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Life April 21, 2018

Shetland Islands

The windswept Shetland Islands harbour a culture equal parts Norse and Scottish, leaving English-speaking visitors feeling always on the edge of something familiar.


Life April 21, 2018

Getting benefits from placebos

Mounting evidence suggests genuine improvement from taking placebos, even when a patient is informed their treatment has no physiological benefit.

Life April 14, 2018

The neuroscience of thrillseeking

While neuroscience studies are finding differences in the brains of people who are excited by risky behaviour, thrillseekers say anyone can turn fear into a challenge.

Life April 14, 2018

Gargnano on Italy’s Lake Garda

Three tiny villages on Italy’s Lake Garda have a World War II connection that has curiously contributed to the preservation of their traditions and peaceful character.

Life April 7, 2018

Boys and body image

Where much attention on adolescent body image problems has focused on girls, new research shows vulnerability among boys, including conditions such as muscle dysmorphia.

Life April 7, 2018

Cambodia’s Koh Kong jungle

Where once poachers hunted animals in the jungles of Koh Kong, Cambodia, ecotourism has offered the legal, if gruelling, option of working as trek guides.

Life March 31, 2018

Starting a magazine

The founder of Lindsay magazine knew exactly where she wanted her career to go but lacked the courage to make it happen. Then, an unexpected misstep set her on the path she’d always envisioned.

Life March 31, 2018

On tour in Serbia

On the road between gigs in Serbia, Hugo Race can recall the optimism in Eastern Europe after the Berlin Wall fell as more recent history comes darkly to bear.

Life March 24, 2018

Misunderstanding chronic migraine

Chronic migraine puts stress on families and relationships and costs the economy in lost productivity, but a widespread underestimation of its severity may mean it is being overlooked for research funding.

Life March 24, 2018

‘Songs From the Inside’

A songwriting venture between musicians and prisoners will be brought to the stage at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. The Big hART project was a transformative experience for both musicians and inmates.

Life March 17, 2018

Australian-Ghanaian label Yevu

Anna Robertson’s Yevu label, based in Ghana, resists the pressure to upscale production of its wax print garments in favour of a sustainable business.

Life March 10, 2018

Elder abuse

Attending a conference on elder abuse, the author is confronted to realise how readily a carer’s frustration, or the ingratitude of an aged cohabitant, can escalate to a harmful relationship.