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What animals can teach us about adolescence
Experimental, risk taking behaviour is natural for human teenagers. But is there a correlation between this human stage of adolescence and what we see in the animal world?
Splitting: what happens when we get headaches
We all get headaches. But who knew that the different kinds of pain in our brain could be soothed through either chocolate or sex, or both?
Kindy of the Air connecting isolated young children with their peers
Australia's first School of the Air started in Alice Springs nearly 70 years ago, and today there are schools of the air in most states and territories. Western Australia alone has five.
But what's it like for the littlies involved?
Life in 500 Words: why Howard Styles is not unhinged
Howard Styles is not unhinged. Quite the opposite. Howard is recognised as a pioneer, and in his Life in 500 Words, he describes his, shall we say, pivotal moments.
Scheduling an appointment to have sex, and other ways to improve your sex life after you turn 50
There are physical reasons that can prevent you having a satisfying sex life as you age, and there are life choices as well. Sex expert Tracey Cox, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, says sex keeps us healthy and happy, especially as we grow older.
'Being scared felt like a failure' — cop of 35 years reflects on bravery
For decades, Cameron Hardiman’s everyday workload involved drug busts, car chases and, sometimes, dangling from a helicopter over seven-metre waves in the middle of a stormy ocean. What does it feel like when being fearless is part of your job?