Antarctic researcher still blown away by continent’s beauty

Intrepid marine ecologist Dr Jonny Stark first visited Antarctica aboard Australia’s Aurora icebreaker in 1997. The sensation of sailing the freezing sea as part of his doctoral research felt “completely alien”, says Dr Stark, 46, speaking from his Dodges Ferry home near Hobart.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..


Ten tips to avoid winter colds

Adults average about two to four colds a year, according to the British health information site NHS Choices. Catching a cold is a dismal feeling; all that snot makes you feel gross. If you let the infection get out of hand, leper-like, you may stay at home, unable to do much except sniffle and sneeze. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Money to burn has a rich history

Twenty years ago, British hell-raisers Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond gave the phrase “money to burn” new meaning through a dramatic act: incinerating £1 million.

The two Britons — the stars of the experimental rock group, KLF — committed the act on 23 August 1994, burning the bulk of their funds on a Scottish island.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.


Review: Sacred Mountains: How the Revival of Daoism is Turning China’s Ecological Recovery Around

Cities are draped in smog for ever-longer periods and rivers are turning black, red and yellow as waste is dumped in. Meanwhile, algae merrily sprout, writes green business guru Allerd Stikker in his spiritually slanted assessment of China’s pollution crisis. Read at the South China Morning Post..


Tips to boost your metabolism

Feeling sluggish or finding it hard to shift weight? You might need to turbocharge your metabolism. David Wilson shares some tips on how to boost it without exercise.

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Why electronic banking transactions can take so much time

On paper, it seems ridiculous. You send some money via electronic banking and the transaction apparently goes into limbo – overseas payments can be especially slow, reaching intended recipients after up to five business days, which can effectively mean a week.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.


Book review: The Slaughter, by Ethan Gutmann

Pity anyone who enters China’s penal system for any reason. Even “prisoners of conscience” – Uygurs, Tibetans, Christians and Falun Gong members – are systematically slaughtered inside, according to investigator Ethan Gutmann.. Read at the South China Morning Post


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