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Why you should eat a plant-based diet, but that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian

why you should eat a plant-based diet, but that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian
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Plant-based diets have been found to be far more beneficial for our health. Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut meat from their diet. So it’s important to know that...

From Boomers to Xennials: we love talking about our generations, but must recognise their limits

from boomers to xennials: we love talking about our generations, but must recognise their limits
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Do you remember these? We all know the names: Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. Now we can add the “Xennials”, a cross-over generation between X-ers and Millennials that recently took the internet by storm. The “Xennials” are supposedly a group born between the late 1970s and...

Four myths about water fluoridation and why they’re wrong

four myths about water fluoridation and why they’re wrong
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Adding fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay is one of our greatest public health achievements. Yet, myths persist about whether it’s safe and works. Evidence gathered over 60 years about adding fluoride to drinking water has failed to convince some people this...

Explainer: what can Tesla’s giant South Australian battery achieve?

explainer: what can tesla’s giant south australian battery achieve?
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia. Last Friday, world-famous entrepreneur Elon Musk jetted into Adelaide to kick off Australia’s long-delayed battery revolution. The Tesla founder joined South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and the international...

A short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories

a short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories
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Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808). I Cruikshank/Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons When we hear phrases like vaccine objection, vaccine refusal and anti-vaxxers, it’s easy to assume these are new labels used in today’s childhood...

The Great Barrier Reef isn’t listed as ‘in danger’ – but it’s still in big trouble

the great barrier reef isn’t listed as ‘in danger’ – but it’s still in big trouble
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  The Great Barrier Reef is reeling under a combination of bleaching, over-fishing and land clearing.  In a somewhat surprising decision, UNESCO ruled this week that the Great Barrier Reef – one of the Earth’s great natural wonders – should not be listed as “World Heritage in...

Electronic games: how much is too much for kids?

electronic games: how much is too much for kids?
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When played in moderation, electronic games can be beneficial for children’s learning and development. Most parents view their children’s playing of electronic games as potentially problematic – or even dangerous. Concerns about electronic gaming do not stack up against the research. So, how much gaming is too...

Read, listen, understand: why non-Indigenous Australians should read First Nations writing

read, listen, understand: why non-indigenous australians should read first nations writing
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Alexis Wright won the Miles Franklin award for her 2006 novel Carpentaria. AAP Image/Dean Lewins Do you read Australia’s First Nations (Indigenous) writers? If not, why not? People read for many reasons: information, entertainment, escape, to contemplate in company, to be moved. Reading can also...

Grattan on Friday: Everything’s going Bill Shorten’s way

grattan on friday: everything’s going bill shorten’s way
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The fight over penalty rates is an issue made for Bill Shorten’s skill set. Paul Miller/AAP Bill Shorten has been on holidays this week. Probably just as well. The “energizer bunny” would have felt the need to be out every day, as usual. His absence...

Surgery to make intersex children ‘normal’ should be banned

surgery to make intersex children ‘normal’ should be banned
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Intersex people are born with sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit binary notions of male or female bodies.  Questions in the proposed new citizenship test that address family violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation imply opposition to these is an Australian value. Indeed most Australians would agree...