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Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualize weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data impacting global economies.

Vital Signs Series

Marketing is getting in the way of markets that could get us to net-zero

Nov 13, 2021 07:33 am UTC| Economy

This week the prime minister entered full marketing mode. Scott Morrisons topic was climate change and his plans to get to net-zero. At the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, he tried out a few...

Vital Signs Series

Laugh at the US if you will, but Australia narrowly escaped a debt ceiling

Oct 09, 2021 08:11 am UTC| Economy

The United States government is scheduled to hit its debt ceiling of US$28.4 billion on or around October 18. The US debt ceiling isnt like the limit on a credit card, which is imposed by the lender worried about the...

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3 economic facts point to a big-spending federal budget

Apr 30, 2021 07:08 am UTC| Economy

Its difficult to make predictions, the saying goes, especially about the future. The many predictions federal budgets make about the economy over the coming four years must therefore be taken with a large grain of...

Vital Signs Series

The pros and cons of diversity in organisations

Apr 23, 2021 11:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Breaking down the old boys club in business, government and other organisations is intrinsically important. Ensuring greater diversity in organisations on gender, racial, ethnic and other lines is, simply put, the right...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Vital Signs Series

Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it

Apr 26, 2020 05:30 am UTC| Technology

With Australias test-confirmed daily COVID-19 infection rates continuing to fall to relatively low levels, there is considerable discussion about when and how the successful containment measures might be...

Vital Signs Series

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

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Economy

Tesla announces the addition of Airbnb's Joseph Gebbia to its Board.

Tesla Inc. announced on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that Joseph Gebbia had joined the companys board. The newcomer is the co-founder of Airbnb vacation rental firm based in San Francisco, California. As per Reuters, Gebbias...

Lotte Chemical finally decided to buy Iljin Materials to expand in the global EV sector.

Lotte Chemicals is buying Iljin Materials copper foil company for KRW2.7 trillion or around $1.9 billion. This is a strategic acquisition deal as the Songpa-gu, Seoul-headquartered chemical company is aiming to become a...

Biogen is ending its kickback lawsuit with a settlement that will cost the company $900 million.

Biogen is set to pay a total of $900 million to settle a long-running lawsuit related to allegations of illegal payments to doctors. The biotech company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was said to have paid physicians...

Hertz, BP oil company sign a deal for the installation of EV chargers around the U.S.

Hertz car rental firm based in Estero, Florida, has teamed up with BP plc oil company to build electric vehicle charging stations across the United States. The plan is to install thousands of chargers as the number of EVs...

Samsung launches its credit cards in India with the aim of encouraging repeat purchases and increase sales.

Samsung Electronics introduced two new credit cards in India even when this line of business is already crowded in the country. It was reported that the South Korean conglomerate has entered the credit card scene in the...

Politics

Opposition leader Keir Starmer calls for the government to recall parliament and scrap plans for tax breaks.

The British opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer has called for the government to recall parliament and scrap plans to cut taxes and increase borrowing. Starmer said that the government should recall parliament...

The White House announced during its summit on hunger, nutrition, and health that the private sector has made $8 billion in pledges to combat the issue.

US President Joe Biden announced this week that the private sector had pledged $8 billion to fight hunger in the country. Hundreds of millions of dollars would be spent on ensuring meals after lawmakers failed to extend...

US-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the ongoing protests are a "result of 40 years of women fighting back."

Protests continue in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the countrys Morality Police. A US-based Iranian journalist said Aminis death marks a tipping point for Iran. Speaking with...

The acting Afghan commerce and industry minister said Russia will supply Afghanistan with gasoline, gas, diesel, and wheat as part of its provisional deal.

Afghanistans acting Commerce and Industry Minister said the insurgent group has signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gas, diesel, and wheat. This comes as the ministry is looking to diversify its trading...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

Samsung could be removing the camera bump on all Galaxy S23 models

Samsung is still a few months away from launching its next lineup of flagship Galaxy phones. But it is not too early for Galaxy S23 leaks to start appearing online. A series of image renders were released recently,...

Ubisoft delays ‘Skull and Bones’ launch to March 2023

The saga of Skull and Bones getting delayed continues even though Ubisoft said its development is already completed. Instead of launching this year, the pirate game will now arrive in early 2023. Ubisoft ended the Skull...

CD Projekt Red announced it had already sold 20 million copies of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

The string of good news for the developers of Cyberpunk 2077 continues as CD Projekt Red announced a major milestone on Wednesday. In under two years, 20 million copies of the game had been sold worldwide. Over 20...

Amazon launches Kindle Scribe, its first e-reader with reading and writing functionality

Amazon held its fall product launch event on Wednesday, where the company announced its first e-reader with notetaking functionality. Aptly named Kindle Scribe, the device will also ship with a stylus pen that never needs...

Netflix subscribers can now set up a unique username for their games

Netflix Games gained a new feature on Wednesday that allows subscribers to create a unique username that will be displayed in their games. The streaming giant also appears to be adding social features to multiplayer games...
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