World’s First Microbiome Study

April 29th, 2016
The world's first microbiome study has just been released, with the Flemish Gut Flora Project identifying 69 factors linked to gut flora composition and diversity. Set to be published in the leading academic journal Science, these results will provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies. Gut flora is an important component of human health, with this project investigating key links between diet, lifestyle, and gut flora composition. While people are becoming more aware of the importance that the gut plays in human health, this is the first study to comprehensively link gut health with diet and lifestyle choices.

Titled "Population-level analysis of gut microbiome variation", prof. Raes' study identified 69 factors associated with the composition of gut flora after analysing over 1000 human stool samples. According to Raes: "Our research has given us a tremendous amount of new insight into the microbiota composition of normal people like you and me. This makes the Flemish Gut Flora Project unique, since the majority of previous studies focused on specific diseases or featured a significantly smaller geographical scope. However, analysing th [...]

Secret Plans to Harness Fusion

April 22nd, 2016
Secret plans are under-way to harness fusion, with tech billionaires and private energy companies looking for a cheaper and cleaner way to power the world. While the holy grail of energy production has long been the domain of government projects, private investment is helping the industry enter exciting new territory. Even though general fusion is seen as a long-shot by many, even the slimmest chance of developing working fusion is too good to ignore for many cashed-up investors.

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The State of Household Debt

April 15th, 2016

Household debt is rising in Australia, with private debt levels now much higher than they were before the global financial crisis. While government debt gets most of the media attention, companies and households borrow four times more than governments as a percentage of GDP. According to a recent report by LF Economics, Australian households now have more debt compared to […]

APRA Warns of Dangerous Lending Practices

April 11th, 2016

Risky home lending practices and high levels of household debt are raising concern in Australia, with the chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Wayne Byres, saying conditions are “eerily similar” to the period before the global financial crisis. New concerns are being raised after the release of a leaked APRA report from 2007 that warned of dangerous lending […]

Tech Free Homes

April 8th, 2016

As technology continues to encroach on every aspect of our lives, more people are making the bold decision to go tech-free. From bedrooms and living rooms free of electronics through to entirely unplugged homes, tech-free living is all about regaining the time and space you need to truly be yourself. While the unplugged lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, most […]

Why Spicy Food Is So Healthy

April 1st, 2016

While not everyone likes the hot stuff, mounting evidence suggests that spicy food is good for your health and longevity. Separate studies in recent years have linked the consumption of spicy food with weight loss, pain relief, increased longevity, and a range of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. While these benefits depend greatly on the type of food in question along […]

What is Augmented Reality?

March 25th, 2016

Virtual reality has become old news as a new and more exciting vision of the future takes its place. Augmented reality looks like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, with 3D holographic images and display screens beamed in front of users who are wearing little more than glasses. Instead of offering a hedonistic escape into artificial dimensions, augmented reality […]

Housing Australia’s Future Report

March 18th, 2016

Housing supply levels will become an increasingly important issue in Australia over the next few years, with property prices continuing to soar and population levels still rising. Housing supply has a direct effect on home affordability, with ongoing supply issues addressed directly in the latest ‘Housing Australia’s Future’ report by the Housing Industry Association (HIA). According to the HIA, housing […]

Upbeat Economic Outlook

March 11th, 2016

The Australian economy has grown more than expected over the last year, as the country makes a successful transition away from its reliance on the resources sector. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, economic growth increased by 0.6 percent over the December quarter, with GDP up 3 percent for the year as Australia’s economic output tops $1.6 trillion. While […]

The Indoor Garden Trend

March 4th, 2016

While everyone appreciates a nice garden, not everyone has the outdoor space needed to grow vegetables or ornamental plants. Indoor gardens have become a big trend over the last few years, with wall gardens, terrariums, and indoor herb gardens transforming lifeless indoor spaces into beautiful green areas. Whether you’re an ornamental cultivator, a gourmet home chef, or simply someone who’s […]

Common Food Myths

February 26th, 2016

When it comes to food and nutritional advice, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. While there’s more information out there than ever before, much of it is contradictory, confused, or out of date. Let’s take a look at four of the most common food myths that proliferate on the Internet in an attempt to make sense of the chaos. […]