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    November 14, 2014 Gamers are role-playing their way to fitness

    In an increasingly health conscious world, it seems everyone is getting on the diet and exercise bandwagon. Now it appears, it’s gamers’ turn to step up to the plate. With smart device apps now able to track more health related data than ever before, the gaming community has begun to put their own spin on […]

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    Cave paintings and the brain

    You might expect that our ancient human ancestors first started painting the same way that young children do. Maybe they would start out with things they have seen before – like everyday objects and pets, and eventually move on to subject matter more abstract and imaginative. Or maybe it’s something a little more mysterious. Some […]

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    November 13, 2014 A piece of Australia found under Vanuatu

    Now, geology may not sound like the most exciting subject, but it turns out that it can still get pretty damn mysterious. For instance: yesterday, it was reported that a team of scientists from James Cook University found a small amount of zircon (a type of rock) in Vanuata that had absolutely no right to […]

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    November 12, 2014 Tavi Gevinson makes the F-word less dirty

    Even a couple of years ago, putting forward an opinion about feminism seemed provocative, making many people cringe. Though the topic is definitely no less heated now, Tavi Gevinson is gently pushing it back onto the agenda via her online magazine, Rookie, and people are listening. Lady Gaga described her as “the future of journalism”, […]

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    November 7, 2014 Why we pay too much for not enough

    Being a gamer, much like drug addiction and building rockets out of gold, is an expensive habit. The main difference between gaming and those other two things is that with them, you mostly get what you pay for. Oh, and I guess the other things are also illegal? But I digress. Originally, this was going […]

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    November 5, 2014 Noel Pearson gave one hell of a eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s farewell

    So, so good. English students will no doubt be studying it for years to come. Hard to pity them, really. “Thirty-eight years later, we are like John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin’s Jewish insurgents ranting against the despotic rule of Rome, defiantly demanding: ‘And what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?’ “Apart […]

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    “This is not a feminist critique of society. This is a critique on how gender expectations affect the human experience”

    You’re probably wondering who I am. I’m a Year 12 student studying the influences of language on gender in my Extension English class. I never really considered the different aspects of gender until studying the topic, and, honestly, my perspective of the world has had a dramatic change. It’s no secret that the strange pressure-cooker […]

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    October 24, 2014 Amazing Stories: The tale of Pemulwuy

    The soldiers march through the hot afternoon, sweat trickling down their necks, the moisture captured by their heavy woollen uniforms. Their steps are heavy; packs laden down with supplies and guns slung over their shoulders force them down into the earth. A kookaburra bursts into a flurry of laughter as magpies warble with renewed pleasure. […]

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    October 23, 2014 Maximising study and minimising stress

    Understanding and managing what contributes to good performance is essential to reduce stress levels for exams. Preparation is the key to performance. This must start early, allowing time to build confidence with the subject matter and assist your memory recall. To perform well in exams you need to think about “training” a range of skills. […]

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    What to eat to help your brain

    Exam time is quickly approaching for HSC and university students. While study is at the forefront, nutrition is often the furthest thing from students’ minds. However, a healthy diet plays a vital role in attaining optimal academic performance during the rigours and challenges of exam time. Key foods and their components have been found to […]

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    How to use music to prepare for exams

    Students, the impending horror of exams is nearly upon you. But music can help you out. To put it simply, turn to tunes to terminate the terror of term-time. As with so many psychological phenomena that have both a cognitive and an emotional component, music can help you to think and feel better during what […]