Why Choose A Cotton Beach Towel Over A Cheaper Beach Towel?

Most people will agree that size really matters when choosing the right beach towel. They are often used for drying off after being in the water, but the chief purpose of a quality beach towel is to...

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Your Christmas shopping could harm or help the planet. Which will it be?

Many Australian consumers are concerned at the environmental impact of their shopping habits, especially at Christmas.AAPAustralian shoppers are set to spend $52.7 billion this Christmas. In the words...

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Right-swipes and red flags – how young people negotiate sex and safety on dating apps

For many young people, app dating is just part of regular dating life.freestocks.org/UnsplashPopular commentary on dating apps often associates their use with “risky” sex, harassment and p...

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Bougainville has voted to become a new country, but the journey to independence is not yet over

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, a chain of islands that lie 959 kilometres northwest of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, has voted unequivocally for independence.The referendum s...

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Preventing Electrical Overloads

An electrical overload is bad. In the best case it simply shuts down your power supply and you can restart it. You may lose some information from the quick shut down and sensitive devices may ha...

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When to Worry About Low Back Pain

The simple fact is that 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. The reason is often related to sitting too much, although it can also be caused by sports injuries and ot...

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The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet

Climate activist Greta Thunberg listens during a meeting with climate scientists at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain.AP Photo/Paul WhiteShe came from obscurity and ignited a global movement. Beginnin...

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Friday essay: eco-disaster films in the 21st century - helpful or harmful?

A scene from the 2017 film Geostorm: many societies have historically attempted to deal with collective trauma by replaying and restaging it in art.Warner Bros., Electric Entertainment, Rat Pac-Dune E...

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A new study shows an animal's lifespan is written in the DNA. For humans, it's 38 years

A genetic "clock" lets scientists estimate how long extinct creatures lived. Wooly mammoths could expect around 60 years.Australian MuseumHumans have a “natural” lifespan of around 38 year...

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Vital Signs: Australia's wafer-thin surplus rests on a mine disaster in Brazil

On Monday the Australian government will release the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). This will – as required by the Charter of Budget Honesty – provide an update on the key a...

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Don't believe the stereotype: these 5 charts show our democracy is safe in the hands of future voters

Almost 900 school kids, aged 12 to 17, were surveyed.ShutterstockA new, ongoing survey on how young Australians understand and imagine their democracy is already challenging long-held stereotypes. The...

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Private health insurance premiums should be based on age and health status

Policy changes have failed to stop young people dropping their private health insurance.ShutterstockPrivate health insurance has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, as it becomes clear healt...

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Knowledge is a process of discovery: how constructivism changed education

According to constructivists, we truly understand something when we filter it through our senses and interactions.from shutterstock.comThis is the second of two essays exploring key theories – c...

Luke Zaphir, Researcher for the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project; and Online Teacher at Education Queensland's IMPACT Centre, The University of Queensland - avatar Luke Zaphir, Researcher for the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project; and Online Teacher at Education Queensland's IMPACT Centre, The University of Queensland

Grattan on Friday: Climate winds blowing on Morrison from Liberal party's left

Scott Morrison is picking up that Australia’s devastating, prolonged fires are producing a soured, anti-government mood among many in the community.It may not be entirely rational for people to ...

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