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An AI-flown military aircraft is being designed in Australia. Are our laws equipped to protect us?

By Eve Massingham

In September, Boeing announced it would design and build a new military aircraft in Queensland, a first in Australia for over 50 years. The Loyal Wingman is an uncrewed craft that flies in teams with other crewed and...

Our understanding of black holes has changed over time

By Valerio Faraoni

It took Albert Einstein 10 years to find the equations of general relativity, but German astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild only needed a few months to solve them. Schwarzschilds solution describes the gravity of an...

Explainer: how do police undertake major crime investigations?

By Terry Goldsworthy

Recent high-profile criminal cases, such as the suspected death of William Tyrrell and the abduction of Chloe Smith, have captured the attention of the media and the public. As a former detective inspector, I...

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

By Brian Whitacre Et Al

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But its at the state level where the financial rubber meets the fiber-optic road. History suggests some states are ahead of...

Football: English fans want an independent regulator – here's how it could help save clubs from ruin

By Mark Middling

Football clubs are not like other businesses. Their primary aim is not to make a profit, but to win matches. Research shows this creates a conflict between sporting goals on the one hand, and the logic of business on...

Vital Signs: Albanese to come clean on emissions targets, but a carbon price is still hush-hush

By Richard Holden

The Australian Labor Party is set to announce its target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions today. At the 2016 and 2019 elections, Labor promised net zero emissions by 2050 and a cut of 45% on 2005 levels by 2030....

'One China' principle: what this interesting aspect of diplomacy means for China and Taiwan

By Colin Alexander

The tense triangular relationship between the US, China and Taiwan has emerged once again amid escalating military tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The status of the small, densely populated island off the southeast...

South Africa is failing to ride the digital revolution wave. What it needs to do

By Antonio Andreoni Et Al

Workplaces are adopting new forms of advanced automation at a rate that suggests a digital revolution in the making. Digital technologies such as sensorisation, networked data analytics, and artificial intelligence make...

Swapping probiotics for antibiotics: how it could be a game changer for chickens, and us

By Deon Neveling

In 1928, microbiologist Alexander Flemings discovery of penicillin was hailed as a scientific breakthrough. In the nearly 100 years since then, scientists have discovered numerous other antibiotics that have saved billions...

Germany: the three biggest issues facing Chancellor Olaf Scholz

By Niccolò Pisani

Olaf Scholz is soon to be sworn in as the new chancellor of Germany after nearly two months of intense negotiations between the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens, and liberal Free Democrats (FDP). It is a complex coalition...

Why COVID-19 must be included in safer sex messaging on college campuses

By Tamra Burns Loeb Et Al

With college students back on campus, and COVID-19 with us for the foreseeable future, it has become increasingly clear that educators need to develop a new definition of safer sex. Although the virus is not a sexually...

COP26: New Zealand depends on robust new rules for global carbon trading to meets its climate pledge

By Nathan Cooper Et Al

As the COP26 climate summit draws to a close, debate continues on one key issue in particular: a new rule book for global carbon trading to allow countries to purchase emissions reductions from overseas to count towards...

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

By Richard Holden

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...

We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we're training AI chatbots to do the same

By David Ireland Et Al

While the art of conversation in machines is limited, there are improvements with every iteration. As machines are developed to navigate complex conversations, there will be technical and ethical challenges in how they...

A new era of planetary exploration: what we discovered on the far side of the Moon

By Iraklis Giannakis

Seven months after it was launched, the US robotic rover Perseverance successfully landed on Mars on February 18 2021. The landing was part of the mission Mars2020 and was viewed live by millions of people worldwide,...

Corruption: how the UK compares to other countries

By Daniel Hough

Corruption allegations have been flowing freely in the UK of late. To cherry-pick just some, an MP has resigned over his apparent conflicts of interest, a former attorney general has had his external business practices...

The publishers who made Shakespeare a global phenomenon

By Andrew Murphy

Walk into any decent bookshop today in search of Shakespeares plays and youre sure to find at least one. And even if you cant find what youre looking for on the bookshelves, there is always the internet, where a great...

Belarus: whether or not Putin is behind the border crisis, it plays into Kremlin hands

By Liana Semchuk

The migrant crisis on Belaruss western border has escalated rapidly in recent days, forcing Poland and Lithuania to declare a state of emergency and close the borders with their neighbour. With 15,000 Polish border...

Embodied carbon: why truly net zero buildings could still be decades away

By Ljubomir Jankovic

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions come from two sources: using things (known as operational emissions) and making things (embodied emissions). For a familiar example of the first kind, your home probably burns natural gas for...

As the world moves away from fossil fuels, Canada's energy security may be at risk

By Noha Razek

Oil and gas prices plummeted in 2020. In March, before the World Health Organization had declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Russia and Saudi Arabia, two of the worlds largest oil producers, set off a market-share war that sent...

Here's how to convince CEOs to support government climate action at the expense of their own profits

By Matt Gitsham Et Al

There is now widespread consensus that limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5℃ requires fundamental changes in sectors like energy, food, transport, construction and finance towards more environmentally friendly...

FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

By Christi van der Westhuizen

Few recent historical figures in South Africa provoke more divergent views than Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk. He was president of the country from 1989 to 1994. Some will remember him as the last white South African...

Eric Zemmour: Jewish heritage is a useful tool for the French far right

By Hannah Rose

French commentator Eric Zemmour has risen to political notoriety off the back of anti-Muslim hatred and anti-migrant incitement before even officially announcing his candidacy in the 2022 French presidential...

Indonesia's capital Jakarta is sinking. Here's how to stop this

By Edvin Aldrian

As Indonesias capital and most populous megacity, Jakarta needs rapid solutions to tackle the problems of land subsidence and sea-level rise. A recent study by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) stated...

Technology-enabled abuse: how 'safety by design' can reduce stalking and domestic violence

By Bridget Harris

Mobile phones and online technologies are frequently used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence to coerce, control and restrict the freedoms of victims and survivors. Recent death reviews have found that...

Why are prices so high? Blame the supply chain

By Craig Austin

Consumer prices soared in October and are now up 6.2% from a year earlier higher than most economists estimates and the fastest increase in more than three decades. At this point, that may be no surprise to most...

What is Bitcoin's fundamental value?

By John Hawkins1

As it hits new highs, there is no shortage of bold predictions about Bitcoin reaching US$100,000 or more. Often these are based on not much more than extrapolations by people with vested interests: the price has gone up...

The Moon's top layer alone has enough oxygen to sustain 8 billion people for 100,000 years

By John Grant2

Alongside advances in space exploration, weve recently seen much time and money invested into technologies that could allow effective space resource utilisation. And at the forefront of these efforts has been a laser-sharp...

Olympic Games are great for propagandists – how the lessons of Hitler's Olympics loom over Beijing 2022

By Michael J. Socolow

On the morning of Aug. 14, 1936, two NBC employees met for breakfast at a café in Berlin. Max Jordan and Bill Slater were discussing the Olympic Games they were broadcasting back to the United States and the Nazi...

How metacognition — thinking about thinking — can improve the mental-health crisis

By Brendan Conway-Smith

In these times of virtual meet-ups, negative news overload and widespread uncertainty, its fair to say it has been a tough time for our brains. If youve been feeling mentally subpar, you may be floating around the edges or...

Google loses appeal against €2.4 billion fine: tech giants might now have to re-think their entire business models

By Renaud Foucart

Google is being fined 2.4 billion (2.1 billion) for hindering competition in the EU after a 2017 decision has been upheld on appeal by the general court of the European Union. This is a saga dating back over 15 years, in...

We can't afford to just build greener. We must build less

By Johannes Novy

As the built environment takes centre stage at COP26, the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and of the industrys responsibility to address it comes into focus. A recent report from the UNs Global Alliance for...

Consulting firms are the 'shadow public service' managing the response to COVID-19

By Chris Hurl Et Al

In March 2020, as governments were implementing lockdown mandates at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consulting firm McKinsey made a call to someone in the Ontario premiers office. Soon after, the firm was put in...

Trade war looms over article 16: the Northern Ireland protocol safeguard, explained

By Carlo Petrucci

David Frost, the UK Brexit minister, has expressed discontent with the implementation of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol. This is the trade arrangement at the heart of controversies over trade between the EU, Great...

Why nitrates and nitrites in processed meats are harmful – but those in vegetables aren’t

By Richard Hoffman

Many of us know that we should steer away from processed meats and eat more vegetables if we want to be healthier and lower our chances of developing certain types of cancers. While there are many reasons processed meats...

Big business and climate change: finally, sustainability pays

By Craig Anderson1

One thing becoming clear during the debate over how to respond to climate change is that prioritising profit at the expense of the environment, or disregarding the social consequences, is not just morally unacceptable, it...

Myths and truths around South Africa’s recent renewable energy auction

By Wikus Kruger

South Africas department of mineral resources and energy recently announced its choice of companies to build and operate a new batch of renewable energy projects. This is part of a programme in which the government invites...

AI shop assistants: get ready for a world where you can't tell humans and chatbots apart

By Shweta Singh

I regularly fly with KLM from Minneapolis to New Delhi, and always stop over in Amsterdam. I am frequently in Minneapolis for research and this is my route to go home to take a break from work. I have done the journey so...

Should Elon Musk try to solve the problem of world hunger with $6 billion? 5 questions answered

By Jessica Eise

Elon Musk hinted on Oct. 31, 2021, perhaps jokingly, that he might be willing to donate US$6 billion of his fortune to pay for hunger relief. But there was a catch: The United Nations would have to prove that it can solve...

Investors who trust ESG funds for a positive impact have a crucial blind spot, and it puts the $35 trillion industry's promises in doubt

By Tinglong Dai Et Al

If you own stocks, chances are good you have heard the term ESG. It stands for environmental, social and governance, and its a way to laud corporate leaders who take sustainability including climate change and social...

Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill

By Ana Maria Dimand

The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021. The bill puts about US$240 billion toward building or rebuilding roads, bridges,...

Why the era of cheap money is finally ending

By John Whittaker

The Bank of England was widely expected to slightly increase its official bank rate on November 4, but it decided to stick to the all-time low of 0.1%. However, the bank has made it clear that a rise will soon be needed,...

Protesting during a pandemic: New Zealand's balancing act between a long tradition of protests and COVID rules

By Alexander Gillespie Et Al

Several times this week, protesters have forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon events aimed to support the COVID vaccination rollout. Over the past few weeks, thousands have gathered, in breach of COVID...

Supreme Court appears to suggest right to guns at home extends to carrying them in public too

By Morgan Marietta

Faced with the question does the constitutional right to possess a gun extend outside the home? the majority of the Supreme Court appears to be heading toward the answer yes. On Nov. 3, 2012, justices heard oral...

Lessons from the Virginia governor's race: Make your best case

By Mary Kate Cary

I teach political speech writing. My students know that earlier this year I served on a committee that wrote the University of Virginias statement on free speech and free inquiry, which stated that All views, beliefs, and...

Why the Taliban must be held accountable for past atrocities

By Latifa Jafari Alavi

In August, after Taliban rapidly swept to power in Afghanistan, its fighters executed 13 people from the Hazara minority in Daikundi province, where I was born. Amnesty International has said these extrajudicial killings...

Students are told not to use Wikipedia for research. But it's a trustworthy source

By Rachel Cunneen Et Al

At the start of each university year, we ask first-year students a question: how many have been told by their secondary teachers not to use Wikipedia? Without fail, nearly every hand shoots up. Wikipedia offers free and...

Borrowing from King Solomon, economists are getting closer to working out how good leaders can make good decisions

By Richard Holden

Heres a story from the Bible. As far as I know, its the first reported instance of the branch of economics known as implementation theory. Its from the First Book of Kings, Chapter 3, starting at Verse 16. Two women...

Metaverse: how Facebook rebrand reflects a dangerous trend in growing power of tech monopolies

By Peter Bloom

Facebooks rebranding as Meta has been seen by many as the companys latest attempt at corporate crisis control. The social media giant has been publicly attacked for creating an environment that fosters far-right extremism...

A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted

By Rob MacKenzie Et Al

More than 150 years ago Victorian biologist Charles Darwin made a powerful observation: that a mixture of species planted together often grow more strongly than species planted individually. It has taken a century and a...

Love it or hate it, TikTok is changing the music industry

Tik-a-Tok-a-Who?, was Adeles response to her managements suggestion to promote her music to younger audiences on Tiktok, the video-sharing platform owned by Chinese company ByteDance. If everyones making music for the...

Vladimir Putin’s imperial project

07:33 AM| Business

Vladimir Putin has never tried that hard to hide his nostalgia for the Soviet Union. And why should he? Its a fondness which he shares with many of his fellow countrymen; 66 per cent of Russian respondents to a 2018 poll...

Canada must once again grab its share of the auto industry, despite U.S. protectionism

By Dimitry Anastakis - 01:55 AM| Economy

The news that Tesla recently reached the extraordinary valuation of US$1 trillion shows yet again that the automobile industry remains a huge economic force shaping the planet. Teslas growth also reflects how the...

Climate Change Series

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions

By Dan Chester - 01:55 AM| Economy

From power plants to coffee cups or your childhood home, everything that makes up the economy has a life expectancy. Much of what we make and consume lasts just weeks, months or years. However, lots of infrastructure...

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Omicron: Britain plans to vaccinate 25 million in two months – but can it be done?

By Liz Breen1 - 02:00 AM| Health

What impact the new omicron variant will have is still unknown. But with early data suggesting it could be the most transmissible form of the virus yet and that it could be less susceptible to existing antibodies it...

Are you binge-watching too much? How to know if your TV habits are a problem – and what to do about it

By Mark Griffiths - 02:02 AM| Health

The term binge-watch was a contender for the Oxford English Dictionarys 2013 word of the year. Although it didnt win (selfie ultimately took the crown), this pointed to the rise of what was becoming a popular activity of...

Skyrocketing housing prices force Seoul residents to move to Gyeonggi Province

15:26 PM| Economy Business Life

More people are leaving Seoul to nearby provinces like Gyeonggi and other greater Seoul regions due to the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, coupled with skyrocketing housing prices. Last year, 402,000...

Young people's fear of missing out may be fuelling feelings of social disconnection during COVID-19

By Natasha Parent - 01:54 AM| Health

Most of us have spent more time on screens since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This increase in screen time may be especially pronounced among teens because of school closures, the cancellation of extracurricular...

NBA inks $1 billion deal with Sportradar for betting data and streaming

15:48 PM| Sports Life Economy

The National Basketball Association (NBA) inked an expansive eight-year contract worth US$1 billion with Sportradar for data and live game video eight-year to betting operators in the US and internationally. The...

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Economy

McDonald's Canada celebrating APPreciation Day by handing out 50 Million MyMcDonald's Rewards Points

McDonalds Canada is offering big rewards to its customers through the restaurants MyMcDonalds Rewards program. The Canadian unit of the American fast-food chain wants to express its gratefulness to loyal customers, and it...

Samsung merges its mobile and consumer electronics biz and announces newly appointed leaders

Samsung Electronics revealed on Tuesday, Dec. 7, that it will be unifying its mobile and consumer electronics divisions which means these will become just one unit within the company. Samsung Electronics is making this...

E-Mart in a bid to acquire Ministop Korea

E-Mart, the largest convenience store chain in South Korea, is looking to buy Ministop Korea after placing its bid for the acquisition. The plan was revealed last weekend, and E-Mart officially joined Unison Capital and...

Samsung Life faces probe for improperly benefitting affiliate

The countrys top antitrust regulator Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) could probe Samsung Life Insurance for violating shareholder regulations in allegedly providing improper benefits to another affiliate. It is...

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo now serving caramel cappuccino spiked with rum

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is now serving a cappuccino spiked with a touch of rum called the Kinema Cappuccino and topped with caramel popcorn and craft caramel sauce for $17.44. It is available in hot and...

Politics

Nancy Pelosi to take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert, says Rep. Ilhan Omar

In light of recent events in Congress, House Democrats are calling for action to be taken against the latest scandal in the form of Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boeberts Islamophobic attacks against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

Iran not allowed to 'slow-walk' negotiations over nuclear deal, says US

Talks resumed last week with Iran about the nuclear deal in Vienna. The US has recently warned Iran against attempts to slow-walk its way in the ongoing negotiations. AFP reports that over the weekend, the US has warned...

South China Sea: There would be 'terrible consequences' if China invades Taiwan, says US

The increasing aggression of China, especially towards Taiwan, has become a cause of concern for other nations, especially the US. Washington has now warned that there would be terrible consequences should China decide to...

Capitol insurrection: Rep. Adam Schiff says John Eastman would be held in contempt for defying subpoena

Lawyer John Eastman, who drafted the infamous memo that detailed how then-vice president Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election results, was subpoenaed by the House Committee probing the Capitol insurrection. Rep....

Nancy Pelosi says conservative Supreme Court justices need a session on the 'birds and the bees'

The Supreme Court has recently begun a hearing that could potentially overturn the ruling on Roe v. Wade, giving a woman the right to have an abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the hearing, criticizing the...

Science

Suntory develops 100% plant-based PET bottle

The Suntory Group has created a prototype polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made from 100 percent plant-based materials as a crucial step toward eliminating all petroleum-based virgin plastic from its bottles and...

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Technology

‘The Matrix Awakens’ goes live at The Game Awards on December 9

Epic Games confirmed the release of an upcoming demo of its Unreal Engine 5 called The Matrix Awakens. However, video game fans who have been waiting for a new game should manage their expectations because the demo does...

‘Halo Infinite’ campaign level replays could be added post-launch

There are new things to explore once Halo Infinite launches this week, but there are also crucial features confirmed not available on day one, including the option to replay campaign story missions. However, developer 343...

iPad Pro could get wireless charging and reverse wireless charging features in 2022

It has not been that long since Apple unveiled the last of its new devices for this year, but tech fans might already have the list of upcoming products from the company in 2022. The iPad line is expected to be one of the...

PAC-MAN COMMUNITY launches on Facebook Gaming with new ‘Play with Streamer’ feature

Meta announced a new project for Facebook Gaming on Monday called PAC-MAN COMMUNITY. It is a new interactive game exclusively available in the streaming platform that also paves the way for the introduction of a new...

‘Stalker 2’ may require 180GB of storage space on Xbox

Stalker 2 is one of the most anticipated games on Xbox Series X/S. The game is still a few months away from its launch, but its official Xbox store page has been recently updated, revealing how much storage space it will...
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