Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart?
By Tahj Rosmarin
In modern cities, our public spaces represent our shared values. They are our common assets, owned, maintained and used by all members of our society. The outbreak of coronavirus and its immediate impacts, such as social...
How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation
By Emmanuel Stamatakis Et Al
The extensive social distancing policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 mean most people will have to spend much, if not all, their time at home.
Self-isolation means far fewer opportunities to be...
Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems
By Susana Ferreira Et Al
The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work.
Whats the big idea
Thinking about your mental health which includes stress, depression and problems with emotions for how many of the last 30 days...
Can robots help us overcome the coronavirus health crisis and lockdown?
By Hector Gonzalez-Jimenez
The widespread use of robots has long been debated, in part because many critics see them as a threat to jobs and livelihoods. Despite such concerns, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are already being used in...
Coronavirus and the global economy: yes, there really is cause for optimism
By Arturo Bris
Stock markets are rebounding on the back of the newly agreed US$2 trillion American fiscal stimulus plan. It comes after a week that was the worst in history for the Dow and many others around the world. My impression is...
Video games can help stop kids feeling lonely while stuck at home
By Drew Cattanach
Schools are out for who knows how long. This new reality provides a unique challenge for parents who have now become full-time educators alongside their work and household responsibilities. As a parent of two primary...
Coronavirus and the politics of crisis fatigue
By Matthew Flinders
The new coronavirus pandemic is affecting our daily lives in many unexpected ways. We are particularly trying to understand why some people are not heeding official advice about social isolation. I believe this relates to...
China's expulsion of American journalists a dangerous mistake at a deadly moment
By Yuan Zeng
As the world wages a difficult battle with the coronavirus pandemic, China is escalating its own diplomatic war with the US and the media is the casualty.
On March 18, China announced it would expel at least 13...
The six mega challenges testing leaders at a time of national and global crisis
By Richard Calland
The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme crisis that puts government under severe pressure. It puts the political judgement of the president or prime minister under the most intense spotlight. Not since the height of the Cold...
Halting jury trials may impact a defendant's right to a fair trial
By Sarah Lloyd
The decision of the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, to halt new jury trials in England and Wales in response to COVID-19 follows the example set by Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is understandable as the safety of...
Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strength
By Emily Tucker Et Al
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought medical supply chains into the spotlight. There has been a national shortage of testing kits, and at least one drug is already unavailable because of the outbreak, though it hasnt been...
In battling the coronavirus, will 'optimistic bias' be our undoing?
By Marie Helweg-Larsen
As the coronavirus has fanned across the globe, some people have been more complacent about the risk of contracting the virus than others.
On March 21, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was apoplectic after photographs emerged...
Coronavirus fears over farmers markets could hit new growers hard – just when Americans need them most
By Tamara J. Benjamin
The familiar sight of weekend shoppers brushing shoulders at farmers markets across the U.S. is under threat from the coronavirus and fears of its spread.
In Seattle, farmers markets have been suspended altogether. In...
Coronavirus: to save businesses, we should pioneer an unusual kind of insurance
By Alistair Milne
The COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a collapse of revenues in sector after sector: transport, hotels, restaurants, tourism, recreation and culture, consumer durables and numerous others. This economic shock, equivalent to...
Coronavirus: six ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits
By Dusana Dorjee
Given the constant stream of negative news about the novel coronavirus pandemic, its easy to feel anxious and uncertain. Anxiety is also an understandable reaction, since coronavirus has made many of us change our daily...
Indefinite freeze on non-urgent elective surgery in Australia
By Michelle Grattan
All non-urgent elective surgery is being suspended, to free up resources as hospitals prepare to deal with the full impact of COVID-19.
Announcing the suspension, taking effect from midnight Wednesday, Scott Morrison...
View from The Hill: Entertainment venues closed in draconian measures to fight the virus
By Michelle Grattan
Clubs, pubs, movie theatres and gyms will be closed and restaurants will only be able to provide takeaways in draconian measures to fight the spread of coronavirus announced by Scott Morrison late Sunday night.
Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help
By Jennifer J. Heisz
Worried about COVID-19? You may be putting yourself at undue risk, because chronic anxiety suppresses the immune system and increases our risk for infection.
The psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing...
During coronavirus hospital surge, a midwife recommends home birth
By Manavi Handa
For many health-care providers who worked through the 2003 SARS epidemic, especially in epicentres, like Toronto, the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the many lessons health-care providers learned at that time. Social...
Forensic linguists explore how emojis can be used as evidence in court
By Zakeera Docrat Et Al
Emojis have become ubiquitous in text communication messages are peppered with smiley faces, hearts and other graphic icons. They were first drawn by graphic designer Shigetaka Kurita, and generated by a Japanese...
Australian government's new $66 billion package will take coronavirus economic life support to $189 billion
By Michelle Grattan
Small and medium-sized businesses will get up to $100,000 in cash payments in the governments second stage of emergency assistance, worth a huge $66 billion, to cushion businesses and individuals as the coronavirus cuts a...
Are the banks strong enough to withstand the coronavirus crash?
By Sumon Bhaumik
One of the most visible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the mayhem in the global stock markets. Between February 20 and March 19, the SP 500 index plunged from 3,373 to 2,409, the FTSE 250 from 21,866 to 12,830, and the...
When restaurants close, Americans lose much more than a meal
By Rebecca L. Spang
Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself on March 15 saying: No more restaurants. Seated in his palatial kitchen with two miniature horses, Whiskey and Lulu, beside him, the former California governor pronounced:...
Coronavirus threat reveals the flaws in India's health system
By Yves-Marie Rault Chodankar
While the number of reported cases of the new coronavirus in India remains in the low hundreds, concerns are already growing about the capacity of its healthcare system to deal with the potential threat.
This is a major...
'The bills were more stressful than the cancer': US versus UK healthcare – a personal story
By Nora Groce
As a medical anthropologist, I have spent the past 30 years based at major universities researching issues of access to healthcare and support for the inclusion of people from vulnerable and marginalised populations. In...
We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?
By Ken-Hou Lin Et Al
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession the first weve seen since 2008.
Some officials have compared the last period of economic...
3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing who we are
By Arie Kruglanski
For most Americans, the coronavirus pandemic represents a completely unprecedented circumstance, as novel as it is life-changing. No event in recent history has affected us as profoundly and pervasively.
Not only does...
The battle against disinformation is global
By Scott Shackelford
Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale. In 2019, Russia used Facebook to intervene in the...
Should I exercise during the coronavirus pandemic? Experts explain the just right exercise curve
By Tamara Hew-Butler Et Al
So here we are, perfecting our social distancing skills while schools, sports and other forms of social engagement are on indefinite hold, by a dangerous virus named after a (regal) crown. The coronavirus is named because...
Advanced degrees bring higher starting salaries – but also higher debt
By Jaymes Pyne Et Al
People with a masters degree or doctorate can bank on a much higher starting salary than those with the same major but only a bachelors degree. Thats according to a recent survey of employers by the National Association of...
In the wake of bushfires and coronavirus, it's time we talked about human security
By Dennis Altman
The term human security was first adopted by the United Nations Development Program in 1994. We speak far less of it now than we did then. Yet the cataclysmic events of this year should remind us national security is no...
Should Trump shut down the stock market? 4 questions answered
By Jonathan T. Fluharty-Jaidee
Editors note: Financial markets across the globe have plunged repeatedly in recent weeks over concerns about the growing economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic, on some days falling over 10%. This has raised the...
The Fed will have to do a lot more than cut rates to zero to stop Wall Street's coronavirus panic
By Alexander Kurov
The Federal Reserve is 0 for 2 in its fight against Wall Streets coronavirus panic, seeming to confirm perceptions of the central banks impotence.
The Feds first attempt to calm thing down a half-point surprise rate...
Will coronavirus damage Trump in the US general election? And Morrison's ratings improve in Newspoll
By Adrian Beaumont
Four states hold Democratic primaries on Wednesday in Australia: Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Arizona. These states will award 14.5% of all pledged delegates, taking us to 61.5% of total delegates. But given Joe Bidens...
How will coronavirus affect property prices?
By Nigel Stapledon
Its one of the most Googled questions since the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak: how will coronavirus affect house prices?
The bottom line is it will be negative - prices will go down. People, up until now, have been...
Scientists find burnt, starving koalas weeks after the bushfires
By Romane H. Cristescu Et Al
The plight of koalas during the recent bushfire crisis made headlines here and abroad. But the emergency for our wildlife is not over. Koalas that survived the flames are now dying from starvation, dehydration, smoke...
Should I test my gut microbes to improve my health?
By Amy Loughman Et Al
People are paying hundreds of dollars to have their gut microbes analysed, hoping the insights will allow them to adjust their diet and improve their health.
But these testing services are based on science thats still...
Stateless review: remembering a time when we were outraged
By George Newhouse
Most of Cornelia Raus family and friends have regarded the screening of Stateless with trepidation because the television series is loosely based on her troubled life.
In 2004-05, Cornelia Rau was wrongfully detained...
Cancelled matches and growing turmoil: the impact of Covid-19 on the sports industry
By Simon Chadwick
In recent weeks, sports organisations around the world have been forced to confront the reality that the coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to have a significant impact on the industry not just in the short term, but also the...
Keeping kids active despite the weather: Promoting outdoor activity all year round
By Leigh Vanderloo Et Al
Given the climate in much of Canada, cold, wet or snowy conditions are inescapable for many months of the year. And like it or not, weather and seasonality are a barrier to Canadian children engaging in physical activity....
Employers need to give paid sick days to fight COVID-19
By Nita Chhinzer
We frequently hear advice that workers should stay home when they dont feel well, but there are a lot of reasons why that option isnt realistic or feasible for many workers.
Presenteeism when employees are unwell and...
Stock market rollercoaster: Why high-frequency trading isn’t to blame
By Nikola Gradojevic Et Al
Financial forecasting involves predicting an organizations financial future. It typically considers a history of prices, trading volumes or other predictors such as financial statements, interest rates and commodity prices...
NZ's decision to close its borders will hurt tourism but it's the right thing to do
By Siouxsie Wiles
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has done exactly what is needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand and the Pacific. Two new cases were confirmed today, just hours before new border restrictions come into...
Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer
By Jeffrey Gardner
Editors note: As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesnt recommend making your own supply...
Not all young people are 'digital natives' – inequality hugely limits experiences of technology
By Simeon Yates
There is a belief that younger people are fully engaged with the digital world. But I am currently leading a project exploring peoples knowledge and use of online data, and the preliminary findings from our research has...
Why Japanese yen is still one of the safest places to park your money in a market crash
By Alexis Stenfors
Fear is contagious not least in financial markets. When it turns to panic, it spreads fast in todays interconnected and technologically advanced trading world. Assets that are associated with some kind of risk fall in...
Social distancing: What it is and why it's the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus
By Thomas Perls
As the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls...
Saudi Arabia's crown prince, backed by the king, moves for absolute power
By Umer Karim Et Al
The news seeped out of Saudi Arabia into international outlets late on March 6. King Salmans brother, Prince Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz, had been detained along with the kings nephew Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, former crown...
Biden and Trump agree on strong US-Israel relations – Bernie, not so much
By Boaz Dvir
President Donald Trump has claimed for himself the title of historys most pro-Israel U.S. president, while characterizing his Democratic opponents as radicals seeking to destroy the special bond between the United States...
Air-dropping poisoned meat to kill bush predators hasn't worked in the past, and it's unlikely to help now
By Justine M. Philip
After the summers devastating bushfires, the New South Wales government announced a plan to airdrop one million poisoned baits in the states most vulnerable regions over the next year. The plan is aimed at protecting...