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Life February 17, 2018

Access to medicinal cannabis

Although medicinal cannabis is now legal in Australia, under tight controls, the science of its risks and benefits is still not settled and doctors are reluctant to prescribe it.


Life February 17, 2018

Phú Quoc, Vietnam

Vietnam’s efforts to attract tourists to its rapidly multiplying resorts on Phú Quoc, in the Gulf of Thailand, risk making the island a victim of its own success.

Life February 10, 2018

Teaching consent

While there is growing support for teaching children about physical intimacy and consent, some educators want it discussed at school, while others think it best left to parents.

Life February 10, 2018

Rye and Camp Cove Swim

Swimwear labels Rye and Camp Cove Swim are taking their memories of Australian beachside holidays to the world, adding modern techniques to nostalgic design.

Life February 3, 2018

Shanghai’s Long Museum West Bund

The galleries of billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian’s Long Museum West Bund, in Shanghai, are presented with a chic industrial grandeur, but some of the rough edges are unintentional.

Life February 3, 2018

Rewards and fitness apps

Businesses have introduced reward schemes into health and fitness apps, even in the form of charity donations, but can such programs promote lasting lifestyle changes?

Life January 27, 2018

Nat Randall’s The Second Woman

Nat Randall’s 24-hour performance of a single scene based on the film Opening Night, over and over, becomes a study in the excesses of male ego.

Life January 27, 2018

Norway’s Future Library

Outside Oslo, a forest has been planted that in a hundred years will provide the paper for an anthology of renowned writers’ work, which will remain unread until then.

Life December 23, 2017

Pets in the garden

Sharing a garden with an animal companion can bring additional joy to the life outdoors. But thought must go into pet-friendly plantings.

Life December 23, 2017

Horne Prize: The Limit of the World

The 2017 Horne Prize was awarded to this searching piece on caring for a father with dementia.

Life December 15, 2017

Virtual reality and dementia

Using gaming technology to transport carers and family members into the mind of a dementia patient is revolutionising understanding of this debilitating degenerative condition.

Life December 16, 2017

Rome’s Ghetto

As a regular visitor to Rome, the author  finds the gloss taken off her romantic notions of the city by the discovery of a relative’s brutal wartime death at the hands of the SS and local Fascists.