Autopilot may force rates of borrowing elevated, the latest results wraps up

Autopilot may force rates of borrowing elevated, the latest results wraps up

REAL interest rates in the developed world have been low ever since the financial crisis of 2008-09 (see chart). The global economy might have struggled to recover had that not been the case; higher rates would have caused many more companies and homeowners to default. Central banks are now starting to push rates slightly higher. […]

Navalny suffers latest election blow as Supreme Court body scraps complaint

Navalny suffers latest election blow as Supreme Court body scraps complaint

Opposition activist Alexey Navalny suffered a further blow to his hopes of running in Russia’s 2018 presidential election, after the Supreme Court Presidium dismissed a complaint seeking to override the ban on his participation. The decision not to look into Navalny’s complaint was taken on January 22, but information about this was released only on […]

British Liberal stalwart becomes latest to warn of looming war threat that doesn’t exist

British Liberal stalwart becomes latest to warn of looming war threat that doesn’t exist

Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has written an article in Britain’s Independent newspaper with the scary, clickbaity headline ‘Because of Trump and Brexit, we are closer to war than we have been for decades.’ Ashdown is a respected stalwart of the British political establishment – an avuncular, heroic former soldier and diplomat it is […]

Putin tops latest Russian election rating

Putin tops latest Russian election rating

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 12:11 Vladimir Putin would win the upcoming Russian presidential election by a wide margin if it were held this weekend, according to the results of a poll conducted by the independent think tank Public Opinion Foundation. Read more The summary of the research released on Friday states that 67 percent […]

Latest climate talks actually made progress despite US obstinacy

Latest climate talks actually made progress despite US obstinacy

Anthony Kwan/Getty Images By Michael Le Page The latest meeting to discuss international action on climate change has made modest progress. It did so despite the US stating earlier this year that it plans to withdraw from the Paris agreement. “It showed that the rest of the world is steadfast in its support for the […]

The latest science reads remind us why we really do need experts

The latest science reads remind us why we really do need experts

Gazing into the crystal ballTyler E Nixon/Getty By Mary Halton Politics, extreme weather events, international crises: all instances in which you might feel you’d want an expert handling things at the top. Someone experienced and with reasoned judgement would, you might hope, anticipate, or at least be able to handle, the unforeseen. In Forewarned: A […]

SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

Newswise — This week’s landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by a signal verification and analysis performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego. The discovery was made using the National […]