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Cancel culture looks a lot like old-fashioned church discipline

May 09, 2021 10:10 am UTC| Insights & Views

Blink and you may have missed one of the more recent controversies over cancel culture. On March 23, 2021, columnist Hemal Jhaveri published an opinion piece at For The Win, a sports commentary website operated by USA...

Male voices dominate the news. Here's how journalists and female experts can turn this around

May 09, 2021 09:02 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

Do people become more religious in times of crisis?

May 09, 2021 09:01 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

Taste alone won't persuade Americans to swap out beef for plant-based burgers

May 09, 2021 09:00 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?

May 09, 2021 08:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

Global Geopolitics Series

Unblocking the passage from India

May 09, 2021 08:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows

May 09, 2021 08:50 am UTC| Insights & Views

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...

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Economy

Discord is evolving beyond messaging and games

Discord was only launched in 2015, and today, it has millions of users already. The instant messaging and digital distribution platform quickly became popular as video gamers and other big communities find it the best...

Why states didn't go broke from the pandemic

During the summer of 2020, there were many news reports about the impending state fiscal crisis due to the pandemic. A July 7 article on CNBC with the headline Cuts to basic services loom as coronavirus ravages local...

Beam Suntory releases bourbon-based ready-to-drink Jim Beam in US

Beam Suntory added two new ready-to-drink cocktails featuring a bourbon base in its Jim Beam offering in the US. The Jim Beam Ginger Highball combines bourbon with ginger ale while its Jim Beam Classic Highball pairs...

Subway's new sandwiches pose risk to employees, claims franchisees

The North American Association of Subway Franchisees (NAASF) has told members that they cannot endorse Subways promotion as they can pose a burn risk to employees, and they can supposedly damage franchisees toasters....

Politics

World War 3 threat: Experts warn US and China may engage in military conflict in Africa

Over the years, relations between China and the US have been rocky, especially over certain issues. However, fears of possible world war have been stoked as experts have warned that Africa may be the continent that gets...

Joe Biden to give commencement address at Coast Guard Academy graduation

Joe Biden will be making a commencement address at the upcoming Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony. Bidens upcoming address would be his second time giving a speech at the academys ceremony. The Coast Guard Academy...

Donald Trump social media ban: Facebook oversight board to announce decision on ex-POTUS' suspension

Former President Donald Trump has been away from social media for several months following the January 6 insurrection. Facebook is already turning to its oversight board to make a decision regarding the former presidents...

Joe Biden COVID-19 vaccine: House Democrats want POTUS to waive vaccine patents

With over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines already administered, many are now urging US President Joe Biden to provide help to other countries. House Democrats are now urging Biden to waive the vaccine patents...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Only 13% of iOS 14.5 users worldwide allowed apps to track them

An analytics firm reported that a very small number of Apple mobile device users have agreed to allow apps to track them. The information comes two weeks after the widely anticipated and debated iOS 14.5 feature App...

Samsung Electronics to share 505 patented technologies to S. Korean SMEs

Samsung Electronics will share its 505 patented technologies with local small and medium enterprises via a government technology transfer program to overcome the market challenges triggered by the pandemic. The list of...

PS5 with ‘semi-custom’ 6nm AMD chip reportedly launching in 2022

Sony has been one of the companies affected by the semiconductor shortage worldwide resulting in the continuous difficulty to find available PS5 consoles in stores. However, Sony is reportedly considering remedying the...

Google Account users to be automatically enrolled in two-factor authentication ‘soon'

Google celebrated World Password Day by reminding its users how vulnerable these sets of characters can be. On that note, the tech giant announced its plan to have Google Account users be automatically enrolled to...
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