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Major quantum computational breakthrough is shaking up physics and maths

By Ittay Weiss

MIP* = RE is not a typo. It is a groundbreaking discovery and the catchy title of a recent paper in the field of quantum complexity theory. Complexity theory is a zoo of complexity classes collections of computational...

The WA government legislated itself a win in its dispute with Clive Palmer — and put itself above the law

By Lorraine Finlay

The events of the past few days in Western Australia have been extraordinary as the protracted conflict between the government and mining billionaire Clive Palmer reached a fever pitch. Premier Mark McGowan declared the...

Canada's COVID Alert app is a case of tech-driven bad policy design

By Blayne Haggart

The July 31 release of Canadas COVID Alert app was greeted with almost universal praise. Privacy experts applauded its strong privacy protections, echoing the official app websites extensive detailing of how your privacy...

This university funding crisis was always coming – COVID-19 just accelerated it

By Richard Holden

In the early 1930s a 21-year-old undergraduate at the London School of Economics asked a great question during his summer research project: if my economics professors are right that markets are an efficient way to allocate...

In COVID's shadow, global terrorism goes quiet. But we have seen this before, and should be wary

By Greg Barton

Have we flattened the curve of global terrorism? In our COVID-19-obsessed news cycle stories about terrorism and terrorist attacks have largely disappeared. We now, though, understand a little more about how pandemics...

Israel suspends formal annexation of the West Bank, but its controversial settlements continue

By Dov Waxman

Editors note: In a historic agreement announced by President Trump on Aug. 13, Israel has suspended its plan to formally annex parts of the contested West Bank territory, in exchange for establishing full diplomatic...

The next invasion of insect pests will be discovered via social media

By Paul Manning Et Al

In mid-July, Reddit user erako shared a photo of some exotic-looking insects, curious as to what they were. The insects seemed out of place for Mississauga, Ont. they were bright red, covered with black bands and...

COVID-19 has exposed the limits of philanthropy

By Adam Saifer

Against the backdrop of the WE Charity scandal and revelations of political nepotism and charitable shell corporations Canadian philanthropic foundations have quietly distributed more than $100 million in emergency funds...

Artificial intelligence is a totalitarian's dream - here's how to take power back

By Simon McCarthy-Jones

Individualistic western societies are built on the idea that no one knows our thoughts, desires or joys better than we do. And so we put ourselves, rather than the government, in charge of our lives. We tend to agree with...

How to know if your online shopping habit is a problem — and what to do if it is

By Melissa Norberg Et Al

As COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns drive up psychological distress, many people have increased their screen time, including online shopping, to cope. Like alcohol use or overeating, watching TV or surfing the...

Public relations is bad news

By Dan Guadagnolo

As the Canadian economy slowly recovers from COVID-19 lockdowns, there have been news articles suggesting the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is encouraging workers to stay off the job. But a peek behind the headlines...

Mauritius is reeling from a spreading oil spill – and people are angry with how the government has handled it

By Adam Moolna

On the evening of Saturday July 25, the MV (Merchant Vessel) Wakashio grounded on coral reefs in the south-east of the Indian Ocean tropical island of Mauritius. The ship, a Japanese-owned but Panama-registered bulk...

Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth US$1 trillion per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime...

Turkey's collapsing lira: government is running out of options for embattled currency

By Gulcin Ozkan

The Turkish lira hit its weakest ever level against the US dollar on August 7, trading at 7.36 at one point, having lost nearly 20% of its value since the beginning of the year. It comes almost two years to the day since...

Can ageing really be 'treated' or 'cured'? An evolutionary biologist explains

By Zachariah Wylde

As time passes, our fertility declines and our bodies start to fail. These natural changes are what we call ageing. In recent decades, weve come leaps and bounds in treating and preventing some of the worlds leading...

Tensions rise on coronavirus handling as the media take control of the accountability narrative

By Denis Muller

Media coverage of disasters follows a broadly similar trajectory, even though the disasters themselves might take very different forms. The COVID-19 crisis in Victoria is no exception. Although it is unfolding over a...

The S&P 500 nears its all-time high. Here's why stock markets are defying economic reality

By James Doran

This old and playful maxim is typically not true: often the stock market is a good proxy for the economy and a very good indication of what will happen to it. But it aptly captures the current divergence between stock...

Small businesses are being starved of funds: here's how to make their loans cheaper

By Isaac Gross

The government has widely touted its support for small businesses most notably the provision of loans subsidised by the Reserve Bank. In its economic update on Friday the Reserve Bank talked up its low-cost Term...

Cyberspace is critical infrastructure – it will take effective government oversight to make it safe

By Francine Berman

A famous 1990s New Yorker cartoon showed two dogs at a computer and a caption that read On the Internet, nobody knows youre a dog. The cartoon represents a digital past when people required few safeguards on the internet....

TikTok and Microsoft: government agendas are driving businesses like no time since WW2 – here's what they can do about it

By Howard Yu

The Trump administration has turned up the heat on Chinese tech companies TikTok and WeChat with an executive order that US companies have 45 days to stop transacting with them. The administration has also recommended that...

Why Trump's WeChat ban does not make sense — and could actually cost him Chinese votes

By Wanning Sun

US President Donald Trumps recent moves against Tiktok, the popular video-sharing platform, have been widely seen as part of a new tech Cold War between the US and China. Trump has cited security concerns to justify his...

How the shady world of the data industry strips away our freedoms

By Uri Gal

The recent questioning of the heads of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in the US Congress has highlighted the threat their practices pose to our privacy and democracy. However these big four companies are only part...

Don't rush into a hydrogen economy until we know all the risks to our climate

By Graeme Pearman Et Al

There is global interest in the potential for a hydrogen economy, in part driven by a concern over climate change and the need to move away from fossil fuels. This month, for example, Australias national science agency,...

Shorter meetings but longer days: how COVID-19 has changed the way we work

By Richard Holden

One of the many things COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on is the way many of us work. Those fortunate enough to be able to work from home have been able to adapt to this new reality and it certainly has been...

100 days without COVID-19: how New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world

By Michael Baker Et Al

On Sunday, New Zealand marked 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19. From the first known case imported into New Zealand on February 26 to the last case of community transmission detected on May 1,...

Bingeing Netflix under lockdown? Here's why streaming comes at a cost to the environment

By Michael Fuhrer Et Al

Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a massive reduction in global emissions, but theres one area where energy usage is up way up during the pandemic: internet traffic. Data-intensive video streaming, gaming and...

Early access to super doesn’t justify higher compulsory contributions

By Brendan Coates Et Al

A big part of the Morrison governments response to COVID-19 has been allowing people early access to their superannuation. Australians who have claimed hardship have applied for A$30.7 billion to date. This has been...

I'm devastated for Beirut – a city I thought I hated

By Rola El-Husseini

Since the explosion in Beirut Ive listened repeatedly to the song Ya Beirut (Oh Beirut) by the Lebanese diva Majida al-Roumi, while obsessively reading the news and checking on extended family members like any other...

Nuclear threats are increasing – here's how the US should prepare for a nuclear event

By Cham Dallas

On the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some may like to think the threat from nuclear weapons has receded. But there are clear signs of a growing nuclear arms race and that the U.S. is not very...

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

By Joe Roman Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is the deepest and longest period of malaise in a dozen years. Our colleagues at the University of Vermont have concluded this by analyzing posts on Twitter. The Vermont Complex...

How Beirut's port explosion exacerbates Lebanon's economic crisis

By Baumann Baumann

The explosion that tore through Beirut on Tuesday August 4 was so strong that shockwaves were felt on the island of Cyprus, over 200 kilometres away. At least 135 people were killed and 5,000 injured in the blast. Such...

US-China tensions give Southeast Asian nations reason to find other partners elsewhere

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

As tensions between the US and China intensify, Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, should rethink their ties with the two great powers. They should lessen their dependency on the two countries by strengthening...

New research shows religious discrimination is on the rise around the world, including in Australia

By Nicholas Aroney

There is a theory that despite all the commotion, religious freedom faces no significant threat in Western democracies like Australia. Therefore, the argument goes, we do not need a federal Religious Discrimination...

These lesser-known songs deserve to be on your summer playlist

By James Deaville

Tired of all the news about COVID-19? Why not take your ears on holiday with a summer listening playlist, assembled by music faculty from Carleton University. If youre tired of the old playlists yet are likewise...

How we rely on older adults, especially during the coronavirus pandemic

By Sally Chivers

Unprecedented might be the word of the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many, especially older adults, life has taken many abrupt turns. Maybe its their first pandemic, but its not the first time theyve pivoted without calling...

Unwelcome sea change: new research finds coastal flooding may cost up to 20% of global economy by 2100

By Ebru Kirezci Et Al

Over the past two weeks, storms pummelling the New South Wales coast have left beachfront homes at Wamberal on the verge of collapse. Its stark proof of the risks climate change and sea level rise pose to coastal...

Post-COVID, there'll be less of a reason to cut company tax than before

By Janine Dixon Et Al

Theyre at it again, pushing lower company tax as a way to resuscitate the economy. The arguments were well ventilated at the time the government pushed for company tax cuts, failed to get support in the Senate, and then...

Forget a capital gains tax – what New Zealand needs is a tax on inherited wealth

By Jonathan Barrett

The worlds wealthiest people will transfer US$15.4 trillion in assets to their heirs in the next decade, according to a recent report. Published by specialist data analysts Wealth-X, the report focused on the richest...

The COVID-19 crisis in aged care shows elimination is the only effective strategy

By Richard Holden

As Victoria struggles to get its hotel-quarantine-debacle-driven COVID-19 outbreak under control, there has been renewed focus on the plight of those in aged-care facilities. The facts are these. Between March 26 and...

Data privacy: stricter European rules will have repercussions in Australia as global divisions grow

By Normann Witzleb

A big year for privacy just got bigger. On July 16, Europes top court ruled on the legality of two mechanisms for cross-border transfers of personal data. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down...

There aren't enough batteries to electrify all cars — focus on trucks and buses instead

By Cameron Roberts

We need to change our transportation system, and we need to do it quickly. Road transportation is a major consumer of fossil fuels, contributing 16 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which warm up...

Thermal cameras aren't perfect, but they can help control the coronavirus pandemic

By Roderick Thomas Et Al

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the world has rushed to deploy infrared thermal imaging cameras (also known as infrared radiometers) to measure peoples temperature and the technology has become big...

Data analysis shows wellbeing fell during the pandemic but improved under lockdown

By Mark Fabian Et Al

Lockdowns are seemingly vital for controlling COVID-19. Early evidence suggests they have a big effect on preventing deaths. But if were to keep using them, we also need to know their broader impacts. Many people are...

The importance of blood tests for Alzheimer's: 2 neurologists explain the recent findings

By Steven DeKosky Et Al

A blood test to diagnose Alzheimers disease moved closer to reality this week after new findings were announced at the Alzheimers Association International Conference on July 29, 2020. The test showed extremely high...

Business major fails to attract Latino students

By Kevin Singer Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the inequity of the U.S. economy toward minority racial and ethnic groups. Research shows that successful entrepreneurship can help reduce the racial wealth disparity, especially for the...

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

By Lorrie Cranor

Many people look for more privacy when they browse the web by using their browsers in privacy-protecting modes, called Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari; Incognito in Google Chrome; and InPrivate...

Mars 2020: the hunt for life on the red planet is about to get serious

By Monica Grady

Next spring is going to be a busy time for Mars. In close succession, three spacecraft will arrive at the planet, joining the dozen or so craft already circling Mars. Two of the spacecraft were launched in the past couple...

Autonomous cars: five reasons they still aren't on our roads

By John McDermid

Elon Musk thinks his company Tesla will have fully autonomous cars ready by the end of 2020. There are no fundamental challenges remaining, he said recently. There are many small problems. And then theres the challenge of...

SpaceX: Crew Dragon is returning to Earth – here’s when to hold your breath

By Heather Muir

The Crew Dragon spacecraft, produced by private company SpaceX, is scheduled to return from the International Space Station (ISS) and splash down in the Atlantic ocean on August 2. Contingent on a favourable weather...

Five top tips for managing your personal finances during coronavirus

By Jonquil Lowe

When it comes to money, coronavirus has split the nation. Financial stress dominates for many of the 9.5 million employees on furlough, potentially facing unemployment as the scheme unwinds, and for those whose small...

The US economy is reliant on consumer spending – can it survive a pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically affected the American economy, reducing spending by American households on materials goods, air travel, leisure activities as well as the use of automobiles. As a result, greenhouse gas...

S. Korea losses 277,000 jobs in July to push unemployment rate up 4%

15:07 PM| Economy

S. Korea losses 277,000 jobs in July to push unemployment rate up 4%

Online tours gaining popularity in Japan

19:19 PM| Business

Online tours gaining popularity in Japan

Global business travel will not be killed off by coronavirus – new research

By Kieran Michael Conroy Et Al - 15:26 PM| Economy

Global business travel has largely ground to a halt during the pandemic. Experts have been raising the alarm that this is the death of business travel as we know it, arguing that it will be a long time before the virus is...

Timing the share market is hard – just ask your super fund

By David Bell - 15:30 PM| Investing

The past financial year has been one of the most volatile on record for stock markets, yet almost every Australian super fund has delivered similar returns. This not only demonstrates that super funds very rarely make...

As demand for crisis housing soars, surely we can tap into COVID-19 vacancies

By Erika Martino Et Al - 15:44 PM| Economy

There is a crisis within crisis accommodation. Homelessness providers struggle to meet womens requests for accommodation under usual circumstances. During COVID-19 lockdowns the dramatic increase in domestic abuse has put...

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Global Geopolitics Series

Trump's attempts to ban TikTok and other Chinese tech undermine global democracy

By Philip Mai - 15:40 PM| Insights & Views

The Trump administration aims to purge Chinese tech companies from the United States, and that has consequences for all of us. U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration recently issued three new national...

Insider trading has become more subtle

By Barry Oliver - 15:41 PM| Insights & Views

Insider trading comes in two main forms: arguably legal and clearly illegal. But, as with drugs in sport, its hard to tell when arguably legal ends and clearly illegal begins. It is generally accepted that it is...

UK's new insolvency process should worry company creditors around the world

By Eugenio Vaccari - 15:32 PM| Politics

Virgin Atlantics rescue deal is something of a watershed in how companies can escape insolvency. The deal, which will involve Richard Branson and US hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management injecting US$1.6 billion...

US Election Series

Will Trump or Biden win the US election? This could be a better predictor than the polls

By Christoph Siemroth - 15:29 PM| Politics

Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in Novembers US presidential election, has finally picked his candidate for vice president: Kamala Harris. Has picking Harris, who is Black and Asian American, improved Bidens...

Political forecast models aren't necessarily more accurate than polls – or the weather

By John A. Tures - 15:25 PM| Technology

As the presidential election approaches, everyone wants to know who will win. But nobody wants to wait until the election is actually over and the votes are all counted up and double-checked. In an effort to predict...

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Economy

U.S. retail sales growth slows down slightly in July

U.S. retail sales growth decelerated in July. Sales grew 1.2 percent, slowing down from the 8.4 percent growth in June. Consensus expectations were for a growth of 1.9 percent. The volatile categories recorded mixed...

FxWirePro: Sterling Looks Weaker On Gloomy Economic & Geopolitical Surface – Deploy ‘Debit Call Spreads’ To Hedge

The Corona crisis has hit the British economy comparatively hard. In addition, Brexit risks remain high, which is why we assume that the pound will continue to remain weak against the euro. Given that the UK and EU...

Macau begins bringing back gamblers from China

Macau has started reissuing tourist visas to bring gamblers back and keep casino operators from losing $15 million daily in expenses. The coronavirus lockdowns brought a severe downturn to the number of Macaus visitors...

US to label goods from Hong Kong as 'Made in China'

Good entering the US from Hong Kong after Sept. 25 will be labeled as Made in China, according to a notice in the US Federal Register. There are limited direct exports from Hong Kong, with most of the citys shipments to...

UK suffers 20.4% economic slump in Q2

The UK economy suffered its worst slump on record in the second quarter with a 20.4 percent plunge, the biggest of any major global economy. The slump, preceded by a 2.2 percent contraction in the first quarter, sent...

Politics

World War 3: Expert reveals how Russia probed US reaction to border conflict with China

Some of the political tensions between countries lie in the border between two conflicting nations, and in this case, it was Russia and China. Should tensions like these escalate further, then a possible World War 3 could...

Donald Trump: POTUS says UAE and Israel will establish full normalized relations in new peace deal

There has been an ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine surrounding the West Bank with the two sides, with Israel seeking to annex the West Bank. This week, Donald Trump announced the peace deal between Israel and...

Barack Obama: Donald Trump says he would not ask Ex-POTUS to resign if his administration handled COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama, like Donald Trump, also tackled a public health crisis during his eight years as commander-in-chief. On a rare occasion, Trump recently seemed to suggest that he would not ask for his...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS may be delivering her RNC convention speech from White House Rose Garden

Donald Trump will be formally accepting the Republican party nomination as he faces reelection against former vice president Joe Biden. First lady Melania Trump is also set to address the party, and her speech may be...

Michelle Obama talks about menopause and aging in new podcast episode

The latest episode of former first lady Michelle Obamas podcast was centered on womens health specifically what happens over time. Sitting down with OB-GYN Dr. Sharon Malone, Michelle opened up about her experience of...

Science

NASA: Agency releases photos of Mars' multicolored moon Phobos orbiting Red Planet

The universe never fails to amaze space enthusiasts and astronomers alike with the many stars, asteroids, planets, and moons that have strangely beautiful characteristics. NASA has recently released photos of one of those...

COVID-19: Blood test could reveal how fatal coronavirus is to a patient

Since the breakout in December 2019, the coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19 continues to terrorize the world to this day. Scientists are increasing efforts to study and develop a possible cure, but researchers...

NASA releases image of a pink gas giant exoplanet 57 lightyears away from Earth

In the universe, the planets in our Solar System are only a fraction of the number of planets that are out there orbiting their respective stars and star systems. Some of those exoplanets are strangely amazing, and NASA...

Climate change: Arctic region may be completely thawed out by 2035, researchers claim

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic is the fight against climate change, which is now occurring at an accelerated rate in some parts of the worlds polar regions. Unfortunately, researchers have predicted a grim outcome of the...

Asteroids: NASA reveals potentially hazardous asteroid 2011 ES4 to pass by closer than the Moon

Space agencies such as NASA are constantly on the lookout for asteroids that would wander into the Earths orbit. With the news of one particularly hazardous asteroid making its way Earthbound, NASA revealed when it will be...

Technology

PlayStation 5: Pre-order will be available and here are the shops to visit

PlayStation 5 is expected to be out in the market before the year ends. Sony is planning to release two types of gaming systems and they are the regular units and the digital version. The digital will not have a disc...

Xbox Series X leaks suggest early November launch

With only a few months left before the next-generation console war happens, the gaming community can expect more leaks to surface online. Recently, various sources have pointed to a very likely chance for Xbox Series X to...

‘BioShock 4’ job offerings hint at the introduction of ‘new world’ setting

More details about the anticipated BioShock 4 have come to light recently from one of the most common sources of information within the gaming community. The games developer has several active job listings that also hint...

Pixel 5: Google’s next premium smartphone won’t feature a premium processor?

The latest entry to Qualcomms Snapdragon 8 series has usually been the processing chip expected to power every smartphone makers top-tier flagship device. While Pixel 5 is billed as Googles next premium smartphone...

AirPods 3 could be a cyclist-friendly wearable audio device in 2021

It might take a while before Apple launches the AirPods 3 but that would be worth it, especially for cyclists. A newly granted Apple patent suggests a safety-oriented feature could be added in the next-generation truly...
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