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Face masks cut disease spread in the lab, but have less impact in the community. We need to know why

By Paul Glasziou Et Al

In controlled laboratory situations, face masks appear to do a good job of reducing the spread of coronavirus (at least in hamsters) and other respiratory viruses. However, evidence shows mask-wearing policies seem to have...

SpaceX's Starlink satellites are about to ruin stargazing for everyone

By Samantha Lawler

I walk outside my rural Saskatchewan house before dawn and look up, expecting to have my breath taken away by the sheer number of stars overhead. Im a professional astronomer, but I still appreciate naked-eye stargazing as...

CBD sales soaring, but evidence still slim that the cannabis derivative makes a difference for anxiety or pain

By Hilary A. Marusak

Many people have turned to cannabis and its derivatives as they search for pandemic relief, and one of the most widely available ones is CBD. It is also legal and readily available. You can buy oils, tinctures, capsules,...

We may have to accept a 'good enough' COVID-19 vaccine, at least in 2021

By Paul Komesaroff Et Al

Australian health minister Greg Hunt said recently the government is on track to deliver COVID-19 vaccines from March 2021. US biotech firm Moderna has just announced its COVID-19 vaccine has 95% efficacy, following on...

San Francisco just banned gas in all new buildings. Could it ever happen in Australia?

By Madeline Taylor Et Al

Last week San Francisco became the latest city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The legislation will see all new construction, other than restaurants, use electric power only from June 2021, to cut greenhouse gas...

Hoarding, stockpiling, panic buying: What's normal behavior in an abnormal time?

By Carol Mathews

Symptoms of depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic. This is no surprise to clinicians and scientists, who have been increasing worldwide access to...

We brewed beer from recycled wastewater – and it tasted great

By Leland Jackson

As the Earths population grows and approaches a projected 9.7 billion by 2050, the worlds freshwaters will face mounting pressure to supply the needs of population growth. Approximately 33 per cent of people do not have...

Digital privacy and Covid-19: between a paradox and a hard place

By Florencio Travieso

The situation in which the world is currently living is extraordinary in every sense of the word: since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been over 53 million confirmed cases and more than 1.3 million...

Moderna follows Pfizer with exciting vaccine news – how to read these dramatic developments

By Simon Kolstoe

It is very exciting to hear another positive story about vaccine trial results a good vaccine is the most likely way of ending the pandemic. Last week, interim results from Pfizer suggested its vaccine reduces cases of...

After a nuclear war, the world’s emergency food supply could be seafood — if overfishing stops now

By Eric Galbraith Et Al

People in wealthy, industrialized countries are used to finding their supermarket shelves fully stocked. Yet for a brief period early in the COVID-19 pandemic, some of those shelves emptied out, as panic drove shoppers to...

Biden’s stance against fossil fuels didn't turn away voters in Pennsylvania and other key states

By Sibo Chen

The United States election results have been a nail-biter that many polls did not predict. After days of uncertainty, the votes have tipped in favour of Joe Biden, and the U.S. president-elect has since kicked off his...

A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

By Nigel Walton Et Al

In a circular economy, we wouldnt have any waste or pollution. Instead, everything we make and all our byproducts would be reused or repurposed, helping to end the over-exploitation of our finite resources and damage to...

Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

By Tom Baxter Et Al

Is hydrogen the lifeblood of a low-carbon future, or an overhyped distraction from real solutions? One thing is certain the coal, oil and natural gas which currently power much of daily life must be phased out within...

What's next for the Republicans after Trump? Here are 5 are reasons for pessimism — and 5 reasons for hope

By Timothy J. Lynch

In a post-election poll for the University of Melbournes US election webinar series we asked the several hundred people in the audience if President Donald Trumps defeat would mean the death of Trumpism. A full 92% said...

Joe Biden wins US presidential election as mail-in votes turn key states around

By Adrian Beaumont

Pennsylvania and Nevada were today called for Joe Biden, taking him to 279 Electoral Votes, nine more than the 270 required to win. Biden is now the US president-elect, defeating an incumbent president for the first time...

Why anti-competitive probe into tech giants could spell trouble for Apple and its App Store

By Greig Paul

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, its just how much people depend on a few large technology companies. The use of mobile apps and web services has increased significantly in recent years, as people adapted...

How Reagan's notions of a 'good society' resonate with Trump supporters today

By Diane Winston

If a ballooning federal deficit, tax breaks for the wealthy, rising income inequality, structural racism and cowboy diplomacy sound familiar, its because they were big issues in the 2020 presidential race. But theyre...

5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

By Kate Starbird Et Al

With no clear winner yet in the presidential election, theres an opportunity for partisan activists, conspiracy theorists and others to exploit public uncertainty and anxiety to attempt to delegitimize the election...

Ambiguity may offer short term political benefits, but in the long term is corrosive

By Andre Spicer

As the results of the US election began to arrive, political junkies tried their best to make sense of what was happening. But it soon became obvious that the only thing clear about the results was that they were...

COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

By Ronald Labonte Et Al

Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which protects patents and copyrights including...

Congress could select the president in a disputed election

By Donald Brand

President Donald Trumps campaign is challenging results of battleground states with lawsuits, hoping to litigate its way to a win 2020 election. But the Founding Fathers meant for Congress not the courts to be the backup...

How working from home could revitalise rust belt cities

By Michel Serafinelli

For years, we have been promised a work-from-home revolution, and it seems that the pandemic has finally brought it to pass. In April this year, at the height of the first wave of coronavirus, 47% of people in the UK were...

How to handle the next lockdown and Christmas – some tips for recently separated parents

By Susan Kay-Flowers

The impact of lockdown has made many of us reflect on whats important in our lives and in our personal relationships. For some, this has led to swapping life in the city for more space in the countryside. For others,...

The pandemic has changed parliament – will it be forever?

By Alex Prior

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a great deal of pragmatic and existential questions about global society. Weve had to adapt quickly and some of the things we take for granted have been upturned very suddenly. The same...

How fintech can help Indonesia's small and medium enterprises survive the COVID-19 pandemic

By Nurhastuty K. Wardhani Et Al

In Indonesia Southeast Asias largest economy small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute to around 60% percent of the nations economy and absorb 97% of its domestic workforce. However, while there are more than 60...

Sure, the US election is gerrymandered, but so are others, and its hard to stop

By Richard Holden

At the time of writing we dont yet know who will win the US presidential election. But we do know this for sure: Donald Trump will be able to win with less than half the votes cast. Put another way, Joe Biden will be...

We studied mental toughness in ultra-marathon runners. Mind over matter is real — but won't take you all the way

By Kendall George

For most people, running a marathon sounds like a lot of work and they probably wouldnt even consider completing more than one within 24 hours. The will to go the extra mile is what lies at the very heart of...

California voters decide Uber and Lyft drivers are 'contractors' as gig workers continue search for a livable wage

By Juliet B. Schor

Uber, TaskRabbit and other ride-hailing and delivery service companies in California can keep classifying their workers as independent contractors rather than employees after California voters approved a measure known as...

How a simple brain training program could help you stay away from alcohol

By Victoria Manning

Around one in five Australians will develop an alcohol use disorder, such as dependence, during their lifetime. Reports suggest some people have been drinking more during the COVID pandemic, potentially putting...

The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

By Wendy Whitman Cobb

On Nov. 2, 2020, the International Space Station celebrated its 20th anniversary of continuous human occupation. With astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world working together, the ISS has demonstrated humankinds...

China's push for Mandarin education in Mongolia is a tool for political repression

By Shannon Ward

In early September, Human Rights Watch reported widespread protests over the expansion of Mandarin Chinese teaching in Inner Mongolias schools. This new bilingual education policy threatens the Mongolian language and...

A second Trump term? Or a Biden presidency? What it means for Canada

By Thomas Klassen

After a surreal election campaign in the midst of a pandemic, were still not sure of the outcome either Donald Trump won a second term, or Joe Biden will become the next president. Although pre-election polls showed Trump...

Pompeii is famous for its ruins and bodies, but what about its wine?

By Emlyn Dodd

Pompeii is famed for plaster-cast bodies, ruins, frescoes and the rare snapshot it provides of a rather typical ancient Roman city. But less famous is its evidence of viticulture. Wild grapevines probably existed across...

Universities in crisis? They've been there before, and found a way out

By Gwilym Croucher Et Al

This is an edited extract of a new history, Australian Universities: A history of common cause, by Gwilym Croucher and James Waghorne (UNSW Press). In the early 1950s the universities faced an acute financial crisis,...

Who invented the Electoral College?

By Phillip J VanFossen

The delegates in Philadelphia agreed, in the summer of 1787, that the new country they were creating would not have a king but rather an elected executive. But they did not agree on how to choose that...

Prioritising home ownership hurts everyone – owners as well as renters

By Marc Schelhase

The quest to own a home has become a mainstay in UK society. Successive governments of all stripes have prioritised home ownership over other forms of tenure. In August 2020, following Boris Johnsons mantra earlier in...

Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basin

By Emad Hasan Et Al

Flowing through 11 African countries, the Nile River plays an important role in the lives of more than 24% of Africas population. To both upstream and downstream countries, the Nile waters are crucial in development...

South Africa is testing digital technology to detect outbreaks of respiratory diseases

By Cheryl Cohen Et Al

Global mobility has increased and the world has become more connected. But this comes with a greater risk of the spread of respiratory diseases, particularly pneumonia, which is a leading cause of death in children under...

South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how it can fix the problem

By David Richard Walwyn Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a migration from physical work spaces in many sectors of the economy to online, digital services, supported by staff working from home. Parts of the economy such as mining,...

Depression, anxiety and heart disease risk all linked to single brain region

By Laith Alexander Et Al

Although depression and anxiety affect millions of people worldwide, theres still much we dont know about them. In fact, we still dont fully understand which brain regions are involved in depression and anxiety, and how...

'Smartphone pinky' and other injuries caused by excessive phone use

By Adam Taylor

We use our phones three hours and 15 minutes a day on average. So perhaps its hardly surprising people are reporting a new injury on social media and in the news smartphone pinky. People claiming to have the condition...

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

By Bill Lee Et Al

Nuclear power has provided low-carbon electricity to the UK for over 60 years and today it generates 17% of the countrys electricity. Until mid-2018, 15 nuclear reactors were the countrys largest source of low-carbon...

Ant Group: Jack Ma's biggest market debut suspended amid fears over regulation

By Daniel Broby

In a surprise last minute decision, the flagship stock exchange listing of Ant Group was suspended by regulators in China and Hong Kong. The Chinese tech giant, backed by Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma, was to be the biggest...

US presidential election: the problem is majority voting, not the Electoral College

By Rida Laraki

A wide range of US election polls are leaning solidly toward a Joe Biden victory. But Donald Trump and his supporters claim to be certain of his victory on November 3, and its not without historical precedent. In 2016, the...

Luxury goods: why elite brands are weathering the pandemic better than high street retailers

By Shaun Borstrock

Clothes shops are among the worst hit retailers from the coronavirus pandemic. Sales in the UK are still well down on pre-March levels. Big players such as HM and Gap are closing stores, and jobs are being lost....

5 ways the Reserve bank is going to bat for Australia like never before

By Peter Martin

The most important of the five measures the Reserve Bank announced on Tuesday is the one that wont whirr into place for a very long time. Others start immediately. On Thursday the bank will wade into the market and...

India’s plan to pay journal subscription fees for all its citizen may end up making science harder to access

By Dasapta Erwin Irawan Et Al

India, the worlds second-most populous country, is planning to make scholarly literature available for everyone under its latest science, technology and innovation policy. The policy will push for the whole country to...

3.2 billion images and 720,000 hours of video are shared online daily. Can you sort real from fake?

By T.J. Thomson Et Al

Twitter over the weekend tagged as manipulated a video showing US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supposedly forgetting which state hes in, while addressing a crowd. Bidens hello Minnesota greeting contrasts...

What the public hopes and fears about the use of AI in health care

By P. Alison Paprica Et Al

There has been increasing interest in using health big data for artificial intelligence (AI) research. As such, it is important to understand which uses of health data are supported by the public and which are...

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate quits in Cartier watches affair

By Michelle Grattan

Chief of Australia Post Christine Holgate has fallen on her sword, admitting the optics of her gift of Cartier watches to four high-performing employees did not pass the pub test for many people. Holgates Monday...

Australia just signed the world's biggest trade deal, but what exactly is the RCEP?

The giant Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership between Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the ten members of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand...

Climate Change Series

Ships moved more than 11 billion tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year

By Christiaan De Beukelaer - 03:46 AM| Economy

The shipping of goods around the world keeps economies going. But it comes at an enormous environmental cost producing more CO₂ than the aviation industry. This problem should be getting urgent international attention and...

SMEs are a bedrock of the British economy – so why is it so hard to get northern enterprises funded?

By Sherif Youssef - 03:49 AM| Economy

A wave of job cuts primarily hitting young people has seen unemployment levels increase to a record 4.8% in the UK. Through the pandemic, the British government has tried to establish support for jobs by creating and...

Japan posts 5% economic growth in 3Q following 8.2% drop in 2Q

08:03 AM| Economy

Japan recorded the fastest pace of its economic growth, rising 5 percent in the third quarter from an 8.2 percent drop in the second quarter after lockdowns hit its manufacturing sector and consumer spending. The...

Global Geopolitics Series

Asian nations to sign pact eliminating import tariffs

14:45 PM| Economy

Asian leaders are due to sign a trade deal dubbed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this weekend that seeks to eliminate a range of tariffs on imports within 20 years. It also includes provisions on...

Fact check US: Is the US economy recovering, as Donald Trump claims?

By Jeremy Ghez - 09:26 AM| Economy

His eye on the upcoming election, Donald Trump keeps repeating that the US economy is on an upswing and the phenomenal job of his administration did is responsible. So we built the greatest economy in history… we...

Top Stories

NIO: what China’s star electric car maker can learn from Tesla

By Callum Tindall - 03:34 AM| Business

Tesla is about to make Elon Musk the third richest man in the world, after it was added to the SP 500 index, causing shares in the company to rise by 13%. But Tesla isnt the only electric car company seeing its stocks...

China Crisis Series

How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

By Folashade Soule Et Al - 03:36 AM| Economy

Its been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their...

Is UK public broadcasting still 'fit for purpose' in the digital age?

By Jamie Medhurst - 03:38 AM| Business Technology

The future of UK public broadcasting is in play. On November 10 the culture minister Oliver Dowden announced that he was establishing a panel to advise his department as part of the governments strategic review of public...

How to plan successful e-conferences during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

By Caleb Wellum Et Al - 03:44 AM| Insights & Views

Many professionals, including academics, are accustomed to flying a lot. Or they were before COVID-19 drastically reduced air travel and disrupted conference plans globally. For now, the mingling of many people in hotel...

A record number of women will serve in the 117th Congress, including at least 51 women of color

By Sharon Austin - 03:45 AM| Politics

Women will gain at least 14 seats in the 117th Congress, setting a new record for female representation. In 2018, the nation elected 127 women and 48 women of color to the House and Senate. Next Jan. 3, at least 141...

Why there's no COVID in this year's Christmas ads

By Kelly O'Hanlon - 03:54 AM| Insights & Views

To use a phrase used more this year than Ive had mince pies, 2020 has been unprecedented. November heralds the start of the festive season, thanks to the incoming wave of advertising, but its undeniable that Christmas is...

Econotimes Series

Economy

UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Vietnam only Southeast Asian country poised for economic growth this year: IMF

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country identified by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be on track for economic growth this year, forecast at 2.4 percent. The IMF attributed the countrys decisive steps to...

S. Korea card spending up 6.3% during November shopping festival

Card spending in South Korea on Nov. 1 to 15 when the annual nationwide shopping festival FESTA was held amounted to 37.4 trillion won, rising 6.3 percent from a year earlier. The shopping festival drew a total of 1,784...

US to add 4 more in list of Chinese military-backed firms

The Trump administration is poised to designate four more Chinese companies as backed by its countrys military, curbing their access to US investors. The designations would increase the number in the list of Communist...

Politics

World War 3: US announces the return of guided missile destroyer to be deployed in South China Sea

The recent conflicts that several nations have with China over control of the South China Sea have raised concerns about a possible conflict breaking out which could lead to World War 3. In an effort to ramp up military...

Melania Trump humiliated: FLOTUS told to just leave after giving updates on the White House's Christmas decors

Melania Trump was bashed and harsh comments were posted on social media. This comes after she revealed the Christmas tree that will be set up in the White House for the coming holidays this year. On Nov. 23, she tweeted...

Donald Trump: GSA approves Biden's transition process but POTUS declares his fight will continue

Donald Trump finally concedes and admits defeat but not fully because while he will allow the transition to Joe Bidens administration to begin, he still insists that they will prevail. The announcement was made on Monday...

Joe Biden reaffirms ties between US and New Zealand in phone call with NZ PM Jacinda Aldern

President-elect Joe Biden is already communicating with foreign leaders as part of reaffirming relations between the US and their respective countries. One of Bidens most recent calls is with New Zealand Prime Minister...

Barack Obama revelation: Memoir reveals Angela Merkel was initially skeptical of ex-POTUS

Former President Barack Obama recently published his memoir titled, A Promised Land, where he reveals a lot about his time in politics and even after leaving the White House in 2017. Recent excerpts from his memoir reveal...

Science

Asteroid alert: 2,700-foot space rock to fly by Earth this week

Asteroids pass by our planet on an almost everyday basis with some space rocks measuring bigger than others. NASAs asteroid trackers have spotted one large asteroid coming our way and making an approach this week. An...

NASA discovery: Experts say Hubble Space Telescope may have captured a black hole

Out of all the cosmic entities to exist in the universe, none has been as mysterious as the black hole, a phenomena that have yet to be witnessed. Experts at NASA recently claimed that the Hubble Space Telescope may have...

Climate change: New study shows changes in migration patterns of Arctic animals due to changing temperatures

Climate change has affected parts of the world such as Antarctica and Greenland the most, with animals that reside in these icy regions also suffering from its effects. A new study has revealed how migration patterns of...

NASA discovery: Hubble Space Telescope captures 'cinnamon bun' shaped galaxy 31 million light-years away

Galaxies tend to look very similar to one another but only vary in size. NASA and ESAs Hubble Space Telescope has captured one galaxy that has an unusual shape 31 million light-years away. The Hubble found an...

Mars mission: Elon Musk says first settlers on Red Planet will live in glass domes

One of the goals when it comes to the upcoming Mars missions is to colonize the neighboring planet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that those who would become the first settlers on the red planet would have to live...

Technology

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ listing says it’s ‘enhanced for PlayStation 5

Sony and Naughty Dog have yet to announce if The Last of Us Part 2 will have a PlayStation 5 upgrade. However, a product listing for the game seems to suggest it could be in the works. The Last of Us Part 2 PS5 upgrade...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ gameplay leaks in a 20-minute online stream

Cyberpunk 2077 is a few weeks away from its fourth release date, but a short segment of its gameplay has apparently been leaked online. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red announced the RPG will be released with a feature that will...

The Game Awards 2020: ‘The Last of Us Part 2’ and ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ compete for GOTY

As many fans expected, two of the biggest PlayStation-exclusive titles, The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima, have joined the coveted list of nominees for the Game of the Year award for The Game Awards 2020. Video...

‘PUBG Mobile India’ 2020 launch is likely as APK download briefly went live

It appears that the hope for PUBG Mobile India to launch soon is close to becoming a reality. Its APK download reportedly went live for a brief moment recently hinting at the possibility that the game could go live for...

Samsung Galaxy S21’s reported S Pen support could make the Galaxy Note series obsolete

Samsungs popular phablet lineup might no longer be part of the companys plans in 2021. Speculations about the cancellation of the Galaxy Note line heighten following reports that at least one of the upcoming Galaxy S21...
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