Is it tyres or tires? Either way, it’s a massive problem...

There are far more tyres than people! In the 10 years to 2016, a total of 878.82 MILLION passenger cars and commercial vehicles were produced globally....

20 seriously cheap countries to live in (and why you wouldn’t)…

The pressures of every day life in highly developed countries often cause us to ask a simple question - why? Why am I living...

The 10 most expensive cities to live in – 2017

Financial comfort has a whole lot less to do with 'what you earn' than it does with what you have left when your living...

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

Income and wealth inequality is accelerating in all Western nations. It's certainly not a new phenomenon since wealth - and power - has been...

How to find coffee that doesn’t cost the Earth!

Between 1990 and 2010, the total area of land used to grow coffee reduced from 11.1 million hectares to 10.2 million yet total production...

Are you wasting time finding happiness?

Happiness, for me, is having a close-knit, loving family - in another city. I love my family but they sometimes drive me crazy. So...

What those expiry dates really mean (and why they are killing...

Everything you buy has one. Meat, fish, olives, bread, milk, ketchup and even vitamin supplements. Expiry and 'best before' dates are ubiquitous but exactly what...

Is there a future for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Centre for World University Rankings recently rated James Cook University as the world's # 1 research centre for Marine and Freshwater biology research. That suggests...

The Unhappiness Epidemic: Fun vs Contentment

Most people will tell you that the world is an unhappy place... a place of sadness, dissatisfaction and even, misery. And certainly, if we...

Why Laissez-Faire Economics Always Fails

Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer Markets are a type of ecosystem that is complex, adaptive, and subject to the same evolutionary forces as nature. The GFC...

10 reasons for eating more honey!

Honey is probably the original sweetener. We know that it has been valued throughout recorded history. The ancient Egyptians venerated it as did the...

Can tourism save these five animals from extinction?

Earth's history is broken into geologic epochs. These are time periods defined by distinct changes in rock strata. As you can see from the...

What happens in the brain when you no longer need the...

Do you forget a subject’s content as soon as the exam is over? Or forget a language once you’ve stopped using it? It’s not...

Comic Explainer: How Memory Works

Comic explainer: how memory works Why do we retain some memories better than others? Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Jee Hyun Kim, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and...

Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative...

Frank T. McAndrew, Knox College Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of...

GENETICALLY WE ARE ALL POTENTIAL TERRORISTS…

By Guest Blogger:  Ferdi Businger We comfort ourselves with the belief that the Germans and the Japanese people of the 1940's had some genetic trait...

So Your Kids Want a Treehouse?

What child doesn’t want a treehouse? Treehouses have been part of many childhoods; where dreams and wishes are created, frustrations and anxieties are eased,...

Death by overcooking – of vegetables and vitamin C

There's a resurgence of scurvy cases in Sydney. You read it right, and yes, the year is 2016. In this day and age, one...

Top 5 Vegetables to Grow over Winter

The vegetable garden is the pride and joy of every ardent gardener. Just because the weather outside has turned cold and winter is coming,...

Garlic and onions as medicine…is it just old wives’ tale?

They are almost never the star of a dish, but just like salt, it's hard to imagine cooking and food without them. Love them or...