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We're paying companies millions to roll out COVID vaccines. But we're not getting enough bang for our buck

Jul 24, 2021 06:10 am UTC| Insights & Views

How we roll out vaccines is recognised as more important to the success of vaccination programs than how well a vaccine works. And the last mile of distribution to get vaccine into peoples arms is the most...

Unis are killing the critical study of religion, and it will only make campuses more religious

Jul 24, 2021 05:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

Global developments in tertiary education suggest the critical scientific study of religion is endangered. One of the departments slated for extinguishment amid the pandemic-related upheavals was my own at the University...

Metal Supply & Demand Series

Travelling through deep time to find copper for a clean energy future

Jul 18, 2021 10:42 am UTC| Insights & Views

More than 100 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, have committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The world is going to need a lot of metal, particularly copper. Recently, the...

How 'In God We Trust' bills are helping advance a Christian nationalist agenda

Jul 18, 2021 10:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

City vehicles in Chesapeake, Virginia, will soon be getting religion. At a meeting on July 13, 2021, city councilors unanimously voted in favor of a proposal that would see the official motto of the U.S., In God We...

China Crisis Series

Silenced in China: the COVID 'truth-tellers' and political dissent

Jul 18, 2021 10:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan in early 2020, one focus of international reporting has been the Chinese authorities handling of the story. The BBC, CNN, the New York Times, AP, among others, have...

Academic freedom is paramount for universities. They can do more to protect it from China's interference

Jul 01, 2021 03:59 am UTC| Insights & Views

A report from Human Rights Watch released yesterday found students and academics critical of Chinas Communist Party are being harassed and intimidated by supporters of Beijing. Human Rights Watch interviewed 24...

Climate Change Series

To make agriculture more climate-friendly, carbon farming needs clear rules

Jul 01, 2021 03:58 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

As the effects of climate change intensify and paths for limiting global warming narrow, politicians, media and environmental advocates have rallied behind carbon farming as a mutually beneficial strategy for society, the...

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Economy

Tencent shares plunge 10% after China media calls online gaming 'electronic drugs'

Stocks of Chinas biggest social media and video game firm Tencent tumbled over 10 percent, wiping almost $60 billion from its market capitalization after state-run Economic Information Daily likened online video games to...

Nissan and AESC to build $456 million EV battery plant in Japan

Envision AESC and Nissan will build a second car battery factory in two months, set to rise in Ibaraki Prefecture, with an initial investment of $456 million and an annual production capacity of six gigawatt-hours in...

NTT laments lost opportunity to showcase technology at Tokyo Olympics

Japanese companies like Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. lament the missed opportunity for their products to take center stage with the lack of spectators in the Olympic games. NTT wanted to showcase its...

Toss offers free transactions amid growing online bank competition

Viva Republica would eliminate transaction fees for Toss users starting Monday, as it prepares to launch Toss Bank next month and gears up for growing competition with internet-only banks and other fintech firms. The...

Politics

Joe Biden vaccine: US meets 70 percent vaccination rate

The Biden administration is increasing efforts to get Americans vaccinated in light of the surge in cases, especially of the Delta variant. This week, President Joe Biden has announced that the US has finally hit the 70...

Kamala Harris to promote Biden-Harris administration's 'America is Back' in upcoming visit to Singapore, Vietnam

US Vice President Kamala Harris will be making her next few overseas engagements this month in her upcoming visits to Singapore and Vietnam. Harris is expected to promote the new administrations message in her trips to the...

Kevin McCarthy faces further backlash from women's rights group over 'joke' of assaulting Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently came under fire for his joke about hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel should he become House Speaker in 2022. However, McCarthy is facing further backlash as a...

Capitol insurrection: Testimonies from Capitol police can help build criminal case against ex-POTUS Trump

Last week was the first hearing of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the events of the Capitol insurrection last January 6. Following the testimonies of some of the injured law enforcement officials that...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

Honor Magic 3 benchmark result hints at the use of Snapdragon 888

The anticipated official launch of Honor Magic 3 is just a few days away, but leaks remain unstoppable. More recently, a Geekbench benchmark test result appeared online, possibly revealing what processing chip will power...

‘Clair de Lune' traveled to space to become the first NFT music to reach orbit

Claire de Lune, the popular classical music composed by French composer Claude Debussy, has a non-fungible token (NFT) version, and this digital file was flown to space. Traveling to orbit and reaching 125,000 miles...

Google Pixel 6 series to launch in 8 countries

Google has done something quite different for the announcement of the Pixel 6 series. Instead of waiting until fall to unveil the upcoming flagship devices, the company published a series of tweets that revealed their...

‘Fortnite’ adds DC’s Bloodsport and ‘Street Fighter’s’ Cammy and Guile this week

Epic Games is having one major collaboration after another this summer. Now, the world of Fortnite is having a crossover with some popular Suicide Squad members and a couple of fan-favorite Street Fighter...
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