Tag: Data

Ideology triumphs over evidence: Morrison government drops the ball on banking reform

Political pressure forced the federal government in 2017 – when Scott Morrison was treasurer – to call the royal commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services sector. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne delivered 76 recommendations to reform the industry…

Off the rails: Trump’s premeditated election lie lit the fire

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes…

Trump Supporters’ Main Problem Was Never The Economy

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty ImagesSupporters of President Donald Trump rampage through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress met to count the Electoral Votes that named Joe Biden the winner of the November election. Safe to say, the Donald…

WhatsApp Forces Users to Share Data with Facebook

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Indonesia’s aviation safety has improved, but a lot remains to be done

The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disaster serves as a warning for aviation safety regulators, not only in Indonesia but worldwide. Four minutes after taking off from Jakarta in heavy rain on January 9, the Boeing 737-500 nosedived into the ocean,…

Lake Poopó: why Bolivia’s second largest lake disappeared – and how to bring it back

A huge lake in Bolivia has almost entirely disappeared. Lake Poopó used to be the country’s second largest, after Lake Titicaca, and just a few decades ago in its wet season peak it would stretch almost 70km end to end…

Amazon’s Parler ban sets off a free speech showdown for Big Tech

Amazon’s decision to boot conservative chat site Parler from its hosting platform, on the heels of Twitter and many other services banishing President Trump, brings three decades of hot argument over online speech to a boil. Why it matters: Four…
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Archaeologists Are Using Incredible Photographs From This Cold War-Era Spy Satellite to Unlock Secrets of World History

Satellite imagery from the Corona project, a Cold War spy program that acquired military intelligence about the Soviet Union for the US, is proving useful in ways its creators could have never imagined—including for archaeologists. “Corona is like a time…

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…

These Are the 22 Art Projects That Social Media Went Bananas Over in 2020

As the phrase “going viral” took on a new, far more literal definition this year, art that went viral on the internet evolved into a role more important than ever. While we were stuck at home, art shared online served…

The challenge of 2021: Vaccinating the world

Vaccinating the world will be perhaps the single greatest global challenge of 2021, and that process is now beginning in earnest. The big picture: If you’re reading this in Europe, the U.S. or one of several other wealthy countries, you…

Drive to football? Take your kids to the pool? You’re probably emitting an astonishing amount of CO₂

Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment. But our research shows Victorians use a huge chunk of their “personal carbon budget” driving to and from sport events each year – either to watch or…

2021 will harden the winners’ and losers’ brackets created by the pandemic economy

Heading into 2021, the economy is in a state of gross divergence, presenting opposing narratives that are drifting further apart, creating ostensible winners’ and losers’ brackets. Why it matters: The pandemic has accelerated shifts in the economic makeup of the…

21 million Brits enter Christmas lockdown to fight “new variant” of virus

About 21 million people entered full lockdown restrictions in London, southeast and eastern England and Wales Sunday to curb the spread of a highly infectious new strain of COVID-19. For the record: The World Health Organization tweeted that it’s in…