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12 September 2017 - Home Ownership Delayed to Later in Life

According to a new study from Roy Morgan Research, Australians are putting off key life events due to increasing economic pressures and changing education and social patterns. Not only are young Australians living at home for longer than ever before, home ownership is being delayed and fewer people are owning their home outright before retirement. With an increasing number of people living at home and renting until their 40s, it seems it's never too late to get your foot onto the property ladder.   

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07 September 2017 - City Parks for the Urban Household

The health benefits of nature are well known, with people who spend time in natural environments less likely to be anxious or depressed than those who never leave the urban jungle. It's not possible for everyone to live by the ocean or hide away on the top of a mountain, however, so city planners are learning to improve the mental state of residents by adding pockets of nature that copy the wider world. By incorporating insights from science and psychology into their work, urban designers can create future cities that work with nature instead of fighting against it.

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04 September 2017 - Does Moderate Drinking Cause Harm

Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with a wide range of negative health outcomes, from the physical effects of liver disease through to brain damage and depression. While everyone is aware of the dangers of heavy drinking, the truth about moderate drinking can be much harder to discern. Can one or two drinks at the end of the day really be OK, or is the idea that low-level drinking is good for your health actually a myth? 

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01 September 2017 - Rise of the Robots

Robotic technology continues to make headlines, as artificial intelligence and innovative hardware converge in clever and surprising ways. From mechanical factory workers and robotic surgeons through to moving sex dolls and robotic vacuum cleaners, automation has become a big part of our everyday life. The rise of the robots is not without its problems, however, as experts warn of job losses, moral uncertainty, and the unintended consequences of emergent systems.

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21 August 2017 - Warning Signs for the Chinese Economy

China's economic growth continues to slow down, with the world’s second-largest economy facing headwinds due to the ongoing effects of deleveraging. Despite years of solid growth, cooling property markets and uncertain trade conditions are likely over coming months as policy makers attempt to curb excessive borrowing and industrial overcapacity. Australia is likely to feel the pressure more than most, with one US hedge fund warning of an impending banking crisis in both countries.

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15 August 2017 - Fastest Growing Areas in Australia

The Australian population has grown by 8.8% over the past 5 years, bringing present day numbers to just over 24.5 million people. Despite strong population growth, the distribution of people is far from even as people increasingly gravitate towards large urban centres. Using data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), let's take a look at the fastest growing cities and states in Australia over the last year and the fastest growing local areas over the last five years.

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08 August 2017 - Household Items Causing you Harm

Your home is your sanctuary - the one place where you can relax, unwind, and forget about the troubled world outside. If you're not careful, however, your home can become contaminated and dangerous, through the introduction of household chemicals and other unsafe products. In order to make better decisions for yourself and your family, it's important to understand why these chemicals are dangerous and find safe working alternatives. 

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04 August 2017 - Health Benefits of the Beach

The world is getting faster and more connected all the time, making it more important than ever to slow down and look after your health. As it turns out, spending time at the beach is one of the best ways you can look after yourself, with multiple studies highlighting the physical and mental benefits of time by the ocean. Not only does the beach promote happiness and general wellbeing, it's also a great way to relax, improve brain function, and help fight off infection.

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01 August 2017 - Plastic Pollution Planet

Plastic pollution is getting out of control, with landfills and oceans across the world clogging up with this highly toxic material. Because plastics don't break down like other man-made products, three-quarters of the stuff ends up as waste and only a small proportion is ever recycled or reused. While small efforts are being made to ban plastic bags in Australia and other western countries, much more needs to be done to address this huge and growing problem.

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