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When too much news is bad news: is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

By Evita March

Humans are curious and social creatures by nature. The news helps us make sense of the world around us and connects us with our local, national and international community. So its no wonder were drawn to it. Objective,...

Proposed student visa policy could hinder US competitiveness

By David L. Di Maria

In an effort to crack down on international students and scholars who overstay their visas, the Trump administration is seeking to implement a new set of rules that would make it more difficult for them to remain in the...

The budget promises jobs, but does little for workers in the gig economy

By Nat Kassel

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised a federal budget focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. In one sense he didnt disappoint. His budget speech mentioned jobs 37 times an average of about once a minute. This budget is all about...

You’ve probably heard of the Green New Deal in the US — is it time for one in Australia?

By Kate Crowley

After the 2008 global financial crisis, Green New Deals were proposed in various countries as a way to pick up the pieces of the economy. The general idea is to create jobs while rebuilding societies, by targeting...

Five things to know about the Antichrist

By Philip C. Almond

In the history of the West over the last 2000 years, there has never been a time when someone hasnt been predicting the end of the world. And now, with a seemingly insoluble climate crisis, pandemic surges, savage...

Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, our research suggests

By Dunzhu Li Et Al

Microplastics can now be found in almost every environment on Earth, but scientists know surprisingly little about how the products we use every day shed these tiny plastic particles. If you drink from a plastic water...

Teachers in France, on the front line of defending the values of the Republic

By Charles Hadji

On October 16, 2020, Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, was murdered outside his school a few days after showing his students caricatures of Mohammed as part of a class on freedom of...

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

By Elizabeth Cantwell

Imagine parallel parking a 15-passenger van into just two to three parking spaces surrounded by two-story boulders. On Oct. 20, a University of Arizona-led NASA mission 16 years in the making will attempt the astronomical...

How conservative groups will advance their agendas before a Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett

By Paul M. Collins, Jr.

Amy Coney Barretts nomination to the Supreme Court has highlighted the ways interest groups use the legal system to pursue their goals. Barrett is closely tied to the conservative Federalist Society, whose members have...

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. It...

Will Victoria be the first place in the world to fully decriminalise sex work?

By Larissa Sandy

The Victorian government has just received a landmark review into the states sex work laws. This is the first large-scale review of Victorian sex work laws since 1985 and presents a huge opportunity for change. With...

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...

Hey Google ... what movie should I watch today? How AI can affect our decisions

By TaeWoo Kim

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...

South Africa needs a fresh national imagination: here are some ideas

By Njabulo S. Ndebele

Imagine that during the COVID-19 lockdown South Africans woke up one morning to TV shows, radio broadcasts and pamphlets announcing a declaration by white South Africans: WE ARE NO LONGER WHITE! In their statement they...

England's metro mayors and the new politics of coronavirus

By Georgina Blakeley

The anger was evident in Andy Burnhams voice as he declared that Greater Manchester would stand firm in the face of any UK government attempt to impose a tier three restriction on the northern English city-region without...

New Zealand's new parliament turns red: the 2020 election results at a glance

By Finlay Macdonald Et Al

Labour is celebrating a landslide victory tonight after winning 49% of the vote. The result means Labour could govern alone the first time this has happened since New Zealand introduced a mixed member proportional (MMP)...

Drive-throughs are busier than ever during the pandemic – but they're hotspots for air pollution

By Anitha Chinnaswamy

Over 90% of EU citizens each year are exposed to levels of outdoor air pollution that are above the World Health Organizations air quality guidelines. In Birmingham, the UKs second largest city, air quality in 2018...

How Japanese research became the centre of a conservative culture war

By Karin Narita

The Japanese research community is in turmoil. On October 1, after less than three weeks as prime minister, Yoshihide Suga rejected the appointment of six scholars to the governing body of the Science Council of Japan...

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. Over the...

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. Since the...

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. Yuan has...

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...

North Sea oil: new owners for twilight years raise questions of national interest

By Gavin Bridge Et Al

The changing of the guard in the UK North Sea has reached a symbolic turning point. The reverse takeover deal between Chrysaor and Premier Oil overhauls BP to create a new number-one oil and gas operator, producing some...

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...

There's nothing unusual about early voting – it's been done since the founding of the republic

By Terri Bimes

With voting in key states having begun more than six weeks before Election Day, early voting has emerged as a contentious issue. Observing that the country now has more of an election season than an election day, Attorney...

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...

How coronavirus has hit the UK's creative industries

By Holly Patrick Et Al

As the days get shorter and the second wave of coronavirus sets in, the UK is switching to a new winter economy plan. The package of measures marks a shift in government rhetoric from jobs retention to jobs support as the...

The US is taking on Google in a huge antitrust case. It could change the face of online search

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for unlawful monopolisation. The department says Googles conduct harms competition and consumers, and reduces the ability of new innovative...

Trump took a sledgehammer to US-China relations. This won't be an easy fix, even if Biden wins

By Hui Feng - 13:41 PM| Economy

Few would have thought a US-China relationship marked by relative stability for half a century would be upended in just four years. But US President Donald Trumps privileged tour of the Forbidden City in November 2017...

China Crisis Series

China makes it hard for foreign businesses to work there -- but businesses keep chasing profits there

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal - 00:03 AM| Economy

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,...

Indian government raises country of origin rule vs Amazon, Walmart

09:05 AM| Economy

The Indian government is giving Amazons local unit and Walmarts Flipkart 15 days to explain why sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule specifying the goods country of origin. In its notices, the...

Hong Kong jobless rate likely to have remained at 6.1 pct in Q3 2020

15:30 PM| Commentary

The unemployment data for Hong Kong for the third quarter is set to be released tomorrow. According to a DBS Bank research report, the jobless rate is likely to have remained at 6.1 percent in the third quarter on a...

Chinese to post 5.2% Q3 surge, on track for 2.3% full-year growth

07:16 AM| Economy

Chinas economic recovery surged in the third quarter with growth expected to come in at 5.2 percent due to consumer spending gradually stepping up as fears about coronavirus waned, AFPs survey revealed. AFPs survey,...

Gold extends gains above $1900 amid caution over U.S. coronavirus aid

09:56 AM| Commentary

Gold prices rose, extending previous session gains as caution set in ahead of the deadline to reach an agreement on a new U.S. coronavirus stimulus package and the upcoming presidential election. Spot gold rose 0.1...

Top Stories

US under Trump Series

20/20 vision needed in 2020: How this U.S. election compares to other tumultuous votes

By Ronald W. Pruessen - 13:54 PM| Politics

Sharp-eyed 20/20 vision has been hard to maintain in the maelstrom of 2020, with daily fears and passions often clouding analysis. Heres one helpful tool on one high-profile event: As the American presidential campaign...

WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases

By Peter Gluckman Et Al - 13:41 PM| Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has come in for its share of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some faults are the responsibility of the WHO, others were caused by member states, which did not...

US under Trump Series

Fact check US: Would the Democrats 'ruin the suburbs' as Donald Trump claims?

By Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy - 13:45 PM| Politics Economy

In the first presidential debate Donald Trump asserted that if Joe Biden were elected, our suburbs would be gone. In his campaign rallies, Trump has repeatedly accused the Democrats in general, and Biden in particular,...

Five innovations that could shape the future of rail travel

By Saikat Dutta - 13:49 PM| Technology

What will the future of public transport look like? The major projects being planned today, such as the UKs HS2 high-speed rail network, arent fundamentally different to whats been built over the last 30 years. Maglev...

Bolivia elections: socialist Luis Arce celebrates projected victory amid democratic fragility

By Angus McNelly - 13:50 PM| Politics

Luis Arce, former finance minister in the government of Evo Morales, celebrated with his campaign team in La Paz in the early hours of October 19 as an exit poll forecast his victory in the countrys presidential elections....

Disney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of severe COVID economic crisis still to come

By Hamza Mudassir - 13:52 PM| Business

Disney has announced a significant restructuring of its media and entertainment business, boldly placing most of its growth ambitions and investments into its recently launched streaming service, Disney+. The 97-year-old...

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices – a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg - 13:56 PM| Law

Amy Coney Barretts confirmation process has put focus not only on the would-be Supreme Court justices faith but the religious makeup of the court itself. If she is appointed, Barrett would be the second successive...

Econotimes Series

Economy

Japan, China may restart mutual business travel in Oct.

Japan and China may restart its two-way business travel for both short- and long-term businesspeople as they seek to revive their economies. Around 9.59 million Chinese visited Japan in 2019, including about 370,000...

Australian weekly consumer sentiment rises for seventh consecutive week

Australian weekly confidence rose for the seventh consecutive week. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian consumer sentiment index rose 0.4 percent. A solid rise of 5.8 percent in Time to buy a household item underpinned the...

New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports and taking reciprocal measures toward countries or regions that abuse export controls and threaten its national security and interests. Export controls under the...

Egypt exceeds IMF's growth expectation amid pandemic

Egypt exceeded the International Monetary Funds (IMF) expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the latter to raise its estimate of the countrys economic growth rate from 2 percent during the last fiscal year to...

Biden's poll lead boosts shares of gun manufacturers

Shares of gun makers have been surging as Democratic candidate Joe Biden who vowed to increase gun regulation widened his lead in the polls against President Donald Trump since their debate. Smith Wessons stock is up...

Politics

World War 3 warning: China may take control of islands occupied by Taiwan following aircraft incident

China has long-asserted that Taiwan is part of the nation and has constantly pushed for reunification with the island, along with Hong Kong. However, fears of a possible all-out conflict or World War 3 have been renewed as...

Joe Biden transition team considering adding Republicans in Cabinet positions

Former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is known for pushing for bipartisanship or at least an ability to work across the aisle. As the elections draw near, the Biden transition team is...

Barack Obama revelation: Prince George once broke royal tradition by meeting ex-POTUS

During the last months of Barack Obamas term as president in 2016, the Obamas met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their state visit. It was during their visit that they also allowed Prince George to break...

Melania Trump blasted: John Oliver slams FLOTUS for being "totally complicit"

First lady Melania Trump remains largely silent on the attacks her husband Donald Trump has made on his critics as well as his controversial policies. Recently, talk show host John Oliver slammed the first lady for being...

Donald Trump attacks Dr. Anthony Fauci for speaking the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic

Donald Trump is currently in the last stretch of his campaign in the last two weeks until the November election, with millions of Americans having opted to vote early. However, Trump made his closing arguments for his...

Science

Alien discovery: NASA archive data suggests life on Venus was first found in 1978

In recent months, there has been a renewed interest in Venus, especially when it comes to finding aliens on the planet. However, a new revelation suggests that the recent discovery was not at all new, but rather already...

NASA revelation: Mysterious set of footprints found on lunar surface outside of Apollo missions

NASA is currently preparing to return to the Moon through its upcoming Artemis space program. With five Apollo missions having preceded this one, scientists had also discovered a mysterious set of footprints that did not...

Asteroid discovery: space rock on extremely close approach photographed by scientist

Yesterday, October 19, an asteroid made a safe fly-by when it approached Earth. An astronomer was able to capture the rock as it traveled through space and towards our planet. The asteroid that NASA has referred to as...

NASA news: Expert warns of China's increasing dominance in future space exploration

In recent years, more countries are beginning to branch out into potential space exploration, among them being China. As NASA gears up for its upcoming space missions, a scientist has warned that Chinas own space agency is...

Climate change discovery: Changing global temperatures may have been the cause of human extinction in the past

Climate change today is becoming more and more of a problem that the toll it has taken on the environment has become more evident especially in recent years. Aside from leading to the extinction of certain species of...

Technology

‘Apex Legends’ Nintendo Switch release date announcement could be imminent

It is n secret that one of EA and Respawn Entertainments ongoing projects is to bring Apex Legends to more platforms and garner more active players for its breakout free-to-play battle royal title. While launching the game...

Apple silicon Macs reportedly slated to be announced in November

Apples biggest events of 2020 have already taken place, where new iPad, Watch, and iPhones have been announced. However, the tech giant is expected to have one more product unveiling before the year ends focused on the...

Huawei Mate 40 Pro sports 50MP camera, 65-watt fast charging as specs leak before Oct. 22 reveal

Shortly before the official unveiling of the Huawei Mate 40 series, a reliable source has already reported the supposed full specs sheet for the Pro model. Aside from a processor that could surpass the capacity of Qualcomm...

Xbox Game Pass hints at ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ arriving on the streaming service

Previous online teasers made for Xbox Game Pass promotions have been fun, albeit easy, puzzles to crack. Video game fans may have just been given one more thing to decode, which suggests the addition of Rainbow Six Siege...

iPad Air 4 release date listed as Oct. 23 by several retailers

More evidence has surfaced online suggesting that the iPad Air 4 pre-order will open on the same day as the iPhone 12 on Friday, Oct. 16. Reports have it that third-party retailers have also listed the tablet with a...
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