GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not the question

The South Australian government recently announced its intention to lift the long-standing statewide moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops, following a statutory six-week consultation period. A government-commissioned independent review had estimated the cost of the moratorium at A$33 million since...

/ August 22, 2019

How to Create Non-Fungible Assets and Collectible Tokens With Bitcoin Cash

On August 21, James Cramer, the developer behind the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP), announced the launch of the Electron Cash SLP version 3.5. The latest release allows people to create a new type of SLP token called NFT1, a non-fungible...

/ August 22, 2019

Hong Kong Protests for Freedom

The protests in Hong Kong reveal both the people’s deep hunger for liberty and the tendency of the Chinese government to brutally stamp out dissent. The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre saw 10,000 protestors killed. Without the support of the international...

/ August 22, 2019

Amazon on fire: ‘The earth isn’t dying. It’s being killed.’

The Amazon rainforest doesn't need prayers, it needs protectors. The Amazon rainforest has hit a new record – and not the good kind. With 72,843 fires detected so far this year by Brazil’s National Institute for Space research (INPE), it...

/ August 22, 2019

How Maria Qamar’s Feminist Desi Pop Art Went Viral on Instagram, Charmed Mindy Kaling, and Broke Into the New York Art World

The title of artist Maria Qamar’s first solo show, “Fraaaandship,” comes from a popular pickup line among South Asian men. The Canadian-Pakistani artist—who has become an Instagram sensation for her feminist-tinged, Pop art-influenced riffs of Desi culture—had found herself commiserating and...

/ August 22, 2019

Trump’s Odds of Reelection Keep Getting Worse

Could Trump win again? Of course. But let’s be honest: His first victory was a miracle. A second might take an act of God. Read More

/ August 22, 2019

Travel the world without destroying it – Imagine newsletter #5

Sergey Tinyakov/ShutterstockLook with your eyes, not your hands. You were probably told that at some point growing up, as your eagerness to see and experience something new was checked by a wary adult. Humans now handle the Earth in a...

/ August 22, 2019

Transparency and accountability of public administrations in Europe (EuroPAM)

A database curated by ERCAS collects data, information and legislation concerning the transparency and accountability of public officials in the EU member states.  Read More

/ August 22, 2019

2020 Candidates Address Historical Trauma, Missing Indigenous Women & More at Native American Forum

Following this week’s historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, we speak with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today and moderator of the Native American voter forum; Christine Nobiss, director of Seeding Sovereignty’s SHIFT project;...

/ August 22, 2019

Why Canada should lead global climate action

Emissions are seen from an oil refinery in Alberta. (Shutterstock) Canada prides itself as a champion of multilateralism, peace, security and sustainable development. However, its commitment to global climate action, the world’s most emblematic indicator of these issues, is at...

/ August 21, 2019

The Museum of Ice Cream Is Opening a Supersized Permanent New York Flagship, With a Three-Story Slide and a ‘Hall of Giant Scoops’

New York is about to get a whole lot sweeter. The juggernaut that is the Museum of Ice Cream, which helped kick the pop-up museum trend into high gear with the launch of its first New York edition in 2016, has announced...

/ August 21, 2019

Curious Kids: how was maths discovered? Who made up the numbers and rules?

There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now. Shutterstock If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. How...

/ August 21, 2019

Market Update: Prices Drop as Crypto Sentiment Enters the Fear Zone

Cryptocurrency markets fell hard on August 21 following the $700 price drop bitcoin core (BTC) saw during the early morning trading sessions. Most digital assets have lost 2-8% in value as the overall market valuation of all 2,000+ coins has...

/ August 21, 2019

Yes, Libertarians Can Win Races | Guest: Jeff Hewitt | Ep 27

Elected Libertarian Jeff Hewitt teaches Matt Kibbe how people like him can succeed in local politics through a combination of hard work and smart messaging. Instead of always shooting for the presidency, libertarians should be populating state and local governments....

/ August 21, 2019

French solar roadway declared “a complete flop”

Sometimes we should just let a bad idea die. Read More

/ August 21, 2019

Over 500 Lawsuits Already Filed Days After Child Victims Act in New York Goes into Effect

This is Part 2 of our conversation with two New York state legislators, Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, who helped pass the Child Victims Act in New York. The state law, which went into effect last week, extends...

/ August 21, 2019

Trump Caves to the NRA on Background Checks

The president's “Rose Garden fantasy” of passing universal background checks died after a call with Wayne LaPierre. Read More

/ August 21, 2019

Is Cross-Laminated Timber the New Concrete?

One designer thinks that it can take the place of concrete in buildings, inside and out. Read More

/ August 20, 2019

Climate explained: why we need to cut emissions as well as prepare for impacts

Research shows the cost of damage through climate change will be much greater than the costs of reducing emissions. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media...

/ August 20, 2019

See Why One Feminist Artist’s Protest of Old Master Depictions of Women at the Prado Museum Went Instantly Viral

A feminist writer and cartoonist in Spain has caused a social-media sensation by sharing photos of Old Master paintings from the Museo del Prado’s collection alongside her own hand-painted signs that declare the depicted women “not whores” and “not saints” as a...

/ August 20, 2019