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A COVID 'vaccine passport' may further disadvantage refugees and asylum seekers

Feb 26, 2021 14:41 pm UTC| Health

With great fanfare, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in Australia this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the government will give all Australians the opportunity to be vaccinated by October 2021. The...

Your genetics influence how resilient you are to cold temperatures – new research

Feb 26, 2021 14:33 pm UTC| Health

Some people just arent bothered by the cold, no matter how low the temperature dips. And the reason for this may be in a persons genes. Our new research shows that a common genetic variant in the skeletal muscle gene,...

A new advance in the search for substances to replace fat in food

Feb 26, 2021 14:25 pm UTC| Health

Its well known that obesity is developing into a growing global health problem. In Africa alone, the number of overweight children under five has increased by nearly 50% since 2000. Obesity is a risk factor in diseases...

How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

Feb 26, 2021 14:21 pm UTC| Health

Editors note: On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the results of its trial of the Johnson Johnson coronavirus vaccine. The FDA found the vaccine to be safe and effective and it is expected...

COVID's mental health fallout will last a long time. Here's how we're targeting pandemic depression and anxiety

Feb 26, 2021 14:14 pm UTC| Health

Although Australia is now largely COVID-free, the repercussions of the pandemic are ongoing. As the pandemic enters its second year, many people will be continuing to suffer with poor mental health, or facing new mental...

COVID vaccine consent for aged-care residents: it's ethically tricky, but there are ways to get it right

Feb 20, 2021 12:21 pm UTC| Health

The much anticipated rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will begin in Australia on Monday. The first groups to receive the jab will be quarantine and border workers, frontline health-care workers, aged-care...

What the rise of telemedicine means for Canada’s legal system

Feb 20, 2021 12:12 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law Health

The current pandemic is a tremendous boost for telemedicine, as many health-care professionals are strongly encouraged to offer online consultations or have no choice but to do so. But even before the pandemic, there was...

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Economy

Japan leans on Asian LNG production to lower purchase costs

Japan will support Asian countries liquefied natural gas (LNG) production for use in power generation in the hope of reducing procurement costs for the energy source. The efforts to lower purchasing costs and ensure...

Biden addressing computer chip shortage via executive order

US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production. Biden will also discuss the chip shortage...

Best Buy: Employees to get pandemic-related bonuses ahead of the layoffs

Best Buy will be giving out bonuses or extra pay to its workers, and this was revealed this week. The American multinational consumer electronics retailer will pay pandemic-related benefits to employees with hourly...

Facebook reached a deal with Australia after code amendments and will restore news pages

Facebook announced it would be restoring the Australian news pages that it blocked on Monday, Feb.22. The decision resulted from the talks between Mark Zuckerberg and the Australian officials. Australians revised the...

Toshiba to collaborate with GE in producing wind power equipment

Toshiba Corp is in talks with US-based General Electric Co to jointly produce offshore wind power generation equipment, with a tie-up expected to be reached next month. The negotiations focused on the joint production...

Politics

Kamala Harris to reportedly prioritize cybersecurity and global health in foreign policy platform

Vice President Kamala Harris is slowly working on her foreign policy portfolio in her calls to world leaders and officials. Officials have revealed that Harris plans to put cybersecurity and global health at the forefront...

Nancy Pelosi speaks with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu about two-state solution

There may have been some possible tension between President Joe Biden and Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Netanyahus recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was more on the optimistic side....

Joe Biden nominates three experts to USPS governing board

Among the setbacks that were experienced during the campaign season in 2020 was the delay in the mail by USPS. President Joe Biden recently nominated three people to serve in the agencys governing board in a move to...

Joe Biden overturns Donald Trump's orders against 'anarchist' cities

Shortly after his inauguration, President Joe Biden has done a series of reversals of the policies imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden has recently made another reversal of Trump-era policies in the form of...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

‘Watch Dogs Legion’ TU 3.1 update prepares the game for online multiplayer mode

Watch Dogs Legion players can now patch the game with the Title Update 3.1 as it delivers several bug fixes. It is also packed with important data that will prepare the game for the release of the much-awaited online...

Microsoft fixes Xbox Live outage after several hours

Xbox Live is one of the most important features to anyone using Xbox One and Xbox Live Series X/S consoles. However, many users found out on Thursday that they were unable to log in to their accounts. Xbox Live outage:...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ has several modes for action-oriented and story-focused gameplay

Many details about Final Fantasy 16 are still under wraps, but producer Naoki Yoshida had recently shared how the upcoming title is different than its predecessors. The developer also hinted at the game having something to...

‘Doom Eternal’ director says he already thought about adding a female Slayer

The Doom franchise has introduced many well-loved playable characters over the years, but id Software has yet to add a female Slayer. However, one of the developers recently revealed that they have considered the idea and...
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