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Indoor mould can increase the risk of active asthma. Indoor mould can increase the risk of active asthma. Meg's my name/Flickr

Is your home harming you? Asthma, allergies and indoor mould

It is hard to escape indoor mould. It is most commonly found in the wet areas of the home, especially the bathroom and the kitchen, but it can grow anywhere. We all agree that it’s unsightly, but the bigger…
Damp conditions are linked to respiratory problems, but mould may not be the cause. Damp conditions are linked to respiratory problems, but mould may not be the cause. AAP/Kym Agius

Queenslanders at risk from mould as flood clean-up continues

The floods have come and gone in Queensland and in their wake are heartbreak, devastation and months, if not years, of clean-up and rebuilding. Those affected now face a hidden risk to their health from…
How do you remember where you’ve been if you don’t have a brain? How do you remember where you’ve been if you don’t have a brain? Tanya Latty

The brainless slime mould that remembers where it’s been

We humans use our large brains to make and store maps of our environment; maps we then use everyday for getting around and for recalling where we’ve been. But we are nothing special – many other animals…
Flooded houses are seen at night in Gundagai, NSW earlier this month. Flooded houses are seen at night in Gundagai, NSW earlier this month. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Floods herald creeping problem of mould and growing health risks

The past five years have seen record rainfall and flooding in many towns and cities across eastern Australia. The floods themselves are dangerous, but so are the health hazards associated with the indoor…