life

health 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.

travel 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.

science 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.

travel 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.

travel 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 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.

travel March 9, 2018

Whale-watching in Tonga

Looking into the eyes of humpback whales in the seas off Tonga can make a visitor feel omnipotent and inconsequential all at once.

life March 2, 2018

The future is female

At a conference styled like a Kubrick day spa, futurists and trend forecasters imagine what is next for women in business.

travel March 2, 2018

Portland, Maine

The tidiness and folksy veneer of Portland, Maine, lends a Truman Show feel to the seaside city they call ‘Vacationland’.

life February 24, 2018

Black History Month

As the US celebrates Black History Month, a reflection on African diaspora Australians and the indelible mark its forebears left on this country.

health February 23, 2018

Tattoos and skin cancer

The trend among young people to get large, elaborate tattoos could seriously hinder future detection of skin cancers.