Revealed: Top 4 Markets to Start a Business in 2019

In a world full of cut-throat competition, it has become increasingly challenging to start a business. It has become imperative to carefully think through the business that you wish to start before you practically embark on it. Hiring the services of a business coach or mentor will greatly increase your chances of success. A business mentor can see into the...

How is oxygen ‘sucked out’ of our waterways?

Dead fish are a source of food for bacteria, which then extract oxygen from the river. AAP A million fish have died in the Murray Darling basin, as oxygen levels plummet due to major algal blooms. Experts have warned we could see more mass deaths this week. Read more: The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to...

It’s not just the isolation. Working from home has surprising downsides

Working from home means taking work into your home.  Shutterstock What if you never had to return to work? Never had to return to work at the office, that is. You’d be able to juggle kids on school holidays. You wouldn’t need to navigate traffic jams. Your employer might gain increased productivity, lower turnover and lower lease costs. But there are less...

Populism’s problems can be fixed by getting the public better-informed. And that’s actually possible

In its more dangerous manifestations, populism can mean a reckless, extreme distrust in governmental expertise. DAVID MAXWELL/AAP Many commentators have been alarmed at the electoral wins of ultra conservative leaders around the world, as well as policy decisions such as Brexit made by a popular referendum. They see these as signs of a rising populism. In its benign forms, populism can simply mean...

Heaven on earth: the ancient roots of your backyard garden

The connection between the gardens of Versailles, and your backyard garden, are closer than you might think. Shutterstock You don’t have to be an avid gardener or know all the Latin names of plants to appreciate the opportunity for reflection that a stroll in the garden can afford us. The explosion of colours, shapes, and textures in the garden, the...

Listen To Older Voices : Robert Lloyd – Part 3

 Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a...

Sex offender registries don’t prevent re-offending (and vigilante justice is real)

  Notifications of child sex offenders living in the area have, in some cases, created community hysteria and loss of sleep.  from shutterstock.com Calls for public access to information about convicted child sex offenders occur often in Australia. It may seem like common sense that allowing the public to know the whereabouts of dangerous people should increase community safety. As in many...

The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed

Our favourite way of listening to music might have a bigger environmental impact than we think. patat/ Shutterstock Although streaming remains the most popular way people listen to music, old formats like cassettes and vinyl have both seen an increase in sales. In fact, vinyl has seen a remarkable sales increase of 1,427% since 2007, selling around around 4m LPs in 2018 in the UK alone....

Hidden women of history: Elsie Masson, photographer, writer, intrepid traveller

Elsie Masson outside Government House, Darwin.  Wayne Collection, Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum. In 1913, at the age of 23, Elsie Masson was travelling on a steamer near Port Essington, 150 miles from Darwin, when it was approached by a small lugger. The boat was manned by one white man and two black men. As she later recounted, The white man raised a...

How capitalism ruined our relationship with bacteria

Drawing from the Wellcome Collection There are many rational reasons that motivate consumers to spend US$65 billion annually on household cleaning products. But non-rational mechanisms are nevertheless still at work in the cleaning products market, as in all others. Advertisements for domestic hygiene products usually follow the same simple yet powerful structure: the threat of bacterial contamination looms large, but anti-bacterial gels, soaps,...