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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

Takeaways · 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. This...

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...

Swaps, options and other derivatives aren't just for the financial elite

One of the biggest trends in economics over the past 40 years has been so-called financialisation whereby an increasing proportion of GDP in advanced economies comes from the financial sector. This has involved the...

Britain's betting on buses – but how far will boosting services reduce carbon emissions?

By Enrica Papa Et Al - 10:00 AM| Economy

A move to make buses the transport of choice, reducing the number of car journeys and improving quality of life for millions has been launched as part of a national bus strategy in the UK. It seeks to make bus services...

Why Johnson & Johnson throwing out 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses shouldn't scare you

By Tinglong Dai - 09:33 AM| Business

Human errors at a manufacturing plant forced Johnson Johnson to throw out 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine enough to vaccinate 7% of the U.S. adult population. The New York Times, which first reported the loss...

Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plan – here’s why that’s a good idea

By Stephanie Leiser - 09:33 AM| Politics

President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more,...

Electric Car Series

Tesla delivers 184,800 units in Q1 to surpass record, expectations

00:35 AM| Business

Tesla Inc posted record deliveries of 184,800 vehicles globally during the first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates of 177,822 vehicles, as solid demand for less expensive models offset the impact of a global shortage...

US study finds global chip supply chain vulnerable to massive disruption

00:02 AM| Business

The Semiconductor Industry Association, a US industry group, says that the global semiconductor supply chain has become increasingly vulnerable to geopolitical disruptions and natural disasters as suppliers become more...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin may now be used for Starbucks transactions

00:06 AM| Digital Currency

Starbucks customers can now use Bitcoin, gift cards, and frequent flyer miles to reload their Starbucks cards through the coffee chains app. While Starbucks doesnt directly accept cryptocurrencies, the Bakkt App allows...

Top Stories

Suez Canal blockage: how cargo ships like Ever Given became so huge, and why they're causing problems

By Evangelos Boulougouris - 09:53 AM| Economy

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by a megaship named Ever Given came to an end on March 29 after salvage teams used dredging and tug boats to heave the vessel back into operation. The capacity of a single vessel...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

By Peter Howson - 10:00 AM| Technology

How much would you be willing to pay for a one-of-a-kind work of art? For some collectors, the limit lies somewhere in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars. What about a work of art that has no tangible form, and...

What side effects might I expect from the COVID-19 vaccines?

By Matthew Woodruff - 10:01 AM| Health

Takeaways You might experience redness and soreness in the arm where you got the shot, tiredness, muscle aches, chills and nausea, but these symptoms wont last long. You will be monitored for 15-30 minutes...

Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

By Diane Kim Et Al - 10:04 AM| Nature

The big idea Giant kelp, the worlds largest species of marine algae, is an attractive source for making biofuels. In a recent study, we tested a novel strategy for growing kelp that could make it possible to produce it...

We know how to cut off the financial valve to Myanmar's military. The world just needs the resolve to act

By Jonathan Liljeblad - 10:07 AM| Insights & Views

Since the coup in Myanmar on February 1, the international community has struggled to agree on coherent action against the military (also known as the Tatmadaw). Tough action by the UN Security Council has been stymied...

Without crowds, football teams still have a home advantage: new study

By Richard Buscombe - 10:18 AM| Sports

In football, a win on the road often takes on a greater significance than a comparative win at home. Although the idea of a home advantage has received some considerable research attention over the years, we still dont...

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Economy

SK hynix to retain investment in Kioxia as it eyes Intel's NAND unit

South Koreas No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix Inc., has no plan to retrieve its investment in Japanese semiconductor firm Kioxia Holdings Corp. amid speculation it may sell its stake to fund its acquisition of Intel Corp.s NAND...

Facebook removes 16,000 groups for fake reviews

Facebook Inc removed 16,000 groups for selling or buying fake reviews of products and services on its platforms, after a second prompt by UKs competition watchdog CMA. CMA Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli said that the...

Renesas to resume production at fire-damaged plant by April 19

Renesas Electronics Corp. will resume production lines halted by a March 19 fire at its main plant in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, on April 19. But the company expects it will take until at least late June before shipments...

KT to offer music streaming service, distribute K-pop music in Vietnam

South Korean telecom giant KT Corp. has clinched a deal with Vietnam Television Cable to develop a music streaming platform and cooperate in K-pop music distribution and the management of intellectual property in...

LG Display expected to rank 5th in TV panel shipments this year

South Koreas LG Display Co is expected to rank fifth in this years global TV panel market with a 9.3 percent share, with shipments projected to reach 25 million units in 2021, up from 23.6 million units from 2020,...

Politics

Nancy Pelosi Capitol riots: White supremacist threatening House Speaker, Chuck Schumer, could face testimony

The January 6 insurrection was caused by a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol in the hopes of derailing Congress formal certification of Joe Bidens victory. Among the hundreds of rioters that were arrested, a New York...

Donald Trump backs Ron Johnson for 2022 elections

Former President Donald Trump is keen on maintaining his influence over the Republican Party and determined to back candidates he deems have been loyal to him. Trump made another endorsement today for GOP Senator Ron...

Kamala Harris immigration: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy demands VP address capture of Yemeni terrorists from Mexico

The situation at the southern border is one of the challenges the Biden-Harris administration is currently facing with Republicans ready to criticize the Democratic leaders for the response to the influx of migrants at the...

Joe Biden announces limited executive actions on gun control following mass shootings

Two mass shootings have already occurred in the US, increasing calls for gun control or reform. Joe Biden has announced half-dozen executive actions in response to the gun violence that is plaguing the country. Speaking...

Donald Trump twitter ban: Twitter says National Archives not allowed to make ex-POTUS' tweets public

Following the January 6 riots at the Capitol, former President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from most major social media platforms, most notably Twitter. However, compared to the posts of his predecessors...

Science

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

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...

Why is there water on Earth?

Water is essential to life as we know it and it seems completely normal to have water all around us. Yet Earth is the only known planet to be covered by oceans. Do we know exactly where its water came from? This is not...

Technology

E3 2021 has ‘early commitments’ from Xbox and Nintendo, but not Sony PlayStation

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more widely known as E3, is confirmed to come back this year. While several major video game companies are sure to present at the trade shows, some big names are still unlikely to...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ datamine hints at Panam and V romance dialogues in potential DLC

The Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 delivered hundreds of much-needed gameplay fixes and improvements, but it may have also revealed an upcoming DLC focused on the romantic relationship of V and Panam Palmer. A long list of...

Google I/O 2021, happening in May, is ‘free for everyone’

Google officially announced the return of the I/O conference this year with a few changes. While the event is still aimed at developers, the company has practically opened it for everyone and announced that attendees can...

Capcom gives away free Kamura Pack as ‘Monster Hunter Rise’ surpasses 5 million copies sold

Capcom announced Monster Hunter Rise has surpassed five million copies shipped worldwide after it was released on March 26. To thank fans for this milestone, the video game company is giving away a free content pack that...

Rumored Pixel Buds A’s new design possibly leaked by Google

Google may have discreetly provided the first look at the rumored Pixel Buds A in a promo message. The inadvertent leak appears to correspond with a recent report that the upcoming wireless earbuds would look slightly...
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