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Do We Need A 'Magna Cortica' For Brain Rights?

Think-tank the Institute for the Future says we do. What would that look like?<p>If you could permanently change your brain to work better, would you? Or, maybe more importantly, would you have the right to?<p>Over at _The Atlantic,_ there's an excellent rundown of think-tank the Institute for the …

Why is social work being scapegoated?

I was recently involved in this year's round of interviewing candidates for one of the social work courses at my university. It's a rigorous process involving a written test and individual and group interviews that stretches over a day. Applicants now have to meet high intellectual standards to get …

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What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

by Alok Vaid-Menon Follow @DarkMatterRage<p>There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces …

Sexism, double discrimination and more than one kind of prejudice

Since the Everyday Sexism Project started, many of the stories we have catalogued have described not just sexism, but sexism intermingled with other forms of prejudice – racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, disableism, stigma around mental-health problems, and more. Again and again, …

Budget 2014: Young unemployed to work for the dole, university students to pay more

Young people will be forced to earn, learn or "work for the dole" under changes the Government says will prevent Australians becoming reliant upon …

Winners and Losers of the 2014 budget

Students, foreign aid and families are the big losers in Joe Hockey's 2014 budget, while health and education are set to be hit, but only after 2017. …

Budget 2014 as it happened: Reaction to Abbott Government's first budget

The Federal Opposition has launched a concerted attack on the Prime Minister's credibility and pre-election promises as the Government continues with …

Budget 2014: Senate showdown looms after Clive Palmer's 'no back-down' pledge on GP co-payments

The Federal Government faces an uphill battle to get key budget savings through Parliament after Labor and Clive Palmer both said they would oppose …

How to Use Kale Stems

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: We love kale's leaves, but its tough stems stump us. In honor of Earth Day,</i> …

10 Things You Should Never Ask During a Job Interview

Finding work is tough these days. Whether you'll be a new graduate, are a recent grad or someone who was laid off after 30 years in the workforce, the job market is as competitive as ever.<p>The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the national unemployment rate dropped slightly to …

If Only All Mother-Son Wedding Dances Were This Entertaining

There are few things that put a smile on our faces like a good mother-son wedding dance. And this video is no exception.<p>In it, the groom and his mom surprise guests (and even the bride!) with a comprehensive dance medley that includes hits like Michael Jackson's "Thriller", The Sugarhill Gang's …

Could You Cook a Meal Every Day for a Month? Prove It!

Join us for the #31MealsIn31Days Challenge!<p>What would happen if you cooked a homemade meal every...single...day? For the second year in a row, our food and nutrition editor Jill Waldbieser is going to find out.<p>Last year, her month-long cooking streak delivered 31 days of D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S homemade …

These Mushroom Recipes Are So Good, They're *Magic*

Mushrooms: Not just for vegetarian cooking! These recipes prove it.<p>Mushrooms! They're so versatile! They're just as at home in an Italian pasta dish as they are in a Japanese-inspired soup, and they're delicious every time. Here are some of our favorite shroom-forward recipes.

Our Future Depends on Spirituality and Science Working Together

It's commonly accepted that science and spirituality are not compatible. Science is considered our reliable way forward, while spirituality often regarded as a sentimental relic of our past we can't quite let go of. So to say it is necessary for the two to work together may seem unrealistic. For …

From Trauma to TED: Boston Marathon Survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis on Recovery, Care, and Collaboration

Doctors [often] spend so much time saying, “OK, now tell me what happened last time?” and you spend half your appointment going over what happened. …

Why Do Stars Twinkle?

A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It

OECD warns Federal Government against tough budget cuts

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging the Government not to cut spending too hard or raise taxes too fast in …