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Stolen real estate — like blood diamonds — is funding deadly conflicts

Apr 05, 2022 12:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

The use of conflict resources to finance wars is expanding into new commodities with much more severe consequences. An example is the successful trafficking in conflict diamonds colloquially known as blood diamonds ...

Future cities could be 3D printed – using concrete made with recycled glass

Mar 01, 2022 10:07 am UTC| Real Estate Business

3D printed concrete may lead to a shift in architecture and construction. Because it can be used to produce new shapes and forms that current technologies struggle with, it may change the centuries-old processes and...

Affordable housing – in pandemic times, what works and what doesn't?

Mar 01, 2022 10:06 am UTC| Real Estate Economy

Two years of pandemic disruptions have put a spotlight on shortcomings in the U.S. housing market. Some of these shortcomings have their origins in federal and local policy decisions made decades ago. But there are also...

Canada’s housing crisis will not be solved by building more of the same

Feb 24, 2022 20:47 pm UTC| Economy Real Estate

Canadas housing bubble, along with increasing sale and rental prices, has led to calls for building more housing. However, the housing crisis will not be solved by building more of the same like condos and suburban...

'Where would we live otherwise?': the rise of house-sitting among older Australians

Feb 18, 2022 04:52 am UTC| Economy Real Estate

The severe lack of affordable housing is hurting Australians right across the community from young renters, to families seeking to buy and older people needing a stable home. The number of Australians over 55 who are...

S. Koreans still prefer investing in real estate

Jul 05, 2021 23:52 pm UTC| Economy Business Real Estate

South Koreans appetite for nonfinancial assets such as real estate is still high compared to other major economies, although their stock investments increased during the pandemic. As of 2019, financial assets account...

Canada's housing crisis needs answers — but first we need to ask the right questions

Jul 01, 2021 12:00 pm UTC| Real Estate Economy

The struggle to match housing costs to incomes affects everyone in Canada. It impacts not only people who struggle to afford a place to live, but health care, education, the economy and quality of life in...

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Economy

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

NBA to launch AR mobile in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic

The NBA and its players association (NBPA) will launch an officially-licensed augmented reality (AR) mobile game dubbed the NBA All-World in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic. With the help of user...

Air New Zealand offers sleeping pods for economy class passengers

Air New Zealand will offer six full-length sleeping pods per flight under its Skynest concept, among the features included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, due to enter into service in 2024. The feature will allow...

PGA Tour, DP World Tour fortify alliance to combat LIV Golf

The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have strengthened their strategic alliance with a new 13-year operational joint venture in competing against the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The alliance would help create new player pathways...

NBA invests in kids' TikTok-like social network Zigazoo

The National Basketball Association is investing in Zigazoo Inc., a TikTok-like app, as the kids social network gets more involved. Among Zigazoos investors are Serena Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, and the DAmelio...

Politics

Joe Biden announces US military reinforcements in Europe

World leaders under the NATO alliance gathered this week for a summit in Madrid, where the ongoing war in Ukraine was on the main agenda. US President Joe Biden announced that there would be reinforcements of the US...

NATO announces invitation for FInland, Sweden to join alliance

In a major shift in security in Europe this week, the NATO alliance has officially extended an invitation for Finland and Sweden to join the military grouping. The invitation came as both countries broke their neutrality...

North Korea state media says joint drills between US, South Korea, Japan another step to establishing 'Asian NATO'

North Korea has criticized the joint military drills that the US, South Korea, and Japan are holding amidst the tensions in the peninsula that resulted from Pyongyangs repeated weapons tests. North Korean state media...

Afghanistan: No women at the national unity gathering, says Taliban acting deputy PM

The international community has raised concerns about the Talibans policies on women and girls since retaking control of Afghanistan in August last year. The insurgent groups acting deputy prime minister said no female...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

How nanotechnology can revive Nigeria's textile industry

Nigerias cotton production has fallen steeply in recent years. It once supported the largest textile industry in Africa. The fall is due to weak demand for cotton and to poor yields resulting from planting low-quality...

Technology

Samsung acquires German OLED display firm Cynora for $300 million

Samsung Display Co. has purchased display company Cynora GmbH for about $300 million, gaining technology for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens. As part of the deal, Samsung acquired Cynoras intellectual...

‘Skull and Bones’ will reportedly launch on November 8

Ubisofts long-running project for the pirate-themed game Skull and Bones might be completed soon as a new leak suggests it is ready to be released later this year. Details about its launch and pre-order items recently...

Report: Samsung is developing a lower-priced foldable phone

Samsung is reportedly developing an entry-level foldable phone that will be sold at a much lower price than the latest Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But the device is not expected to enter the market until...

Snapchat subscription service launches in nine countries

Snapchat started the rollout of its subscription service, officially named Snapchat+. It appears, however, that exclusive features are quite limited at the moment and it will be initially available in nine...

Brazil’s Anatel proposes mandatory USB-C phone chargers

Brazils national telecommunications agency, also known as Anatel, is exploring the possibility of requiring phone manufacturers to support USB-C charging. The agency has opened a public consultation on the matter that...
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