There’s not enough evidence yet to support the AstraZeneca CEO’s statement. But it is theoretically plausible.
Once a broad political church, the National Party has become a house divided against itself. New leader Christopher Luxon faces huge challenges uniting both the party and its wider congregation.
This is no simple story, but one of a generational mining community on the brink of social change and an often thankless, hard-won battle for ecological recognition in the heart of coal country.
The Morrison government has delayed its plan to open the international border on Wednesday to skilled workers and students, as it awaits more information about the Omicron variant of COVID. Cabinet’s national…
National Party interim leader Dr Shane Reti, flanked by colleagues, prepares to announce Judith Collins has been removed as party leader.
New Zealand’s National MPs are set to elect their fifth leader in just four years to take on Jacinda Ardern’s government. What “habits of the unsuccessful” should they avoid in their next leader?
One of Sondheim’s greatest achievements was his ability to write women that actors want to play. His works have singularly elevated the Broadway diva – of all ages.
Criticism of the Morrison government’s slow vaccine rollout has taken out the Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year.
Universities supposedly have adopted a more corporate approach – but most corporate board members have expertise in the area their company operates in and are more accountable to shareholders.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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Not much data, but lessons have been learned from the slow response to delta.
The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2021 Mapping Social Cohesion Report found that while concern about the pandemic ebbs and flows, COVID has not shaken the nation’s social cohesion.
The government’s plan to make social media companies hand over trolls’ details aims to make it easier for victims to sue their harassers for defamation. But this conflates two very different concepts.
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By introducing tactics of direct action and digital mobilisation, Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have renewed the climate movement and accelerated climate action.
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Vaccination and testing requirements will limit the number of infected people leaving Auckland, but cases are likely to spread across the country as people travel in the lead-up to the holiday season.
The best AI chess computer outperforms the best human chess players. Yet the most supreme chess play on Earth comes from a human, helped by AI.
What not to do: ban travel. Scenes at South Africa’s OR Tambo International airport after the first flight bans were announced.
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November 27, 2021
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The world needs to learn to live with the virus. And governments must follow the science and don’t distort it for political expediency.
Given the Omicron variant has already spread beyond southern Africa, a ban on travellers from those countries will slow the spread and buy crucial time, but won’t stop this strain in its tracks.
Scientists find variants by sequencing samples from people that have tested positive for the virus.
November 27, 2021
The Conversation Africa
There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. It has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants
Tiny pieces of an asteroid have revealed an unlikely origin for much of the water in Earth’s oceans.
In Daniel and Eugene Levy’s new book about their hit TV show ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ the latter writes he hoped the ‘Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose’ episode would reflect his real-life ‘manic insanity about the holiday.’
The ‘Schitt’s Creek’ holiday special, a fan favourite, showed how the omipresence of Christmas has offered (especially intermarried) Jews a variety of non-exclusive options for the holiday season.
Visitors take photos near a model of the doll Younghee featured in ‘Squid Game,’ displayed at the Olympic park in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 26, 2021.
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Squid Game alludes to anti-worker violence that has permeated South Korean labour history, and reminds viewers of the need to overcome real inequalities.