Curbs on press freedom come with a cost, new research reveals
By Alexandra Wake Et Al
The importance of a free press to a thriving democracy is well-known. But what is its importance to a thriving economy?
We have found evidence attacks on press freedom such as jailing journalists, raiding their homes,...
Anti-Asian violence: Mental health check-ins on your friends isn’t enough
By Diksha Kale
Recently, my friend and I were talking over the phone about the anti-Asian violence that has been taking place in the United States. As a first-generation Filipino Canadian woman, my friend was particularly worried for...
Unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic? Blame your stress hormones
By Lina Begdache
If you have experienced unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61% of U.S. adults reported undesired weight change since...
The situation at the US-Mexico border is a crisis – but is it new?
By Randi Mandelbaum
The media create the impression that there is an unprecedented crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with droves of children arriving alone, as well as families flooding to the border.
There is a crisis.
But as a law...
Should there be a limit on how much debt a young person takes on?
By Paul Schofield
Young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 owe over US$1 trillion in student loans and mortgage and credit card debt that many will be paying back for decades.
The law generally allows adults to accrue significant...
How will our bodies be put back together? What about those eaten by cannibals? A brief history of Christian resurrection beliefs
By Philip C. Almond
Easter celebrates the Christian belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In so doing, he overcame sin and death on behalf of all of us. The resurrection of Jesus was a guarantee that, for those who believed in him,...
'Godzilla vs. Kong': Monster movies evoke adventure but also 'dangers' of tropics
By Priscilla Jolly
For audiences stuck in their living rooms, the new monster film Godzilla vs. Kong offers an opportunity to do some armchair travelling. But before you imagine a tropical island getaway perhaps a lounge-chair by a beach...
CBD, marijuana and hemp: What is the difference among these cannabis products, and which are legal?
By Brandon McFadden Et Al
New York recently became the 15th U.S. state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
While 67% of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis is low. A third of Americans think hemp...
Google's union of activists highlights the need for ethical engineering
By Marcel O'Gorman
All of my favourite engineers have either abandoned the profession or are dedicating their lives to changing it for the better. The most heroic engineer I know never built a bridge or patented a gizmo. He completed a stint...
In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up
By Zach Lang Et Al
Gun control is back in the U.S. political debate, in the wake of mass shootings in California, Boulder and Atlanta.
Democrats see stricter gun control as a step toward addressing the problem. In March 2021, as the House...
Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19
By Monique Deal Barlow
While the majority of Americans either intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have already received their shots, getting white evangelicals to vaccination sites may prove more of a challenge especially those who identify...
Westminster steps in after Northern Ireland fails to comply with abortion law change – how it happened
By Claire Pierson
Abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. In March the following year, the legal framework was in place to provide terminations. A year later, though, it hasnt happened. The Department of Health in...
Retirees, holidaymakers, alternative lifestyles, the UK strain: why Byron Bay's COVID situation is so concerning
By Catherine Bennett
Restrictions are in place for at least four council areas around the Byron Bay region after a suite of cases were linked to a Byron hens night.
People in Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed have been urged to stay at...
Chocolate's secret ingredient is the fermenting microbes that make it taste so good
By Caitlin Clark
Whether baked as chips into a cookie, melted into a sweet warm drink or molded into the shape of a smiling bunny, chocolate is one of the worlds most universally consumed foods.
Even the biggest chocolate lovers,...
Humpback whales may have bounced back from near-extinction, but it's too soon to declare them safe
By Olaf Meynecke
The resurgence in humpback whale populations over the past five decades is hailed as one of the great success stories of global conservation. And right now, the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment...
Why hydrogen energy has seduced a generation of politicians
By Tom Baxter
Hydrogen is often touted in the scientific and general media as a silver bullet for reaching net zero emissions. Such articles might include the following claims:
Its the most common element on Earth.
It can be...
Nawal El Saadawi’s intellectual life reflected eight decades of Arab society and culture
By Amal Amireh
Egypts Nawal El Saadawi was the foremost Arab feminist thinker of the past 50 years. Her ideas inspired generations of Arab women, but also provoked controversy and criticism.
She was prolific, publishing over 50 books...
How nonfungible tokens work and where they get their value – a cryptocurrency expert explains NFTs
By Dragan Boscovic
· Nonfungible tokens prove ownership of a digital item image, sound file or text in the same way that people own crypto coins.
· Unlike crypto coins, which are identical and worth the same,...
The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?
By Erin Baker Et Al
The United States offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europes have run into long delays, but that may...
Prince Harry’s critics have a point: woke capitalism is no solution
By Carl Rhodes
Prince Harry has copped a pasting in the British media for his new job as chief impact officer with Silicon Valley startup BetterUp.
His role, and the companys business model, has been called the latest expression of...
Democracy has always been fragile in Southeast Asia. Now, it may be sliding backwards
By James Chin
Just five years ago, many people were optimistic that Southeast Asia had finally turned the corner when it comes to democracy.
Myanmars military had finally loosened its decades-long grip on power when Aung San Suu Kyis...
Politicians have 'washed their hands' and blamed others since Jesus's crucifixion
By Tony Keddie
Handwashing has gotten substantial coverage this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and not just for hygiene. You may have encountered some of the many accusations in both the U.S. and Canada that a politician has...
Israeli election: Mansour Abbas emerges as possible first Arab kingmaker in nation's history
By John Strawson
For Israel, this has been the no change, all change election. No change in that the result appears inconclusive just like the three previous elections. Its also all change, as we are seeing the beginnings of the political...
Does coffee burn more fat during exercise? What the evidence tells us
By Neil Clarke
Coffee, green tea and other caffeinated drinks are a popular way to start the morning. Not only does it give many people a much-needed boost, but caffeine can also help when it comes to fitness. Studies show it can help...
Offshore gas finds offered major promise for Mozambique: what went wrong
By Theo Neethling
Recent events in Palma, a town in the volatile Cabo Delgado province in the north of Mozambique, have taken bloodshed in the region to new levels. Dozens of people were killed when hundreds of Islamist militants stormed...
Free speech on campus: universities need to create 'safe but critical' spaces for debate – here's how they can do it
By Alison Scott-Baumann Et Al
The issue of free speech in universities continues to plague UK campuses. Earlier this year, the government announced landmark proposals to tackle the issue, including appointing a free speech tsar and giving the Office...
Governments must work with restaurants on a no-fee delivery app
By Mischa Young
To say its been a rough year for the restaurant industry is an understatement.
Restaurants across Canada have suffered immensely from stay-at-home orders, strict in-person seating capacity restrictions and other...
Asian Americans top target for threats and harassment during pandemic
By Ying Liu
Since the very beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes toward Asians and Asian Americans have gotten increased media attention. Our data, from the Understanding Coronavirus in America Study, confirms that these events are...
Selfie culture: what your choice of camera angle says about you
By Alessandro Soranzo
Over the past decade, selfies have become a mainstay of popular culture. If the #selfie hashtag first appeared in 2004, it was the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 that saw the pictures go viral. Three years later, the...
Holding the news to ransom? What we know so far about the Channel 9 cyber attack
By Paul Haskell-Dowland
On Sunday afternoon, Channel 9 posted a cryptic tweet indicating it was under attack. The accompanying video acknowledged that the failure to run the Weekend Today show that morning was attributed to a major cyber...
A better deal for Uber drivers in UK, but Australia's ‘gig workers' must wait
By Tom Barratt Et Al
Ubers announcement earlier this month it will now treat its drivers in the United Kingdom as workers rather than independent contractors is a significant development for the so-called gig economy.
It follows Uber losing...
Why can't the IRS just send Americans a refund – or a bill?
By Beverly Moran
The Internal Revenue Service has postponed the April 15 tax filing deadline to May 17. If taxpayers need even more time to file federal returns, the agency added, they can request an extension until Oct. 15.
Banning mobile phones in schools can improve students' academic performance. This is how we know
By Louis-Philippe Beland
The effects of mobiles phones and other technology at school is a hotly debated topic in many countries. Some advocate for a complete ban to limit distractions, while others suggest using technology as a teaching...
It's great to want wage growth, but the way we're going about it could stunt the recovery
By Michael Keating
The Reserve Bank is going all out for wage growth sustainably above 3% the kind of wage growth Australia hasnt seen for the best part of a decade.
It has already committed itself to achieving an actual inflation...
Journalism jobs are precarious, financially insecure and require family support
By Erin Reid Et Al
HuffPost recently laid off dozens of Canadian journalists and closed its news site. Bell Media Inc. has also laid off hundreds of journalists.
Journalism is a notoriously precarious profession. Downsizing and layoffs...
Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa. Here's how
By Cyrus Sinai Et Al
Theres hope that some industrialised countries will achieve near-universal vaccination against COVID-19 in the coming months. Yet the effort to vaccinate even the most essential workers in developing countries has only...
Oil: why higher prices will complicate the energy transition
By Jorge Guira
The oil price is on a rollercoaster. Having crashed into negative territory just last April, the price of Brent crude climbed all the way to US$70 (50) earlier in March. It has since slid below US$64. So where is it...
Stark choice for Israel as voters head to polls for fourth time in two years
By Amnon Aran
Israels voters head to the polls next week for what will be the fourth elections in two years. This might seem surprising, as successive governments led by prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, since his return to power in...
Danone's CEO has been ousted for being progressive – blame society not activist shareholders
By Arturo Bris
Danones chief executive and chairman, Emmanuel Faber, is to step down after activist shareholders called for his removal. In particular Artisan Partners and Bluebell Capital Partners, which together own less than 6% of the...
AstraZeneca vaccine: how to fix supply issues
By Amir Sharif Et Al
If you thought that vaccine hesitancy was the biggest challenge of the pandemic, think again. A new challenge is approaching: supply chain hesitancy. The potential for interruption along vaccine supply lines may lead to...
The pandemic recession has pushed a further 9.8 million Americans into food insecurity
By Craig Gundersen
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed hardship on millions of vulnerable Americans through unemployment and reduced work hours. And this has increased food insecurity across the nation.
There is no official figure yet for...
What is Mycoplasma genitalium, the common STI you've probably never heard of
By Catriona Bradshaw
Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) with many of the hallmarks of its better-known counterpart, chlamydia.
You can have MG without knowing it, or have symptoms; it can affect men and...
What the drive for open science data can learn from the evolving history of open government data
By Stefaan G. Verhulst Et Al
Nineteen years ago, a group of international researchers met in Budapest to discuss a persistent problem. While experts published an enormous amount of scientific and scholarly material, few of these works were accessible....
Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?
By Megan Munsie Et Al
Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...
Flu vaccines are updated every year. We can learn from this process as we respond to COVID variants
By Sheena G. Sullivan Et Al
While the future of the pandemic remains uncertain, well probably have to live with COVID-19 for some time.
We face a range of possible scenarios. At the most optimistic end of the spectrum, new vaccines will protect...
Federal Court rules insurance companies must behave decently. That's a big deal
By Benjamin Koh
It almost reads like a John Grisham novel.
Self-employed woman contracts cancer. Claims under her income-protection insurance policy. Insurer cancels the policy after investigation reveals omission of unrelated health...
What are NFTs and why are people paying millions for them?
By Laleh Samarbakhsh
Last week, Christies sold a digital collage of images called Everydays: The First 5000 Days for US$69.3 million dollars. This week, Elon Musk said hes selling a tweet of his as an NFT, which contains a song about...
The coronavirus pandemic provides an opportunity to address homelessness
By Timothy Martin
As emergency shelters and encampments emerge in cities across of North America, the public has been confronted with a more visible homeless population as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this has led to...
Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change
By Ermias Kebreab Et Al
Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock.
About 70% of...
Zoom burnout: be more productive, ditch those video calls – expert
By Paul Levy
Just as other brand names make their way into the dictionary, Zoom has now become a daily verb and a noun. We Zoom each other, we say Lets have a Zoom, and we get Zoom fatigue. Now theres Zoom burnout as well a phrase...