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10 December 2018 - Shrinking House Trend

Home sizes are shrinking across the western world, with rising populations, apartment living, and increasing prices putting renewed pressure on the size of the family home. While smaller houses are not necessarily cheaper, they do provide people with more choice in overheated property markets. Rather than seeing shrinking homes as a negative consequence of unsustainable population growth, people are embracing the trend for high quality, high density homes that just happen to have a smaller footprint.

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07 December 2018 - The Best Time of Day to Exercise

Some people wake at the crack of dawn to exercise, with others waiting until after work in the late afternoon or evening. While exercise is great at any time of the day, it seems our internal body clocks can have a huge effect on the amount of calories that we burn. Finding the perfect time for your fitness regime is part art and part science, with each person needing to match their personal preferences with universal circadian rhythms and innate human physiology.

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03 December 2018 - World's Untouched Tribes

The recent death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has brought the world's untouched tribes into the spotlight. Commonly referred to as uncontacted or lost tribes, this small group of indigenous peoples face numerous threats from the outside world. There are currently thought to be around 100 tribes living completely cut-off from modern civilisation. Most of the tribes live deep in the Amazon rainforest, with others existing in the Congo, the mountains of New Guinea, and islands off the coast of India.

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21 November 2018 - US-China Trade Tensions Threaten Global Stability

Tensions between the United States and China continue to threaten global economic stability. The tortured relationship between the world's two largest economies dominated the recent APEC summit in Port Moresby, with both countries struggling to find common ground when it came to defining trade tactics and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). While the upcoming meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in Argentina is promising, analysts have warned of rising global trade tensions and reduced domestic demand in China if the situation remains unresolved.

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13 November 2018 - Sydney Becomes Buyers' Market

Falling property prices signify a muted end to the booming Sydney market, with prices continuing to decline in key parts of the city. While the Reserve Bank has yet to make a move, banks seem cautious about the new conditions as they raise interest rates and initiate more cautious lending practices. Despite the decline, most people are expecting a mild decrease in prices over a lengthy period of time rather than a housing market crash. Some experts have already come out saying that Sydney is now a buyers' market, with the rate of decline seeming to stabilise over recent months as the amount of stock continues to grow.    

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09 November 2018 - Leading Tech Products This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's almost time to get out your credit card and start shopping. From new gaming devices and wearable fitness gadgets through to household tech and mobile speakers, technology always plays an important role during the holiday period. Let's take a look at some of the best tech products available this year, to give you some ideas for gifts to place under the tree.

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06 November 2018 - The Health Effects of Microplastics

Plastics are a common feature of modern life, with different types of plastics found in everything from the clothes we wear through to the beauty products we put on our skin. While these moldable polymers are ubiquitous and can be highly useful, they have also been associated with a range of problematic health issues. Microplastics are causing particular concern among healthcare professionals, with these tiny pieces of plastic either directly added to consumer products or created accidentally when larger plastics break down.

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02 November 2018 - Bike Use Around the World

When it comes to cycling culture and infrastructure, some countries have a much better approach than others. While there are more than one billion bicycles in the world, the distribution curve is far from equal. Some cities embrace bikes with open arms, and others seem reticent to set up bike-friendly infrastructure. If adopted, bike use is more than just a way to get around your favourite city, it also has the ability to improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint. Let's take a look at the most bicycle friendly destinations on Earth and how they differ from the struggling bike culture in Australia and New Zealand.

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