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Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases

By Keith M. Bellizzi

Were all exhausted and pushed to the limit by months of social distancing, and the recent news that cases are climbing in many states is especially scary.While you may feel like ripping off your mask and heading for a...

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

By Amy Y. Vittor Et Al

The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus.These leaps often happens at the edges of the worlds tropical...

Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curingblindness (Yes, you read that right)

By Hemant Khanna

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of scientific breakthroughs in treating diseases that cause blindness.Researchers at U.S.-based Editas...

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

By Yangyang Xu Et Al

The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work.The big ideaDays of extreme high heat and extreme air pollution are both increasing worldwide. Last November, New Delhi experienced a week of the...

New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city's latest redesign in times of dramatic change

By Amy D. Finstein

On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurantsthough only outsideafter months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening...

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

By Adrian Bardon

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the countrys ineffective pandemic response on an American anti-science bias. He...

A selective retreat from trade with China makes sense for the United States

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Trade tensions and mistrust are escalating between the U.S. and China. Soon after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that China recommitted to its January trade deal obligations after a face-to-face meeting with...

Economic policies can induce people to quarantine safely during the pandemic

By Roberto Chang1 Et Al

Recent economic proposals to deal with COVID-19, like those summarized by UC Berkeley economist Pierre Olivier Gourinchas, have focused on compensating households and businesses for income losses due to lockdowns and other...

Nepal is caught in the middle of India-China border tensions

By Promod Tandan

A tense military standoff between China and India over a disputed border area in the Himalayas has put much of the region on edge. Not least in Nepal, which has its own ongoing land dispute with India and where concern is...

Thousands of women have run out of tampons and pads under lockdown – time to talk about sustainable period products

By Supriya Garikipati

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered what has been described as a sanitary pad crisis in India. Priya, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, considers herself lucky: her parents can still afford pads. But several of her friends will...

Apple is trying to reclaim its major innovator status (by making you wash your hands)

By Margarietha de Villiers Scheeper Et Al

Market commentators view Apples announcements at this weeks Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 (WWDC) as one of the companys most important strategic moves of the past decade.Among the key announcements were details...

The law is a man's world. Unless the culture changes, women will continue to be talked over, marginalised and harassed

By Kate Galloway

For many, the allegations of sexual harassment against Dyson Heydon came as a shock. It seems difficult to imagine a senior member of the legal profession, a justice of the High Court, would engage in inappropriate or...

Government unveils $250 million for 'creative economy'

By Michelle Grattan

he Morrison government has announced a $250 million package for the entertainment, arts and screen sectors, which have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.The grants and loans will be rolled out over the...

Journalists believe news and opinion are separate, but readers can't tell the difference

By Kevin M. Lerner

The New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned recently after the paper published a controversial opinion essay by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton that advocated using the military to put down protests.The essay...

A field guide to Trump's dangerous rhetoric

By Jennifer Mercieca

All leaders are demagogues. You may not realize this, because weve come to associate the word demagogue with only dangerous populist leaders. But in Greek, the word just means leader of the people (dēmos the people +...

Facebook vs news: Australia wants to level the playing field, Facebook politely disagrees

By Tim Dwyer

The Australian government is setting out to develop a bargaining code to address power imbalances between news media publishers and digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The creation of this code was recommended...

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

By Richard Holden

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Supreme Court ruling on Dreamers sends a clear message to the White House: You have to tell the truth

By Morgan Marietta

When it came down to it, the fate of 700,000 immigrants brought to U.S. as children hung on a simple question: Does the White House have to tell the whole truth in justifying its move to deport them?On June 8, the...

One metre or two? The science behind social distancing

By Lena Ciric

What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live.China, Denmark and France recommend social distancing of one metre; Australia, Germany and Italy recommend...

5 reasons police officers should have college degrees

By Leana Bouffard Et Al

Following several deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on June 16 that calls for increased training and credentialing to reduce the use of excessive force...

Rural America is more vulnerable to COVID-19 than cities are, and it's starting to show

By David J. Peters

Rural areas seemed immune as the coronavirus spread through cities earlier this year. Few rural cases were reported, and attention focused on the surge of illnesses and deaths in the big metro areas. But that false sense...

How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus

By Anna Leask

Tourism has virtually stopped thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns. This is hitting many cities hardsee this report about New York galleries and museums losing millions of dollars, for example. Many tourist businesses are...

The law is clear – border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand's quarantine system break down?

By Alexander Gillespie

The anger and frustration at New Zealands border quarantine failure have been palpable.Two women, recently arrived in New Zealand, were granted compassionate leave from quarantine to be with grieving family after a...

Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

By Stephen Dobson Et Al

The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions.Are universities measured and ranked according to...

Expensive, dirty and dangerous: why we must fight miners' push to fast-track uranium mines

By Gavin Mudd

Of all the elements on Earth, none is more strictly controlled under law than uranium. A plethora of international agreements govern its sale and use in energy, research and nuclear weapons.Australian environmental law...

Huge locust swarms are threatening food security, but drones could help stop them

By Leisa Armstrong

In recent months, food security concerns have emerged for nations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as swarms of desert locusts wreak havoc on crops.While the same level of damage isnt currently being felt in...

Does wearing contact lenses put you at greater risk of getting COVID-19?

By Langis Michaud

Can the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for COVID-19, be transmitted by tears or by touching the eyes? Are contact lens wearers therefore more at risk? As these questions arise, heres what you need to know.A Chinese...

Cancer treatment: personalised blood tests can better detect DNA from tumours in the body – new research

By Jonathan C. M. Wan Et Al

Many cancers, especially in earlier stage disease, are treated by removing the tumour. But even after the tumour has been removed, theres still a chance that cancer cells remain in the body and the cancer can come back....

Dexamethasone: what is the breakthrough treatment for COVID-19?

By David C Gaze

Six months and eight million positive cases since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Wuhan, scientists have announced the first major breakthrough in the search for a drug to fight the disease.A research team at Oxford...

Airbus: flying high on the wings of corruption

By Bertrand Venard

On January 31, 2020, the European aerospace manufacturer Airbus agreed to pay nearly 3.7 billion euros in fines to settle bribery charges stemming from a four-year investigation by French, British, and US authorities. The...

How a group of homeless and vulnerable tour guides reinvented themselves during the pandemic

By Claudia Dolezal Et Al

Unseen Tours is a London-based social enterprise founded in 2010. It offers homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners the opportunity to train as tour guides in the city. This provides a new livelihood, but also allows...

DfID merger with Foreign Office signals shift from using aid to reduce poverty to promoting British national self interest

By Michael Jennings

For a prime minister so keen on proclaiming Britains world-beating status, whether in response to COVID-19 or in its post-Brexit future, Boris Johnsons announcement of the closure of the Department for International...

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

By Melissa Hawkins

After three months of lockdowns, many people in the U.S. and around the world are turning to quarantine bubbles, pandemic pods or quaranteams in an effort to balance the risks of the pandemic with the emotional and social...

Supreme Court to decide the future of the Electoral College

By Morgan Marietta

Many Americans are surprised to learn that in U.S. presidential elections, the members of the Electoral College do not necessarily have to pick the candidate the voters in their state favored.Or do they?This month...

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

By Roland Kays

It was a dark time for animals. Poaching was rampant. Wild birds and mammals were being slaughtered by the thousands. An out-of-control wildlife trade was making once-common animals hard to find and pushing rare species...

Healthier food can contain more contaminants – but there's a simple way to stay safe

By Ruth Fairchild

A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be...

How religions and religious leaders can help to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: Indonesia's experience

By Hakimul Ikhwan Et Al

Many have attacked religions as a part of the problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.It was initially in South Korea where nearly 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were traced back to patient 31, an infected individual...

Why we'll still need waste in a circular economy

By Stijn van Ewijk Et Al

Every year, we buy 30 billion tonnes of stuff, from pizza boxes to family homes. We throw out or demolish 13 billion tonnes of it as wasteabout 2 tonnes per person. A third of what we discard was bought the same year....

Pokémon Go wants to make 3D scans of the whole world for 'planet-scale augmented reality experiences'. Is that good?

By Marcus Carter

In 2016, the mobile game Pokémon Go sent hundreds of millions of players wandering the streets in search of virtual monsters. In the process it helped popularise augmented reality (AR) technology, which overlays...

Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills

By Daniel J Cass

Australias energy market is outdated. It doesnt encourage competition and thats holding back the transition to renewable energy. Important reforms to modernise the market are on the way, but big energy companies are...

Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world

By Patrick O'Leary Et Al

Today is a far cry from what we hoped for and expected from 2020.After Australias disastrous summer of bushfires, the unprecedented upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen serious social and economic effects for us...

What adds value to your house? How to decide between renovating and moving

By Sara Wilkinson Et Al

The governments HomeBuilder scheme allows certain home owners to apply for a tax-free grant of A$25,000 if they are spending between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating a home or building a new home. Eligibility criteria are...

US giving reached a near-record $450 billion in 2019 as the role of foundations kept up gradual growth

By Anna Pruitt

As one of the lead researchers of the Giving USA report, I study how U.S. philanthropy changes each year in response to the economy and other factors.Americans gave US$450 billion to charity in 2019, about $1 billion...

Social media platforms need to do more to stop junk food marketers targeting children

By Gary Sacks Et Al

In Australia and around the world, junk food companies are targeting children on social media.In our new study, we found most major social media platforms have restrictions on the advertising of tobacco, alcohol and...

Finding beauty in code – 5 ways digital poetry combines human and computer languages

By David Thomas Henry Wright

Since lockdown, everyone has had to rely heavily on digital technologies: be it Zoom work meetings and lengthy email chains, gaming and streaming services for entertainment, or social media platforms to organise everything...

As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us

By Ksenya Kiebuzinski

In Simon Weckerts Google Maps Hacks, a performance art work, a man pulls a little red wagon filled with 99 cell phones through Berlin. Drawing on the nostalgia of the Radio Flyer wagons and globes of my childhood, the...

A greener economy: how we make sustainability central to business

By Sarah Birrell Ivory Et Al

The coronavirus pandemic could change the world in ways that were unimaginable only a few short months ago. While the climate crisis has been temporarily knocked off the front pages, there is a silver lining in the...

US Congress could use Reconstruction-era civil rights powers to protect black lives today

By Richard Johnson

The man in the White House is erratic, vain, and conspiratorial. In a speech to celebrate George Washingtons birthday, the president mentioned himself 200 times in 60 minutes. The House of Representatives voted to impeach...

How aerial technology helped us discover the largest Pictish settlement in Scotland

By Gordon Noble

A much-loved local landmark with an ancient fort at its summit, Tap ONoth is a gently sloping hill overlooking the lush rolling farmland around the village of Rhynie in Aberdeenshire.Until now, the fort was widely...

Australian Foreign Minister Payne pledges continued fight against Chinese 'disinformation'

By Michelle Grattan

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has attacked Chinas disinformation about racism in this country and committed Australia to a more activist role in pressing for reform of multilateral institutions, including the World Health...

Remote work: Employers are taking over our living spaces and passing on costs

As many office workers adapt to remote work, cities may undergo fundamental change if offices remain under-utilized. Who will benefit if working from home becomes the post-pandemic norm?Employers argue they make...

Retail won't snap back. 3 reasons why COVID has changed the way we shop, perhaps forever

By John Daley - 03:51 AM|BusinessEconomy

Its wrong to expect a snap-back at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas and other places where people used to gather to spend money.Weve identified three reasons why spending in physical stores on goods like clothes...

How investing in green infrastructure can jump-start the post-coronavirus economy

By Michael Drescher Et Al - 04:08 AM|Economy

COVID-19 has turned the world on its head. Many socio-economic benefits Canadians took for granted are now under threat, and the economic, infrastructure and environmental problems that we were once content to ignore are...

Emerging Market Crisis Series

Coronavirus in India and Brazil: new forecasts for when economic giants will hit peak

By ManMohan S Sodhi - 04:11 AM|Economy

While many of the worlds top ten economies appear to be past the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, India and Brazil are still on the way up. This is a tragedy unfolding for both countries. It is also bad news for the world...

US under Trump Series

US trade rep says other countries ganging up to 'screw America' over online sales tax

23:38 PM|EconomyLaw

US trade rep says other countries ganging up to 'screw America' over online sales tax

Wall Street using alternative data to determine consumer behavior

23:46 PM|EconomyInvesting

Wall Street using alternative data to determine consumer behavior

Global Geopolitics Series

EU to legislate against Chinese takeovers

01:18 AM|Law

EU to legislate against Chinese takeovers

Top Stories

Algorithms are designing better buildings

By Silvio Carta - 03:39 AM|Technology

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion but the impact of computers on the practice of building design.Thanks to computer-aided...

Tracing homophobia in South Korea's coronavirus surveillance program

By Timothy Gitzen - 03:49 AM|Insights & Views

Many people around the world have looked to South Koreas so-called democratic response to the coronavirus pandemic as a template for other nations to follow. That response is often contrasted with Chinas draconian measures...

Don't blame social media for conspiracy theories – they would still flourish without it

By Joseph E Uscinski Et Al - 03:52 AM|Insights & Views

COVID-19 conspiracy theories have encouraged people to engage in some dangerous activities in the past few months. There is no simple explanation for why people believe conspiracy theories like these, and the best...

100 days of coronavirus has sent shock waves through the food system

By Evan Fraser - 04:02 AM|Insights & ViewsBusiness

The COVID-19 lockdown has exposed a large number of problems in the food system.Whether it was the panic buying or workers in meat-packing plants testing positive for the virus, serious concerns have been raised about...

Global Geopolitics Series

Tensions rise on the Korean peninsula – and they are unlikely to recede any time soon

By L Gordon Flake - 11:29 AM|Politics

After a period of relative quiet, North Korea again commandeered news headlines with the dramatic, if symbolic, demolition of the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in the city of Kaesong, just north of the demilitarised...

Global Geopolitics Series

China and India's deadly Himalayan clash is a big test for Modi. And a big concern for the world.

By Ian Hall - 11:31 AM|Insights & Views

`Sometime on Monday, an Indian army patrol skirmished with Chinese troops in the Galwan River Valley, high in the Himalayas.According to reports, no guns were involved, but the fight left at least 20 Indian soldiers...

Econotimes Series

Economy

FxWirePro: Loonie’s Outlook In Between Optimism And Headwinds – Quick Glance Quick Run Through On USD/CAD FX Derivates Trades

USDCAD has fallen a sizable 4% since our last publication, but this is reflective entirely of the broad dollars anti-cyclical properties and negative beta to risk, and is not indicative of outright CAD outperformance. CAD...

Lufthansa shares soar 15% after top shareholder backs government bailout

Lufthansa shares surged around 15 percent on Thursday after its top shareholder Heinz Hermann Thiele expressed support for a $10 billion government bailout.Thiele, who recently increased his stake in the airline to...

S. Korea and EU expand air routes in revised aviation pact

South Korea and 22 European Union (EU) countries have revised the horizontal aviation pact to include expansion of their air routes, the transport and foreign ministries announced.The agreement includes seeking...

Indian exporters raise over retaliation by China on consignment delay

Indian exporters have raised concerns over consignments being delayed by Hong Kong and Chinese customs in retaliation to a similar action by Indian authorities at Chennai port, says the Federation of Indian Export...

S. Korea, Germany to expand joint research programs in hydrogen, AI sectors

South Korea and Germany increased funding for joint research programs in the hydrogen energy and artificial intelligence (AI) sectors from $170,000 for a project per year to $225,000.At the science and industry joint...

Politics

Donald Trump, Melania Trump honor 70th Anniversary of the Korean War at memorial

June 25th marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, when the forces of North Korea invaded South Korea in a conflict that has yet to reach an end. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump recently...

Joe Biden fury: Former VP says the coronavirus response would worsen if Trump administration continues to push to end ACA

The coronavirus continues to plague the US, with over two million cases and over 120,000 deaths, and the Trump administrations response to the pandemic remains widely criticized across the board. During a visit to...

Donald Trump shock: Courts dismiss POTUS' brother's attempt to block publication of Mary Trump's tell-all book

Several books about the Trump administration are being released this year, one of which was written by President Donald Trumps niece, Mary Trump. Recently, the New York courts dismissed the request of Trumps brother Robert...

Michelle Obama update: Former FLOTUS talks about why voting matters in new interview

As the elections or election season draws near, many people, including former first lady Michelle Obama are actively encouraging everyone to vote. Mrs. Obama stresses why it is so important in a new interview.In an...

Melania Trump: How she became the wealthiest First Lady in the U.S.; Here's the FLOTUS' net worth

Melania Trump is the current First Lady in the United States. Although she has a lot of work in the White House, she is not being paid for them. She may be the wife of Americas current president, who is also one of the...

Science

Lost continent of Zealandia discovered in new geological maps of the ocean

Over time, there have been cities that have submerged in the water that would eventually become lost to many until it gets discovered again. A new geological map of the ocean floor made a big discovery as it detected the...

NASA: Agency finds exoplanet orbiting a young star 32 light-years away

As far as the evolution of the Earth goes, not much is known about our home planet and how it came to be. A recent study appears to potentially hold the key to that as NASA found an exoplanet not far from Earth.The...

New study reveals newfound exoplanets may have the elements needed for life

The possibility of exoplanets sharing the same attributes or characteristics as Earth has long been explored by scientists. The same goes for the possibility of exoplanets having all the elements necessary to bring forth...

Black hole: Theory proves how aliens can use a black hole to produce energy

There is a lot we have yet to learn and discover about the enigmatic celestial object known as a black hole. These black holes are known for consuming everything in its wake. However, an old theory suggests that black...

Asteroids: ESA confirms plans to mine space rocks

The concept of asteroid mining has floated around, but agencies have yet to really explore the possibilities of mining these space rocks until today. The European Space Agency or ESA has confirmed its plans to mine...

Technology

Poco India GM explains why they’re not launching Poco F2 Pro

Since Poco F2 Pro was announced last month, smartphone fans in India have been wondering when it will arrive in the country. However, Poco India general manager C Manmohan has explained why that is not going to happen....

Is Hero 9 the only camera launching from GoPro in 2020?

GoPro Hero 9 is one of the tech products anticipated to launch in fall. However, its predecessor HERO8 Black was released last year with a second camera called the GoPro MAX and it is worth asking whether this is going to...

Nintendo Switch consoles appear in online stores in a limited capacity

Video game fans around the world experienced difficulty finding new Nintendo Switch consoles while many went into quarantine in the previous months. Fortunately, major retailers seem to slowly restock on the portable...

‘NBA 2K21’: Why Zion Williamson is a good cover athlete choice

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is the only player featured in the first-ever NBA 2K21 teaser during the PlayStation 5 livestream earlier this month. It then sparked speculations that he is the likely choice...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: Night City Wire unveils Ripper Docs and Braindance functions

Night City Wire fulfilled gaming fans wishes in revealing more gameplay information along with a new trailer of Cyberpunk 2077. Two aspects of the gameplay stood out and were given emphasis during the livestream event and...
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