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Long COVID puzzle pieces are falling into place – the picture is unsettling

By Ziyad Al-Aly

Since 2020, the condition known as long COVID-19 has become a widespread disability affecting the health and quality of life of millions of people across the globe and costing economies billions of dollars in reduced...

How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence

By Kawser Ahmed

In todays technologically interconnected world, the ability to concoct and spread conspiracy theories has become easier than ever before. This became evident after the recent assassination attempt on former U.S. president...

The UK’s prisons aren’t just overcrowded – they need to be better designed

By Yvonne Jewkes

The UK government has taken urgent action to address the prison capacity crisis, announcing early release for several thousand non-violent offenders. For years, politicians of all stripes have used prisons and...

How to deal with being the youngest in the office

By Jane Parry Et Al

Among the new class of MPs sworn into the UK parliament this month, there were the first MPs from generation Z. The youngest of these, Sam Carling who now has the unofficial title baby of the house is aged 22. In an...

The Turkish Detective: a familiar tale in a new setting

By Helen Piper

In the not so very distant past of British television, capers in the company of avuncular, maverick detectives were the ratings sureties around which peak-time drama schedules were built. Although viewing figures are much...

Supershoes have transformed competitive distance running, but they remain controversial

By Bryce Dyer

On the face of it, competitive distance running appears not to have changed much since the Olympic Games were revived in 1896. However, even the relative simplicity of racing from gun to tape has radically altered in...

Trump attempted shooting: what drives a solo assassin to kill? A psychologist explains

By Geoff Beattie

The image of the would-be assassin at Donald Trumps rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13 is now part of history. A young man in beige lying dead on the flat roof. Minutes earlier, this self-appointed executioner had...

South Africa’s new parliament needs to do a better job of holding cabinet to account: legal scholar weighs the chances

By Hugh Corder

South Africa has entered new territory with a government of national unity after the May elections. The parties representing more than 70% of the electorate will now be the dominant force in parliament. The parties that...

Corruption hurts businesses but digital tools offer the hope of fighting it, say manufacturers in Ghana and Nigeria

By Samuel Adomako Et Al

Technology has changed the way the world does business. Mobile and digital payment platforms, blockchain, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) tools have all driven innovations in recent years. They allow...

Social media and political violence – how to break the cycle

By Richard Forno

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump on July 13, 2024, added more fuel to an already fiery election season. In this case, political violence was carried out against the party that is most often found espousing it....

Trump-appointed federal judge rules Trump’s classified document case is unconstitutional

By Joshua Holzer

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump dismissed the case on July 15, 2024. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by Trump, ruled...

Nutrition Facts labels have a complicated legacy – a historian explains the science and politics of translating food into information

By Xaq Frohlich

The Nutrition Facts label, that black and white information box found on nearly every packaged food product in the U.S. since 1994, has recently become an icon for consumer transparency. From Apples Privacy Nutrition...

Twisters follows a superstar storm chaser – obsession with extreme weather has a deep underlying psychology

By Simon Dickinson

At first glance, the 2024 remake movie Twisters contains many of the ingredients of the 1996 original, which starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton: a catastrophic and rare weather event, the urgency to use new technology to...

Lebanese society is split over a potential war with Israel

By Rola El-Husseini

Hezbollah began launching rockets into northern Israel in solidarity with Palestinians shortly after the start of the war in Gaza. These attacks prompted skirmishes along the border that have escalated and spread further...

Conspiracy theories on the Trump assassination attempt are spreading like wildfire – on both sides of politics

By Katherine M. FitzGerald

As the sound of gunshots interrupted Donald Trumps rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13, the former US president clutched his right ear before squatting to the ground. Members of the Secret Service quickly...

Past shootings of US presidents led to new gun controls. This one probably won’t

By David Smith

The shooting of former president Donald Trump and three attendees at his rally was just one of nearly 300 mass shootings in the US so far this year. Amid all the shocking news from that day, there was one depressingly...

Donald Trump picks JD Vance as his running mate: Here’s why the Ohio senator is a smart choice

By Jason Opal

Just two days after surviving a bloody assassination attempt that claimed the life of one of his supporters, Donald Trump has chosen Ohio Sen. JD Vance as his vice-presidential running mate. Thats a good move. Lets...

Trump’s assassination attempt reveals a major security breakdown

By Javed Ali

As investigators analyze what led 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks to try to assassinate former president Donald Trump and how Crooks was able to fire at the former president at a heavily patrolled event on July 13,...

‘Alien invasion’: researchers identify which exotic animals may soon hitchhike into Australia

By Arman Pili Et Al

Australia is renowned for its native flora and fauna, but did you know the continent is also home to about 3,000 alien species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes? Alien species are those brought by humans to areas...

How being shot might affect Donald Trump’s mental health – and that of millions of others

By Simon McCarthy-Jones

After the attempted assassination of Donald Trump at his Pennsylvania campaign rally, there is much speculation about how this will affect the 2024 US election. However, no one is yet asking how these events may affect...

Why Trump’s victory over death could land him in the Oval Office for a second time

By James K. Rowe

A headline from the Canadian satirical publication The Beaverton captured the political mood among Democrats after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump: Whatever you need to do to mentally prepare yourself for a...

ChatGPT in education: breakthrough or disruptive innovation?

By Fanny Verrax Et Al

In November 2022, the UN symbolically declared that the 8 billionth human being had been born in Manilla, Philippines, thus adding to the 2,3 billion children already living in the world. Another event happened the same...

The Trump assassination attempt has historical precedents — and future security implications

By Jack L. Rozdilsky

At a political rally in Pennsylvania, former president Donald Trump narrowly survived an assassination attempt. As gunshots rang out during the Republican candidates rally, Trump miraculously avoided a direct hit and said...

Anyone for obstacle course swimming? How some of the more unusual Olympic Games sports came to be

By Wayne Peake

The Latin motto of the Olympic Games, which Baron Pierre de Coubertin known as the father of the Olympics resurrected at Athens in 1896, is citius, altius, fortius communiter. In English, this means faster, higher,...

From NIMBY to YIMBY: How localized real estate investment trusts can help address Canada’s housing crisis

By Leslie Legge Et Al

The housing crisis in Canada has reached a critical juncture. With rising real estate prices and a dwindling number of affordable options, it is crucial that Canada rapidly increases housing stocks in high-demand...

‘I just want to keep playing:’ Why youth athletes under-report concussion symptoms

By Alison Doherty Et Al

Despite ongoing advocacy and education about the risks of concussions from organizations like the Sport Information Resource Centre, Hockey Canada, and legislation like Rowans Law, many young athletes still hesitate, or...

How should I factor AI into my decision about what to study after school?

By Andreas Cebulla

As year 12 students across Australia ponder their next move, the world of work is undergoing a seismic shift. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are reshaping industries, creating new opportunities, and rendering...

Think you’ve decided what to buy? Actually, your brain is still deciding – even as you put it in your basket

By Tijl Grootswagers Et Al

You are standing in the cereal aisle, weighing up whether to buy a healthy bran or a sugary chocolate-flavoured alternative. Your hand hovers momentarily before you make the final grab. But did you know that during...

The Atlantic Gulf Stream was unexpectedly strong during the last ice age – new study

By Jack Wharton Et Al

Twenty thousand years ago the world was locked into a great ice age. Ice sheets two miles thick covered much of North America, Scandinavia and the British Isles. Greenhouse gas concentrations were much lower, the world...

Boeing’s fraud case shows that some businesses are still too big to fail

By Akhil Bhardwaj

In January, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 nearly fell out of the sky when it lost a door plug at an altitude of more than 10,000ft, leading to rapid decompression of the main cabin of the plane. Although no one was...

At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello

This has been a wonderful summer if you follow sports: tennis championships, end-of-season tournaments and soccers European Championship and Copa America all leading up to the most global event of all, the...

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues, including topics like abortion, immigration and wealth inequality

By Dante Chinni Et Al

As the presidential election campaign heats up, media coverage suggests Americans are hopelessly divided and headed for a difficult fall perhaps also a tense January. But that isnt the whole story, according to...

From the ’60s till now, TV news coverage of large-scale university protests doesn’t look so different

By Lisa Fazio

While much has changed over the past 50 years, evening television news remains a prominent source of information for Americans. I am a scholar of psychology and study how people learn information from the world around...

‘Fart walk’: the health benefits of going for a walk after a meal

By Dan Baumgardt

Mairlyn Smith, a Canadian actress and cook, recently revealed on TikTok that she and her husband go for a walk after dinner to release their pent up gases. Smith calls these post-prandial strolls fart walks. The hashtag is...

When transmission lines fell, 16 electric vehicles fed power into the grid

By Bjorn Sturmberg

Electric vehicles are an increasingly common sight on Australian roads. Each one cuts carbon emissions by half compared to fossil fuel vehicles, but increases household electricity use by 50%. This extra electricity...

We need to consider alternatives to dark matter that better explain cosmological observations

By Rajendra Gupta

Do constants of nature the numbers that determine how things behave, like the speed of light change over time as the universe expands? Does light get a little tired travelling vast cosmic distances? It was believed that...

Euros 2024: whoever wins the football, the Turkish kebab takes the fast-food crown

By Daniel Newman

In a recent Amazon poll among its employees in European countries to mark the European football championships, the kebab appears as their favourite food, with the English beans on toast coming a distant second. More...

Iran’s new reformist president offers hope to the west and cover for the conservative establishment

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Good news for democracy in Iran words which in recent times, particularly in western news reports, are rarely seen in the same sentence. But the election of Masoud Pezeshkian as president of Iran must be seen as a...

French say ‘non’ to Le Pen’s National Rally - but a messy coalition government looks likely

By Romain Fathi

Todays French elections results are everything except what predictions had forecast. Only days ago, Marine Le Pens National Rally party was tipped to win. But this weekend it became the clear loser of these French...

French election: far-right government blocked as Le Pen’s alliance pushed into third place, says exit poll

By David Lees

And so it did not come to pass. For all the expectation and yes, fear among some in France and around the world the far-right appears to have failed in its bid to gain a majority in the French National Assembly (the...

Recruiters and jobseekers are ‘ghosting’ each other

By Connie Zheng

Being ghosted cut off from all communications without an explanation isnt a pleasant experience in any situation. So when youre in the middle of a job hunt and may have poured your heart and soul into application...

Alcohol consumption among teenagers: Parents need to set rules and not just talk about it

By Catherine Cimon-Paquet Et Al

When it comes to talking about alcohol consumption with their teenage children, many parents dont know where to start. The official drinking age across Canada ranges from 18 to 19 years. Although alcohol consumption...

Computer love: AI-powered chatbots are changing how we understand romantic and sexual well-being

By Valerie A. Lapointe Et Al

Over the past decade, virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence, like Apples Siri and Amazons Alexa, have become integral to technologies such as smartphones and social media. More recently, a new type of...

Rap lyrics can provide catharsis – both for artists and their fans

By Paul Stephen Adey

I heard a rappers verse a while ago that stopped me in my tracks. The artist was Kemba and the song, Daemons, featured on the posthumous album Bad Vibes Forever (2019), by the conflicted and gifted artist...

US Supreme Court: 10 days of blockbuster decisions with huge implications for the future

By Colin Provost

The US Supreme Court has concluded its 2023-24 term in the past two weeks with a number of profoundly consequential decisions that have major implications for the years to come. This is the court of last resort in the...

The UK’s new prime minister Keir Starmer – hoping for a Democrat in the White House, preparing for Trump

By Christopher Featherstone

Keir Starmer, the UKs new prime minister, was quiet on the question of relations with the US prior to his election, choosing to avoid, in particular, talk of how he would manage a second Donald Trump presidency. Starmer...

South Africa’s healthcare system: eight steps that would get it on the right track

By Lilian Dudley Et Al

South Africas healthcare system suffers from widespread problems in its governance. A number of indicators point to this dysfunction. These include the large number of managers in acting positions, frequent changes in...

Euro 2024: England’s squad shows the true value of football teams in the lower leagues

By Mark Middling

Before the start of Euro 2024, Englands football squad was widely considered one of the favourites to win the tournament. Manager Gareth Southgate had a wealth of talent at his disposal with some of Europes finest players...

Euro 2024 in a super election year: how the Olympic Stadium is putting Germany’s past front and centre

By Clare Copley

Germany is hosting the Uefa Euro 2024 mens football tournament right in the middle of what has been called the countrys super election year. People are voting at local, state and European levels, amid renewed contests over...

Japan’s looming imperial crisis – why it’s time to open the succession to female heirs

By Ella Tennant

Japans Emperor Naruhito has finally admitted that the future of the Chrysanthemum Throne is in peril. Speaking on the eve of his state visit to the UK in mid-June, Naruhito noted that the number of male heirs in the...

How the UK’s new government is promising to kickstart the economy

The new Labour government has fully laid out its plans for the UK in its first kings speech to parliament. There were 40 new bills in the speech, aimed at setting a clear agenda focused on growing the economy and improving...

Top Stories

Manifesting has a dark side – there are problems with believing our thoughts have so much power

By Laura D'Olimpio - 07:56 AM| Insights & Views Life

Have you tried manifesting? Its hard to escape on social media the idea that you can will what you desire into reality through the power of belief. This could be financial success, romantic love or sporting...

Global Geopolitics Series

Gaza war: ceasefire deal in the balance again as Israel presses ahead with its military campaign

By Paul Rogers - 07:58 AM| Insights & Views

Hamas made a renewed offer to the Israeli government for a possible ceasefire in Gaza last Friday. The offer included what a member of Israels negotiating team called a very significant breakthrough. It led Israeli...

From robots and drones to sheep trackers, new tech can help farmers monitor and improve soil health

By Jennifer Rowntree - 07:57 AM| Technology

Twelve million hectares of agricultural soils are lost globally through soil degradation every year. As an ecologist, I work alongside farmers and growers in the field and have seen how farming can help solve this global...

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Economy

Donald Trump's Tariff Threat Looms: China Faces Economic Decoupling Fears

As former President Donald Trump eyes a second term, Chinas economy braces for potential turmoil with new, severe trade tariffs anticipated. Analysts predict significant GDP declines and a dramatic decoupling from the U.S....

Boeing Component Shortage Delays US-Japan Production of Patriot Missiles for Ukraine

A critical component shortage from Boeing is delaying the production of Patriot air defense missiles used by Ukraine against Russian attacks. The United States and Japan aim to ramp up production, but manufacturing...

Green Dot Fined $44 Million by Federal Reserve for Consumer Law Violations

The Federal Reserve fined Green Dot Bank $44 million for a deficient consumer compliance risk management program and unfair practices. The bank, which partners with Apple and Walmart, saw its stock fall by 5.7%. The fine...

China Commits to Economic Growth and Reform Amidst National Security Concerns

The Communist Party of China concluded a significant conclave, pledging to boost economic development through comprehensive reforms while maintaining national security. The Central Committees communique outlined objectives...

Japan Sets Visitor Record in June as Weak Yen Spurs Tourism Boom

Japan achieved a new monthly visitor record in June, with 3.14 million foreign visitors, driven by the weak yen. This surge positions tourism as a critical economic driver, with expectations of surpassing pre-pandemic...

Politics

Is Hillary Clinton Set to Challenge Donald Trump as Joe Biden’s Successor? Here's What We Know

Amid discussions of Joe Biden potentially withdrawing from the Presidential campaign, the United States polity is now grappling with who is most qualified to succeed him. Will Hillary Clinton replace Joe Biden as the...

JD Vance, Trump's Pro-Crypto VP Pick, Demands President Biden's Resignation

JD Vance, the pro-crypto VP pick of Donald Trump, has demanded President Joe Bidens resignation, intensifying the political landscape and affecting market sentiments. JD Vances Call for Bidens Resignation Shakes...

Joe Biden Shock: Leaked Messages Reveal Democratic Delegates Doubting POTUS' 2024 Candidacy After Debate Performance

Democratic delegates voiced concern regarding President Joe Bidens debate performance in private online discussions, which cast doubt on the feasibility of his candidacy. Politico acquired a collection of messages...

Elon Musk Called Donald Trump a 'Stone-Cold Loser' in 2020, Now Backs Him in Shocking Reversal

A New York Times story indicated that Elon Musk, a wealthy donor to Donald Trump, referred to the former President as a stone-cold loser in 2020 and expressed disapproval of his character. According to an anonymous...

Donald Trump Accepts GOP Nomination, Criticizes Democrats for 'Destroying' Nation in RNC Speech

At the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Donald Trump ascended the stage to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and deliver his first statement since the attempted assassination at the rally. In his...

Science

SpaceX's New EVA Spacesuits Pass Testing for Historic Commercial Spacewalk

SpaceX has finalized acceptance testing of its new EVA spacesuits, marking a significant milestone for the Polaris Program. The suits will facilitate the first commercial spacewalk, led by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman,...

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

NASA and SpaceX have unveiled plans to deorbit the International Space Station by 2031. The $843 million contract awarded to SpaceX includes designing and constructing a deorbit vehicle to guide the ISS to its final...

SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

SpaceX announced a liquid oxygen leak caused the Falcon 9s second-stage engine failure, resulting in a RUD. Despite the anomaly, the second stage was passivated successfully. SpaceX Identifies Liquid Oxygen Leak as...

SpaceX Moves Starship Booster to Launch Pad for Historic Flight 5 Test Attempt

SpaceX has moved its rocket booster to the launch pad for the fifth Starship test flight, following a series of prelaunch tests. This test, set for next month, includes the unprecedented attempt to catch the first stage...

Study: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mix Impairs Memory and Learning in Rodents

Researchers at an Italian university found that mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to long-term memory and learning issues in rodents. The study, published in Neuropharmacology, highlights the potential risks to...

Technology

Canada to See Tesla Cybertruck in 2024 After Exemption Secured

Teslas Cybertruck is set to debut in Canada this year after securing a vital exemption from Transport Canada. Steer-by-Wire System Approved Teslarati reports that after securing a significant exemption in Canadas...

Tesla Offers $1,000 Off for Owners Upgrading from EAP to FSD in Limited-Time Deal

Tesla announced a limited-time $1,000 discount for owners upgrading from Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) to Full Self-Driving (FSD) when purchasing a new vehicle. Teslas Limited-Time Discount Offer Emails sent out to Tesla...

Xiaomi CEO: Trump Sanctions Spark China’s EV Entry, Competing with Tesla

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun revealed that Trump administration sanctions spurred the companys unexpected entry into Chinas electric vehicle market, aiming to challenge Tesla. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun stated on Friday that the...

iPhone SE 4 to Feature iPhone 16's Design Elements and Single Camera Lens

The forthcoming iPhone SE 4 is set to incorporate design elements from the iPhone 16, including a single camera lens and updated back cover, as suggested by industry sources. Adoption of iPhone 16 Back Cover...

SHIB Team Issues Crucial Warning: Beware of Scams Involving Fake TREAT Tokens

SHIB team issues a crucial alert about fake TREAT tokens, urging holders to protect themselves from scams. Shibarium Ecosystem Token Not Yet Released Lucie, a prominent figure in the Shiba Inu community and a...
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