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The Curious Joy of Being Wrong – Intellectual Humility Means Being Open to New...

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By Daryl Van Tongeren Mark Twain apocryphally said, “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.” This quote pithily underscores the human tendency...
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From the Paris Agreement to COP28, How Oil and Gas Giants Try to Influence...

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By Alain Naef There is “no science” behind demands to phase out fossil fuels, according to the current COP president. This level of cynicism at the...
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Look to the Mainstream to Explain the Rise of the Far Right

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By Aurelien Mondon Javier Milei in Argentina. Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. These are the two latest “populist shocks” – the tip of the “populist...

Smashing the ‘Concrete Ceiling’: Black Women Are Still Missing From Corporate Leadership

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By Oludolapo Makinde While white women may speak of breaking through the “glass ceiling,” for many Black women, it’s more like a “concrete ceiling.” Black...
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Climate-Induced Terrorism — the New Global Business Risk

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By Matt Ince While countries around the world struggle to meet the manifold challenges posed by climate change, there are those who would use the...

Delivering Aid During War Is Tricky − Here’s What to Know About What Gaza...

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By Topher L. McDougal The 2.2 million people who live in Gaza are facing economic isolation and experiencing incessant bombardment. Their supplies of essential resources, including food and water,...
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Deadliest Day for Jews Since the Holocaust Spurs a Crisis of Confidence in the...

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By Avner Cohen Living for 75 years within a hostile neighborhood has required the state of Israel to provide security against external threats to all its citizens. That...
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Nobel Peace Prize 2023: Award for Iranian Women’s Rights Protester Highlights Fight Against Declining...

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By Leïla Choukroune  One hundred days after Iranians first protested the killing of 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini for wearing her hijab incorrectly, Narges Mohammadi...
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A Beauty Premium and a Plainness Penalty: Attractiveness at Work

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By Adrian Furnham Are physically attractive people seriously advantaged at work? Are they more likely to be selected, promoted, and given higher salaries? Does being physically...
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Does Generative AI Generate Jobs?

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By Jacques Bughin The evolution of AI and its quick adoption by organisations has predisposed many workers to the fear of losing their jobs to...
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How Sport Became the New Religion – a 200-Year Story of Society’s ‘Great Conversion’

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By Hugh MacLeod “Jesus Christ was a sportsman.” Or so claimed a preacher at one of the regular sporting services that were held throughout the...
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Google Turns 25: The Search Engine Revolutionised How We Access Information, but Will It...

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By Mark Sanderson, Julian Thomas, Kieran Hegarty, and Lisa M. Given Today marks an important milestone in the history of the internet: Google’s 25th birthday....
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Local Journalism: Why a Tiny News Operation Could Inspire a Different Approach and Is...

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By Kate Heathman It started as a one-person operation, funded by personal savings and based in a bedroom, with a mission to provide a new...
Why Imprisoning Repeat Shoplifters Rarely Breaks the Cycle of Offending – And What May Work Better

Why Imprisoning Repeat Shoplifters Rarely Breaks the Cycle of Offending – And What May...

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By Frederick Cram The UK government is taking a harsher approach to tackle criminal activity which is blighting local neighbourhoods. And recently, government ministers have been talking...
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Paris Olympics: With 365 Days to Go, Will This Mega-Event Clinch a Sustainability Gold...

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By Jannsen Santana Mega-events such as the Coachella Music Festival, the pilgrimages to Mecca and the World Cup have become increasingly prominent in contemporary times, yet we often neglect to...
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Indian Women’s Struggle Against Sexual Violence has had Little Support from the Men in...

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By Severyna Magill Two recent instances of vicious sexual violence against ethnic minority women in the Indian state of Manipur involving gang rape and murder have highlighted...
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Why Many Modern Psychology Test Publishers Fail

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By Adrian Furnham In the midst of the razzmatazz surrounding AI, we hear a lot about its potential for the recruitment process. But is it really...
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City Liveability Rankings Tell a Biased Story – Our Research in Dhaka Explains Why

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By Shreyashi Dasgupta and Annemiek Prins Like many fast-growing megacities in Asia and Africa, Dhaka, in Bangladesh, is often stigmatised as one of the most unliveable cities...
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Chips Everywhere and with Everything

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By Elizabeth Stephens Until recently, Taiwan’s central position in the global supply chain of advanced semiconductors was not seen as an issue. But today, in...
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Expanding Gay Sex Pardons to Women Won’t Help Most Prosecuted Lesbians

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By Caroline Derry More than a decade after launching a scheme to disregard and pardon convictions for historic “gay sex” offences, the government has now announced the...
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How a 400 Million Year Old Fossil Changes Our Understanding of Mathematical Patterns in...

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By Sandy Hetherington and Holly-Anne Turner If your eyes have ever been drawn to the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem, the texture of...
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Are Rich People More Intelligent? Here’s What the Science Says

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By Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet From White Lotus to Succession, there’s high demand for television dramas about the super rich. The characters on these shows are typically...
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Plastic Recycling Is Failing – Here’s How the World Must Respond

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By Cressida, Keiron and Stephanie Recycling was once considered the obvious solution to the excessive amount of new (or virgin) plastic produced each year. This...
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How A Weaponized Dollar Is Internationalizing the Yuan

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By Dan Steinbock The multipolarization of the global reserve currency system is accelerating. Ironically, Western sanctions against Russia have intensified the move away from the...
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Buzzfeed News: Sad Demise of a Clever, Innovative Site that Led the Way in...

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By Sean Dodson Buzzfeed News, once a shining star of digital journalism, has announced it will shut its award-winning news division for good, laying off about 60...
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We Need to Discuss What Jobs Robots Should Do, Before the Decision Is Made...

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By Thusha Rajendran The social separation imposed by the pandemic led us to rely on technology to an extent we might never have imagined –...
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Jacinda Ardern Says Goodbye to Parliament: How Her Politics of Kindness Fell on Unkind...

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By Grant Duncan Jacinda Ardern’s resignation as prime minister in January was a courageous and pragmatic decision for herself, her family and her party. Although many said...
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NFT: Beyond the Hype, There is the Future

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By Terence Tse, Andrea Maria Cosentino and Mark Esposito Non-fungible tokens – much has been said and written about them, but what is the truth?...
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Thinking of Breaking up with Twitter? Here’s the Right Way to do it

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By Daniel Angus and Timothy Graham After a few chaotic weeks it’s clear Elon Musk is intent on taking Twitter in a direction that’s at odds with...

The Future of Flight in a Net-Zero-Carbon World: 9 Scenarios, Lots of Sustainable Biofuel

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By Candelaria Bergero and Steve Davis Several major airlines have pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury to fight climate change. It’s an ambitious goal that will require...
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Global Economy 2023: How Governments Could Make the Energy Crisis Worse This Year

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By Adi Imsirovic This is the second instalment in our series on where the global economy is heading in 2023, which started with this article on global...
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Five Options for Restoring Global Biodiversity After the UN Agreement

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By Henrik Svedäng To slow and reverse the fastest loss of Earth’s living things since the dinosaurs, almost 200 countries have signed an agreement in Montreal, Canada,...
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Online Safety: What Young People Really Think About Social Media, Big Tech Regulation and...

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By Emily Setty Don’t say ‘just don’t go online’ because adults wouldn’t do that if something happened in the real world. If you got followed...
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Geo-Tracking Apps: How Are Parent-Child Relations Bearing Up?

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By Yann Bruna Geo-tracking apps such as Find My Kids, Google Family Link and Apple’s FindMy are fast growing in popularity, handing parents unprecedented powers to monitor their offspring. But...
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Global Population Hits 8 Billion, but Per-Capita Consumption Is Still the Main Problem

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By Lorenzo Fioramonti, Ida Kubiszewski, Paul Sutton, Robert Costanza The world population has just hit a new record: 8 billion. As is often the case, there...
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Psychological Effects of the Pandemic on Women

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By Lea Laue and Michael Palocz-Andresen Measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic largely brought public life to a standstill from mid-March 2020 around the world....

The Power of Big Tech Platforms Has Gone Too Far

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By Andreas Kornelakis The shift in the regulatory context globally compels tech giants to become more responsible There is a global shift in policies to curb...
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Working in the Metaverse: What Virtual Office Life Could Look Like

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By Sam Gilbert In the context of work, the digital divide has become less about access to devices and connectivity and more about skills and mindset. Many...
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Ukraine Recap: Russia Targets Civilians as the World Argues about How to End the...

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By Jonathan Este Ever since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops across the border into Ukraine, the role of the UN as global problem solver has...

Regulating Content Won’t Make the Internet Safer – We Have to Change the Business...

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By Julia Hörnle An upheaval of the law governing what can be published online is taking place in the shape of the online safety bill. The bill,...
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Transforming to Hybrid Work: The Importance of Cloud-Based Solutions

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By David De Cremer With the arrival of the pandemic, a new way of working also arrived: working remotely. Companies were forced to keep their...
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What The War In Ukraine Means For Business

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By Paul Bracken The war in Ukraine has far reaching implications for business. Companies will face more complicated political and social issues than the stark,...
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More Innovation Can Creatively Destroy Firearm Violence

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By Dan Prud'homme We need more investment in two types of technologies that could dramatically reduce gun violence in America: better non-lethal arms and a...
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Adapting In An Ever-Changing Business World: When Culture Meets Biology To Survive

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By David De Cremer The world today is changing all the time. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were reminded that events and...
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Inflation: The Supermarket Business Model is too Fragile to Shield Customers from Rising Food...

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By Lisa Jack Food prices, like almost everything else, are rising fast. There have recently been warnings of “apocalyptic” costs, and a declaration that the “era...
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Ukraine War: Evidence of Atrocities in Kyiv’s Suburbs Strengthens Case for a Harder Line...

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By Dr Anastasiia Kudlenko When Ukraine learned on April 2 that the whole Kyiv region had been liberated from Russian troops, there was barely any...
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Ukraine War: What Are The Risks That Russia Will Turn To Its Nuclear Arsenal?

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By Mark Webber and Nicole Fasola Is Russia now led by someone who would contemplate using nuclear weapons without any great concern? Over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin...
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Admiring Your Enemy to Lead Your Company to Victory

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By David De Cremer An often heard comment in the business world is that companies over-appreciate cognitive skills and as a result, their functioning is...
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British Imperialism, Religion, and the Politics of ‘Divide and Rule’ in the Indian-Subcontinent

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By Dr. Kalim Siddiqui I. Introduction Recently India’s Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi again brought the issues of India’s partition and tried to blame it on...

REVIVALISTICS: Why Should We Invest Time and Money in Reclaiming ‘Dead’ Languages?

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By Ghil‘ad Zuckermann This article introduces revivalistics, the new science behind language reclamation, revitalization and reinvigoration. It explores the various benefits of language revival. Revivalistics Revivalistics...
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The Metaverse: Three Legal Issues We Need to Address

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By Pin Lean Lau The “metaverse” seems to be the latest buzzword in tech. In general terms, the metaverse can be viewed as a form...
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How We Should Talk about Racial Disparities

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By Natalie Spievack and Cameron Okeke Many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have emphasized the role of historical and contemporary discrimination in creating and perpetuating disparities...

Turning Back Migrant Boats: What Does the International Law of the Sea Say?

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By Hayley Roberts The Home Office has unveiled plans to use “turnback” tactics in the English Channel, with the border force compelling small boats carrying migrants to...
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Here are Some of the Political Events that Will Dominate Headlines in 2022

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By Thomas Klassen Last year started out hopeful with the emergence of COVID-19 vaccines, but quickly proved to be a challenging year for governments and...
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How COVID-19 Transformed Genomics and Changed the Handling of Disease Outbreaks Forever

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By Angela Beckett and Samuel Robson If the pandemic had happened ten years ago, what would it have looked like? Doubtless there would have been...
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A Voyage Into Premature Aging: The Role of Chronic Stress and its Principal Correlates

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By Prof. Simon L. Dolan and Prof. Mario Raich Introduction  The idea of stress and aging was born many years ago while one of the co-authors of...
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Carbon-Free Transportation Saves Money

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By Dr. Daniel Sperling President Biden and the European Union are proposing to spend trillions of dollars to decarbonize our economy – with a special...
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The Importance of Art in the Time of Coronavirus

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By Louis Netter People are dying, critical resources are stretched, the very essence of our freedom is shrinking – and yet we are moved inward,...
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How to Help Artists and Cultural Industries Recover from the COVID-19 Disaster

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By Louis-Etienne Dubois, David Gauntlett, and Ramona Pringle To say that 2020 has been rough for the cultural and creative industries is an understatement. More...
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Asian Pop Culture May be Trending, But so is Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination

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By Katherine Lee From K-beauty to K-pop, Squid Game and Shang Chi, Asian pop culture is trending worldwide. Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociologist and author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors...
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Two Hundred Years Of Talking About Climate Change

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By Joseph Mazur Back in the 1970s, when I was a graduate student at MIT, there were a few weeks of cafeteria conversations among earth...
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Requiem for the Post-9/11 Wars, and those to Come

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By Dr. Dan Steinbock For days, international media have been promoting the 20-year anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. That day, I...
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The US withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this...

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By Mark R. Jacobson Mark R. Jacobson, a foreign policy expert at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, served in Afghanistan as a reserve officer...
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The Olympics strive for political neutrality. So, how will they deal with surging athlete...

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By Dr. Michelle O’Shea, Dr. Daryl Adair, Hazel Maxwell, and Dr. Megan Stronach The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long tried to insulate itself from...
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Tokyo Olympics: no spectators is bad for business, but hosting could still bring long-term...

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By Mike Duigan Japanese Olympics minister Tamayo Marukawa has confirmed that, due to COVID, no spectators will be allowed to attend Tokyo 2020. This comes after initial announcements in...
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Human Uniqueness At The Dawn Of Intelligent Machines

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By Mario Raich, Simon L. Dolan, Dr. Dave Ulrich and Claudio Cisullo Every generation wants to improve on the previous generation; however, this generation risks...

How Cryptocurrency Can Help Non-profits and Investors Thrive in the ‘New Normal’

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By Thomas Cauley A decade ago nonprofit leaders were talking about the ways donors could change the world through social media. Today we’re talking about cryptocurrency. The...
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COVID-19 has shown that following the same road will lead the world over a...

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By Ian Goldin Despite the tragic deaths, suffering and sadness that it has caused, the pandemic could go down in history as the event that rescued...

As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt

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By Katharine M. Donato, Amanda Carrico, and Jonathan M. Gilligan Climate change is upending people’s lives around the world, but when droughts, floods or sea level rise...
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Nigeria’s Twitter ban could backfire, hurting the economy and democracy

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By Jeff Conroy-Krutz Nigeria’s decision to suspend Twitter indefinitely could backfire for the government and cost the country economically in terms of new investments into...
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What moments of uncertainty mean for war – and peace – between global rivals

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By Douglas B. Atkinson The coronavirus pandemic has inflamed existing tensions between China and the US. China blamed the US for spreading the virus across international...
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Playing Genocide Politics: The Zenz-Xinjiang Case

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By Dr Dan Steinbock Recently, the Trump and Biden administrations have initiated a genocide case against China. Like during the Cold War, some European leaders...
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Ethiopia’s blockchain deal is a watershed moment – for the technology, and for Africa

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By Iwa Salami At the launch of bitcoin in 2009 the size of the potential of the underlying technology, the blockchain, was not fully appreciated. What has not...
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Is this the end of trickle-down economics?

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By Graham Vanbergen The global pandemic has changed everything, highlighting the failures of economic policy that has dominated the Western world for the last 50...
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Happiness Is A Place Between Too Little And Too Much

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By Danny Dorling and Annika Koljonen School meals are never termed “free” in Finland; they are simply called “lunch”. Alongside Sweden; Finland is one of...
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Flawed human information processing, magic pipers and our conscience

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By Bernard Yeung Fierce competition between dominant countries leads to accusatory narratives, creating intense but dysfunctional crowd emotions. Flawed human behaviour allows a big gap...
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Are Inflation Alarm Bells Ringing True?

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By Graham Vanbergen There are numerous reports in the US, EU and UK about the spectre of rising inflation, with world renowned economists disagreeing...
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Bitcoin: why a Wave of Huge Companies like Tesla Rushing to Invest could Derail...

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By Gavin Brown After Tesla announced it has invested US$1.5 billion in bitcoin and expects to start accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment for its electric vehicles...
Vaccine Nationalism Is a Multilateral, Neocolonial Failure

Vaccine Nationalism Is a Multilateral, Neocolonial Failure

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By Dr. Dan Steinbock In the coming months, vaccine nationalism is likely to compound COVID-19 economic damage and penalize more lives. It reflects the utter...
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Myanmar: memes and mantras of a new generation of democracy protesters

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By Richard Dolan What do the internet memes Doge and Cheems, the Hollywood film franchise The Hunger Games, and a sachet of instant tea have in common? They...

ICC debacles – and the Philippines

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By Dr Dan Steinbock  After the Philippine withdrawal from the ICC, the battlelines against the Duterte government are politicized – and messy. In the first half...
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Decentralised finance calls into question whether the crypto industry can ever be regulated

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By Dr Iwa Salami As stock markets around the world struggle through the pandemic, Bitcoin has seen a steady rise in its price. The...
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Post-inauguration, restoring the soul of Biden’s America must be truly inclusive

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By Daniel McNeil Over the past few months, I’ve been editing a book about soulful beliefs, practices and feelings that overflow from their religious and...

The Dark Forces behind American Insurrectionists

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By Dr Dan Steinbock On January 6, 2021, a mob of white supremacists stormed the U.S. Capitol, presumably to overturn Trump's defeat. Their final goal...
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Make Drones Sound Less Annoying by Factoring in Humans at the Design Stage

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By Dr Antonio J Torija Martinez These days almost everyone has either flown a drone or listened to the nasty whining sound they produce. Although...

The Most Comprehensive Predictions Guide to 2021

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By Graham Vanbergen The year 2020 will inevitably be etched into our memories no matter how forgettable we want it to be. It was a...
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How to cook Christmas dinner in the most environmentally friendly way possible

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By Dr Ximena Schmidt, Dr Christian Reynolds and Sarah Bridle By now, most of us are aware that much of the food we eat, in...
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Why Another Lockdown Might be Needed in February 2021

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By Dr Peter Sivey and Dr James Gaughan England recently emerged from a four-week lockdown into a series of tiered restrictions, and there is good...
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How Green is your Christmas Tree?

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By Professor Ian D. Rotherham There’s no way around the fact that Christmas has a large carbon footprint, from the travelling we do to the presents...
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3 Reasons for Information Exhaustion – and What to Do About It

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By Mark Satta An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a...

Pandemic Debt and the Battle over MMT

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By Graham Vanbergen Some governments around the world are making a strategic economic gamble to solve the problem of managing unsustainable debt. In a world...

COVID-19 Vaccines are Coming – How will we Know they Work and are Safe?

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By Adam Kleczkowski Pfizer and BioNTech have just released interim results of their COVID-19 vaccine trial. Although it is not the only vaccine in the late stages of...
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As the World Watches US Election, the Appeal of America is Diminished

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By Liam Kennedy A US presidential election always draws intense worldwide interest, in part due to the spectacle, but also because the leadership of the...

Agile Anarchy is the Name of the Future

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By Guido Stein and Alberto Barrachina To build agile organizations you must understand human relationships 1. Change> Transform Your Approach to Transformation This technical note explores some...

The Rise of the Chinese Economy and Growing Concerns in the United States

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By Kalim Siddiqui I. Introduction The article discusses recent global economic changes and will largely focus on two of the worlds’ largest economies, namely China and...
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Nobel peace prize: hunger is a weapon of war but the World Food Programme...

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By Susanne Jaspars By awarding the 2020 Nobel peace prize to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the Nobel committee said that it wanted to “turn the...

Coronavirus culture: the questions social scientists are asking about our new day-to-day life

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By Alan Bradshaw Scientific analysis of COVID-19 is dominated by medical and pharmaceutical questions of vaccines and risk minimisation. But meanwhile, social scientists must track the emerging social...

The New Global COVID-19 Threat: Misguided Policies, Virulent Strains, New Waves, and Lost Years

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By Dan Steinbock              As the COVID-19 epicenter has moved from the Americas to India and poorer economies and G20 countries remain severely affected, the...

Technology to Fracture Global Trade and Relations

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By Graham Vanbergen The article "Data Overtakes Oil as Leading (Geopolitical) Global Commodity" published three years ago became the subject of much debate and deliberation....

Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

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By Peter Koenig Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy – pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections – despite...

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