Animal rights campaigner Thomas King determined to achieve lofty goals

Believing in yourself and having good communication skills are crucial, Victorian Young Australian of the Year says. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Compassion into action: Engineer Alexie Seller’s start-up Pollinate making life easier in India

Energy engineer Alexie Seller originally wanted to be a doctor or lawyer or something radically different.

“I think I also aspired to be a professional dancer for some time, but sadly those dreams drift away as life goes on,” says Seller, 27.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Why optimistic people are more likely to be duped

In the first six months of 2015 Australians were fleeced of $45 million. The loss raises questions about how you avoid being scammed and the secret could be to get grumpy.
Sad subjects are better judges of deception than happy ones, according to a University of New South Wales study cited by 100-plus sources.

Read at the Age.

Review: On Cats gathers Charles Bukowski’s reflections on the creatures he loved most

The laureate of liquor reveals a seldom-seen softer side when he writes about his feline friends

American lowlife laureate Charles Bukowski is back from the dead. This new book by the boozy seer, who died in 1994, gathers some of his most telling reflections on the creature he loved – the cat.

Read at the South China Morning Post (

What to look for when you’re buying mosquito repellent

Mosquitoes are more than just pests that cause itchy welts. They carry killer diseases including malaria. Mosquitoes also transmit “break-bone fever”, or dengue, and pass on parasitic “filarial” worms that can cause major swelling that requires amputation.

Read at the South China Morning Post (

How it feels to get burned on the stockmarket – one investor’s hard-learned advice

The tumult on the share markets this week is a reminder to all investors of just how treacherous trading can be.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Doubts remain about the effectiveness of ginseng

Ginseng has a reputation as a wonder herb with various benefits that include boosting immunity and energy, but doubts remain about its effectiveness.. Read at the South China Morning Post.


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