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14 February 2019 - Renewable Energy Around the World

When it comes to the design and implementation of renewable energy solutions, not all countries are created equal. From solar and wind power through to hydro and geothermal energy solutions, some nations are doing much more than others in the movement towards a low-carbon future. According to the Climate Council, Sweden is aiming to be the world's first 100 percent renewable country when it comes to electricity generation, with other ambitious green nations including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Scotland, Germany, and Uruguay.

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11 February 2019 - World's Smartest Animals

For better and worse, humans have undoubtedly taken over planet Earth. Our use of tools and knack for self-awareness has given us an edge over the rest of the animal kingdom, to the point where many other species are under threat as the result of our existence. While our ability to learn, be creative, and solve problems is impressive and unsurpassed, a number of other species also show remarkable signs of intelligence. Let's take a look at the world's smartest animals and see how their intelligence differs from ours.

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07 February 2019 - The Environmental Impacts of Eating Less Meat

This is the first part of a two part discussion. What we eat has a huge effect on the world around us, with our diet closely linked with global farming practices and the health of environmental systems. With agriculture responsible for up to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and most of these emissions coming from red meat production, simple changes to our diet could have a huge impact on the world around us. According to a new report published in The Lancet, eating less meat is critical if we want better personal health and improved environmental outcomes. Let's analyse the rather persuasive environmental argument, and leave the health argument to part two of this article.

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22 January 2019 - Aussie Rich Getting Richer

Rich Australians continue to get richer, with the top 1 percent of Aussies now owning more than the bottom 70 percent combined. The growing disparity between the world's rich and poor has been highlighted in the latest Oxfam report on global inequality, which is released each year during the World Economic Forum. As community leaders gather to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas”, Oxfam continues to recommend increased public spending budgets and increased taxation for the rich to help close the gap.

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18 January 2019 - Getting Healthier in Less Time

While everyone wants to be fitter and healthier, having enough discipline to reach your goals can be challenging. Rather than attempting 10,000 steps each and every day or trying to change your entire diet, perhaps there's a faster way to get healthy without disrupting your daily life. From high intensity interval training (HIIT) through to intermittent fasting (IF), the new paradigm is based on dynamic changes that stretch important cellular repair processes and imitate natural cycles.

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14 January 2019 - Is it Time to Buy in Sydney

As property prices continue to decline, people are wondering if it's the perfect time to enter the Sydney property market. While prices are still falling in most parts of the city, the rate of decline seems to be slowing, particularly in more affluent areas. Lending restrictions are also having an effect on property prices, as are interstate movements and housing supply levels. Whether or not it's a good time to buy depends greatly on where you want to call home, with the wider Sydney market expected to keep declining over 2019 but some suburbs and regional areas in NSW set to buck the trend.

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09 January 2019 - White Noise from Your Home

The sound of silence may not be what it seems, with white noise allowing us to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of natural environments in any location. If you've ever turned on a fan to enjoy a sleep-in or spent time camping next to a wandering creek, then you'll understand just how Zen white noise can be. While these analogue noise sources are still available, white noise apps are making it easier than ever before to tune out the world and enjoy the real sound of silence.

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04 January 2019 - The Wonders of Being Bored

With Christmas over, school holidays here, and people getting back to work, sometimes it seems like boredom is the enemy. According to a new study from the University of Waterloo in Canada, however, boredom can be a wondrous state that's full of potential for new and amazing things. While the negative feelings that often accompany boredom are there for a reason, you can learn to see it as a call to action rather than a reason to get anxious or depressed.

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