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How Australia’s NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected. Dean Lewins/AAP One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australia’s gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as...

Why you like coffee, and I choose tea – it’s in the genes

Why does it cost so much to put a tea in a pot of hot water, anyway? from www.shutterstock.com Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you? Your choice could be a result of your genes, and how they affect your experience of bitter...

Despite new findings, the jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements reduce heart attacks

Omega-3s reduce the risk of blood clots and are anti-inflammatory. from shutterstock.com A recent widely-reported study has reignited debate around whether omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study showed a particular form of omega-3 oil lowered the risk of people with heart disease experiencing a major “end point” event by 25%. This end point is one or a combination...

A super-Earth found in our stellar back yard

An artist’s impression of the surface of the planet orbiting Barnard’s Star. ESO - M. Kornmesser The potential discovery of a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star – the second closest stellar system to the Sun – was announced by researchers today in Nature. This discovery pushes the bounds of what we can do with our best current astronomical instrumentation, so the authors are understandably...

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album remixed

A copy of the original White Album signed by George Martin: his son Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell have remixed the album on its 50th anniversary. Julien''s Auctions/Supplied by WE/AAP Last year, the 50th anniversary remix of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band gained considerable respect from critics and fans alike. Now we have the 50th...

How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

When individuals from different groups interact positively and cooperate online, society changes for the better. rawpixel/Unspalsh The internet often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Social media use can contribute to poorer mental health in teens. It can also be used to manipulate users’ emotions, and to disseminate misinformation and click bait to sway public opinion. The internet is also home to countless online...

FactCheck Q&A: have 90% of Labor MPs worked in trade unions?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions. ABC Excerpt from Q&A, October 2, 2018. It’s nice for Amanda to say you need to reflect society, but you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions and that’s the background they bring to the table. –...

Morrison wants Muslim leaders to do more to prevent terrorism, but what more can they do?

Mourners pay their respects to Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, who was killed in Friday’s terror attack.  James Ross/AAP With the simple statement “more needs to happen”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was emphatic. In the wake of the terror attack on the crowded streets of Melbourne’s CBD last Friday, it is difficult to argue against any plan to...

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight Salads are a lot less healthy once you make additions like croutons and a creamy dressing. From shutterstock.com Many people wonder why they’re not losing weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One possible reason is that what look like healthy options aren’t what they seem. Many foods and drinks...

Climate change will make QLD’s ecosystems unrecognisable – it’s up to us if we want to stop that

It’s not just about the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland’s rainforests - particularly in the mountains - will also change thanks to a warming climate. Shutterstock Climate change and those whose job it is to talk about current and future climate impacts are often classed as the “harbingers of doom”. For the world’s biodiversity, the predictions are grim - loss of species, loss...