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Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them. from www.shutterstock.com

Power naps and meals don’t always help shift workers make it through the night

Taking a power nap on a night shift can leave you feeling groggy. And eating a large meal can reduce your alertness. So, what's a tired shift worker to do to make it through the night?
Bone is a dynamic tissue that is continually broken down and reformed throughout life. from shutterstock.com

Both men and women need strong bones, but their skeletons grow differently across ages

Fracture risk is higher in older women than men, but in adolescence the reverse is true. These differences mean our approach to managing bone health for men and women changes across the ages.
Butterfly wings, like those of the monarch butterfly, have inspired scientists to create “structural colours”. tea maeklong/Shutterstock

Explainer: how scientists invent new colours

Scientists continue to invent new colours for new applications thanks to nanoscale structures.
Our national wellbeing probably peaked with Australia’s population at roughly 15 million in the 1970s, when this photo was taken in Hunters Hill, Sydney. John Ward/flickr

Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia

Australia's GPI, a broad measure of national wellbeing, has stalled since 1974. So what has been the point of huge population and GDP growth since then if we and our environment are no better off?
Ask your child what their toys did while they were out today or invite them to help you read the mail. Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child. Research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning.
There is a common misunderstanding that one particular Qur’anic verse perpetuates violence against women. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: what Islam actually says about domestic violence

Islam’s position on domestic violence is drawn from the Qur’an, prophetic practice, and historical and contemporary legal verdicts.
Police speak with members of the public outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton, Melbourne, following the violent attack on Monday night. AAP/Julian Smith

Tougher national parole laws won’t end the violence

As difficult as it is to concede, lone-actor, grievance-fuelled violence cannot be solved simply by tightening justice processes.
Some travellers may forget that where they travel is not their home, and that cultural sensitivities may differ greatly. Naked At Monuments/Facebook

Explainer: the rise of naked tourism

The trend of 'naked tourism' reveals something more than just bare bottoms – and it may call for some active interventions.
Each person’s unique gut microbiota composition is in continuous communication with the immune system. from shutterstock.com

How our gut bacteria affect cancer risk and response to treatment

The composition of bacteria in our gut regulates our immune system. Modifying it - through poo transplants for example - can control cancer risk, as well as response to treatment.

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