Month: December 2020

Cabinet papers 2000: the Coalition before climate denialism, but on the path to offshore detention

Australian Cabinet papers from 2000, released today, reflect a relatively quiescent Australia where Islamic militancy and offshore detention were barely glimpses on the horizon, and climate science denialism was not a factor in cabinet considerations at all. It was the…

/ December 31, 2020

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2021

The best meteor showers are a spectacular sight but, unfortunately, 2021 starts with a whimper. Moonlight this January will wash out the first of the big three — the Quadrantids (seen above in 2020). After that, the year just gets…

/ December 31, 2020
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Want to exercise more? Try setting an open goal for your New Year’s resolution

It’s that time of year when many of us are setting goals for the year ahead. The most common New Year’s resolution – set by 59% of us - is to exercise more. But our research suggests the way we…

/ December 31, 2020
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How to treat sunburn pain, according to skin experts

So you’re one of the 21% of Australians who got sunburnt last weekend. While we should be avoiding sunburn, it’s sometimes easier said than done in the Australian sun. What can you do once you realise you’re turning into a…

/ December 31, 2020

Kiwiana is past its use-by date. Is it time to re-imagine our symbols of national identity?

What’s with those jandals, hokey pokey ice-creams, buzzy bees, Swanndris and gumboots? Far from being random and unrelated objects, these icons of so-called Kiwiana tell a story of late 20th-century nostalgia at a moment of rapid social transformation. Definitions of…

/ December 31, 2020

Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests

Throughout the world architects are designing green buildings, whether it’s in their sustainable construction, environmentally friendly operation or actually green by style. It’s broadly titled biophilia, connecting people with nature, and it can lead to some creative and innovative designs.…

/ December 31, 2020
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U.S. set to end 2020 with just over 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

Americans received just over 3 million initial doses of coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech in the 19 days following first shipments, according to a Bloomberg tally of government websites and CDC data.Why it matters: It's far below Operation Warp…

/ December 31, 2020
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The Real Republican Radicals

There have been two major political developments in the final, post-election act of the Trump Presidency—each interesting on its own, but confusing when taken together. First, Trump’s hold over elected Republicans has seemed only to strengthen after his loss, amid…

/ December 31, 2020
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Stories from a Lost Year

Life in 2020 has been dominated by big stories. The Covid-19 pandemic. Protests against multiple centuries of systemic racism and injustice. An impeachment. A presidential election. Murder hornets. But beneath every one of these big stories is a long list…

/ December 31, 2020
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Vaneck Files New Bitcoin ETF Proposal With SEC Under New Administration

After successfully launched a bitcoin exchange-traded product in Europe, Vaneck has now filed a new proposal for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Under former chairman Jay Clayton, the SEC never approved a…

/ December 31, 2020

Deconstructing the 2020 Latino Vote

In the wake of the 2018 midterms, Stephanie Valencia, the co-founder of the research firm Equis, convened a gathering of progressive Latino leaders known as the Latinati. The idea was for people who had either spearheaded movements or multimillion-dollar political…

/ December 31, 2020
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Trump era drives largest-ever party divide in media trust

The gap in trust between Democrats and Republicans in mass media reached an all-time high during the Trump administration, according to an annual Gallup poll.Why it matters: The divide represents one of the most profound elements of President Trump's legacy.Over…

/ December 31, 2020
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Hawaii’s Secret WW2 Doomsday Plan

This video was made possible by our Patreon community! ❤️ See new videos early, participate in exclusive Q&As, and more! ➡️ https://www.patreon.com/EconomicsExplained ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀ This is a dollar bill which to most of you watching looks pretty unremarkable, but flip it…

/ December 31, 2020
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The Economy of Argentina – Economics Explained Leader Board

Watch the main video over on Economics Explained (Main channel) → https://youtu.be/brW6-fbvmsQ ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀ This is Argentina, a South American nation which has been home to an unprecedented period of sustained growth quintupling in size in the last decade. This nation…

/ December 31, 2020