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There’s a yawning gap in the plan to keep older Australians working

there’s a yawning gap in the plan to keep older australians working
A key reason for deciding to retire has to do with getting tired at and through work, how that tiredness affects partners and families.Image shutterstock.com In the past decade a 30-year trend to earlier retirement has been reversed. In OECD countries the average age at which people...

If weight loss is your only goal for exercise, it’s time to rethink your priorities

if weight loss is your only goal for exercise, it’s time to rethink your priorities
Choose an activity you enjoy so it’s easier to stick to.Shutterstock As an aesthetic society, we often demonise body fat and stigmatise people with lots of it. There’s often an assumption that people carrying excess weight don’t exercise and must be unhealthy. But that’s not true: you...

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself
Young adults and people living in the inner city are among those most likely to be lonely, according to the ABC’s Australia Talks project.  Image from www.shutterstock.com The ABC’s Australia Talks project aims to stimulate a conversation on a broad sweep of topics — from job security...

Humans light 85% of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it

humans light 85% of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it
An estimated 85% of bushfires are lit by humans. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP It’s hard to comprehend why someone would deliberately light a bushfire. Yet this behaviour regularly occurs in Australia and other countries. We would go a long way to preventing bushfires if we better...

‘Like volcanoes on the ranges’: how Australian bushfire writing has changed with the climate

‘like volcanoes on the ranges’: how australian bushfire writing has changed with the climate
While Australian fiction of the 19th century portrayed bushfires as isolated events. This week, more than 50 fires burned in NSW. Dan Peled/AAP Bushfire writing has long been a part of Australian literature. Tales of heroic rescues and bush Christmases describe a time when the...

Making sense of menopausal hormone therapy means understanding the benefits as well as the risks

making sense of menopausal hormone therapy means understanding the benefits as well as the risks
Grappling with the pros and cons of menopausal hormone therapy can be confusing. From shutterstock.com At menopause, a woman’s ovaries lose their reproductive function. Eggs are no longer released and the production of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone falls. It’s the lowered levels of oestrogen...

Robots with benefits: how sexbots are marketed as companions

robots with benefits: how sexbots are marketed as companions
Sexbot Emma, from AI Tech, is advertised as a “real AI you can talk to”. She offers “warm hugs” and will “feel your feelings”. YouTube/Screenshot When thinking of sexbots, companionship might not be the first word that comes to mind. But sexbot advertising promises more...

Sunday essay: shaved, shaped and slit – eyebrows through the ages

sunday essay: shaved, shaped and slit – eyebrows through the ages
In ancient China, India and the Middle East, the art of eyebrow threading was popular. It is now enjoying a resurgence. www.shutterstock.com Eyebrows can turn a smile into a leer, a grumpy pout into a come hither beckoning, and sad, downturned lips into a...

A surprising answer to a hot question: controlled burns often fail to slow a bushfire

a surprising answer to a hot question: controlled burns often fail to slow a bushfire
Firefighters conduct property protection as a bushfire approaches homes at Woodford NSW, Friday, November 8, 2019. Calls for more controlled burning are common after a major bushfire. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP As sure as night follows day, this week’s bushfires prompted inevitable debate about whether fire authorities...

If Dr Google’s making you sick with worry, there’s help

if dr google’s making you sick with worry, there’s help
Your twitching eye is more likely to be due to staring at a screen for too long rather than some serious illness. from www.shutterstock.com It’s a busy day at the office and your left eye has been twitching uncontrollably. So, out of curiosity and irritation...