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The cost of fresh fruit and vegetables soars in rural areas. Flickr/ Family O'Abé

Rural Australians are missing out on affordable fresh food

Would you pay A$9 for six mushrooms in inner-city Melbourne? Or A$4.50 for one small piece of broccoli or cauliflower in Sydney? Probably not – but this is what rural Australians are being asked to fork…
Research shows the loss of social interaction ranks above loss of income as the most difficult thing for retrenched workers to adjust to. Julian Smith/AAP

Mitsubishi’s silver lining for Holden workers

The images of Holden workers walking away from the plant this week following its closure announcement were the latest reminder the “job for life” era is over. As Peter Capelli wrote in 1999, the goal for…
How you feel at work directly affects how you feel about work during leisure time. Alan Cleaver

Clock off, switch off: tips to stress less outside work hours

Australians are busy at work. We report very high levels of intensive working compared to other industrialised countries. And while it’s difficult to fully disconnect from work as we head home for the…
Whose aspiration? Chris Devers/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Current notions of success do little for white working class

The underachievement of white working-class schoolchildren in the UK continues to be a subject of contentious debate. It is well-documented that white working-class pupils do less well and suffer low social…
Past studies have indicated the redback spider antivenom is effective. Cathy/Flickr

Some things to know about the redback spider antivenom

Media reports about the redback spider antivenom being ineffective caused a bit of a stir recently. The articles were based on research presented at a major toxinology conference in Dubai. To understand…
Nursing homes, and the people who care for the elderly, would benefit if there was less of a taboo around talking about dirty business. AAP/Alan Porritt

We need to talk about dirty work, and what it’s worth

A recent survey found 73% of aged care workers in Australia did dirty work, coming into contact with bodily products. These products that are normal – we all poo and bleed – but taboos surrounding dirty…
The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sports could hit 100 km/h in less than four seconds and be charged from a standard power point. AAP Image/Tesla

Will electricity save the car?

Cars defined the 20th century … [They] shaped the wars that were fought, the way cities developed and how people and goods were moved around … [As] we look to alternative technologies to fuel more than…
The European food agency has decided to allow health claims for products containing fructose. Broken Haiku/Flickr

Fructose health claims ignores evidence of harm

The European Food and Safety Agency (EFSA) has just approved health claims for fructose-sweetened products, in a move that has astonished scientists around the world. Food and drink manufacturers can now…
If we’re fit, does it matter what we weigh? Image from shutterstock.com

Viewpoints: can you be healthy at any weight?

Australians are getting heavier and, as a result, are more likely to suffer life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes. But should we be worried about a bit of excess weight…
Orphan bonobos at a Congo sanctuary don’t understand how to comfort others or themselves as well as those reared by their mums. Flickr/Princess Stand in the Rain

For primates, having a mother helps them learn social skills

Wild bonobos, like all Great Apes, spend long childhoods with their mothers, learning the skills they need to function as socially and emotionally stable members of their community. But orphaned bonobos…
Karplus, Levitt and Warshel combined classical and quantum physics. Johan Jarnestad

Nobel prizewinners took chemistry from pipettes to programming

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was yesterday jointly awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for developing foundation computer software that chemists today use to investigate how…
Customers leaving a Target store in Sydney earlier this year, with some of the biogradable shopping bags that can be bought at the counter. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Target’s plastic bag backdown a loss for the silent majority

Charging for plastic bags at the checkout and even banning disposable plastic bags has been a growing global trend in recent years. So what should we make of the news that retailer Target is binning its…
Property investment advisers do not need a licence - in fact, no qualifications are required. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

The unregulated business of property investment advice

Record low interest rates are stoking Australia’s property market, with some expressing concern that property spruikers are targeting self managed superannuation funds investing in the sector. Providing…
Gentle aerobic exercise is good for our brain – keeping it sharp, alert and ready for action. Image from shutterstock.com

Gentle exercise is enough to keep your brain fit and healthy

Once upon a time we thought the brain was incapable of changing - if it was broken, it couldn’t be fixed. But that idea has been challenged in the last few decades with research suggesting that the brain…
A primary carrier of the Chikungunya virus, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) could easily hop to mainland Australia from Torres Strait islands. Camponotus Vagus

Explainer: the chikungunya virus and its risk to Australia

Chikungunya is a virus transmitted to people by mosquitoes; it usually causes a non-fatal but debilitating illness. Despite thousands of people being infected each year in Africa, Asia and Melanesia, chikungunya…
The 4G revolution will not be live streamed due to insufficient bandwidth. hugovk

Indoor blackspots could leave 4G revolution wanting

The latest battle between mobile phone companies for customers is well underway as they prepare for the full introduction of 4G, the new superfast service that is supposed to allow unprecedented internet…
Research on work and family policies support an approach that responds to the intensive demands of early childhood, as well as birth. Image from www.shutterstock.com

A family affair - good policy is more than paid parental leave

When the Labor government introduced a national paid parental leave (PPL) scheme on 1 January, 2011, it was late to the international party. The International Labour Organisation had been recommending…
Accountants are in an ideal position to guide companies through the green economy. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Accountants: The unlikely environmentalists?

With an increasingly complex assortment of green tape and initiatives such as emissions trading schemes, environmental issues are no longer solely associated simply with a corporate conscience; they are…
British journalist Caroline Criado-Perez (far right) has been the latest victim of vitriolic online abuse. EPA/Bloomberg

Fighting back against gender hate, one tweet at a time

Germaine Greer once wrote that women have no idea how much men hate them. Thanks to the internet, now we do. - @PennyRed Since the 1990s, some social commentators have declared that we live in a post-feminist…

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