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How Human Beings Developed Big Brains

April 1st, 2021
Human beings have bigger brains than our animal cousins, with the size and complexity of our neural network responsible for continual leaps of evolution. While multiple studies have been carried out on the human brain, new research has uncovered the actual biological switch that may be responsible for our collective growth as a species. When ‘brain organoids’ were grown in the lab from humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees, scientists could influence the amount of growth and complexity. It seems the human brain is more patient during the early stages of growth, which gives it more time and space to develop complexity down the track. Brain size has increased rapidly over the course of human evolution, with human brains now much larger than those of other primates. From better sight and hearing abilities to the use of language and complex tools, this growth has given us a range of advantages in the modern world. However, despite multiple studies into the human brain, scientists have never known when and how these key differences emerged. While some experts believed the neocortex was responsible, others thought the cerebellum also had a key role to play. A new study is the first to identify the exact…

Property Market Booms

March 17th, 2021

The Australian property market continues to boom, as buyers face a “perfect storm” of strong demand and low supply. Despite emerging from a global pandemic and economic downturn, the Sydney market has reached an all-time high and other capitals are not far behind. Property sellers are being swamped with offers, banks are welcoming new customers, and record low interest rates […]

Interior Trends for the Coming Winter

March 15th, 2021

As we head into winter, 2021, there’s never been a better time to refresh your home. While the last few months have been challenging for everyone, COVID-19 has helped to put many things into perspective. With people around the world spending more time at home, there has been an uptake in domestic energy and a renewed focus on the art […]

HomeBuilder Boosts Jobs

March 11th, 2021

The HomeBuilder program continues to achieve great uptake, having reached 82,000 applications and expected to top 100,000 by the end of March. This has created a pipeline of work valued at $18 billion, with economic benefits spreading well beyond the construction sector. While this payment system was designed to help people with new builds and renovations, its primary purpose was […]

Royal Families Around the World

March 8th, 2021

The British royal family have been getting lots of headlines lately, with Queen Elizabeth II and her brood the most visible face of modern monarchy. The House of Windsor is not the only reigning family, however, with 26 unique monarchies and 44 sovereign states (including Australia and New Zealand) existing in the world today. From the extravagance of the house […]

The Right Fruit & Veg Mix

March 1st, 2021

We have always understood the importance of fruit and vegetables to human health. Along with sleep, water, and exercise, fruit and veg consumption has been a consistent element in health messaging around the world. However, despite the recognised benefits of fresh produce, the recommended amount and ratio of fruit and veg intake has been far from consistent. A huge new […]

Stamp Duty Phased Out

February 17th, 2021

As we emerge from the global pandemic, economists are looking for novel ways to stimulate the economy. According to experts, swapping stamp duty for land tax is a powerful way to make the taxation model more fair and effective. Not only would it be a more efficient financial measure, it could also have a positive impact on home ownership rates […]

Low Rates & High Prices

February 15th, 2021

Australian house prices remain high, with COVID-19 failing to dampen the market and the official cash rate dropping to a record low of 0.10%. Australian property is currently more expensive than ever, and according to experts, things are not going to slow down any time soon. Interest rates are key, with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) wanting to stimulate […]

The Work-Life Balance Myth

February 10th, 2021

After years of employers and well-meaning lifestyle articles speaking of the “work-life balance”, turns out it has always been a problematic concept. When you think about it, “work” should never act as a counterweight to “life”, with opposition between these two terms actually highlighting the nature of the problem. In a new world defined by flexible hours, remote work opportunities, […]

Advances in Quantum Computing

February 8th, 2021

The race towards useful quantum computing continues to heat up thanks to key scientific advances. A recent Australian invention has made waves in the quantum world, with scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft Corporation developing a single chip that’s capable of transforming the entire world of quantum computing. From superconductors to qubits, let’s take a look at the […]

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

February 1st, 2021

In a world of endless and often conflicting health advice, knowing what works for your body can be extremely challenging. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss, with scientific studies, commercial interests, and personal experience often hard to align. Instead of relying on complicated diets and unrealistic exercise regimes, sometimes there is a simple and easy-to-implement solution. […]