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Coalitions, kingmakers and a Rugby World Cup: the calculations already influencing next year’s NZ election

By Grant Duncan

Sometimes it feels as if election year has begun already. Winston Peters has declared New Zealand First wont join a governing coalition with Labour after the 2023 election. He wants to win back those who abandoned him...

James Webb: telescope uncovers chemical secrets of distant world – paving the way for studying Earth-like planets

By Joanna Barstow

Since the first planet orbiting a star other than the Sun was discovered in 1995, we have realised that planets and planetary systems are more diverse than we ever imagined. Such distant worlds exoplanets give us the...

Stripping carbon from the atmosphere might be needed to avoid dangerous warming – but it remains a deeply uncertain prospect

By Jonathan Symons Et Al

Australias latest State of the Climate Report offers grim reading. As if recent floods werent bad enough, the report warns of worsening fire seasons, more drought years and, when rain comes, more intense downpours. It begs...

Groceries delivered in 60 minutes: it's on the cards but just not yet

By Flavio Macau

From the food replicator in Star Trek to Dumbledore summoning food in Hogwarts banquet hall, we love the idea of instant food on demand. This week, Australian supermarket giant Coles appealed to that love by announcing...

Amazon's resuscitation of Neighbours: can Aussie TV become good friends with streaming?

By Tessa Dwyer Et Al

Many were shocked by the announcement last Friday that Australian soap opera Neighbours would return to screens in 2023, courtesy of a new deal between production house Fremantle Australia and multinational digital...

Working prisoners are entitled to employment and safety standards just like anybody else

By Jordan House

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) recently ended its longstanding relationship with the meatpacking company, Wallace Beef. This means that federal prisoners incarcerated in the Joyceville Institution near...

Why bullying in politics is a matter of democracy

By Rebecca Dobson Phillips

Dominic Raab, the UKs deputy prime minister, has become the latest figure in the government to be accused of bullying. Bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct are always serious matters. They can harm a victims...

How we used ancient coins to show a 'fake' Roman emperor was real

By Paul Pearson

All that was previously known about the supposed Roman emperor Sponsian was gleaned from a handful of gold coins that have been regarded as forgeries for over 150 years. Accordingly, Sponsian has been dismissed as...

Ukraine war: EU parliament names Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' – but it won't stop the missiles

By Scott Lucas

The EU parliament has declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism. The largely symbolic resolution, which passed by a 494-58 vote on November 23, has no particular real-world consequences, but reflects MEPs...

Al-Shabaab: sensational media reports about Kenyan terror attacks keep kids out of school

By Joseph-Simon Goerlach Et Al

Sensational reporting on terror attacks in Kenya is keeping children out of school, with dire consequences for their education and their futures. That is the conclusion we came to in a recent paper that examines how...

A hydrogen pipeline is being built between Barcelona and Marseille – but can it help in the transition to cleaner energy?

By Tomás Gómez-Acebo

In 1874, Jules Verne wrote in his novel The Mysterious Island: I believe that one day water will be a fuel, that the hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used alone or together, will provide an inexhaustible...

Geo-tracking apps: how are parent-child relations bearing up?

By Yann Bruna

Geo-tracking apps such as Find My Kids, Google Family Link and Apples FindMy are fast growing in popularity, handing parents unprecedented powers to monitor their offspring. But how are the latter experiencing what...

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover has disrupted the Christchurch Call – NZ needs to rethink its digital strategy

By Markus Luczak-Roesch

Elon Musks takeover of Twitter as the new sole private owner has delivered plenty of material for memes. Ironically, much of the debate about Twitter is still happening on the platform itself, sometimes with Musk jumping...

Eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of known wrongful convictions

By Joanna Pozzulo Et Al

Blackstones ratio, developed by jurist William Blackstone, states that: Better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer. David Milgaard, Leighton Hay and Steven Truscott have all been wrongfully convicted...

Elon Musk's Twitter Blue fiasco: Governments need to better regulate how companies use trademarks

By Alexandra Mogyoros

Until recently, Twitters blue checkmark logo was (for better or worse) a trusted mark of authenticity. But under the façade of democratizing the platform, Elon Musk allowed the blue checkmark to be purchased by...

Ukraine war: Why the missile incident in Poland is a warning of things to come

By Émile Lambert-Deslandes

Since the beginning of November, Russia has engaged in its largest ever missile strike against Ukraines infrastructure. On Nov. 15, 2022, two civilians were killed by a stray missile in Przewodów, on Polands...

Spending too much money? Tempted by sales? These ways to 'hack' your psychology can help

By Adrian R. Camilleri

Its late November, which means the holiday sales period has well and truly begun. If you havent already seen your spending go up, the possibility is looming. And you probably have some concerns about spending your money...

Think Trump is done for? Think again

By Victoria Cooper1

The key analysis from the US midterms coverage over the past two weeks have been that the so-called red wave turned out to be a ripple and that the Republican Party underperformed. Former President Donald Trump, the theory...

Why do I sprain my ankle so often? And how can I cut the risk of it happening again?

By Gordon Waddington

Are you one of those people who seems to be forever spraining their ankle? To some extent, ankle sprains are part and parcel of being active. But if its happening again and again, heres what may be going on and how...

The criminal justice system is retraumatizing victims of violent crime

By Jeffrey Bradley

In a split moment, violence can change our lives. We could become a target of violence in our home, school, workplace and community. You might be slapped, punched, stabbed or shot, resulting in serious injuries, trauma or...

How to make 5G less expensive

By Florian Kaltenberger

The 5th generation of mobile communications, 5G has arrived and it has brought us mostly higher throughputs and helped operators to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for mobile data traffic. This first wave of 5G uses the...

Elon Musk's 'hardcore' management style: a case study in what not to do

By Libby (Elizabeth) Sander

As a case study in how to implement organisational change, Elon Musks actions at Twitter will go down as the gold standard in what not to do. Among other things, the evidence shows successful organisational change...

Elon Musk's buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger

By Ian Milligan

Twitter is in disarray. This is troubling for a platform that comprises no small part of the historical record of today. While only used by a percentage of Americans (some 23 per cent in 2022) and Canadians (42 per cent...

5 ways for Canada to tackle Chinese interference after the Trudeau-Xi showdown

By Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

In April 2021, Conservative MP Kenny Chiu was so concerned about potential Chinese interference in Canadas political system that he proposed a Foreign Influence Registry Act similar to those in the United States and...

Why we feel like Christmas comes around more quickly each year

By Ruth Ogden

Think back to your childhood. December was the longest of months. It might have been filled with rehearsing school nativity performances, writing up your wishlist and savouring the mornings advent calendar chocolate. But...

Why UK universities are going on strike

By Heather Connolly

Universities in the UK are striking on 24, 25 and 30 November 2022, with action short of a strike beginning on 23 November. Around 70,000 university staff across 150 universities are taking industrial action, following a...

Smart meters show your energy use but here’s how you can actually save money

By David Glew

Soaring energy prices are squeezing homes and businesses across the UK and Europe, prompting leaders to implement support measures such as the UKs Energy Price Guarantee. Yet it is often unclear to a consumer how much they...

The era of the megalopolis: how the world's cities are merging

By James Cheshire Et Al

On November 15 2022, a baby girl named Vinice Mabansag, born at Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, Philippines, became symbolically the eight billionth person in the world. Of those 8 billion people, 60% live...

A Republican bubble? How pollsters and pundits got the US midterms so wrong

By Anthony Pickles

During the month leading up to the US midterm elections, talk of a commanding Republican victory went from a red wave to a red tsunami. The Republicans were on for the win. The polls and gambling markets, or so-called...

Student loan cancellation got blocked. Now what? 3 questions answered

By William Chittenden

When the Biden administration announced in August 2022 that it was canceling up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower, it said the idea was to provide families with breathing room as they prepare to start repaying...

Disenchanted: Disney attempts to break stereotypes of motherhood only to reinforce them

By Vanessa Marr

Mothers in fairy tales have a way of being absent, typically through untimely deaths (think Cinderella, Snow White or Beauty and the Beast) or thanks to storylines that position them as background characters. Disneys...

Banksy in Ukraine: how his defiant new works offer hope

By Rachel Kerr

Art, in all its forms, has always been a powerful means of representing, resisting and remembering war. And the Russo-Ukrainian War is no different, with artists responding powerfully to Russian aggression through an...

Strikes: how do they work?

By Holly Smith

The UK has seen an autumn of strikes. Workers on the railways, at London Underground and at Royal Mail have been among those taking action. This looks set to continue through the winter, with doctors, nurses, teachers and...

How Made.com went from a pandemic-era business superstar to a failed company in just 18 months

By John Wood

Formed in 2011, Made.com offered affordable high-end furniture online with the ambition to one day rival Swedish furniture giant Ikea. Fast forward 11 years and the British brand, which excelled during the pandemic and was...

Christmas may be safe, but three-year port dispute shows the IR system is full of holes

By Shae McCrystal

Australias industrial relations umpire has delayed industrial action that would have crippled Australias ports in the lead-up to Christmas. But the dispute in which it has intervened one that has dragged on since 2019 ...

How satellites, radar and drones are tracking meteorites and aiding Earth's asteroid defence

By Hadrien Devillepoix

On July 31 2013 a constellation of US defence satellites saw a streak of light over South Australia as a rock from outer space burned through Earths atmosphere on its way to crash into the ground below. The impact...

Thinking of breaking up with Twitter? Here’s the right way to do it

By Daniel Angus Et Al

After a few chaotic weeks its clear Elon Musk is intent on taking Twitter in a direction thats at odds with the prevailing cultures of the diverse users who call it home. Musk has now begun reinstating high-profile...

Suicide risk is high for military and emergency workers – but support for their families and peers is missing

By Henry Bowen

Suicide is a complex issue that impacts 425,000 Australians every year. Thats because up to 135 people are directly or indirectly impacted by each suicide death. Military and emergency services personnel (such as those...

Scientists need help to save nature. With a smartphone and these 8 tips, we can get our kids on the case

By Judy Friedlander Et Al

Citizen science is touted as a way for the general public to contribute to producing new knowledge. But citizen science volunteers dont always represent a broad cross-section of society. Rather, theyre often white, male,...

What Elon Musk's destruction of Twitter tells us about the future of social media

By Blayne Haggart

Elon Musks purchase of Twitter has been a fast-moving disaster. It has also created a tangible problem for journalists, politicians, activists and academic scholars: Where do we talk to each other if or when Twitter...

Saving Main Street: Local businesses need community support to stay afloat

By Sarah Tranum

Main Street businesses that survived COVID-19 restrictions are now navigating a pandemic recovery where predicted changes in the retail industry have been accelerated by five to 10 years. The ability to adapt to these...

Personalised learning is billed as the 'future' of schooling: what is it and could it work?

By Maya Gunawardena

It is not uncommon for kids to complain about school, but studies show significant numbers of Australian students are actually disengaged with their education. A 2017 Grattan Institute report found as many as 40% are...

Government debt won't necessarily burden future generations – but austerity will

By Nicola Mulkeen

In his autumn budget statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said that the Conservatives dont leave debts for the next generation. As such, he vowed to halve government borrowing over the next five years. This promise is key...

Energy bills: why household finances and business certainty will still suffer under Jeremy Hunt's extended plan

By Jim Watson

Among the grim news in Jeremy Hunts recent autumn statement was an attempt to square the circle on energy bills. Funding for the Energy Price Guarantee that aims to limit household energy prices will continue throughout...

When's the best time to use frequent flyer miles to book flights?

By H. Sami Karaca Et Al

Traveling during major holidays like Thanksgiving can be expensive, since so many people want to see their friends and families, wherever they might be. Its especially hard this year with inflation soaring at the...

Retailers may see more red after Black Friday as consumers say they plan to pull back on spending – acting as if the US were already in a recession

By Forrest Morgeson Et Al

Retailers are gearing up for another blockbuster holiday shopping season, but consumers burned by the highest inflation in a generation may have other ideas. Industry groups are predicting another record year of retail...

How to design clean energy subsidies that work – without wasting money on free riders

By Eric Hittinger Et Al

The planet is heating up as greenhouse gas emissions rise, contributing to extreme heat waves and once-unimaginable flooding. Yet despite the risks, countries policies are not on track to keep global warming in...

World Cup 2022: Fifa's clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own guidance on human rights

By Sophie King-Hill

The 2022 mens World Cup host nation Qatar is known for its human rights abuses relating to women, migrant workers and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Same sex relationships in Qatar are illegal and punishable by up to...

The UK's privatisation drive cost lives, research suggests

By Andrew Watterson Et Al

The UKs most active period of privatisation saw health and safety disasters and fatalities increase dramatically. In recently published research, we identified 27 multifatality disasters between 1979 and 1997 leading to...

Why am I bloated? Here are some possibilities to consider

By Saman Khalesi Et Al

If your tummy seems to feel full or stretched and is rumbling all the time, youre not alone. Up to 30% of people of all ages experience bloating, with symptoms such as gassiness, a sense of fullness and pressure. This...

Ukraine war: how the economy has kept running at a time of bitter conflict

November 24 marks nine months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Despite the expectation of the Kremlin and many international analysts Ukraine did not fall within days. It repelled Russias advance on the...

Market Roundup: Sterling set for third straight weekly gain,European shares mixed, Gold subdued, Oil prices rise, but Chinese demand worries linger

12:57 PM| Market Roundups

Market Roundup Sweden Oct Household Lending Growth (YoY) 4.5%, 5.1% previous GfK German Dec Consumer Climate -40.2, -39.6 forecast,-41.9 previous German GDP (QoQ) (Q3) 0.4%, 0.3%forecast,0.1% previous German...

UK regulator launches in-depth investigation on Apple and Google over ‘duopoly on mobile ecosystems’

09:08 AM| Technology Business

UK regulator launches in-depth investigation on Apple and Google over ‘duopoly on mobile ecosystems’

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Banksy’s copyright battle with Guess – anonymity shouldn’t compromise his legal rights

By Enrico Bonadio - 13:54 PM| Law

Fresh from providing war-torn Ukraine with a series of murals, Banksy recently used his Instagram account to channel frustrations with a more domestic concern. The elusive artist has accused fashion retailer Guess of...

Mukbang, #EatWithMe and eating disorders on TikTok: why online food consumption videos could fuel food fixations

By Sijun Shen Et Al - 14:00 PM| Insights & Views Life

You might have come across #EatWithMe videos on TikTok, which typically feature young women eating food while encouraging viewers to eat along with them. Many such content creators say they aim to help people with eating...

Ukraine recap: targeting power supply earns Russia new title of 'state sponsor of terror' as winter begins to bite

By Jonathan Este - 14:07 PM| Economy Life

Temperatures are falling steadily across Ukraine. The UKs Met Office forecasts light (but pretty cold) rain in Kyiv for the next day or two followed by snow, snow, snow, as the mercury drops steadily into minus numbers...

High food prices could have negative long-term health effects on Canadians

By Shahidul Islam - 14:37 PM| Economy

Recent high food price inflation has plagued many Canadian families, especially those on tight budgets. Statistics Canada reported in October that in-store food prices increased at a faster rate than the all-items Consumer...

Black Friday: so many online returns end up in landfill – here's what needs to happen to change that

By Erica E.F. Ballantyne Et Al - 14:39 PM| Economy

Two of the busiest online shopping days of the year are upon us. In the middle of a cost-of-living crisis and recession, retailers will be desperately hoping that shoppers take advantage of discounts on Black Friday and...

Netflix show brings back Blockbuster, but some brands should stay dead

By Michael Beverland Et Al - 14:43 PM| Business

Streaming services are replete with stories of the dead coming back to life. Theyre also chock-full with dead or almost dead brands. Shows like Stranger Things have not only given new life to 1980s pop classics like Kate...

An AI named Cicero can beat humans in Diplomacy, a complex alliance-building game. Here's why that's a big deal

By Toby Walsh - 14:43 PM| Technology

In a rare piece of good news from Meta, artificial intelligence researchers at the company have just announced a scientific breakthrough. Their AI program named Cicero can now play the board game Diplomacy at a human...

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Economy

Kyoto, Okinawa open more luxury hotels as tourists return

Kyoto and Okinawa have been opening pricey hotels just in time for demand to return now that tourists are back. In the three years since fiscal 2018, Kyoto has seen an increase of about 12,000 hotel rooms, according to...

Nintendo breaks sales record with new Pokemon games

Nintendo Co. set a record pace for game titles after global sales of its latest Pokemon games surpassed 10 million units in the first three days of their release. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, which were released...

Hong Kong loses highest retail rental crown to New York

New Yorks Fifth Avenue has overtaken Hong Kongs Tsim Sha Tsui as the most expensive retail destination in the world. Milans Via Montenapoleone is third on the list followed by Londons New Bond Street and the Avenues des...

7-Eleven unveils concept store in Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport

7-Eleven has launched its first concept store dubbed 7Cafe in Singapores Jewel Changi Airport, offering coffee and other beverages with its traditional convenience store goods. Designed with a warm color tone and...

Puma opens concept store in the Philippines

German sports retailer Puma opened its first Forever Faster concept store, which introduces technical sports with a focus on performance and sport-inspired lifestyle items. The store, located in the CBD of Makati,...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine war: European Parliament designates Russia 'state sponsor of terrorism'

The European Parliament has ruled in favor of designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Its lawmakers cited the atrocities Russia has committed in Ukraine, including human rights abuses and violations of...

Russia-Ukraine war: Russia-backed monastery in Kyiv raided

Ukrainian security forces carried out a raid on the countrys 1000-year-old Russian-backed Christian Orthodox church monastery in the capital Kyiv. The raid aimed to intercept potential activity by Russian forces. The...

Kosovo issues 2-day delay of imposing fines on Serb drivers

Kosovo announced that it has decided to issue a two-day delay in imposing fines on Serbs who have not changed their license plates. The delay follows failed talks organized by the European Union between Kosovo and...

US: Joe Biden 'directly' involved in negotiations to end railroad strike

The White House said Tuesday that President Joe Biden was involved in the negotiations to further prevent a railroad strike that threatens to shut down supply chains. Biden also condemned the potential strike and said that...

Iran enriching uranium at 60 percent purity at Fordow facility, says UN watchdog

The United Nations nuclear watchdog said that Iran has begun enriching its uranium to up to 60 percent purity at its facility in Fordow. The report marks the latest sign of Irans advancing of its nuclear program. The...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Signatures of alien technology could be how humanity first finds extraterrestrial life

If an alien were to look at Earth, many human technologies from cell towers to fluorescent light bulbs could be a beacon signifying the presence of life. We are two astronomers who work on the search for...

The UK is about to have its first space launch – but Cornwall is unlikely to become a new Cape Canaveral

Virgin Orbit, a US company which provides launch services for satellites, has announced that the first orbital space mission from the UK will blast off from Cornwall. The rocket, which will carry nine satellites, along...

Silicon is used in construction, microchips and more – 'green' methods could help extract it from sugarcane waste

In some parts of South Africas Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, sugarcane fields stretch as far as the eye can see. The crop is more than just a treat for those with a sweet tooth: in 2017 the countrys sugar...

Technology

Samsung Galaxy S23 features: Satellite connectivity that supports text and image transfers is in development

The launch of the Galaxy S23 series is only a few months away, but Samsung is reportedly still working on adding satellite connectivity to the upcoming phones. Samsung is expected to catch up with Apple and Huawei soon...

PlayStation 6 launch: Sony fans may have to wait longer for PS5’s successor

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently published documents filed in relation to the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger, including Sonys official responses. And Sony appears to have confirmed plans to...

YouTube starts testing quizzes in community posts; Shorts roll out on the YouTube TV app

YouTube recently announced newly released updates, along with features that are now being tested among creators. One of them is a new way to interact with subscribers by allowing quizzes in community posts. Quizzes are...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ availability: Microsoft confirms it will not launch on PlayStation

While fans await more information about Elder Scrolls 6, there is one thing that Microsoft has already confirmed and PlayStation fans will not like it. In one of its responses to the UKs Competition and Markets Authority,...

‘God of War: Ragnarok’ is the fastest-selling game ever in Sony PlayStation’s history

Santa Monica Studios God of War: Ragnarok proves once again that the franchise is one of the most beloved among Sonys powerhouse slate of first-party AAA games. The game broke PlayStation sales records in its first week...
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