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Sad music and depression: does it help?

When we are in our teens and twenties it seems musicplays its most important role in our lives. Studies show that adolescents listen to music for approximately two to three hours per day, especially when feeling distressed.


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If we were like mice we could live to 400 – but we’re not, so we don’t

The researchers’ conclusion that “the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints” is sobering reading for those who dream that human ageing can one day be successfully hacked.


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Clear skies ahead: how improving the language of aviation could save lives

The most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport. But improving the language of aviation could see flying become even safer.


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Why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

Evidence shows baby talk plays an important role in development and babies prefer it to other types of speech.


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‘Grotesque spectacle’? Rio has a long way to go to become more accessible

It was quite a reality check. With one phrase, Portuguese journalist Joaquim Vieira created a major controversy with his denigration of the Paralympic Games.


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Let’s measure the value of Australia’s medal success. No, not at the Olympics

What about a 17-medal haul from a well-honed, tightly focused team of 17? That is precisely the result the Australian team secured at the 2016 international science Olympiads in physics, biology, chemistry and earth sciences.


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Why old theories on Indigenous counting just won’t go away

My Australian-educated friends tell me they were taught at school that all Aboriginal people only counted one, two, three, four and many. There is evidence of complex Aboriginal number systems extending to high numbers.


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Where’s your data? It’s not actually in the cloud, it’s sitting in a data centre

Without data centres, today’s world stops. Flights are grounded, Wall Street closes, and the internet grinds to a halt.



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