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Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualize weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data impacting global economies.

Vital Signs Series

Marketing is getting in the way of markets that could get us to net-zero

Nov 13, 2021 07:33 am UTC| Economy

This week the prime minister entered full marketing mode. Scott Morrisons topic was climate change and his plans to get to net-zero. At the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, he tried out a few...

Vital Signs Series

Laugh at the US if you will, but Australia narrowly escaped a debt ceiling

Oct 09, 2021 08:11 am UTC| Economy

The United States government is scheduled to hit its debt ceiling of US$28.4 billion on or around October 18. The US debt ceiling isnt like the limit on a credit card, which is imposed by the lender worried about the...

Vital Signs Series

3 economic facts point to a big-spending federal budget

Apr 30, 2021 07:08 am UTC| Economy

Its difficult to make predictions, the saying goes, especially about the future. The many predictions federal budgets make about the economy over the coming four years must therefore be taken with a large grain of...

Vital Signs Series

The pros and cons of diversity in organisations

Apr 23, 2021 11:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Breaking down the old boys club in business, government and other organisations is intrinsically important. Ensuring greater diversity in organisations on gender, racial, ethnic and other lines is, simply put, the right...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Vital Signs Series

Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it

Apr 26, 2020 05:30 am UTC| Technology

With Australias test-confirmed daily COVID-19 infection rates continuing to fall to relatively low levels, there is considerable discussion about when and how the successful containment measures might be...

Vital Signs Series

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

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Economy

Reebok stores in Russia up for sale, Turkish retailer FLO Magazacilik reportedly in talks to take over

Reebok is selling over 100 of its stores in Russia and Turkeys retail company, FLO Magazacilik, is currently in discussion for the acquisition of the properties. The talks were reportedly confirmed by the latters chairman,...

Samsung reportedly raising prices of its semiconductor products

Samsung Electronics Co. is reportedly mulling on hiking prices for its chips. It is considering up to a 20% increase, and this was first reported on Friday. The company is said to be currently in talks with foundry...

Court picks KG Group as SsangYong Motor preferred bidder

SsangYong Motor is in search of a new buyer after its acquisition deal with Edison Motors Company failed to push through. The race to acquire the South Koreabased automobile manufacturer opened again, and companies have...

Nike inks Stanford's Rachel Heck as first NIL golfer

US sportswear brand Nike has signed Stanford Universitys Rachel Heck as its first name, image, and likeness (NIL) golf athlete. Heck is presently ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, with significant...

S. Korea's blockchain gaming industry rattled by TerraUSD, Luna debacle

South Korean gaming firms that feature virtual coins and other blockchain functionalities remain on alert over the adverse effects of the recent collapse of the TerraUSD and Luna cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies...

Politics

Joe Biden eases some policies on Cuba

US President Joe Biden and his administration made another reversal of some policies that were implemented under the Trump administration. This week, the Biden administration eased some of the policies regarding Cuba,...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders military to stabilize distribution of COVID-19 medicine

North Korea has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 since it was first reported last week. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to stabilize the distribution of medicine for COVID-19 in the...

Melania Trump says Anna Wintour is 'biased' as Jill Biden made Vogue cover

Former first lady Melania Trump did not have nice things to say about Vogues editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in her latest interview. Mrs. Trump called Wintour biased as her successor, Dr. Jill Biden, made the cover of the...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukraine says it repelled Russian incursion in Sumy region

The war in Ukraine moves into another week, with Ukrainian soldiers launching their counteroffensive on Russian forces. Ukraine said that its border guards managed to drive out a Russian incursion in the northeastern...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

Bloober Team CEO responds to ‘Silent Hill 2’ remake rumors

Silent Hill is once again making headlines with rumors that multiple projects for the franchise are in the pipeline. The reports said Bloober Team is working on a remake of Silent Hill 2, but CEO Piotr Babieno said they...

YouTube Music for Wear OS adds support for Wi-Fi, LTE streaming

Google previously promised to make YouTube Music for Wear OS function more independently on smartwatches even when users do not have their phones nearby. That will come true this week as the company announced the imminent...

Sony unveils revamped PS Plus games lineup and free trials

There is only a week left before the all-new PS Plus goes live in some regions. Sony released a preview of popular first-party and third-party games available to download at launch. While the list of games with free trials...

AirPods could also shift to USB-C port in the ‘foreseeable future’

More reports have emerged suggesting that Apple is a step closer to ditching the Lightning port for USB-C. And analyst Ming-Chi Kuo provided more insight on the matter, noting that the tech giant is also planning on...

Netflix could launch live streaming for its platform

Netflix is reportedly developing a new way to deliver content to its subscribers. The streaming giant is said to be in the early stages of experimenting with live streaming, although it is still uncertain when and if it...
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