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What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

what is sepsis and how can it be treated?
At least 5,000 Australians die each year as a result of sepsis, more commonly known as blood poisoning. From shutterstock Sepsis, colloquially known as blood poisoning, occurs as a result of an infection, usually from bacteria. Bacteria can enter the blood stream via an open...

Sunday essay: revisiting the Dark Man – a journey into Queensland’s shadow country

sunday essay: revisiting the dark man – a journey into queensland’s shadow country
The view from the back verandah of the house where the city met the bush. Author provided One recent Saturday morning, I once again drove my children to the street in Brisbane’s west where I grew up as a boy. They had been on this...

Vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture

vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture
Are veggie burgers the way of the future? Ella Olsson/Flickr The IPCC special report, Climate Change and Land, released last Friday, has found a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the “land”: largely farming, food production, land clearing and deforestation. Sustainable farming is a...

UN climate change report: land clearing and farming contribute a third of the world’s greenhouse gases

un climate change report: land clearing and farming contribute a third of the world’s greenhouse gases
Farming emits greenhouse gases, but the land can also store them. Johny Goerend/Unsplash We can’t achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without managing emissions from land use, according to a special report released yesterday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Emissions from land...

As Australia looks to join a coalition in Iran, the risks are many

as australia looks to join a coalition in iran, the risks are many
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility. AAP/Lukas Coch Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated Australia will join a multinational peacekeeping force to protect freedom of navigation in the Gulf, but at this stage he has...

More than milk and bread: corner store revival can rebuild neighbourhood ties

more than milk and bread: corner store revival can rebuild neighbourhood ties
When neighbourhoods lose their corner stores, they also lose a place where people meet and feel like part of their local community.  Susan Fitzgerald/Flickr Do you have a corner store? Once an icon of suburban Australia, many neighbourhood corner stores vanished in the face of unrelenting competition...

Viruses aren’t all nasty – some can actually protect our health

viruses aren’t all nasty – some can actually protect our health
Bacteriophages are viruses that attack and infect bacteria. From shutterstock.com Viruses are mostly known for their aggressive and infectious nature. It’s true, most viruses have a pathogenic relationship with their hosts – meaning they cause diseases ranging from a mild cold to serious conditions like...

Koala-detecting dogs sniff out flaws in Australia’s threatened species protection

koala-detecting dogs sniff out flaws in australia’s threatened species protection
Maya the detection dog was part of a team sniffing out koalas. Marie Colibri/USC In a country like Australia – a wealthy, economically and politically stable nation with multiple environmental laws and comparatively effective governance – the public could be forgiven for assuming that...

Why investigative reporting in the digital age is waving, not drowning

why investigative reporting in the digital age is waving, not drowning
Recent AFP raids on media outlets raised fears of a chilling effect on investigative journalism, but a new book finds it is thriving against the odds. David Gray/AAP You don’t need to look far to find doom and gloom stories about traditional media in the...

Albanese says Voice must be in the Constitution

albanese says voice must be in the constitution
“We have not yet had true reconciliation, and a country that is not truly reconciled is not truly whole,” says Anthony Albanese at the Garma Festival. Mick Tsikas/AAP Opposition leader Anthony Albanese says an Indigenous “Voice” to parliament must be enshrined in the Constitution. His...