in a new, multi-year partnership. The agreement is meant to enhance Caterpillars profile by utilizing MLSs...

Bank holidays: how a day off work affects the economy

The Queens platinum jubilee will be celebrated across the UK with parades, picnics and street parties. But perhaps the most popular event planned to mark her 70 years on the throne will be an extra day off...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine conflict: German chancellor says Vladimir Putin will not dictate peace terms, Ukraine will win

Russias war in Ukraine has approached its third month, and Moscow continues to bombard Kyiv since invading in February. With Moscow launching an offensive in the southern and eastern territories of Ukraine, German...

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

From glasses to mobility scooters, 'assistive technology' isn't always high-tech

This month, the first ever World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology was released. The WHO estimates one in three of us will need assistive technology, ranging from glasses to...

A unified cybersecurity strategy is the key to protecting businesses

Following the changes the pandemic has brought about in the business world, organizations have significantly increased their use of data and the internet. This, in turn, has increased the prevalence of cyberattacks and...

AI could help us spot viruses like monkeypox before they cross over – and help conserve nature

When a new coronavirus emerged from nature in 2019, it changed the world. But COVID-19 wont be the last disease to jump across from the shrinking wild. Just this weekend, it was announced that Australia, is no longer an...

Blizzard reveals global release times for ‘Diablo Immortal’

The free-to-play Diablo Immortal is launching in a few days, and Blizzard Entertainment has announced at exactly what time the game will go live. PC gamers can also start preparing for its arrival and start to pre-load the...

FromSoftware suggests ‘Dark Souls’ online servers are coming back soon

The long wait may be over soon for avid fans of Dark Souls. Developer FromSoftware has recently provided an update on the status of the games online servers more than four months after they were taken down...
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