10 December 2018 - Shrinking House Trend
Home sizes are shrinking across the western
world, with rising populations, apartment living, and increasing prices putting
renewed pressure on the size of the family home. While smaller houses are not
necessarily cheaper, they do provide people with more choice in overheated
property markets. Rather than seeing shrinking homes as a negative consequence
of unsustainable population growth, people are embracing the trend for high
quality, high density homes that just happen to have a smaller footprint.
07 December 2018 - The Best Time of Day to Exercise
Some people wake at the crack of dawn to
exercise, with others waiting until after work in the late afternoon or
evening. While exercise is great at any time of the day, it seems our internal
body clocks can have a huge effect on the amount of calories that we burn.
Finding the perfect time for your fitness regime is part art and part science,
with each person needing to match their personal preferences with universal
circadian rhythms and innate human physiology.
03 December 2018 - World's Untouched Tribes
The recent death of an American missionary
on a remote Indian island has brought the world's untouched tribes into the
spotlight. Commonly referred to as uncontacted or lost tribes, this small group
of indigenous peoples face numerous threats from the outside world. There are
currently thought to be around 100 tribes living completely cut-off from modern
civilisation. Most of the tribes live deep in the Amazon rainforest, with
others existing in the Congo, the mountains of New Guinea, and islands off the
coast of India.
21 November 2018 - US-China Trade Tensions Threaten Global Stability
Tensions between the United States and
China continue to threaten global economic stability. The tortured relationship
between the world's two largest economies dominated the recent APEC summit in
Port Moresby, with both countries struggling to find common ground when it came
to defining trade tactics and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
While the upcoming meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in
Argentina is promising, analysts have warned of rising global trade tensions
and reduced domestic demand in China if the situation remains unresolved.
13 November 2018 - Sydney Becomes Buyers' Market
Falling property prices signify a muted end
to the booming Sydney market, with prices continuing to decline in key parts of
the city. While the Reserve Bank has yet to make a move, banks seem cautious
about the new conditions as they raise interest rates and initiate more
cautious lending practices. Despite the decline, most people are expecting a
mild decrease in prices over a lengthy period of time rather than a housing
market crash. Some experts have already come out saying that Sydney is now a
buyers' market, with the rate of decline seeming to stabilise over recent
months as the amount of stock continues to grow.
09 November 2018 - Leading Tech Products This Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, which
means it's almost time to get out your credit card and start shopping. From new
gaming devices and wearable fitness gadgets through to household tech and
mobile speakers, technology always plays an important role during the holiday
period. Let's take a look at some of the best tech products available this
year, to give you some ideas for gifts to place under the tree.
06 November 2018 - The Health Effects of Microplastics
Plastics are a common feature of modern
life, with different types of plastics found in everything from the clothes we
wear through to the beauty products we put on our skin. While these moldable
polymers are ubiquitous and can be highly useful, they have also been
associated with a range of problematic health issues. Microplastics are causing
particular concern among healthcare professionals, with these tiny pieces of
plastic either directly added to consumer products or created accidentally when
larger plastics break down.
02 November 2018 - Bike Use Around the World
When it comes to cycling culture and
infrastructure, some countries have a much better approach than others. While
there are more than one billion bicycles in the world, the distribution curve
is far from equal. Some cities embrace bikes with open arms, and others seem
reticent to set up bike-friendly infrastructure. If adopted, bike use is more
than just a way to get around your favourite city, it also has the ability to
improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint. Let's take a look at the
most bicycle friendly destinations on Earth and how they differ from the
struggling bike culture in Australia and New Zealand.
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