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Sight by Jessie Greengrass review – a stunning debut novel about minds and bodies

This poised meditation on medicine, pregnancy and parenthood considers what we can know of our bodies, our selves and of others<p>The man who invented the x-ray, Wilhelm Röntgen, happened upon his discovery by accident, devoting a few weeks to it before moving on. Nevertheless he revolutionised …

Books

The heroes Lawrence of Arabia pushed out of the limelight

<b>Saul David reviews Behind the Lawrence Legend by Philip Walker</b><p>TE Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, has been given most of the credit for the British intelligence operation that helped the Arabs throw off the yoke of Turkish rule in the Arabian Peninsula during the revolt of 1916-18. …

Arabian Peninsula

Electric Vehicles Could Be As Ubiquitous As Smart Phones By 2040 In California: Report

Zero-emission vehicles could become “as ubiquitous as smartphones” in California by 2040, according to the author of a report out today that analyzes the state’s progress toward Gov. Jerry Brown’s goals to transform the state’s automobile stock.<p>In 2012, Brown called for 1.5 million zero-emission …

Alternative Fuel

Sydney man charged over allegedly travelling to war zone delays bail application

Belal Betka charged with incursion into foreign countries with the intention of engaging in hostile activities<p>A young Sydney father charged with terror offences for allegedly travelling to a war zone in the Middle East has delayed his bail application until the new year.<p>Belal Betka, 25, was …

The best books on drink of 2017

Henry Jeffreys discovers the controversy surrounding champagne and the magic of brewing beer<p>Out of this year’s bumper crop of drinks books, it’s good to see one that gets to the point of why we drink. From <b>A Short History of Drunkenness</b> (Viking) I learned how alcohol affects different people and …

Victorious Century by David Cannadine review – a sparkling history of 19th-century Britain

An era in which the UK enjoyed unparalleled influence in the world seems long distant but its contradictions remain embedded in our own<p>“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1859, imagining France on the eve of revolution. He may as well have been describing …

When They Go Low, We Go High review – the best ever political speeches

Tony Blair’s former speechwriter Philip Collins considers the greatest hits and why they matter, with orators from Elizabeth I to Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama<p>In Philip Collins’s new book, 25 great speeches through history are given around 10 pages or so each. They include a potted biography of …

Here’s some glow-in-the-dark ‘Plutonium’ soap that will make your showers slightly less boring

Your bathroom is probably the most boring place in your house — unless you’re one of those people that has the multi-person walk-in showers with like …

Inside the Birth of the Velvet Underground

<i>To Lou Reed, the legendarily cranky singer-songwriter,</i> Rolling Stone <i>contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis was a true rarity: a music journalist that</i> …

Bo Diddley

Tom Petty's 50 Greatest Songs

"It's a strange to say out loud, but I always felt destined to do this," Tom Petty told <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s David Fricke in 2009. "From a very young age I …

Bo Diddley

Why cycling is the best way to lose weight

Having worked as a certified fitness trainer for 21 years, I’ve long since come to the conclusion that if you’re looking for the best exercise to …

Fitness

Bike-sharing schemes might seem like a waste of space but the economics makes sense

Have you ever walked past (or tripped over) a shared bike and wondered how it’s possible for the business to survive with a ride costing as little as …

Australia

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

How much sleep, and what type of sleep, do our children need to thrive?<p>In parenting, there aren’t often straightforward answers, and sleep tends to …

Pediatrics

Hear Van Morrison's Smoky Rendition of 'Goin' to Chicago'

Singer delivers bluesy take on Count Basie's swing era classic on new LP 'Roll With the Punches'<p>Van Morrison delivers a simmering version of "Goin' …

Van Morrison

Guide to the Classics: Homer's Odyssey

The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war at Troy, which Homer …

Ancient History

Rock On! A Geology Game

Spark kids' interest in rocks, geology, and our magnificent Earth via this teacher-recommended, fun, learning game from iLaughnLearn. This American …

10 of the Most Powerful Moments From Ariana Grande's Manchester One Love Benefit Concert

Ariana Grande held a benefit concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday to honor the victims of the suicide bomber who killed 22 fans and injured dozens more at her May 22 concert in the British city—as well as those who were casualties of Saturday night's terrorist attack in London. She was joined …

Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues

Bone Marrow<p>Early in fetal life, hematopoiesis begins as red blood cell precursors appear in the yolk sac at 2 weeks gestation. In the first …

Expert culture has killed the innovator in workplaces

Over the last few decades, the Western world has had an increasingly specialised workforce, with workers trained in narrow skills, for increasingly …

Innovation

Moneyball: was the book that changed baseball built on a false premise?

Scarcely a week goes by without some franchise being credited with successful use of Moneyball statistics – but is Michael Lewis’s book all it’s cracked up to be?<p>We now know virtually everything about Moneyball except one thing. Is it real? The book, of course, and the hugely popular movie with …

Moneyball

Supply Chain 4.0 in consumer goods

In Supply Chain 4.0, supply-chain management applies Industry 4.0 innovations—the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, analytics, and big data—to …

How To Have Breakthrough Ideas

<i>You can learn to cultivate great ideas. That’s the bold promise</i> of The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking<i>, by</i> …

The Life and Death of Schrodinger's Cat, and What It Really Means.

Schrodinger’s cat is one of the most famous thought experiments in all of science. The source of countless jokes, t-shirts, and pseudo-intellectual …

‘Romantic realism’: the seven rules to help you avoid divorce

The new year is peak time for breakups. But the emotional skills that help a relationship endure can be learned<p>We expect love to be the source of our greatest joys. But, in practice, it is one of the most reliable routes to misery. Few forms of suffering are ever as intense as those we experience …

CHART OF THE DAY: Takeaway food sales in Australia are going bonkers

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP / Getty Images<p>Have you nearly been barreled over by a cyclist making a food delivery recently, or come home from work …

Western Australia

Are Naproxen And Ibuprofen Sometimes Risky? A Controversial Study Of Celebrex Raises Concerns

A study released today may mean that the painkiller celecoxib, once sold under the brand name Celebrex, is safer than prescription doses of ibuprofen or naproxen. That is if the study, which is already controversial, means anything at all.<p>The study, called Precision, is being published this …

Biomedicine

Where to Buy Good Maternity Clothes

Recommended by actual moms.<p>With all the stress — emotional, physical, and financial — that goes into planning for a baby, acquiring a new wardrobe that doesn’t suck shouldn’t have to be the chief concern. But unfortunately, maternity clothing isn’t exactly the most exciting of shopping departments, …

Dramatic National Geographic penguin love triangle video shocks internet

National Geographic have released a video showing what happens "when a husband comes home and finds his wife with another penguin".<p>In the video, two …