South Africa must ban sugary drinks sales in schools. Self regulation is failing
By Agnes Erzse
In 2017, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa voluntarily announced that it would stop supplying sugary beverages to primary school outlets. The company also pledged to remove all branding and advertising from schools. The...
As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment
By James L. Gelvin
The images and reports coming from Israel, Jerusalem and Gaza in recent days are shocking. They are also surprising to those who thought the 2020 Abraham Accords and subsequent agreements to normalize relations between...
The forgotten psychological cost of corruption in developing countries
By Shivani Sharma Et Al
Corruption is a crime which slows economic growth, undermines development, and causes inequality. With a cost to the global economy estimated at around US$2.6 trillion (1.8 trillion) a year, it is often linked to politics...
The Low and Middle Income Tax Offset has been extended yet again. It delivers help neither when nor where it's needed
By John Hawkins1 Et Al
The Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (known as the LMITO or lamington) has been given yet another new lease of life.
What started in 2018 as a stop-gap until broader tax cuts were introduced, was extended because of...
3 reasons for making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for children
By Anthony Skelton Et Al
On May 5, Health Canada approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12-15 years. The United States Food and Drug Administration quickly followed suit, and other countries are likely to do the same. Similar...
Tiangong: China may gain a monopoly on space stations - here's what to expect
By Steffi Paladini
China launched Tianhe-1, the first and main module of a permanent orbiting space station called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace 天 宫), on April 29. Two additional science modules (Wentian and Mengtian) will follow in 2022 in a...
How global tax dodging costs lives: new research shows a direct link to increased death rates
By Bernadette O'Hare Et Al
Tax abuse is an expensive business. According to a recent report by the Tax Justice Network, avoiding or evading tax deprives governments across the world of around US$427 billion (302 billion) every year. This is money...
Ramaphosa appears -- finally -- to have his grip on South Africa's ruling ANC
By Mashupye Herbert Maserumule
If the outcomes of the most recent meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), are anything to go by, the party has reached a tipping...
WhatsApp's controversial privacy update may be banned in the EU – but the app's sights are fixed on India
By Philippa Williams Et Al
Bill and Melinda Gates: philanthropy caught in the crosshairs of society's obsession with celebrity
By Beth Breeze Et Al
When does an extremely normal event become global headline news, and when does a historic achievement for humanity fail to create much of a ripple in the news cycle? When the key players in both stories are high-profile...
Apple threatens to upend podcasting's free, open architecture
By John Sullivan Et Al
Back in 2005, an ebullient Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs announced the integration of podcasting into Version 4.9 of its desktop iTunes software, calling podcasting TiVo for radio.
Sixteen years later, during its April 20,...
Faith in numbers: Is church attendance linked to higher rates of coronavirus?
By Ryan Burge
The lockdowns that almost every state went into in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 interrupted nearly every aspect of Americans lives. Businesses were shuttered, schools closed and social...
Protests by Palestinian citizens in Israel signal growing sense of a common struggle
By Maha Nassar
The worlds attention has turned again to deadly scenes of Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the launching of rockets by the militant group Hamas into Israel. It follows two weeks of protests in East Jerusalem...
Why is the FDA funded in part by the companies it regulates?
By C. Michael White
The Food and Drug Administration has moved from an entirely taxpayer-funded entity to one increasingly funded by user fees paid by manufacturers that are being regulated. Today, close to 45% of its budget comes from these...
Here’s how much your personal information is worth to cybercriminals – and what they do with it
By Ravi Sen
Data breaches have become common, and billions of records are stolen worldwide every year. Most of the media coverage of data breaches tends to focus on how the breach happened, how many records were stolen and the...
Who was better at predicting the course of the pandemic – experts or the public?
By Gabriel Recchia
Early on in the pandemic, it seemed as if the media was asking anyone with potentially relevant expertise scientists, doctors, statisticians to tell us what was coming. These individuals were frequently asked to give...
Vaccine passports: why they are good for society
By Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian Et Al
As more and more people get vaccinated, some governments are relying on vaccine passports as a way of reopening society. These passports are essentially certificates that show the holder has been immunised against...
The Mitchells vs The Machines shows 'smart' tech might be less of a threat to family bonds than we fear
By Deborah Lupton
Robots have fascinated cinema-goers ever since Fritz Langs 1927 expressionist silent film Metropolis. The German dystopia film portrays a near future where a female robot (a gynoid) is built as an evil twin of Maria, a...
The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way
By Richard Holden
Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours.
They suggest that...
Print isn't dead: major survey reveals local newspapers vastly preferred over Google among country news consumers
By Kristy Hess
Newspaper readers in rural and regional Australia are five times more likely to go directly to their local newspaper website than Google or Facebook for local information, and almost 10 times as likely to go to their local...
US-backed vaccine patent waiver: pros and cons explained
By Farasat Bokhari
The Biden administration has now agreed to back a proposal to suspend intellectual property protection for COVID vaccines. This is a break from US governments long-held position on strong intellectual property protection,...
How Uber drivers avoided — and contributed to — the fate of taxi drivers
By Kam Phung Et Al
Countries around the world are wrestling with whether to classify Uber drivers and other gig economy workers as independent contractors or employees.
But when Uber first came on the scene, the primary subject of debate...
Remote working has led to managers spying more on staff – here are three ways to curb it
By Evronia Azer
With so many more people working from home during the pandemic, employers have stepped up the extent to which they are monitoring them online. Not so many years ago, employees were having to adjust to having their work...
Making space for Buddha in the boardroom
By Dr Linda Kantor Et Al
It seems farfetched to imagine that an ancient meditation technique, practised by Buddhists over 2,000 years ago, could have a place in the 21st-century corporate boardroom.
Yet, despite criticisms that it is just...
Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows
By David Rutkowski Et Al
Ask what students need to learn at home, and the answer often involves access to Wi-Fi or a digital device. For example, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 sets aside US$7.1 billion to support access to high-speed...
Unblocking the passage from India
By Michelle Grattan
It became clear this week repatriation flights for Australians stranded in India would have to resume ASAP after May 15, whatever the COVID situation in that country.
By going too far in its effort to stop individuals...
Trump's Facebook ban upheld – but the future of the oversight board is in doubt
By Elaine Fahey
Referred to by some as Facebooks supreme court, the oversight board tasked with reversing or upholding Facebooks content moderation decisions has ruled that the social media companys ban of Donald Trump should be...
The government has pledged over $800m to fight natural disasters. It could be revolutionary — if done right
By Paul Barnes
To help Australia adapt to climate change and manage the disasters that come with it, the federal government this week pledged A$600 million towards establishing the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, and $210...
Why Facebook created its own ‘supreme court’ for judging content – 6 questions answered
By Siri Terjesen
Facebooks quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the companys suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram. The decision came four months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
Scottish election: how Brexit and independence referendums split voters into four tribes
By Fraser McMillan Et Al
The previous Scottish parliament election, in 2016, came less than two years after the countrys historic referendum on independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. That contest a Pyrrhic victory for the pro-union...
For the EU's 'Green Deal' to succeed, economic theory must take into account qualitative growth
By Sergio Focardi Et Al
The goal of the EUs ambitious new Green Deal is to put Europe on a path toward zero emissions and sustainable growth decoupled from resource use.
The plan marks a sharp departure from traditional ecological approaches...
Survey shows some bosses are using the pandemic as an excuse to push workers
By Stephanie Ross Et Al
A middle-aged woman in the public sector says she and her colleagues have been underappreciated, overworked and mentally stressed out as they faced pandemic-related challenges and stresses, without any pay increase.
How scientists make plant-based foods taste and look more like meat
By Mariana Lamas
In 2019, Burger King Sweden released a plant-based burger, the Rebel Whopper, and the reaction was underwhelming. So, the company challenged its customers to taste the difference.
Burger King Sweden created menu item...
IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?
By Roger Staff Et Al
From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. Which is why it would be easy to...
COVID crisis in India: why its public health strategy failed
By Ankur Mutreja
Most countries have used whats known as the Swiss cheese model in planning their COVID response. In this risk-management model, each preventative measure is represented by a slice of cheese. No slice on its own can stop...
Climate change risk is complex: here is a way to assess it
By Nicholas P. Simpson Et Al
A key feature of climate change is that it doesnt pose one single risk. Rather, it presents multiple, interacting risks that can compound and cascade. Importantly, responses to climate change can also affect risk.
UK-India trade deal: why the timing is crucial for both nations
By Sangeeta Khorana
The UK and India have announced a new enhanced deal on trade at a virtual summit. The deal aims to double trade between the two countries by 2030 and declares their joint commitment to start working towards a comprehensive...
Taste alone won't persuade Americans to swap out beef for plant-based burgers
By Anna Mattila
The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.
The big idea
Consumers are more likely to choose a plant-based meat substitute when the restaurants advertising highlights the social benefits of...
Do people become more religious in times of crisis?
By Danielle Tumminio Hansen
Organized religion has been on the decline for decades in the United States. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that online searches for the word prayer soared to their highest level ever in over 90...
Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember
By Steven Furnell
For more than 15 years, there have been various predictions from tech leaders about the death of passwords. Bill Gates predicted it back in 2004 and Microsoft have predicted it for 2021. There have been numerous similar...
NFTs hit the big league, but not everyone will win from this new sports craze
By Adam Karg Et Al
Some buy sporting memorabilia for love. Others for money.
The world record for most money paid for a sports-related item goes to the original Olympic manifesto written in 1892 by International Olympic Committee founder...
Male voices dominate the news. Here's how journalists and female experts can turn this around
By Kathryn Shine
Last week, the ABC announced it had achieved a milestone it had been trying to reach for more than two years. For the first time, in the previous month of March, it had equal numbers of women and men appearing in its news...
China does not want war, at least not yet. It's playing the long game
By John Blaxland
Talk of war has become louder in recent days, but the drumbeat has been heard for some time now as Chinas military capabilities have grown. China does not want war, at least not yet. Its playing the long game and its...
New Chia cryptocurrency promises to be greener than Bitcoin, but may drive up hard drive prices
By Mohiuddin Ahmed
It has been a big year for cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is worth six times what it was 12 months ago, and the joke currency Dogecoin has seen a hundredfold increase in price. A boom in non-fungible tokens, or NFTs tradable...
Gut feel or rational analysis? Both may be vital in finding winning ideas for new markets
By Thomas Gillier Et Al
Expansion into new markets is often essential for companies to grow, and there can be a constant quest for ideas with market-creating potential. But what if the very processes designed to help find those breakthrough ideas...
India: election loss in West Bengal may be start of a backlash against Modi's handling of COVID crisis
By Saba Hussain
In what is widely being interpreted as a popular verdict on Narendra Modis handling of the COVID crisis in India, voters in West Bengal have returned the incumbent chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, and her regional...
The world’s data explained: how much we're producing and where it's all stored
By Melvin M. Vopson
Ancient humans stored information in cave paintings, the oldest we know of are over 40,000 years old. As humans evolved, the emergence of languages and the invention of writing led to detailed information being stored in...
The Bank of Canada must seize the pandemic moment and do more for Canadians
By Peter Dietsch Et Al
The Bank of Canada, like central banks around the world, is currently facing enormous upheaval and uncertainty due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic.
Will its leadership seize the moment as an opportunity to innovate...
Sure, video games want to get you hooked on spending. But there's no evidence they can manipulate you
By Ben Egliston Et Al
The ABCs latest Four Corners report is an investigation into how videogames are deliberately designed to get people hooked.
It describes the use of gambling-like loot boxes in games, the hotly debated notion of...
The budget is a window into the treasurer's soul. Here's what to look for Tuesday night
By Peter Martin1
What in America they call the State of the Union, in Australia we call the federal budget.
As surprising as it may seem, Australian budgets arent really about money theyre about values.
As a case in point, a key...