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How will Delta evolve? Here's what the theory tells us

By Hamish McCallum

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dramatic demonstration of evolution in action. Evolutionary theory explains much of what has already happened, predicts what will happen in the future and suggests which management strategies are...

Land of opportunity: more sustainable Australian farming would protect our lucrative exports (and the planet)

By Frank Jotzo Et Al

The European Union is pressing ahead with carbon border levies charges on carbon-intensive goods from countries such as Australia that havent taken strong action to reduce emissions. The EU will impose such measures on a...

Progress stops when we create and dismantle infrastructure programs every federal election

By Kerry Black

According to the most recent Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, the state of our infrastructure is at risk in fact, its failing. And our approach to tackling infrastructure has remained stagnant for decades. Mired in...

Nando’s chicken shortage: how the pandemic has made supply and demand tougher to predict

By John Boylan

Peri-peri chicken fans were disappointed and frustrated when Nandos announced the temporary closure of nearly 50 restaurants. A chicken shortage has been blamed, and while reactions to the closures were satirised on social...

Hospitals often outsource important services to companies that prioritize profit over patients

By Leonard L. Berry Et Al

Hospitals have long embraced the practice of outsourcing some services to specialized companies. Much of this outsourcing is for nonclinical tasks such as laundry, information technology and cybersecurity, and outsourcing...

After India's brutal coronavirus wave, two-thirds of population has been exposed to SARS-CoV2

By Rajib Dasgupta

Cases of COVID-19 are surging around the world, but the course of the pandemic varies widely country to country. To provide you with a global view as we approach a year and a half since the official declaration of the...

Afghanistan: progress on women's rights has been hard fought – now everything is at risk under the Taliban

By Sahar Maranlou

When the Taliban was in power between 1996 and 2001, womens rights to education and employment were brutally violated. They could only go out in public if accompanied by a male relative and, even then, had to be fully...

Pfizer vaccinations for 16 to 39-year-olds is welcome news. But AstraZeneca remains a good option

By Catherine Bennett

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced the Pfizer vaccine would become available to all Australians aged 16 to 39 from August 30. This represents a vote of confidence in our vaccine supply, which has been...

'OK Boomer': how a TikTok meme traces the rise of Gen Z political consciousness

By Crystal Abidin

The phrase OK Boomer has become popular over the past two years as an all-purpose retort with which young people dismiss their elders for being old-fashioned. OK Boomer began as a meme in TikTok videos, but our research...

Can a polite sign lead to political change? What kinds of protest work?

By Aidan Ricketts

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently gave reporters in Canberra a lesson in what kinds of protest he thinks work best. Last week, he condemned Extinction Rebellion protesters who sprayed graffiti on Parliament House...

8 out of 10 teachers think education news is negative and demoralising. Some have even left because of it

By Kathryn Shine

For many teachers, news coverage of education seems to be unrelentingly negative. They say this is particularly noticeable in reporting of results of standardised tests such as NAPLAN and the OECDs Programme for...

How ancient beliefs in underwater worlds can shed light in a time of rising sea levels

By Patrick D. Nunn

The small boat sliced its way through the waveless ocean. The Fiji air was warm and still, the silhouettes of distant islands like sentinels watching our progress. It seemed a perfect day to visit the Solo Lighthouse and...

As the Taliban's grip on Afghanistan tightens, New Zealand must commit to taking more refugees

By Alexander Gillespie

With a Defence Force Hercules now en route to Afghanistan to assist with rescue and evacuation, New Zealand joins a 60-country response to the unfolding calamity. Yet doubt still surrounds just who is eligible for the...

Metabolism may not slow after 20 – so why do we still gain weight?

By Janet Cade

For a long time, it was believed that after the age of 20 your metabolism decreased dramatically making it harder to lose weight and keep in shape. But a recent study has shown our metabolism also known as energy...

How the gig economy could suffer from a labour shortage – but workers may be better off

By John Colley

The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the economy will not be clear for some time. But in the UK, the easing of pandemic related restrictions has coincided with significant labour shortages and the driving up of wages....

Gun control in South Africa: tightening the law, and more

By Guy Lamb

Statistics produced by the police and mortuary surveillance systems in South Africa have consistently shown that firearms are the most commonly used weapons to commit murder and other violent crimes, such as carjacking and...

Climate change: why government failure to act isn't the problem

By Nick Bernards

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report underscored the dire state of the climate crisis, concluding that immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to...

The US is taking a bite out of its food insecurity – here's one way to scrap the problem altogether

By Craig Gundersen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to permanently increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by 25% above pre-pandemic levels in October 2021. Its the biggest change since 1979 to...

When hotter and drier means more – but eventually less – wildfire

By Maureen C Kennedy Et Al

There is abundant evidence that changes in the climate, both increased temperature and reduced precipitation, are making wildfires worse in the western U.S. The relationship between climate and wildfire seems obvious and...

Digital health is a vital tool: here's how we can make it more sustainable

By Maddy Thompson

The pandemic has shown us the extraordinary potential of digital health to fight global health inequalities by providing expanded access to healthcare: as well as by better informing our responses to health...

Indonesia's obsession to maintain social order hinders equal treatment of minority faiths

By A'an Suryana

A few weeks ago, Religious Affairs Minister Cholil Yaqut Qoumas became a target of public criticism and praise for congratulating followers of the minority Bahai faith in Indonesia on celebrating their Nowruz...

Australia's 4.6% unemployment rate hints at what's possible, but it's not the real thing

By Richard Holden

This week provided a first tiny glimpse into the labour-market fallout from Australias recent lockdowns. Australian Bureau of Statistics published the wage price index for the June quarter yesterday, showing sluggish...

Why Twitter’s user-driven experiment to tackle misinformation is complicated

By Eryn Newman Et Al

Over the past year, weve seen how dramatically misinformation can impact the lives of people, communities and entire countries. In a bid to better understand how misinformation spreads online, Twitter has started an...

Could sending humans to sleep for a year help solve the climate crisis? A new play, Hibernation, asks this question

By Sarah Peters

Review: Hibernation by Finegan Kruckemeyer, State Theatre Company South Australia What lengths would you go to in order to save the planet from climate crisis? Stop eating meat and start composting? Recycle and make do,...

BHP is selling its dirty oil and gas assets, but hold the applause

By Jeremy Moss

When BHP announced it would sell its stake in its oil and gas business to Woodside Petroleum to form a merged oil and gas business, it appeared welcome news. A big miner finally takes climate change seriously. But...

Individual dietary choices can add – or take away – minutes, hours and years of life

By Olivier Jolliet Et Al

Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many people know that the food choices they make affect their own health as well as that of the...

Feedback from supervisors can be a good or bad experience. Here’s how to get it right

By Ritesh Chugh Et Al

Giving good feedback is an art. It can be challenging for supervisors and managers, whether in an educational setting or any other workplace. Our newly published review of the past decades research on this issue confirms...

The Taliban's conquest of Kabul threatens the lives and safety of girls, women and sexual minorities

By Deeplina Banerjee

The world watched in shock as Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, fled the country on Aug. 15. The Taliban occupied Kabul, the countrys capital, and international news channels and social media began to be flooded...

We trained AI to recognise footprints, but it won't replace forensic experts yet

By Matthew Robert Bennett Et Al

We rely on experts all the time. If you need financial advice, you ask an expert. If you are sick, you visit a doctor, and as a juror you may listen to an expert witness. In the future, however, artificial intelligence...

An Afghan American scholar describes his fear-filled journey from the chaos at Kabul airport to a plane bound for home in the US

By Hanif Sufizada

Editors note: Afghan scholar Hanif Sufizada, who works at the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha, got caught in Kabul during the chaos of the U.S. military pullout, when thousands of Afghans...

How politicians use French rap to stoke divisions

By Marie Sonnette

In 2021, two cases have put rap at the heart of media debates in France. The first concerns the rapper Médine. On 18 February, MP Aurore Bergé, a member of President Emmanuel Macrons governing party,...

Repairing ozone layer is also reducing CO₂ in the atmosphere – new study

By Paul Young1

Spring 2060. In dark glasses, a wide sunhat and with what little exposed skin left caked in sun cream, a child stares at the woodland across from their house. It looks scraggly and stunted, and with far fewer leaves than...

Incel culture: what we've learned from investigating Plymouth attacker's digital footprint

By Blyth Crawford Et Al

In the wake of a mass shooting in Plymouth, England, fresh questions are being asked about incel culture and whether crimes committed by its adherents should be considered terrorism. Jake Davison went on a shooting...

How older people are mastering technology to stay connected after lockdown

By Carolyn Wilson-Nash Et Al

Its a well-worn stereotype: the image of an elderly person fiddling with technology that leaves them completely bamboozled. The media often depict older people struggling to use or manage digital technology. While this is...

Can health insurance companies charge the unvaccinated higher premiums? What about life insurers? 5 questions answered

By Kosali Simon Et Al

The current COVID-19 wave in the U.S. is mostly affecting unvaccinated Americans, who represent more than 95% of current cases of hospitalization and death. Given the average cost of a COVID-19 hospitalization in 2020...

BHP's offloading of oil and gas assets shows the global market has turned on fossil fuels

By John Quiggin

The announcement by BHP, the worlds second-largest mining company, that it will shift its oil and gas assets into a joint venture with Australian outfit Woodside is a clear indication the Big Australian is getting out of...

How machine learning is helping us fine-tune climate models to reach unprecedented detail

By Navid Constantinou

From movie suggestions to self-driving vehicles, machine learning has revolutionised modern life. Experts are now using it to help solve one of humanitys biggest problems: climate change. With machine learning, we can...

Afghanistan only the latest US war to be driven by deceit and delusion

By Gordon Adams

In Afghanistan, American hubris the United States capacity for self-delusion and official lying has struck once again, as it has repeatedly for the last 60 years. This weakness-masquerading-as-strength has repeatedly...

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable

By Ankur Mutreja Et Al

The first wave of COVID-19 in India in the summer of 2020 was efficiently flattened by a rapid country-wide lockdown. A consistent drop in case numbers from September 2020 to February 2021 allowed a cautious but smooth...

The impact of COVID-19 has been lower in Africa. We explore the reasons

By Alex Ezeh Et Al

Theres been an increase in COVID-19 deaths across Africa since mid-July 2021. But the impact of the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa remains markedly lower compared to the Americas, Europe and Asia. The reasons for this...

Why Nollywood is obsessed with remakes of classic movies

By Ezinne Ezepue

Since the record-breaking success of Ramsey Nouahs 2019 sequel to the Nollywood classic, Living in Bondage, the Nigerian film industry has been overtaken by a frenzy of remakes and sequels of classics from the 1990s. These...

What is the metaverse? A high-tech plan to Facebookify the world

By Nick Kelly

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the tech giant will shift from being a social media company to becoming a metaverse company, functioning in an embodied internet that blends real and virtual...

If you want predictions, ask an astrologer. Economists have better things to do

By Richard Holden

If you ask most people what economists do, they might tell you it has something to do with money. Or perhaps forecasting what the economy will look like a year from now. Most of the other comparisons would be less...

Being able to skip classes improves some students' performance

By Rigissa Megalokonomou Et Al

Remote learning online has been a common tool in the battle against COVID-19. School and university campus closures have affected over 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries. The reduced need for students to be in their...

A ‘Christian nation’ no longer: why Australia’s religious right loses policy battles even when it wins elections

By David Smith1

Conservative Christians are prominent in Australias Liberal-National Coalition parties. Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott are two of the most devout and theologically conservative prime ministers in Australian...

If machines can be inventors, could AI soon monopolise technology?

By Dr Amanda-Jane George

What does it mean to be an inventor? In patent law, designed to protect the intellectual property of inventors, officials are used to thinking of inventors as humans, taking an inventive step a new way of doing...

Young people are missing the office – here’s how they can thrive in a post-pandemic workplace

By Jane Parry

When asked about the governments position on remote working in the long-term, UK chancellor Rishi Sunak recently said that young people in particular would benefit from physically being in the office. It was really...

Boycotting the next Olympics in Beijing will hurt athletes: Here's a better idea

By Bruce Kidd

With the Tokyo Olympics coming to an end, human rights activists are expected to step up their campaign against the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in protest against the genocide of the Uyghurs and other...

Japan's constitutional dilemma: only men allowed on the Chrysanthemum throne

By Ella Tennant

The question of who will succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne the Japanese monarchy when there is a shortage of male heirs is in play again after the panel set up to look into the succession recently ruled out allowing a...

African governments have developed a taste for Eurobonds: why it's dangerous

By Dr. Misheck Mutize

International financial markets have opened a window for African governments to diversify their funding sources from traditional multilateral institutions and foreign aid. For example, they can now borrow through issuing...

Afghanistan: assessing the terror threat in the west as the Taliban returns

There is no other way to put it. The wests failure in Afghanistan will be remembered as one of epic proportions. Not only has the coalition of nations that entered the country 20 years ago failed to export their values ...

Consumer borrowing was heavily restricted in 1940s to curb inflation – it's time we did it again

By Sean H. Vanatta - 01:06 AM| Economy

There has been much talk about a potential inflation surge as countries lift pandemic restrictions and seek to resume normal economic activity. In recent months, US prices have risen more than 5% year-on-year. In the UK,...

Global crypto adoption among retail investors surge 881%, mostly from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Ukraine

23:37 PM| Digital Currency Economy

Global cryptocurrency adoption among ordinary investors surged 881 percent in the past year, with most coming from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and Ukraine, according to crypto-analysis firm Chainalysis. Chainalysis, which...

Hydrogen: UK government sees future in low-carbon fuel – but what's the reality?

By Tom Baxter - 01:27 AM| Business Economy

The UKs long-awaited hydrogen strategy has set out the governments plans for a world-leading hydrogen economy that it says would generate 900 million (US$1.2 million) and create over 9,000 jobs by 2030, potentially rising...

BHP may sell $15 billion petroleum biz to focus on mining

08:41 AM| Economy Business

The worlds biggest mining company BHP Group Ltd. is considering selling its oil-and-gas business for an estimated value of at least $15 billion to focus on mining. The sale would rank as one of the energy industrys...

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TikTok is partnering with a blockchain start-up. Here's why this could be good news for artists

By D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye - 01:33 AM| Technology

On August 17, TikTok announced it will partner with Audius, a streaming music platform, to manage its expansive internal audio library. Audius was not the obvious choice for partnering with the short video giant. A...

Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can't live with the virus

By Hassan Vally - 01:04 AM| Health

Were currently in the midst of one of the most challenging times during the pandemic in Australia, and were all struggling. Frustration with the situation is at an all-time high and questions are being raised about all...

How Africa can seize the moment and start resetting its relationship with the IMF

By Danny Bradlow - 01:08 AM| Insights & Views

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will inject $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights into the global economy. It will allocate them among its member states, which can then decide for themselves how they want to use...

We throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste

By Kamran Mahroof Et Al - 01:16 AM| Insights & Views

The COVID pandemic has shown the fragility of our global food supply chains, with many supermarkets and restaurants in almost every country having experienced food shortages. Millions of people in the UK alone have...

What lies behind social unrest in South Africa, and what might be done about it

By Justin Visagie Et Al - 01:43 AM| Politics

South Africa has among the highest recorded levels of social protest of any country in the world. The reasons behind this are more complex than often assumed. The scale and severity of the looting and sabotage in...

Why I no longer think we should try to eliminate COVID – public health expert

By Andrew Lee - 01:18 AM| Insights & Views Health

Around the world, countries are having to strike a balance between COVID-19 cases and restrictions. In the UK and the US, daily new cases number in the thousands, but restrictions and limitations are being lifted. In...

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Economy

S. Korea's mid-sized crypto exchanges discontinue trading pairs in won

Medium-sized South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges have discontinued trading pairs and payment services using the Korean currency as financial regulators are set to enforce tougher rules. Some medium-sized exchanges...

Covers of SLAM basketball magazine to appear as NFTs

The Tom Brady co-founded firm Autograph and iconic basketball brand SLAM will distribute an archive of digital-collectible magazine covers on DraftKings Marketplace. The deal between the two companies gives Autograph...

Coinbase applies to broaden offerings with cryptocurrency futures and derivatives trading

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has applied to provide futures and derivatives trading with the National Futures Association (NFA) to broaden its offerings, it announced on Twitter. The exchange says it aims to further...

Cyworld teams up with Hancom to offer metaverse service

The once-popular social networking service Cyworld has strategically partnered with office suite software developer Hancom to offer metaverse-powered service Cyworld Z. Hancom, who acquired an undisclosed stake in the...

Boston Beer sued by investors for misleading statements on seltzer biz

Investors are suing Boston Beer Co. for misrepresenting the sales performance of its seltzer product line, which includes Angry Orchard Hard Seltzer and Truly Hard Seltzer. At least three law firms have sued Boston...

Politics

Capitol riots: TikTok reportedly played a key role in organization of Jan. 6 insurrection

A lot of details are still unknown regarding the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. A report reveals that federal agencies have warned law enforcement agencies regarding the role that video-sharing app TikTok plays in...

Joe Biden meets with CEOs to discuss vaccine mandates

As the US still struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its Delta variant, US President Joe Biden and his administration are looking to further boost vaccinations. This week, Biden met with business leaders to...

Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary push for more spending on child care

The Biden-Harris administration is currently looking to shore up public support for upcoming proposals such as the massive $3.5 trillion social spending bill. US Vice President Kamala Harris along with Treasury Secretary...

Nancy Pelosi wanted to know who would stand up to Donald Trump following Capitol riots, new book claims

More details have surfaced regarding what was happening behind the scenes before, during, and after the Capitol insurrection last January 6. According to an upcoming book, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wondered who was...

Capitol riots: Rep. Adam Kinzinger calls on GOP colleagues to condemn rally supporting insurrectionists

Months after the January 6 Capitol insurrection, another rally is being anticipated and this time it is in support of the insurrectionists that have been arrested and imprisoned. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger called on...

Science

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Watson and Crick, Schrdinger and Einstein all made theoretical breakthroughs that have changed the worlds understanding of science. Today big, game-changing ideas are less common. New and improved techniques are the...

234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the upcoming IPCC climate report – here's what you need to know and why it's a big deal

This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are finalizing a report that assesses the state of the global climate. Its a big deal. The report is used by governments and industries everywhere to understand the...

Technology

‘Gran Turismo 7’ campaign and GT Cafe don’t have offline modes

Gran Turismo 7 director Kazunori Yamauchi reiterated that they do not plan on making the games campaign mode available for offline play. But the Gran Turismo series creator also explained the reason behind this significant...

‘God of War Ragnarök’ producer says there won’t be a trilogy

God of War Ragnark may be one of the most anticipated games among PlayStation fans. The preceding title ended in a way that made a sequel necessary, but that will not be the case for the upcoming game. Producer Cory Barlog...

'Skull and Bones' reportedly has plenty of ship customizations with an open world map

The development of Skull and Bones has been one of the long-running projects of Ubisoft, and fans got more ideas about its potential gameplay features after a recent leak. The pirate-themed title will reportedly offer a...

iOS 15 will roll out starting September 20

Apple has launched several devices at an event earlier this week. It was then not surprising that part of the program was the announcement of the iOS 15 release date. Now, the reported full release notes of the operating...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S22 may launch with a smaller battery

The base model of the Galaxy S22 series might not be a full upgrade from the Galaxy S21 on paper, per a new report. The upcoming device is rumored to sport a smaller battery than its predecessor. However, Samsung could...
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