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A woman holds the flags of the African Union and Ethiopia during celebrations to mark the Ethiopian New Year Sabir Olad/Wikimedia Commons

Ethiopia’s new year offers a chance to unite the country

Amid New Year celebrations in Ethiopia, questions still linger around the possibility for sustained peace and stability.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019): the Joker’s humour-filled rebellion has typically contrasted with Batman’s dour moral self-righteousness. Warner Bros

The Joker’s origin story comes at a perfect moment: clowns define our times

Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
The universe is home to a dizzying number of stars and planets. But the vast bulk of the universe is thought to be invisible dark matter. Illustris Collaboration

Why do astronomers believe in dark matter?

Why do astronomers believe there's dark matter when it cannot be directly detected? Let's look at the evidence, and see what dark matter's presence means for our universe.
Palm oil development is not just about the economy but also needs to consider social and environmental costs. www.shutterstock.com

The human cost of palm oil development

There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.
There’s little evidence that Twitter is being overrun with partisan bots in the leadup to the Canadian election. Waldemar Brandt/Unsplash

Scant evidence of active Twitter bots as Canadian election kicks off

Claims that tweets on the Canadian election are the work of bot accounts, without empirical evidence or verification, need to be taken with a grain of salt.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is equipped with eight instruments to study the moon, including a lunar terrain mapping camera and a sensor to study the moon’s thin exosphere. Indian Space Research Organisation/AAP

India’s moon mission should be considered a success, and a lesson in spacefaring

Despite a last-minute crash-landing, efforts behind India's moon mission should be applauded. The endeavor has set an example for emerging space programs across the globe.

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