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The economy can’t guarantee a job. It can guarantee a liveable income for other work

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia in March 2020, the Morrison government took bold and imaginative action. The most notable examples were its income support programs – JobKeeper, paying a A$750 weekly subsidy to employers to keep workers on the…
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To get ahead as an introvert, act like an extravert. It’s not as hard as you think

Leadership is a human universal. It can even be seen in other species, which suggests it may be an evolutionarily ancient process. A common personality trait of “natural” leaders is a higher than average level of extraversion. Research consistently shows…
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Are Palestinians left out of Israel’s vaccination drive? | DW News

Israel has been praised for its record in vaccinating its population. But Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is also facing flak for failing to organize vaccine supplies for five million Palestinians in the occupied territories. Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1 For more news go…
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How to be intimate during the coronavirus pandemic? | COVID-19 Special

Sex is one of the most basic human needs: sex. But when coronavirus has made something as simple as a kiss or a hug taboo – it’s become tricky. So how we can get the physical intimacy we need? Subscribe:…

This Rare Color Tintin Drawing Just Sold for €3.2 Million, Setting a New World Record for an Original Comic Strip

A picture by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983) has set a new record for the most expensive work of comic book art, selling for €3.2 million ($3.8 million) on January 14 at an auction at Artcurial in Paris. The 1936 gouache painting was originally intended…

Archaeologists Have Discovered a Pristine 45,000-Year-Old Cave Painting of a Pig That May Be the Oldest Artwork in the World

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world’s oldest-known representational artwork: three wild pigs painted deep in a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi at least 45,500 years ago. The ancient images, revealed this week in the journal Science Advances,…

Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ — media and politicians should stop confusing the two

Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax” or “dementia tax”, you have gone a long way to normalising…
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Antibody drugs and blood plasma therapy: Livesavers for COVID patients? | COVID-19 Special

Blood plasma is saving the lives of people with Covid-19. But there isn’t enough of it. That’s why scientists have been trying to recreate the antibodies it contains in the lab – and they’ve done it. They’ve developed defensive proteins…
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Chinese officials dispute Wuhan origin of the coronavirus | DW News

A team of experts from the World Health Organisation has arrived in China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus. The international team arrived in Wuhan, the city where the first cases of the virus were detected in late 2019.…

The First Blue Pigment Discovered in 200 Years Is Finally Commercially Available. Here’s Why It Already Has a Loyal Following

YInMn Blue, the brilliant pigment discovered in 2009 at an Oregon State University lab, is finally making its way to artists’ studios. The pigment—which is the first new blue discovered in 200 years—was finally approved by the EPA for use in artists’…
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Peru: Empowering mountain communities | Global Ideas

Villagers in the Manu Biosphere Reserve are actively engaged in protecting the environment while developing ways to make a sustainable and decent living. New crops, new farming methods, new kinds of jobs, and the arrival of the Internet are all…

The Rijksmuseum Had Its Lowest Attendance Last Year Since 1964. But Its Digital Audience Has Grown by Leaps and Bounds

Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum, which was closed for much of last year, had its lowest attendance in decades in 2020, with visitors dropping by more than 2 million to just 675,000. That’s the lowest total for the museum since 1964, when it had…
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Will we have a debt crisis following the coronavirus crisis? | COVID-19 Update

During the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns have halted the flow of cash to workers and companies, forcing governments to step in. Countries, rich and poor, are burning through vast amounts of money. But it’s all on loan.They’re taking on debt like…