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Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

Social Media Revolution Series

Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus

Sep 09, 2020 13:33 pm UTC| Politics

Social media influencers are often seen as lazy freelancers who make a living being paid to pretend they like products. But these celebrities are more than just marketing vehicles. If used properly, they can be effective...

Social Media Revolution Series

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Jul 21, 2020 14:27 pm UTC| Technology

In case 2020 wasnt dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others. Each...

Social Media Revolution Series

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

Jul 02, 2020 15:42 pm UTC| Politics

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trumps rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the...

Social Media Revolution Series

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study

Dec 04, 2019 12:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Social media is becoming increasingly central to election campaigns around the world. In the process, it is transforming politics in a number of ways. Unsurprisingly, journalists and analysts have focused on the more...

Social Media Revolution Series

How to be a healthy user of social media

Jan 17, 2017 08:00 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

We can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying from heart disease. Analyses of Facebook updates show women tend to be warmer...

Social Media Revolution Series

Social media shots affect body image because we only show our best side

Dec 16, 2016 02:02 am UTC| Life

Many modern celebrities are known for being excessive sharers on social media. For instance, the Kardashians are notorious for posting daily glamorous and often lingerie clad images on Instagram that attract several...

Social Media Revolution Series

Why do we fall for fake news?

Dec 09, 2016 16:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the countrys democratic process. Were...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden endorsed by nearly 500 former top military and national security officials

Since the report from the Atlantic revealing Donald Trumps disparaging comments regarding fallen military officials, the relationship between Trump and the military has since gone under strain. As the weeks narrow down...

Michelle Obama: Ex-FLOTUS says ignore Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mail-in voting

Despite voting in a similar manner himself during the state elections and primaries, Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting, especially at this time of a pandemic, would lead Americans to...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump booed upon visit to Supreme Court to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to a partisan clash as to when her replacement is to be selected, with Donald Trump pushing to nominate a new Justice by the weekend. As he and first lady Melania Trump...

Donald Trump claims FDA's potential strengthening of guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine is a political move

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready sometime before the election. Following news of the Food and Drug Administrations potential plans to consider tougher guidelines when it comes to...

Science

NASA: Cyclones on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

NASA is closely monitoring other planets in our solar system for signs of unusual activity in order to learn more about the universe. The Juno spacecraft was able to capture unusual weather within the gas giant as it...

Aliens: Experts claim to develop technology that could potentially detect life outside Earth

Along with exploring asteroids and other planets and phenomena in space, scientists are also looking for possible signs of life. In an effort to ultimately answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the...

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Technology

‘Among Us’ is getting a new stage and location following the sequel’s cancellation

Among Us developer and publisher InnerSloth confirmed that the sequel it announced just a little more than a month ago has been canceled. However, fans might still welcome this decision as it also paves the way for the...

‘Starfield’ was close to being a PlayStation 5-exclusive title, report says

Bethesda Game Studios track record in making video games is enough to increase expectations on Starfield. It was then not surprising that Sony reportedly negotiated for the new IP to be initially exclusive on PlayStation...

‘Spider-Man: Remastered’: PlayStation 5 upgrade won’t be free and won’t be sold separately

Marvels Spider-Man had been a critically acclaimed game when it launched in 2018, so it is not surprising that it is one of the first PS4 games to get remastered for PlayStation 5. There are some caveats, though. The...

Naughty Dog hints at ‘exciting things planned’ for ‘The Last of Us’ Day

The Last of Us Part 2 developer Naughty Dog recently announced it is changing the name of an annual event for its fans. It has also somehow led to speculations that the highly requested online multiplayer could be...
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