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12 simple ways you can reduce bushfire risk to older homes

Seventy-five years of Australian research into how houses respond to bushfire has identified 21 main weak points in houses and the area immediately surrounding them.


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1 in 10 women with endometriosis report using cannabis to ease their pain

Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside of the womb. It affects around one in ten women of reproductive age, causing pain, infertility and gastrointestinal symptoms.


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Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding. That’s why we use the whole language approach to teaching it

Good readers use a full repertoire of skills, each dependent on the other. And a whole language approach to teaching reading is about arming new readers with this repertoire.


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Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast of New South Wales into central Queensland.


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Why is Japan’s Olympic marathon shifting cities to avoid the heat? A sports physiologist explains

The International Olympic Committee last week decided to shift next year’s Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo to protect athletes from the heat.


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Cyclones, screens, lost souls: how the ghosts we believe in reflect our changing fears

The ghosts of Halloween decorations provide light entertainment, but our enduring fascination for and fear of them is far from child’s play.


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Having a baby at a birth centre is as safe as hospital but results in less intervention

Having a baby at a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in hospital, according to our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open.


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Curious Kids: does chewing gum stay inside you for years?

Great question, Olivia! The short answer is that most gum you swallow ends up in your poo. But if you swallow a lot of chewing gum, it can get stuck and cause problems.



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