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Racing 2-year-old horses is lucrative, but is it worth the risks?

By Rachel Hogg

Horse racing is an ethical hotbed in Australia. The Melbourne Cup alone has seen seven horses die after racing since 2013, and animal cruelty protesters have become a common feature at carnivals. The latest event to...

The nuclear weapons ban treaty is groundbreaking, even if the nuclear powers haven't signed

By Tilman Ruff1

Today, many around the world will celebrate the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to enter into force in 50 years. The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted at the United Nations...

Why new COVID-19 variants are on the rise and spreading around the world

By Sarah Otto

A new variant of coronavirus has swept across the United Kingdom and been detected in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Scientists are concerned that these new strains may spread more easily. As an evolutionary...

The rise and rise of Aldi: two decades that changed supermarket shopping in Australia

By Gary Mortimer Et Al

Twenty years ago, on January 25 2001, a virtually unknown German supermarket chain quietly opened its first stores in Australia. The two stores one in Sydneys inner-west suburb of Marrickville, the other in the outer...

Islamophobia in western media is based on false premises

By Stuart Chambers

Although anti-Muslim sentiments certainly existed long before 2001, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the response to them intensified anti-Muslim tropes, namely the presumption that Islam is inherently violent or that...

Fashion retailer Primark is refusing to sell online – here's why it is right to do so

By Lisa Jack Et Al

Irish fast-fashion retailer Primark has no plans to sell its clothes online. This is despite the company warning that lockdown store closures could cost it losses of more than 1 billion. The retailer has shut 305 of its...

Growing up in lockdown: young people give their perspectives

By Barry Percy-Smith

Throughout the pandemic, decisions made by adults have had a significant impact on all aspects of young peoples lives, yet some teenagers feel their voice and experiences during the pandemic have not been heard. The...

Why the EU's global fishing activities can't be called sustainable yet

By Andrew Frederick Johnson Et Al

The EU has a large fleet that fishes outside European waters. Nearly a third of its catch comes from non-EU waters, most of which belong to developing countries. Where and how much the EUs external fleet can fish is set...

Crimes at sea: when we frame illegal fishers as human and drug smugglers, everyone loses

By Britta Denise Hardesty Et Al

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs economies up to US$50 billion globally each year, and makes up to one-fifth of the global catch. Its a huge problem not only for the 59.5 million people who depend on...

Caravan communities: older, underinsured and overexposed to cyclones, storms and disasters

By Jonatan A Lassa

News of storms battering parts of Queensland and the threat posed by Cyclone Kimi reminded me of a recent experience Id had. A few months after Cyclone Marcus unleashed havoc on Darwin in 2018, uprooting trees and...

Dan Tehan's daunting new role: restoring trade with China in a hostile political environment

By Tony Walker

The new trade minister, Dan Tehan, has been handed one of the Morrison governments most demanding roles. Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to Chinese bullying, Tehans task...

Trump-fuelled chaos shows democracy is in trouble — here's how to change course

By Paul R. Carr Et Al

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, seven days after outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump became the first commander-in-chief in history to be impeached twice this time for inciting...

Tokyo Olympics: An ethical approach will determine whether athletes should get vaccinated ahead of the public

By Kathleen Rodenburg Et Al

The debate about prioritizing the return of sport during this global pandemic heated up recently when the National Hockey League indicated it would purchase vaccines and then had to rescind this statement. On Jan. 8,...

Biden has a congressional shortcut to cancel Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, but it comes with risks

By Daniel Farber

The Trump administration dedicated itself to deregulation with unprecedented fervor. It rolled back scores of regulations across government agencies, including more than 80 environmental rules. The Biden administration...

Empty cities have long been a post-apocalyptic trope – now, they are a reality

By Paul Dobraszczyk

Carry out a Google image search of the phrase 28 Days Later and among the many stills and publicity images for the 2002 horror film, one will find a scattering of photographs of London taken during the first COVID-19...

Alzheimer's: new research shows a leap forward in identifying neurons vulnerable to the disease

By Eleftheria Kodosaki

Alzheimers disease is a devastating condition that is currently unstoppable and incurable. The main cause of the disease is the loss of neurons and other brain cells in the brain also know as degeneration. This...

Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here's why

By Trish Greenhalgh

England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the countrys chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the...

Some key questions answered on COVID-19 vaccines for African countries

By Benjamin Kagina

Vaccines for COVID-19 are generating a lot of talk. To shed some light on which vaccines are available for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the process will work, The Conversation Africas Ina Skosana and Ozayr...

Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news

By Fiona Carroll

A senior doctor in charge of the NHS anti-disinformation campaign has said that language and cultural barriers could be causing people from ethnic minorities to reject the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Harpreet Sood told the BBC it...

Unrest in the US has prompted soul-searching in Europe

By Amelia Hadfield

In the wake of the shocking events in Washington, DC, the EUs foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, published a blog laden with sound and fury, beseeching Europeans to heed the wake-up call for all democracy advocates...

Russia: Alexei Navalny's return adds spice to an already challenging year for Vladimir Putin

By Liana Semchuk

Political commentators both inside Russia and around the world are comparing Alexei Navalnys return to Moscow with Vladimir Lenins sealed train journey from Switzerland to St Petersburg in April 1917. It was eight-day...

COVID-19 vaccines: how and when will lower-income countries get access?

By Rory Horner

COVID-19 vaccination programmes are gathering pace in high-income countries, but for much of the world, the future looks bleaker. Although a number of middle-income countries have started rolling out vaccines, widespread...

Hepatitis D: how the virus made the jump from animals to humans

By Laura Bergner Et Al

Pandemics past and present have been caused when pathogens germs that cause disease move between animals and humans, as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) did when it made its way from bats to people. But not...

The Pfizer vaccine may not be the best choice for frail people, but it's too early to make firm conclusions

By Nathan Bartlett

Reports of about 30 deaths among elderly nursing home residents who received the Pfizer vaccine have made international headlines. With Australias Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) expected to approve the vaccine...

There's no such thing as 'alternative facts'. 5 ways to spot misinformation and stop sharing it online

By Mark Pearson

The blame for the recent assault on the US Capitol and President Donald Trumps broader dismantling of democratic institutions and norms can be laid at least partly on misinformation and conspiracy theories. Those who...

Biden’s Senate majority doesn't just super-charge US climate action, it blazes a trail for Australia

By Jim Orchard

Last week, somewhat overshadowed by the events in Washington, the Democrats took control of the US Senate. The Democrats now hold a small majority in both the House and the Senate until 2022, giving President-elect Joe...

Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here's how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs

By Mittul Vahanvati

Heatwaves, floods, bushfires: disaster season is upon us again. We cant prevent hazards or climate change-related extreme weather events but we can prepare for them not just as individuals but as a community. One way...

Love in the time of algorithms: would you let your artificial intelligence choose your partner?

By David Tuffley

It could be argued artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, its our trusted partner in...

As Joe Biden becomes president, here's an easy proposal for Electoral College reform

By James Krapfl

Its been a rocky ride, but a new U.S. president is about to be inaugurated. Many are thrilled to be moving on from the Donald Trump era, especially after the raid on the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters. But...

The U.S. Founding Fathers would want us to get the COVID-19 vaccine

By J.M. Opal

With the United States Capitol overrun by Trumps deplorables, it was easy to miss the other calamity that hit America last week: the pace of COVID-19 deaths hit a frightful new high. In Los Angeles County, a victim now...

Give cannabis producers more packaging and labelling flexibility

By Michael J. Armstrong

While efforts to legalize recreational cannabis nationally have stalled in the United States, New Zealand, Mexico and Israel, Canadas legal market continues to evolve. Health Canada has recently been receiving...

Digital hoarders: we've identified four types – which are you?

By Nick Neave

How many emails are in your inbox? If the answer is thousands, or if you often struggle to find a file on your computer among its cluttered hard drive, then you might be classed as a digital hoarder. In the physical...

Why online platforms banning Trump won't stop — or even slow down — his cause

By Bronwyn Carlson

Last week Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump in the wake of his supporters violent storming of Capitol Hill. Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. Heads quickly turned...

Why the alt-right believes another American Revolution is coming

By Clare Corbould Et Al

The alt-right, QAnon, paramilitary and Donald Trump-supporting mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6 claimed they were only doing what the so-called founding fathers of the US had done in 1776: overthrowing an...

Americans around the world were part of the largest voter turnout in U.S. history

By Angela Norwood

Americans abroad, like those in the United States, are transfixed by U.S. President-elect Joe Bidens high-stakes inauguration on Jan. 20. It will be unusual and somewhat surreal, to say the least, to see an incoming...

A second impeachment is just the start of Trump's legal woes

By Thomas Klassen

By becoming the first president to be impeached twice, Donald Trumps controversial and divisive term as president is reaching a surreal ending. Although he will likely remain in office and finish his term on Jan. 20, the...

The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

By Nicole Hassoun

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs...

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

By Alice Fleerackers Et Al

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...

How China is controlling the COVID origins narrative — silencing critics and locking up dissenters

By John Garrick Et Al

Just over a year has gone by since the novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the world still has many questions about where and how it originated. The World Health Organisation is sending a...

Brexit: UK pound has not crashed yet, but here's why it will probably suffer in years to come

By Agelos Delis Et Al

The Brexit deal has failed to have any major effect on the exchange rate of the pound since January 1. The pound has held steady against the US dollar at US$1.36 and has strengthened slightly against the euro to 1.12. This...

Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine

By Matt Motta

Many Americans appear to be experiencing cautious optimism about the role that vaccines could play in ending the pandemic. But recent public opinion research suggests that 29% to 37% of Americans plan to refuse a COVID-19...

Federal financial aid for college will be easier to apply for – and a bit more generous

By Robert Kelchen

Editors note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid better known as FAFSA is being simplified through the omnibus spending bill that became law in December. The FAFSA is what students must fill out to receive Pell...

How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

By Forest Agostinelli

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. However, these AI algorithms...

What is a protein? A biologist explains

By Nathan Ahlgren

Editors note: Nathan Ahlgren is a professor of biology at Clark University. In this interview, he explains exactly what proteins are, how they are made, and the wide variety of functions they perform in the human...

How to avoid scams when buying a pet online

By Jack Mark Whittaker

For many people, the pandemic has been a lonely experience. Because of this, it might be tempting to go on the internet and look for a new animal companion. Whether it is a puppy, kitten or even an exotic bird, animal...

Oxford scientists: how we developed our COVID-19 vaccine in record time

By Tonia Thomas Et Al

The pandemic is only a year old, but we already have multiple vaccines available to fight COVID-19 including the vaccine developed by the team were part of at the University of Oxford. With our partner AstraZeneca, we...

The Oxford vaccine has unique advantages, as does Pfizer's. Using both is Australia's best strategy

By Kylie Quinn Et Al

On Sunday, federal Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said most Australians will be offered a vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca. Australia currently has agreements in place to receive 53.8 million doses of the...

Despite being permanently banned, Trump's prolific Twitter record lives on

By Audrey Courty

For years, US President Donald Trump pushed the limits of Twitters content policies, raising pressure on the platform to exercise tougher moderation. Ultimately, the violent siege of the US Capitol forced Twitters hand...

Why the flag of South Vietnam flew at US Capitol siege

By Long T. Bui

The violent mob that laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 carried symbols expressing the purpose of their insurrectionist campaign to derail Joe Bidens electoral certification. Alongside American flags, anti-Semitic...

Artificial intelligence can deepen social inequality. Here are 5 ways to help prevent this

By Tiberio Caetano Et Al

From Google searches and dating sites to detecting credit card fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) keeps finding new ways to creep into our lives. But can we trust the algorithms that drive it? As humans, we make...

Ethereum: what is it and why has the price gone parabolic?

The price of the worlds second largest cryptocurrency, ether, hit a new all-time high of US$1,440 (1,050) on January 19. This breached a previous high set three years ago and gave ether a total value (market...

Biden's economic centrism isn't exciting, but right for these divisive times

By Richard Holden - 07:33 AM| Economy

In an age of hyperpartisan politics, the Biden presidency offers a welcome centrism that might help bridge the divides. But it is also Bidens economic centrism that offers a chance to cut through what has become an...

S. Korea extends anti-dumping tariff on Chinese H-shaped steel for 5 years

14:07 PM| Economy Law

South Korea will extend the anti-dumping tariff on imported Chinese H-shaped steel beams by another five years due to concerns by local steelmakers Hyundai Steel Co. and Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. of its adverse impact on...

India's planned revision of foreign investment rule to hit Amazon, Walmart

13:56 PM| Economy Business

India may revise its rule to prohibit foreign e-commerce companies like Amazon and Walmart-controlled Flipkart from offering goods from sellers from where they have an indirect stake. The revision could compel players...

S. Korean exports to Japan plunge 11.7% to $25 billion in 2020

07:29 AM| Economy

South Korean exports to Japan shrank 11.7 percent to $25.09 billion in 2020 from 2019 due to a pandemic-triggered plunge in petrochemical and steel products shipments, falling export prices, and low oil costs. Japan,...

Economic slump to push Japan further behind China in digital technology

20:40 PM| Economy

Foreign affairs experts warned that unless Japan makes a serious effort to promote its digital competency as a national strategy, it will lag further behind China. Japan is struggling to prop up its virus-hit economy...

Top Stories

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

By Michael Plank Et Al - 07:26 AM| Health

With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealands border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community. These include a...

US could face a simmering, chronic domestic terror problem, warn security experts

By Luis De la Calle - 07:30 AM| Politics Life

After President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021 without any violent incidents, many in the United States and worldwide breathed a sigh of relief. The respite may be brief. The ingredients that led an incensed...

Why are Japan's leaders clinging to their Olympic hopes?

By Craig Mark - 07:48 AM| Politics Sports

With the spread of COVID-19 steadily worsening in Japan since the onset of winter daily records for infections and deaths continue to be broken the fate of the Tokyo Summer Olympics is again very much in doubt. This...

Climate Change Series

Home-delivered food has a huge climate cost

By Robert Crawford - 02:35 AM| Business Nature

Over the past few years, Australians have embraced online food delivery services such as UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog. But home-delivered food comes with a climate cost, and single-use packaging is one of the biggest...

Despite appearances, this government isn't really Keynesian, as its budget update shows

By Michael Keating - 02:42 AM| Economy

It is tempting to think the Australian governments decision to spend big bigger than ever before, an unprecedented 33% of GDP this financial year according to the budget update marks an embrace of Keynesian economics...

Alexei Navalny: Novichok didn't stop Russian opposition leader – but a prison sentence might

By Alexander Titov - 02:51 AM| Insights & Views

After the dramatic flight into Moscow by Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny who arrived on a plane full of journalists, live streamed his defiant speech on arrival and was promptly detained at passport control ...

Global Geopolitics Series

Debate: A geopolitical reading of fear

By Fabio James Petani Et Al - 02:59 AM| Insights & Views Economy

In his 2009 book The Geopolitics of Emotion, Dominique Mosi divided the world into three emotional regions: the territory of hope (emergent countries), the territory of humiliation (the world of Islam), and the territory...

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Economy

Google asks lawsuit by 10 states be moved from Texas to California

Google has asked a Texas judge to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states to a court in California, where the company has more relevant witnesses and documents. The search engine company noted that it was...

Amazon sues EU for allowing separate Italian probe over same issue

Amazon is suing to annul the European Commissions (EC) decision that allowed the Italian competition watchdog to pursue a separate case against it over the way it selects sellers. The US online retail giant took its...

LG Electronics hinted about its plan to ditch its smartphone manufacturing business

LG Electronics may be giving up its smartphone manufacturing business this year. This means that the company will be withdrawing from the mobile phone market and stop the production of the device. Although this was not...

Jack Ma shows up at the right moment as Alibaba's stocks soar with his public reappearance

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, a Chinese tech, and e-commerce company, made his very first public appearance after disappearing in the public eye in October 2020. The billionaire was said to have vanished after...

Topshop, Dorothy Perkins closing stores as Arcadia Group collapses

Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, and other fashion outlets owned by the Arcadia Group are facing permanent closure as the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic badly hurt the company. It was revealed that the company decided to...

Politics

Donald Trump humiliated: Greta Thunberg takes one last swipe at ex-POTUS on Twitter

Now-former President Donald Trump is no longer the Commander-in-Chief, but it did not stop many of his well-known critics from taking a swipe at him on his last day. Among them is renowned climate change activist Greta...

Melania Trump humiliated: Former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff blasts ex-FLOTUS

Former first lady Melania Trump left the White House with a very low favorability rating like her husband, Donald Trump. Former advisor and friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff delivered yet another criticism towards Melania...

Kamala Harris honored by Golden State Warriors in special tribute to VP

Kamala Harris broke ground in so many aspects of US history when she was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. The former California Senator was then honored by NBAs Golden State Warriors in a special...

Joe Biden Cabinet: POTUS announces acting heads of federal agencies

Joe Bidens cabinet is not fully set in place just yet as most of his nominees are still in line for their confirmation hearings at the Senate. As his nominees have yet to be confirmed, Biden has already announced who will...

Joe Biden begins term with executive orders that undo Trump administration policies

Joe Biden has wasted no time in getting to work moments after he was inaugurated as the countrys 46th president. Hours after getting sworn in, Biden has already signed a number of executive orders. Biden has already...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

'Resident Evil Village' free demo goes live for PS5 players only

As expected, Capcoms special event for Resident Evil Village was filled with significant announcements. Many fans may have already anticipated the confirmation of the games specific release date, but Capcom still exceeded...

The next 'Civilization 6' leader is the Vietnamese warrior Lady Triệu

The fifth installment to the Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass called the Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack is launching next week. While Kublai Khan will be the new alternative leader for China and Mongolia, the Vietnam...

Apple could entirely skip 'iPhone 13' name, here's why

It is not strange for tech fans to start hearing about Apples next premium smartphones even though the iPhone 12 was just launched a few months ago. While many leaks and reports are already referring to the next device as...

Microsoft Flight Simulator head doesn't rule out Xbox One launch

The earlier announcement of bringing Microsoft Flight Simulator to Xbox Series X/S was not entirely surprising considering its success on PC since it launched last summer. While plans for bringing the popular game to the...

MediaTek Dimensity 1200 could power Redmi’s first flagship gaming smartphone in 2021

MediaTek has just unveiled new SoCs for mobile devices this week, and Redmi becomes one of the chipmakers first customers. The latter confirmed that its first gaming-focused smartphone arriving in 2021 would be powered by...
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