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The best budget hotels in Sydney

An insider's guide to the best cheap hotels in Sydney, including the top hotels for city-centre accommodation, rooftop pools, comfortable rooms, hip restaurants and chic bars, in locations including The Rocks, Rushcutters Bay, Darlinghurst and Hyde Park.<p>All prices below are subject to change …

Department of Foreign Affairs flies 23 executives business class to Paris for a meeting about saving money

According to the Qantas website, the cheapest business class "saver" ticket to Paris costs $3800 one-way, indicating the group of 23 cost at least …

What does a sports psychologist do? The man who works for Eddie Jones explains

Sports psychologist Jeremy Snape helped prepare the England rugby union team before their 3-0 win against Australia. But what does he actually do?<p>By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network<p>Eddie Jones has transformed the England rugby union team since their …

Strangely in sync: Scientists solve 350-year-old pendulum clock mystery

The 350-year-old mystery of why pendulum clocks hanging from the same wall can influence each other and synchronize over time may hold even more secrets than previously thought, researchers say.<p>Solving this mystery could shed light on puzzling aspects of a variety of synchronized behaviors, such as …

A former special-operations medic shares the items he always carries in his trauma bag

When it comes to carrying around medical gear in my personal car I am a minimalist… I am now that is. When I was a new medic I pretty much drove around in a rapid response ambulance/trauma bay. I carried everything apart from the kitchen sink.<p>I recall the day when I was a young medic up in …

Surprising mathematical law tested on Project Gutenberg texts

Zipf's law in its simplest form, as formulated in the thirties by American linguist George Kingsley Zipf, states surprisingly that the most …

Missing film producer who disappeared owing £45m ' betrayed' friends

Film producer Felix Vossen is at the centre of an international manhunt after disappearing and leaving his British investors facing ruin<p>With a multi-million pound fraud, a manhunt and a cast of characters including a financier and his blonde model girlfriend it has all the ingredients for a box …

Twitter Reacts to Petr Cech's Nightmare Premier League Debut for Arsenal

Petr Cech was meant to make all the difference.<p>The goalkeeper, signed from Chelsea in the summer, was tipped by many to be the man to help end Arsenal's title drought.<p>However, the Gunners suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat to West Ham United on Sunday, with Cech arguably at fault for both …

Australia's best hotels, from basic but wonderful to blowing the budget

Luxury hotels! Is there anything more sublime and wasteful to spend money on? After the money’s spent, all that remains of the experience is pilfered stationery and the scent of Jo Malone bubblebath.<p>But then the best hotel rooms are so good you don’t want to leave, instead staying forever, ordering …

Medical students under pressure amid reports of bullying in Australian hospitals

"It's a small industry, it's hugely competitive and there's a small number of positions. There is no confidentiality. People say, 'Oh we won't say …

30 images of Tasmania we can’t stop looking at

LAST YEAR was the first time the Australian island of Tasmania cracked the 1 million visitors mark, and only 10% of those tourists were from …

48 hours in Boat Harbour, Tasmania: what to do and where to go

Slap bang in the eye of the Roaring Forties, but sheltered by protective cliffs, Boat Harbour Beach is nestled on Tasmania’s rugged north-west coast, where fertile farmlands tumble into the wild waters of Bass Strait.<p>Beach cottages hug its slopes, and its picturesque, secluded qualities are …

This Is Your Brain on Magic

Psychologists and neuroscientists have an unlikely ally in their quest to understand human nature: professional magicians.<p>“I’m going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle,” Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. “Not the bottom …

NASA probe to arrive at Pluto carrying ashes of Clyde Tombaugh

NASA’s New Horizons probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet carrying the astrophysicist’s ashes<p>When Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 he could never have imagined that the icy world would one day be his final resting place.<p>But this week NASA’s New Horizons probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet …