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Having a bad posture is believed to be one of the contributing factors of postural hunchback. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: can bad posture give you a hunchback?

If you don't alternate your posture at work, the stiffness can build, making it harder to straighten your spine. This can contribute to developing a hunched back.
Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting. Krissa Corbett Kavouras/Flickr

Health Check: how to get off the couch and into exercise

Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation.
Salt seems common enough, but it has some astounding properties. Shutterstock

Kitchen Science: A salt on the senses

That salt on your table can do amazing things chemically, and to the flavour of your favourite food. But don't eat too much!
Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

High Court asked to declare Manus detention illegal as 859 detainees seek their day in court

If a new High Court claim against Australia's offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
Exposure on social media can often lead to shaming. Arlette Cifuentes Meneses/Flickr

The shame of public shaming

Public shaming is not new. It’s been used as a punishment in all societies – often embraced by the formal law and always available for day-to-day policing of moral norms. However, over the past couple…
Most people think only women get postnatal depression. James Garcia/upsplash

Dads get postnatal depression too

It will come as no surprise that some new fathers will be anxious or highly stressed. However, most people believe only new mums suffer postnatal depression. This is not the case.
‘For too long schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.’ from www.shutterstock.com

Five new frameworks that can drive teacher education reform

We need a major revamp of teacher education from the inside out that changes the model to provide all children with the education that is right for them.
Rome’s Trevi fountain lit up with the Belgian flag. Why do some violent acts prompt global artistic memorial, but not others? Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Art and terror: a new kind of memorial

From Tintin weeping to spotlit buildings, images are rapidly circulating on social media as a way of comprehending the Brussels bombings. But where was the cartoon for those who died in Ankara? Are some tragedies "ungrievable"?
The health sector can learn from other industries that turn to operations research to fix everyday challenges. Anna Jurkovska/Shutterstock

Hospitals don’t need increased funding, they need to make better use of what they’ve got

Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.

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