Monthly Archives: September 2015


Water on Mars – What’s Next?

September 25th, 2015

The recent discovery of liquid water on Mars marks the start of a new relationship with the red planet. Findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have detected signatures of hydrated minerals that come and go with the seasons, with spectrometer observations showing signs of liquid salty water. People are already speculating about the implications of these findings, with microbial […]

Housing Affordability Improves

September 17th, 2015

According to the latest Housing Affordability Report by the Adelaide Bank and Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), housing affordability has improved during the June quarter. While discrepancies exist between Australian states and first home buyers are still struggling to get into the market, a rise in average family income and a drop in interest rates has helped to improve […]

Building Industry Expands

September 11th, 2015

The Australian building industry has expanded for the first time in ten months, with strong growth seen in residential construction and increasing demand for industrial assets. While a drop in mining-related investment continued to adversely affect the engineering construction sector, growth in apartment building, house building, and commercial construction were more than enough to make up the difference. With big […]

How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaners?

September 4th, 2015

Everyone likes the satisfaction they get from a freshly cleaned kitchen or a sparkling bathroom floor, but sometimes, cleaning the house can do you more harm than good. Toxic substances are common in cleaning products, including ingredients that have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity. While exposure to many of these substances is said to […]