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Vladimir Putin Is Leaning on Two Russian Museum Heads to Help Him Rewrite the Country’s Constitution So He Can Stay in Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stunning plan, announced Wednesday, to institute widespread constitutional reforms, will rely in part on two major Russian art-world figures. Among those named to a 75-member working group tasked with drafting constitutional amendments are two of the...

/ January 16, 2020

In defence of Michael McCain: Speaking out is what strong leaders do

Michael McCain, president and CEO of Maple Leafs Foods, speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Toronto in April 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren CalabreseWhile leaders often take pains to avoid controversial topics and the glare of hostile publicity, it...

/ January 16, 2020

Unnecessary Evil: How Government Regulations Kill Crypto Startups and Encourage Crime

Thanks to the EU’s most recent money laundering directive, a small business called Post-a-coin, which sold cute postcards pre-loaded with tiny amounts of bitcoin, is being forced to shut down. Meanwhile, the most heinous criminals in history are continuing to...

/ January 16, 2020

The devil is in the detail when it comes to responsible investing

Civil society groups are flagging the risk of 'greenwashing' by companies ShutterstockWith the recent flood of pledges by investors to “turn up the heat” on climate action, one might think that the investment industry was in the midst of a...

/ January 16, 2020

What changes in temperature mean for Africa’s tsetse fly

Tsetse flies can pass on African sleeping sickness. ShutterstockIn a world of changing climate, would nature’s insect “vampire”, the tsetse fly, perish or change its hunting ground? Like vampire bats, tsetse flies survive solely on the blood of vertebrate animals....

/ January 16, 2020

The Dish in Parkes is scanning the southern Milky Way, searching for alien signals

The Parkes radio telescope can detect extremely weak signals coming from the most distant parts of the Universe. ShutterstockFor John Sarkissian, operations scientist at the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, astronomy has been his life’s passion – starting from the age...

/ January 15, 2020

With One Major Acquisition, George Lucas’s New Museum Just Became a Key Destination for African American Film History

The forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, founded by filmmaker George Lucas his wife, Mellody Hobson, has has acquired the Separate Cinema Archive, a collection of 37,000 objects documenting African American cinema history from 1904 to the present day. Separate Cinema’s holdings of...

/ January 15, 2020

5 ways families can help tackle climate change

Household actions lead to changes in collective behaviour and are an essential part of social movements. (Pexels)Hidden among all of the troubling environmental headlines from 2019 — and let’s face it, there were plenty — was one encouraging sign: the...

/ January 15, 2020

Kraken Acquires Australian Crypto Platform Bit Trade

The global crypto exchanges industry continues to consolidate as some smaller players bow out and the big players try to gobble up as much as they can of the rest. As part of this trend, Kraken has now taken over...

/ January 15, 2020

Tulsi Gabbard Talks About The Reality Of IRAN

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/ January 15, 2020

Amazon Announces Cast For Its Adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power

During its Television Critics Association presentation today, Amazon unveiled the cast for its upcoming series adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s 2016 novel The Power. The 10-episode series will go into production in February, and when it does, it’ll star Heather Agyepong...

/ January 14, 2020

From election upsets to climate chaos, rolling the dice helps us appreciate the odds

The simple dice can provide an introduction to statistics. Steve Johnson, CC BY-SA“He [God] does not play dice”, quipped Albert Einstein, but for mortals chance is part of life. We cannot experience, measure and predict with absolute certainty. We may...

/ January 14, 2020

Market Outlook: Bullish Trend Sends Crypto Prices Northwards

Digital currency markets are seeing significant gains this week as the entire market capitalization gained $28 billion in the last seven days. Moreover, trade volume has spiked to a massive $100 billion and during the last 24 hours, numerous digital...

/ January 14, 2020

15 Perspective-Altering Shows to See in New York City in 2020, From the Met Breuer’s Final Bow to a Muslim-Fashion Tribute

It’s the start of a new year, which means new exhibitions are opening at museums across the five boroughs of New York City. As always, expect something for everyone, whether you prefer blue chip art stars like Gerhard Richter or...

/ January 14, 2020

In this new world of bushfire terror, I question whether I want to have kids

As fires continue to burn along Australia’s south-east, it’s impossible to ignore how climate change can wreak devastation and disrupt lives. Australia has always experienced bushfires. However, climate change means this year’s bushfires were so extreme in their ferocity and...

/ January 14, 2020

Virtual reality may be the next frontier in remote mental health care

Remote workers, particularly in the fields of mining and construction, are at greater risk of mental health problems. And accessing quality mental health care can be difficult for them. SHUTTERSTOCK In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways...

/ January 14, 2020

Announcing the Nominees for the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award

The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society has announced the latest batch of nominees for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award. This year’s nominees are: The Outside by Ada Hoffmann (Angry Robot) Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe (Orbit) All Worlds Are...

/ January 13, 2020

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts

Australia is a bushfire-prone nation. But several factors make this fire season worse than those past. Victorian GovernmentEvery time a weather extreme occurs, some people quickly jump in to say we’ve been through it all before: that worse events have...

/ January 13, 2020

Japan and Philippines Discuss Pro-Crypto Laws, Cooperation Among Asian Countries

Japanese Minister Naokazu Takemoto and Philippine Cabinet member Raul Lambino of Crypto Valley of Asia recently met to discuss Asian countries’ crypto regulations. They urge the Philippine Congress to introduce legislation on cryptocurrencies and security tokens, calling for cooperation among...

/ January 13, 2020

Can an underwater soundtrack really bring coral reefs back to life?

A coral reef in the Similan Islands, Thailand. (Shutterstock)The ocean is a vast, quiet place, right? Vast, yes; quiet, not so much. As a researcher who studies coral reefs, I’ve floated above many and, when I listen closely, my ears...

/ January 12, 2020