Red meat and imported wine: why ethical eating often stops at the restaurant door

Can eating steak in a restaurant (or reindeer tongue, for that matter) ever be considered an ethical form of eating? It depends who you ask. Shutterstock Nowadays, ethical eating is often presented as a truism: we are told we should all be making ethical food choices, not only at home but also when we dine out. However, it’s become something of a...

Here’s why doctors are backing pill testing at music festivals across Australia

Pill testing is a rare opportunity to speak to drug users about their drug use. from www.shutterstock.com For many years experts in the field of drug policy in Australia have known existing policies are failing. Crude messages (calls for total abstinence: “just say no to drugs”) and even cruder enforcement strategies (harsher penalties, criminalisation of drug users) have had no...

Cryosurgery For Common Skin Lesions

The skin plays a very significant role as a barrier to chemicals and other contaminants entering the body. However, skin lesions may disturb this barrier function. According to a report published by the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of four American is affected by a skin disease. Indeed, it is a good thing that there are remedies, such...

Is the ‘midlife crisis’ a real thing?

It does make sense your mood may start to dip in midlife.  Javier García/Unsplash Middle age is often seen as life’s pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: “forty is the old age of youth” and “fifty the youth of old age”. The idea adults in midlife face a...

Listen To Older Voices : Robert Lloyd – Part 2

 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 valuable...

Is your ‘experience diet’ making you unwell?

Uninviting, car-dominated streets, like this one in Melbourne, reduce our experience menu by discouraging beneficial activities like walking and sharing places with other people.   Just as our food diet affects our physical and emotional health, so does our “experience diet”. This is the day-to-day mix of the things we do, see, hear and feel. And, just like our food...

New Things You Can Do to Get a Perfect Smile

Modern dentistry has come a long way from the olden days when many of us had to live with most of the issues around our teeth. A charming smile is an asset for anyone across age or gender profiles. But, the quality of that smile can be significantly impacted if you have yellow teeth, chapped lips, receding gums or...

Digital Earth: the paradigm now shaping our world’s data cities

The vast amounts of data from more than 650 Earth observation satellites are transforming how we see and shape urban landscapes.  Pitney Bowes Australia courtesy PSMA, Author provided Today’s smart cities rely on networks: squillions of semiconductor devices that constantly pulse electromagnetic waves (light and radio frequencies) through telecommunications satellites. Another genre of satellites, equipped especially for Earth observations, is accelerating...

Top Four Ways to Bring More Excitement into Your Everyday Life

Excitement helps us beat the monotony and helps make every day feel like something worth living. It is also hard to accomplish in our everyday routines. Some days this might suit you perfectly, but knowing how to inject a touch more excitement into your routines every day can help you conquer working blues and help you enjoy your life...

Health Check: when should you throw away leftovers?

If it’s been out longer than four hours, it’s best to throw it away. By Merrimon Crawford Refrigeration is the most important invention in the history of food. But while commercial and home refrigerators have only been used for the past 100 years or so, people have long used cool natural environments to store foods for extended periods. Temperature is important for controlling...