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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Unhappiest cities in the U.S. national study finds some oddities

Vancouver - The University of British Columbia has been researching that elusive thing that America’s constitution is dedicated to pursuing, and presumably catching: Happiness. Apparently happiness is now regional, rather than national.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: Banal science — Love or lust is where you look?

Chicago - In what may well be the behavioural science gimme of all time, scientists have stumbled on the information that whether a person looks at the face or body indicates love or lust. That was worth waiting 4 billion years to find out.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: No basis for tolerance — MH17 bodies looted, missiles hidden

The bodies of the passengers of MH17 are rotting peacefully in the sun and their credit cards stolen, while the world dithers with diplomacy. Forensic examination of the site is being corrupted by the Ukrainian “rebels.”
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 16 comments

Op-Ed: 'Born to lead' gene? Could be, but some very vague mixed messages

Sydney - A "born to lead" gene has been identified. Going by the catchy name of rs4950, it appears to be a common, hereditary gene in leaders. This study is a new part of a series of leadership studies carried out by different colleges over the last decade.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Evaluating DARPA's Exacto, a guided .50 cal. sniper bullet

Arlington - The world just got a lot safer, with a guided .50 cal. bullet that can hit targets around corners up to 2 km away. This technology has been under development for several years, and has now just reached the operational stage.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Murdoch takeover offer for Time Warner — Brilliant or overreach?

Sydney - Rupert Murdoch’s $85 cash and scrip offer for Time Warner is a bold move by any standards. It’s also a very risky move in a stock market at record highs. The accountancy is tricky, but the positioning is undeniably a killer move — if it works.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 3 comments

Op-Ed: The interview that never happened — China denies diplomatic mess

Sydney - In China’s leading tabloid, Global Times, an editorial described Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a “complete fool” and referred to Australia’s convict past. The editorial was almost a typical barroom conversation.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: Water privatization — Corporates vs public interest, again

Sydney - Many environmentalists have been highly skeptical of the chronic mismanagement of water resources worldwide in the last couple of decades. Some also suggest that global food giant Nestlé is behind moves to privatize water supplies.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Australia’s hoe-larious costs for bottle deposits scheme

Sydney - Just when you thought American defence costing was a joke, Australia comes up with a costing for bottle deposits, no less, which creates a 100 times bandwidth between the lowest cost and the highest. It’s a screech.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: Stress makes women put on weight? Study shows some grim figures

Columbus - Stress is bad enough, but does it make women gain weight? A new study indicates that the changes in metabolic rates brought on by stress may be the key to weight gain.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: A very unusual boxing match — Golovkin vs. Geale

Sydney - Rarely will you see two truly ferocious boxers on top of their games like these two middleweights. The merciless, savvy Kazakh Gnardy Golovkin is unbeaten in 29 fights, and Australian Daniel Geale, who’s 30-2, is hungry.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: ISIS 'frequent fighters' and oil money fueling combat successes

Baghdad - ISIS is getting some of its ‘frequent fighters’ from the Taliban and other jihadi groups. It’s also getting big money, quite enough to manage the loyalties of Sunni tribes, from captured oil to fund its war.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

Op-Ed: U.S. German spy scandal — less obvious problems for NSA

Berlin - The recent finding of two U.S. agents in Germany has set off a true catfight, but one which is raging beneath the surface in reality. Germany found a double agent in its ranks, then identified a US operative in Germany.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 7 comments

Op-Ed: JK Rowling surprise — Adult Harry Potter short story hits the web

Sydney - After a long hiatus, Harry Potter has re-emerged as an adult! The story has been posted on Pottermore.com, which is now mysteriously down, possibly because of an IT spell.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Op-Ed: Doctors won’t treat patients because of religion? It’s true

Toronto - Respect for religion is one thing. Religion having no respect for the rights of others is another. This is the dichotomy facing a new emergence of religious issues in medicine. Some doctors won’t treat specific medical issues because of their beliefs.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 10 comments

Op-Ed: Cat journalism — the new frontier of cats in the media

Sydney - Doing any kind of journalism has a built-in risk of cattiness from one or multiple directions. So why not get cats directly involved? That’s what a Tumblr pages called News Cat GIFs is all about.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Op-Ed: People prefer pain to thinking? Study shows truly weird behavior

Sydney - Test subjects required to spend 15 minutes by themselves in a bare room have turned up some highly controversial findings. Some of the test subjects really didn’t enjoy the experience, giving themselves mild electric shocks.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 9 comments

Op-Ed: NASA Mars landing in 2030s? Forget it, U.S. has lost its balls

Sydney - When you remember the sheer enthusiasm of the Moon landings, the vague babblings about Martian landings are to put it mildly, unimpressive. The march of progress in space has become a limp-wristed square dance.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 6 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS hits lines of least resistance, taking oil and water assets

Baghdad - ISIS has overrun a Syrian oilfield, dispersing rebel fighters in the area without much opposition. This move occurred while ISIS was supposedly under heavy attack from Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, and realigned Al Qaeda allies to ISIS.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS calls on Muslims to take up arms and ‘conquer Rome’

Baghdad - Caliph Baghdadi, head of ISIS, has called on Muslims around the world to join him. Taking up where Al Qaeda left off, ISIS is recruiting en masse. The rhetoric is loud, clear, and pitched at the Ramadan audience.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 6 comments
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