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COVID's mental health fallout will last a long time. Here's how we're targeting pandemic depression and anxiety

By Richard Bryant

Although Australia is now largely COVID-free, the repercussions of the pandemic are ongoing. As the pandemic enters its second year, many people will be continuing to suffer with poor mental health, or facing new mental...

Fake news was a thing long before Donald Trump — just ask the ancient Greeks

By Peter S. Field

The idea of news is a pretty new thing. So is the concept of fake news, as in false or misleading information presented as news. Accordingly, we dont expect to understand the term outside of our own epoch. Most people...

After Disney closed one of its major studios, animation is under pressure in pandemic Hollywood

By Christopher Holliday

Last years computer-animated feature Trolls World Tour served as an early test case for movie releases during the pandemic. The film appeared on video-on-demand streaming services the same day as its limited theatrical run...

Texas was a warning. Australia needs to rethink the design of its electricity market

By Bruce Mountain

Australias electricity market is unsustainable. Texas shows us why. A week ago Texas experienced a bout of severe weather as arctic air reached deep into the state, driving temperature down to levels that had not been...

8 ways business managers can use fiction to prepare for the uncertain reality of coronavirus

By Nada Elnahla Et Al

Reading fiction has always been, for many, a source of pleasure and a means to be transported to other worlds. But thats not all. Businesses can use novels to consider possible future scenarios, study sensitive workplace...

Three ways to encourage companies to keep our data safe

By Ruslan Momot

With online shopping, loyalty programs, smart devices and many other aspects of our daily lives, the companies that make it all possible can collect vast amounts of our personal data. Sometimes its just common sense, like...

Local government in South Africa is broken: but giving the job to residents carries risks

By Marius Pieterse

In December 2020, the High Court in Mahikeng, the capital of South Africas North West Province, made a controversial order after finding that the Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality was in breach of its legal obligations....

A new advance in the search for substances to replace fat in food

By Joyce Agyei-Amponsah

Its well known that obesity is developing into a growing global health problem. In Africa alone, the number of overweight children under five has increased by nearly 50% since 2000. Obesity is a risk factor in diseases...

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

By Gareth Dorrian

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...

How universities can support local businesses and communities

By Zahir Irani

The pandemic has provided an urgent lesson in the value of cooperation and partnership. The state, the private sector and voluntary groups all rely on the success of the others to prosper. Collaboration will be more...

Facebook's news blockade in Australia shows how tech giants are swallowing the web

By Jennifer Grygiel

When Facebook disabled Australians access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a step closer to killing the World Wide Web the...

A COVID 'vaccine passport' may further disadvantage refugees and asylum seekers

By Claire Loughnan Et Al

With great fanfare, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in Australia this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the government will give all Australians the opportunity to be vaccinated by October 2021. The...

Tiger Woods' car crash injuries explained, according to a trauma surgeon

By Ian Harris

Tiger Woods medical team has released a statement on Twitter to explain the injuries he sustained in his car crash earlier this week. The statement was from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a trauma centre, where golfer...

Why Canada should invest in 'macrogrids' for greener more reliable electricity

By Brett Dolter Et Al

As the recent disaster in Texas showed, climate change requires electricity utilities to prepare for extreme events. This global weirding leads to more intense storms, higher wind speeds, heatwaves and droughts that can...

Facebook versus News: Advertising is the real problem

By John Quiggin

The fight between Facebook and the Morrison government is over almost before it began. Having drastically overplayed its hand by banning a vast range of content, Facebook has been forced to settle for what appear to be...

The future of transport: how local people are helping to design new metro trains

By Simon Bowen Et Al

The Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet has served the UKs busiest light rail network outside London for over 40 years. Now, these trains are at the end of their working life and people across the region have been...

What's behind $15,000 electricity bills in Texas?

By Seth Blumsack

Texans who made it through Februarys extreme cold weather without losing power or natural gas must have felt lucky. But for some, keeping their electricity through the blackout may turn out to be more traumatic than...

Daft Punk: how the mystery music masterminds used their robot disguise to take over the world

By Daniel Cookney

While Daft Punks break-up may have been unexpected, the enigmatic nature in how the public were notified was predictable. Announced via the electronic duos YouTube channel, an upload titled Epilogue turned out to be a...

How TikTok can be the new platform for political activism: lessons from Southeast Asia

By Nuurrianti Jalli

In Southeast Asia, TikTok has shown its potential as the next platform for political activism. In Indonesia, young users strategically used TikTok to protest the controversial amendment of the labour law. One viral...

Australia, fighting Facebook, is the latest country to struggle against foreign influence on journalism

By Vanessa Freije

Facebook has barred Australians from finding or sharing news on its platform, in response to an Australian government proposal to require social media networks to pay journalism organizations for their content. The move is...

The WeChat model: how Facebook's ban could change the business of news

By Fan Yang Et Al

Facebooks news ban in response to Australias proposed media bargaining code, has been hard to miss if youve spent any time on social networks in the past day or so. The social media platform has effectively halted all...

Facebook versus Australia: the government hands Facebook a competition free pass

By Joshua Gans

The Conversation is a great news site. But, for the most part, people dont read it like a newspaper. Instead, articles on specialised topics are shared with other people. One way is via Facebook. Yesterday, almost none...

Myanmar's coup might discourage international aid, but donors should adapt, not leave

By Anne Décobert

In recent years, international donors have poured large amounts of aid into development and peacebuilding programs in Myanmar. But when military forces seized power in a coup earlier this month, the international aid...

'Rape-revenge' films are changing: they now focus on the women, instead of their dads

By Isobella Austin

Narratives around sexual assault in Hollywood are changing on screen and off. There is a longstanding genre of film dedicated to depicting the crime of rape as it affects the fathers of the victims, showing fathers...

Tourism desperately wants a return to the 'old normal' but that would be a disaster

By Susanne Becken

With each passing day, the grave future of Earth becomes more stark. The disruption of COVID-19 has not been enough to shift the trajectory, nor has it prompted polluting sectors of the economy to reconsider the harms they...

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

By James Scott

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...

What the rise of telemedicine means for Canada’s legal system

By Marco Laverdière

The current pandemic is a tremendous boost for telemedicine, as many health-care professionals are strongly encouraged to offer online consultations or have no choice but to do so. But even before the pandemic, there was...

How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

By Theodore J. Kury

Americans often take electricity for granted until the lights go out. The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit...

After Trump, what is the future of the Republican Party?

By David Smith

In the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, seven out of 50 Republican senators voted to convict the former president of inciting insurrection. This has raised more questions than it has answered about where the...

COVID vaccine consent for aged-care residents: it's ethically tricky, but there are ways to get it right

By Xavier Symons

The much anticipated rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will begin in Australia on Monday. The first groups to receive the jab will be quarantine and border workers, frontline health-care workers, aged-care...

3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

By Lenore Newman Et Al

Agricultures impact on the planet is massive and relentless. Roughly 40 per cent of the Earths surface is used for cropland and grazing. The number of domestic animals far outweighs remaining wild populations. Every day,...

Tech giants need to step up to help close Canada's digital divide

By Catherine Rosenberg Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the extent to which we all rely on the internet in our day-to-day lives. Its also highlighted the unfortunate fact that many Canadians in remote northern communities cannot depend on...

I interviewed 48 bankrupt Americans – here's who they blame for their financial troubles

By Tess Wise

The people arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection had an 18% bankruptcy rate twice as high as the national average according to a Washington Post investigation. A quarter of the rioters had been sued...

A new online safety bill could allow censorship of anyone who engages with sexual content on the internet

By Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust

Under new draft laws, the eSafety Commissioner could order your nude selfies, sex education or slash fiction to be taken down from the internet with just 24 hours notice. Officially, the Morrison governments new bill...

Why Google is now funnelling millions into media outlets, as Facebook pulls news for Australia

By James Meese

Over the past few days, Google has been inking multimillion-dollar deals to pay media companies for news content that will appear on Google News Showcase. Rupert Murdochs News Corp is the latest beneficiary of a...

Can Fox News survive without Trump in the White House?

By Rodney Tiffen

Sadly, history has largely forgotten the Rector Thomas Beverley. In 1695, he wrote a book predicting the world would end in 1697. In 1698 he wrote another book, complaining the world had ended but no-one had noticed. If he...

Quantum leap: how we discovered a new way to create a hologram

By Hugo Defienne

Once, holograms were just a scientific curiosity. But thanks to the rapid development of lasers, they have gradually moved centre stage, appearing on the security imagery for credit cards and bank notes, in science fiction...

Bitcoin isn't getting greener: four environmental myths about cryptocurrency debunked

By Peter Howson

The price of bitcoin has reached US$50,000 (36,095) another all-time high. Its hard to believe that 10,000 bitcoin would only buy a couple of pizzas ten years ago. Its even stranger to think that bitcoins are completely...

Mario Draghi: is Italy’s addiction to technocratic leaders a cause for concern?

By Filippo Tronconi Et Al

Italy loves technocrats. The latest proof is the decision to install Mario Draghi, former governor of the Bank of Italy and former president of the European Central Bank, as prime minister. This followed the resignation of...

Psychology carries a dark past: how the discipline can be Africanised

By Puleng Segalo Et Al

Its well documented by many scholars that psychological warfare took place for a long time as part of the colonial conquest. The colonialists laboured to ensure that black peoples minds were colonised. And to this end,...

Why being endowed with oil is not always a boon: the case of Nigeria and Angola

By Ross Harvey

In countries with weak governance institutions, natural resource wealth tends to be a curse instead of a blessing. Where citizens are relatively powerless to hold ruling elites to account, resource wealth undermines...

Trust in government soars in Australia and New Zealand during pandemic

By Shaun Goldfinch Et Al

It has become accepted wisdom that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen trust in government rise across countries. But by how much? And why should it matter? To answer these questions, we conducted a representative online...

Arab Spring: when the US needed to step up, it stood back – now, all eyes are on Biden

By Michelle Bentley

The tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring has been an opportunity for some to declare the protests a failure not least in the face of ongoing conflict in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Looking back on those turbulent events, its...

The science behind why hobbies can improve our mental health

By Ciara McCabe

The pandemic has taken its toll on many peoples mental health. Given the fear of the virus and the government restrictions on movement many may understandably be feeling more lonely, anxious, and depressed than usual. The...

Investors swoon over Bumble's IPO – but what exactly is an initial public offering?

By Jonathan T. Fluharty-Jaidee

Bumble raised US$2.15 billion in an initial public offering, or IPO, late on Feb. 10, just in time for Valentines Day. Investors swooned over the women-go-first dating app, buying more shares and at a higher price than...

What if Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is too big?

By Richard Holden

Its not often centre-left economists disagree with each other let alone get into a stoush. But its what happened over the last week. On February 5 former US Treasury Secretary and National Economic Council Chair Larry...

What's the difference between mutations, variants and strains? A guide to COVID terminology

By Lara Herrero Et Al

Living through a global pandemic over the past year has seen all of us expanding our vocabularies. We now understand terms like PPE, social distancing and contact tracing. But just when perhaps we thought we had a...

Why is there water on Earth?

By Laurette Piani Et Al

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...

Bitcoin: why a wave of huge companies like Tesla rushing in could derail the stock market

By Gavin Brown

After Tesla announced it has invested US$1.5 billion in bitcoin and expects to start accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment for its electric vehicles in the near future, the bitcoin price went soaring. It went from...

Why African countries must invest more in earth sciences

By Michelle A. North Et Al

The African continent contains some of the worlds richest mineral resources. For instance, the Democratic Republic of Congo produces most of the worlds cobalt; Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique are major contributors to...

A token sale: Christie's to auction its first blockchain-backed digital-only artwork

Since May 2007, US-based digital artist Mike Winkelmann (who goes by the name Beeple) has posted a new artwork online every day. He posted the 5,000th one in January, and has now packaged them into an enormous digital...

S. Korea posts 3.71 million-ton fisheries output in 2020 to hit 4-year low

00:01 AM| Economy

South Koreas fisheries posted a 3.71 million-ton output last year, down 3.8 percent from 2019 and marking the smallest since 2016, largely to sluggish aquaculture production and a fall in consumption. The output was...

Top Stories

AI is killing choice and chance – which means changing what it means to be human

By Nir Eisikovits Et Al - 14:51 PM| Technology

The history of humans use of technology has always been a history of coevolution. Philosophers from Rousseau to Heidegger to Carl Schmitt have argued that technology is never a neutral tool for achieving human ends....

Your genetics influence how resilient you are to cold temperatures – new research

By Victoria Wyckelsma Et Al - 14:33 PM| Health

Some people just arent bothered by the cold, no matter how low the temperature dips. And the reason for this may be in a persons genes. Our new research shows that a common genetic variant in the skeletal muscle gene,...

We can't trust big tech or the government to weed out fake news, but a public-led approach just might work

By Tauel Harper - 14:43 PM| Insights & Views

The federal governments News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, which passed the Senate today, makes strong points about the need to regulate misinformation. In response, Google, Facebook, Microsoft,...

The Texas deep freeze left the state in crisis. Here are 3 lessons for Australia

By Tim Nelson Et Al - 14:46 PM| Nature

The US state of Texas has this month experienced some of its coldest weather on record. Houston recorded a temperature of -10.6℃, which is around 20℃ below average. And Dallas-Fort Worth recorded its lowest-ever...

How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

By Maureen Ferran - 14:21 PM| Health

Editors note: On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the results of its trial of the Johnson Johnson coronavirus vaccine. The FDA found the vaccine to be safe and effective and it is expected...

Apple's new emojis are more ammunition for the online generation wars

By Mark Brill - 14:22 PM| Technology

When I saw the news that Apple would be releasing 217 new emojis into the world, I did what I always do: I asked my undergraduates what it meant to them. We barely use them any more, they scoffed. To them, many emojis are...

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Economy

Japan leans on Asian LNG production to lower purchase costs

Japan will support Asian countries liquefied natural gas (LNG) production for use in power generation in the hope of reducing procurement costs for the energy source. The efforts to lower purchasing costs and ensure...

Biden addressing computer chip shortage via executive order

US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production. Biden will also discuss the chip shortage...

Best Buy: Employees to get pandemic-related bonuses ahead of the layoffs

Best Buy will be giving out bonuses or extra pay to its workers, and this was revealed this week. The American multinational consumer electronics retailer will pay pandemic-related benefits to employees with hourly...

Facebook reached a deal with Australia after code amendments and will restore news pages

Facebook announced it would be restoring the Australian news pages that it blocked on Monday, Feb.22. The decision resulted from the talks between Mark Zuckerberg and the Australian officials. Australians revised the...

Toshiba to collaborate with GE in producing wind power equipment

Toshiba Corp is in talks with US-based General Electric Co to jointly produce offshore wind power generation equipment, with a tie-up expected to be reached next month. The negotiations focused on the joint production...

Politics

Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. questioned by DC attorney general as part of ex-POTUS' inauguration fund probe

Since leaving the White House, Donald Trump is facing impending legal challenges. The same would go for members of his family as his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. was recently put through questioning by the DC attorney...

Kamala Harris to reportedly prioritize cybersecurity and global health in foreign policy platform

Vice President Kamala Harris is slowly working on her foreign policy portfolio in her calls to world leaders and officials. Officials have revealed that Harris plans to put cybersecurity and global health at the forefront...

Nancy Pelosi speaks with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu about two-state solution

There may have been some possible tension between President Joe Biden and Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Netanyahus recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was more on the optimistic side....

Joe Biden nominates three experts to USPS governing board

Among the setbacks that were experienced during the campaign season in 2020 was the delay in the mail by USPS. President Joe Biden recently nominated three people to serve in the agencys governing board in a move to...

Joe Biden overturns Donald Trump's orders against 'anarchist' cities

Shortly after his inauguration, President Joe Biden has done a series of reversals of the policies imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden has recently made another reversal of Trump-era policies in the form of...

Science

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...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

iPhone 13 could get improved 5G through Snapdragon X60 modem

The 5G adoption was one of the most important upgrades Apple introduced for the iPhone line last year. The company is now expected to improve this feature just a year later as iPhone 13 is rumored to use a recently...

‘Watch Dogs Legion’ TU 3.1 update prepares the game for online multiplayer mode

Watch Dogs Legion players can now patch the game with the Title Update 3.1 as it delivers several bug fixes. It is also packed with important data that will prepare the game for the release of the much-awaited online...

Microsoft fixes Xbox Live outage after several hours

Xbox Live is one of the most important features to anyone using Xbox One and Xbox Live Series X/S consoles. However, many users found out on Thursday that they were unable to log in to their accounts. Xbox Live outage:...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ has several modes for action-oriented and story-focused gameplay

Many details about Final Fantasy 16 are still under wraps, but producer Naoki Yoshida had recently shared how the upcoming title is different than its predecessors. The developer also hinted at the game having something to...

‘Doom Eternal’ director says he already thought about adding a female Slayer

The Doom franchise has introduced many well-loved playable characters over the years, but id Software has yet to add a female Slayer. However, one of the developers recently revealed that they have considered the idea and...
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