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A new project shows combining childcare and aged care has social and economic benefits

Intergenerational care programs encourage relationship building between generations. Griffith University What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the morning together. These interactions are made possible by intergenerational care programs that have gained popularity in Australia in recent years. Intergenerational care programs provide...

The Turnbull government is all but finished, and the Liberals will now need to work out who they are

To become prime minister, Turnbull made himself a willing hostage at the outset to right-wing policies that contradicted his political persona. AAP/Mick Tsikas A relationship of mutual convenience between prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal Liberal party is drawing to a close. Each used the other for practical purposes. Turnbull used the Liberal Party as his vehicle to enter parliamentary...

Remembering Aretha : A Retro-Review of Aretha Franklin – The Best Of

"You know a force from heaven. You know something that God made. And Aretha is a gift from God." (Rolling Stone - The 100 Greatest Singers) "Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music ...more than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged.."(legacyrecordings.com) “Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest...

‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival

Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them...

Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

  Where you from, you sexy thing? (Hot Chocolate) Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in a new book, The Perils of Perception, we asked people in...

Earthquake after shock hits Bali

At 1:25pm local time (3:25pm EST), Bali was rocked by another small earthquake which has been classified as "moderate" Not as strong as the previous two, and possible just a strong after-shock, it did rattle glasses. cause quite a disturbance in swimming pools and had people leaping to their feet. Quickly things returned to a semblance of normal and at this...

Two types of tectonic plate activity create earthquake and tsunami risk on Lombok

Shallow but powerful earthquakes on Lombok have resulted in around 100 deaths and destroyed buildings. EPA/AAP Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 98 people and injuring hundreds more. Thousands of buildings are damaged and rescue efforts are being hampered by power outages, a lack of phone reception in some areas...

A brief history of briefs – and how technology is transforming underpants

Underpants have a long history and, it seems, a bold future. shutterstock Underpants. We tend not to talk about them but they are a fact of life (unless you go commando). Briefs have a fascinating history and are now being transformed by technology, with high-performance undies that claim to do everything from filtering flatulence to emitting soothing vibrations. The first type...

The science and art of reef restoration

Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor makes sculptures and sinks them beneath the sea to create artificial reefs.  © Jason deCaires Taylor Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. Under pressure from climate change, overfishing, pollution, introduced species and apathy, coral colonies and fish communities are steadily deteriorating. Coral cover in the Great Barrier reef has declined by an alarming...

Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction

There was an implicit financial exchange between parties.AAP Woolworths’ and Coles’ bans on plastic bags have been applauded by environmental groups, but were reportedly met with abuse and assault and claims of profiteering. Even comedians saw value in the theatre of the bag ban. This reaction is due to supermarkets breaching their “psychological contract” with customers. When both major supermarkets appeared to back flip in the face of irate...