Giving thanks may make your brain more altruistic

Over Thanksgiving, in between mouthfuls of turkey and sweet potato pie, many of us will be asking ourselves: What are we grateful for? Taking a moment to practice gratitude like this isn’t an empty holiday tradition. It’s good for our…

A historian on the perils of chaotic White House transitions

President Donald Trump is still pretending he won the election. That’s embarrassing for him on a personal level, but there have been real-world consequences for the rest of us. On Monday evening, the General Services Administration (GSA) finally began the…

Get Your Office Ready Before the Vaccines Arrive

According to Gallup, about 58% of Americans have indicated that they plan to get vaccinated when one or more of the vaccines becomes available. This percentage will likely increase over the next few months, especially after we have a new…

Why Newsmax Supports Trump’s False Voter-Fraud Claims

Even as Fox News acknowledges that Joe Biden is the President-elect, Newsmax Media—a conservative multimedia company that includes a Web site and a television channel—has supported Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, and has seen a spike in ratings, with…

What overwhelmed hospitals look like in the COVID era

Utah doctors are doing what they say is the equivalent of rationing care. Intensive care beds in Minnesota are nearly full. And the country overall continues to break hospitalization records — all as millions of Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with…

Former Home And Away Star Johnny Ruffo’s Brain Cancer Returns

Former ‘Home and Away’ actor Johnny Ruffo has revealed his brain cancer has returned.  On Tuesday evening the 32-year-old Australian actor and singer informed his Instagram followers of the news after first having the disease between 2017 and 2019.  “After an unexpected…

2020 Eureka Prizes go to a ‘milkshake for malaria’, ABC’s Coronacast and an energy-making sewerage system

From potential new diabetes therapies, to an environmentally friendly sewage treatment system, this year’s Eureka Prizes have acknowledged a diverse group of brilliant minds tackling pressing global problems. University of Technology Sydney researcher Qilin Wang received the Prize for Outstanding…

Hyperinflation and Rent Controls – 2020’s Telltale Signs of Economic Distress Haunts Many Nations

If history serves us well, 2020 is likely a precursor to a long and dreadful economic depression throughout a myriad of countries worldwide. During the last year, economists and analysts have been discussing how specifically the United States economy and…

Victoria budget: New trams and enviro-friendly buses funded – NEWS.com.au

A hundred low-floor trams will be built in Victoria under funding in Tuesday’s state budget, with the plan to support almost 1900 jobs. The $1.5 billion splurge on what is the state’s largest tram order for decades will also include…

‘Virtual’ ALP national conference will maximise stage management

The Labor party will hold its national conference “virtually”, before Easter next year, Anthony Albanese has announced. The conference had been due to happen in Canberra next month but was put off due to COVID. But some in the party…

AstraZeneca’s results signal more good vaccine news — but efficacy is only the beginning of the story

AstraZeneca has become the latest pharmaceutical company to reveal promising results in clinical trials, for its viral vector vaccine developed with the University of Oxford. In a group given two full doses of the vaccine at least one month apart,…

Question of the Day: How Has 2020 Changed You?

Having spent the better part of a year in deep freeze—with some five million people forced to live, work and socialise under state-sanctioned house arrest—Melbourne is finally coming out of one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns. Amid the…

Anti-Nazi resistance in Germany

The Good Germans: Resisting the NazisBy Catrine ClayLondon, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2020, 361pp. A common belief among British soldiers who fought against Nazi Germany during the Second World War was that there were “No good Germans” during the years of…

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