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Ideology matters in unravelling Russia's invasion of Ukraine

By Richard Meissner

In explaining the war on Ukraine, ideology matters as much as interests. This means that we need to factor ideology into our analysis if we want to gain a deeper understanding of interstate violent conflict. If we focus...

Russia's blockade could cause mass famine beyond Ukraine – but it’s a crime without a name

By Alexander Gillespie

Trying to gauge the worst aspect of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is difficult. For some, it will be the illegal invasion itself. For others, the war crimes or crimes against humanity committed since. But measured in...

Is Elon Musk getting cold feet? Why the entrepreneur may be trying to pull out of buying Twitter

By Anup Srivastava

Has Elon Musk developed cold feet? Is he experiencing buyers remorse? Or is he trying to create drama for the markets, true to his public persona? Or could Musk be negotiating for a better price? Musk started buying...

What's it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues

By Andrew Gunn1

What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturns moon Titan? This curiosity has driven advances in space exploration since Sputnik 1 was launched 65 years ago....

Abortion and inherited disease: Genetic disorders complicate the view that abortion is a choice

By Neal Sondheimer

With the rising spectre of the loss of womens reproductive autonomy in the United States, its timely to consider why abortion is an important and necessary part of pregnancy and fetal care. More consideration needs to be...

Ukraine recap: why Turkey wants to block Sweden and Finland joining Nato

By Rachael Jolley

Over the last week, further details emerged of Finland and Swedens intention to join Nato, until on Tuesday the nations formally submitted the paperwork. Natos secretary general Jens Stoltenberg called it a historic moment...

What you need to know about the Defense Production Act – the 1950s law Biden invoked to try to end the baby formula shortage

By Erik Gordon

U.S. President Joe Biden on May 18, 2022, announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act to help end the shortage of baby formula stressing out parents nationwide. He said he will direct suppliers of baby formula...

Smart city technologies pose serious threats to women waste workers in India

By Josie Wittmer

Smart city technologies are an increasingly popular approach to urban governance and sustainable development worldwide, but their implementation, use and impact on society are only just being fully understood. Smart...

How visionary scientist Bernie Fanaroff put African astronomy on the map

By Daniel Cunnama Et Al

Recent decades have seen remarkable growth in astronomy on the African continent. Africa enjoys pristine dark skies and vast radio quiet zones, making it the ideal home for many advanced telescopes trained on our galaxy...

Companies are mitigating labour shortages with automation — and this could drastically impact workers

By Geraint Harvey1

Last month, unemployment in Canada reached a record low of 5.2 per cent. Alongside low unemployment, many industries saw and are still seeing a worker shortage, with the number of job vacancies in Canada reaching 900,000...

Ukraine recap: why words are important – and truth must triumph over propaganda

By Jonathan Este

Its eight weeks since the Russian military rolled across the border into Ukraine, telling the world that this was just a special military operation aiming to free an oppressed people from what Vladimir Putin called a gang...

Many young French voters are approaching the presidential runoff with a shrug and vow to 'vote blank'

By Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager

The race for the presidential post in France began with 12 candidates. It will conclude on April 24 with the same choice that confronted voters five years earlier: the centrist Emmanuel Macron or the far-right Marine Le...

From 'biologically dead' to chart-toppingly clean: how the Thames made an extraordinary recovery over 60 years

By Veronica Edmonds-Brown

It might surprise you to know that the River Thames is considered one of the worlds cleanest rivers running through a city. Whats even more surprising is that it reached that status just 60 years after being declared...

Warmer summers threaten Antarctica’s giant ice shelves because of the lakes they create

By Jennifer Arthur

During the Antarctic summer, air temperatures get warm enough to melt snow and ice on the surface of the great ice sheets that make up around 99% of Antarctica. This melted water collects to form thousands of lakes around...

African cities can do more to protect children from climate change

By Rongedzayi Fambasayi

Six in 10 people will be living in cities by 2030. This is concerning. Cities are responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet cities can also do a lot to mitigate climate change and help people adapt...

Green policies are in place for South Africa's major port city: but a key piece is missing

By Richard Meissner

The floods of April 2022 in the South African city of Durban (eThekwini municipality) placed the spotlight on the management of urban areas and their vulnerability to natural disasters. That homes had been built close to...

Why wealthy countries and companies need to do more to clean up global toxic chemical pollution

By Mohamad Mova AlAfghani

Keeping the environment safe is a shared responsibility between nations. But when it comes to harmful substances, especially persistent organic pollutants, advanced industrial nations should put more effort into reducing...

Anti-satellite weapons: the US has sworn off tests, and Australia should follow suit

By Cassandra Steer

When United States Vice-President Kamala Harris was at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California earlier this week she said the US would not conduct tests of destructive, direct ascent anti-satellite missiles. This...

Defunding the police is a move towards community safety

By Kevin Walby

Defund should not be a dirty word. In fact, defunding public police is a step towards choosing real safety for communities across Canada. Defunding means taking funds from police budgets, while shrinking the size and...

Did governments around the world initially over-react to the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Sofiane Baba Et Al

The COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about the dangers of the virus have diverted attention from the primary response to the crisis the decision to lock down entire populations. Yet there are important questions to ask....

Three priorities Africa's newbie on the World Bank board should focus on

By Danny Bradlow Et Al

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently appointed a senior South African politician, Ayanda Dlodlo, to serve a two-year term as a member of the World Banks 25-person Board of Executive Directors. She will represent a...

Christians hold many views on Jesus' resurrection – a theologian explains the differing views among Baptists

By Jason Oliver Evans

Every year, Christians from around the world gather for worship on Easter Sunday. Also known as Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, Easter is the final day of a weeklong commemoration of the story of Jesus final days in the...

Senator Dianne Feinstein faces pressure to end her 30 years representing California

By Lincoln Mitchell

On Nov. 27, 1978, Dianne Feinstein then the 45-year-old president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and two-time failed mayoral candidate effectively announced her retirement from politics. It was a foggy...

Elon Musk argues Twitter would be better off in private rather than public hands – corporate governance scholars would disagree

By Bert Spector

Billionaire Elon Musk says he wants to take Twitter private by buying 100% of its publicly held shares in a deal worth US$43 billion. In a letter to the board, he said that Twitter cant serve as a platform for free...

Just Stop Oil: protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying

By Tom Stacey

Protesters from the climate activist groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have blocked at least 11 fuel depots across England and disrupted supplies (though its always tough to quantify exactly how much disruption...

Ukraine war: while most Americans express outrage, Putin's spell continues to hang over Republicans

By Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy

A majority of US citizens across parties now condemn Moscows invasion of Ukraine and support the sanctions adopted by the Biden administration. However, talk of unanimity would be stretching it. The Republican Party is a...

Want to know why India has been soft on Russia? Take a look at its military, diplomatic and energy ties

By Sumit Ganguly

As global democracies lined up to condemn the actions of Russia in Ukraine, one country was less forthcoming in its criticism and it was the largest democracy of them all: India. Throughout the ongoing crisis, the...

Manifesto published in Russian media reflects Putin regime's ruthless plans in Ukraine

By Susanne Sternthal

Shortly after footage emerged of the carnage Russian troops left behind in the town of Bucha, Ukraine, an article was published April 4, 2022, in one of the largest Russian state-run media companies. The article called...

Canada's new climate plan is reckless, but a better way forward is still possible

By Jason MacLean

Canadas new climate plan is reckless. The federal governments Emissions Reduction Plan doesnt meet the criteria of credible net-zero emissions plans, and it lacks any vision of a future capable of inspiring Canadians to...

Jesus the faithful Jew: How misreadings of the Gospel miss this and fuel anti-Judaism

By Matthew Thiessen

This year, Easter and Passover, holidays central to Christianity and Judaism, respectively, begin on the same weekend. This timing provides an ideal opportunity to address faulty and often dangerous misconceptions that...

Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

By Steven Gordon

International migration in South Africa, particularly as it relates to the labour market, is a highly contentious topic. We, the undersigned migration scholars, want to share relevant information about this important...

Ukraine war: Sweden and Finland eye the Nato option, but it's a security dilemma for the west

By Caroline Kennedy-Pipe Et Al

The Kremlin has issued an ominous warning to Nato about the consequences for the Baltic if it allows Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, as has been widely reported. Dmitry Medvedev, a former president and a close...

Esports: how the struggling hospitality industry could capitalise on this massive business

By Jamie Thompson Et Al

During the pandemic, the sporting world ground to a halt. Global events such as the Olympics, Formula 1 racing, the UEFA Champions League and American basketball were all postponed. As an alternative, Formula 1 launched...

Simulating Earth's changing climate: why some models exaggerate future warming

By Olaf Morgenstern

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released overnight, shows a viable path to cutting global emissions by half by the end of this decade. It follows earlier reports in the IPCCs...

What will the fuel excise cut save you? Not as much as the Treasurer says

By John Hawkins1 Et Al

As an appeal to middle Australia, to the voters politicians routinely describe as working families or battlers, the Morrison governments centrepiece budget move to halve the fuel excise for six months has obvious...

Does Alcoholics Anonymous actually work?

By Nicole Lee

Alcoholics and narcotics anonymous are 12-step peer support groups where people who have alcohol or other drug problems are supported by others who have had similar problems (peers), rather than professionals. They are...

How do planets form? A 'baby Jupiter' hundreds of light-years away offers new clues

By Peter Tuthill Et Al

How do planets form? For many years scientists thought they understood this process by studying the one example we had access to: our own Solar System. However, the discovery of planets around distant stars in the 1990s...

Fixed or variable mortgage? The choice of home loan isn't as simple as you might think

By Kevin Davis

In times like these, when there is great uncertainty about what will happen to interest rates, borrowers get lots of advice about whether to go fixed or variable. Unfortunately, a lot of it is not well founded. For...

Could better regulation reconcile trading and ethics?

By Bernard Leca Et Al

For 30 years, financial scandals have been making front-page news. Among the most memorable were the fraud committed at Barings Bank in 1995, Sumitomo Bank in 1996, UBS in 2011 and JPMorgan in 2012. In France, the most...

What the invasion of Ukraine means for the IPCC’s latest climate change report

By Myles Allen Et Al

The UNs new IPCC report on the mitigation of climate change says that immediate and deep emissions reductions are needed to limit global warming, along with removing carbon dioxide back out of the air in future. Meanwhile,...

Drones and driverless cars could help with Ukraine's humanitarian crisis

By Muhammad Azmat

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a serious humanitarian crisis. Of Ukraines 44 million people, almost one-quarter have been displaced. Around 3.7 million have escaped to neighbouring European countries, while...

War-time media reporting is shaping opinions about Russia's Ukraine invasion

By Anton Oleinik

Propaganda has been an important element in Russias war against Ukraine. Whats been happening in Ukraine since Feb. 24, 2022, is seen in a different light and interpreted in different ways, using different terms,...

Most distant star to date spotted – but how much further back in time could we see?

By Carolyn Devereux

The Hubble Space Telescope has observed the most distant star ever seen Earendel, meaning morning star. Even though Earendel is 50 times the mass of the Sun, and millions of times brighter, we would not normally be able...

Revolutionary changes in transportation, from electric vehicles to ride sharing, could slow global warming – if they’re done right, IPCC says

By Alan Jenn

Around the world, revolutionary changes are under way in transportation. More electric vehicles are on the road, people are taking advantage of sharing mobility services such as Uber and Lyft, and the rise in telework...

Pakistan: extra time for Imran Khan as parliament rejects no-confidence vote

By Parveen Akhtar

Pakistans parliament has been dissolved by its president Arif Alv, after a vote of no confidence in prime minister Imran Khan did not go ahead. Elections are likely to follow and the question of who will lead Pakistan into...

Ax-1: why the private mission to the International Space Station is a game changer

By Ian Whittaker

Its not long since billionaires were competing to get to the edge of space. Now, the first set of private citizens are getting ready to take a SpaceX shuttle up to the International Space Station (ISS). Unlike the short...

Hong Kong: British judges leaving top court is a strong condemnation of the end of civil liberties

By Eric Yan-ho Lai

Lord Robert Reed and Lord Patrick Hodge, the UK supreme court president and deputy president, have resigned from their roles on Hong Kongs top court. On their departure, they criticised the state of civil liberties and the...

Cyberattacks have yet to play a significant role in Russia’s battlefield operations in Ukraine – cyberwarfare experts explain the likely reasons

By Erik Gartzke Et Al

Throughout the latter half of 2021, as it became clear that Russia was massing a large portion of its conventional combat power on the eastern borders of Ukraine, analysts offered contrasting predictions about the role...

Amazon, Starbucks and the sparking of a new American union movement

By John Logan

April 1, 2022, may go down as a pivotal day in the history of American unions. In a result that could reverberate in workplaces across the U.S., the independent Amazon Labor Union first formed in 2020 by Chris Smalls,...

Nuclear fusion hit a milestone thanks to better reactor walls – this engineering advance is building toward reactors of the future

By Livia Casali Et Al

Scientists at a laboratory in England have shattered the record for the amount of energy produced during a controlled, sustained fusion reaction. The production of 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds at the Joint...

Can you truly own anything in the metaverse? A law professor explains.

In 2021, an investment firm bought 2,000 acres of real estate for about US$4 million. Normally this would not make headlines, but in this case the land was virtual. It existed only in a metaverse platform called The...

Future of Coal Series

China's demand for seaborne coal is set to drop fast and far. Australia should take note.

By Jorrit Gosens Et Al - 08:14 AM| Economy

Chinas plans to boost energy security and cut carbon emissions mean this years sudden boom for Australian coal exporters is just a blip. Our new research explores the double pressures of Chinas plans to bolster energy...

Natural disasters cost the nation: we've calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake

By Merve Küçük Et Al - 08:14 AM| Economy

Understanding the true cost of natural disasters is critical for governments to develop policies to deal with them. Historically, calculations have been based on toting up insurance claims and government aid. But these...

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Global Geopolitics Series

As Ukraine war deepens great-power divisions, a revitalized non-aligned movement could emerge

By John Ciorciari - 08:20 AM| Insights & Views Politics

Russias invasion of Ukraine has brought strong Western condemnation and sanctions, but many nations around the world have chosen not to join this united front. Dozens of governments outside Europe and North America have...

Why an edit button for Twitter is not as simple as it seems

08:23 AM| Technology

Most people who use Twitter have had the experience: you fire off a quick tweet, realise it contains a typo, then get annoyed you cant click edit to fix it. Twitter users have been clamouring for an edit button for...

How to preserve our privacy in an AI-enabled world of smart fridges and fitbits? Here are my simple fixes

By Toby Walsh - 08:25 AM| Technology

The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the total entropy of a system the amount of disorder only ever increases. In other words, the amount of order only ever decreases. Privacy is similar to entropy. Privacy is...

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

By Jaigris Hodson - 08:27 AM| Technology

In mid-April, Elon Musk made public his desire to acquire Twitter, make it a private company, and overhaul its moderation policies. Citing ideals of free speech, Musk claimed that Twitter has become kind of the de facto...

Regional journalism is dying: advertising subsidies won't help

By Leon Gettler - 08:10 AM| Insights & Views Business

Australias regional news outlets are dying a not-so-slow death, and COVID-19 has accelerated their decline. Over the past two years more than a hundred of the 435 regional and community newspapers that existed in 2019...

How long can Vladimir Putin hold on to power?

By William Partlett - 08:13 AM| Insights & Views Politics

As the war in Ukraine drags on and sanctions start to bite, key questions are being asked. How long can President Vladimir Putin remain in power? Will he be overthrown in a palace coup, as recent rumours have suggested?...

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Economy

KB Kookmin Bank, Emart opens hybrid convenience store

KB Kookmin Bank and Emart 24 have joined forces to launch a hybrid convenience store with a commercial bank. The companies revealed on Monday, May 23, that they have opened a shop in Cheongju, North Chungcheong...

Pulmuone launches vegan restaurant in Seoul

Pulmuone Food Culture Co. Ltd., the cafeteria service management unit of Pulmuone Seoul-based food producer, has launched a vegan restaurant inside a shopping mall complex located in the posh district of Gangnam. The...

Starbucks leaving Russia for good, 130 cafes set to officially shut

Starbucks Corp. announced on Monday, May 23, that it is officially leaving Russia after suspending its business in March due to the ongoing war in Ukraine that was started by Russia. The coffee chain will be closing its...

Nestle acquires Brazilian Puravida health food brand

Nestle SA announced on Monday, May 23, that its Nestle Health Science division has acquired Puravida, an organic, natural, plant-based food manufacturer based in Brazil. The Swiss food company said that its NHSc unit...

Adidas, Balenciaga confirm partnership for 2023 Spring fashion collection

Adidas Originals and Balenciaga were previously rumored to be collaborating for a fashion collection, and now they are confirming their partnership. The companies have teamed up, and this also marked the formers venture...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Alexander Lukashenko accuses Poland, NATO, of trying to break apart Ukraine

Belarus, which is allied with Russia, was also sanctioned by the West as punishment for the war Moscow had been waging on Ukraine for three months since the invasion was made in February. Belarusian President Alexander...

Joe Biden says Vladimir Putin wants to "eliminate" Ukraine's identity

US President Joe Biden has led the Wests response to Russias unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. During his visit to Japan this week, Biden said Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is looking to destroy Ukraines identity in this...

Iran will avenge death of Revolutionary Guard colonel, says Ebrahim Raisi

This week, Iran has pledged to take revenge for the killing of one of its top officials in the Revolutionary Guard. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made the pledge amidst a time of uncertainty over the nuclear deal. In...

Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin used their positions to secure investments from foreign leaders for respective business interests

Donald Trumps son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner oversaw policies related to the Middle East. A new report reveals that he, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, used their government positions...

Donald Trump lawsuit: Michael Cohen's testimony could pose perjury charges for ex-POTUS

Twice-impeached, former US President Donald Trump is facing several legal battles and investigations. One lawsuit might lead to the former president also facing charges of perjury based on the testimony of his former...

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

TikTok Live subscriptions go live in beta this week

While TikTok continues to be the popular app for sharing and viewing short-form videos, the platform continues to venture into other types of content. Now, the company announced that it is launching a subscription-based...

Instagram Sans typeface launches as part of its brand’s ‘visual refresh’

Instagram announced on Monday that its brand is going through a visual refresh. That move entails launching a new typeface called Instagram Sans, along with a new look for its logo and a new layout for posts on the...

Samsung finally releases Google Assistant on Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 users waited for months for the release of Google Assistant on the wearable device. After a leak and a teaser released early, the company finally announced the update that brings the digital...

WhatsApp to drop iOS 11 and iOS 12 support in October

Widely used mobile apps typically drop support for older operating systems that, in turn, affect several phone models. It has been reported recently that WhatsApp is planning to do the same for years-old iOS, but it is...

Report: Apple, Amazon were among ‘potential suitors’ for EA acquisition and merger deal

Electronic Arts, widely known as EA, reportedly shopped around to look for a potential acquisition and merger deal. And among the interested parties were major players in the tech world, including Apple and Amazon. The...
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