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.
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.
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...