Category Archives: Australia / N.Z

Experiment: School Lost Bullies After Ditching Playground Rules

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Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school. Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop...

Chloride Is Destroying Australia’s Swimmers

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Author: Newscom

A WAVE of behavioural issues involving Australia’s former superstars of the pool has led to questions over whether or not there is a link between professional swimming and depression. A day after it was revealed that dual Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill had been charged with drug possession, a former professional...

How to Misunderstand Aboriginal Science

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Author: Ray Norris

Just one generation ago Australian schoolkids were taught that Aboriginal people couldn’t count beyond five, wandered the desert scavenging for food, had no civilisation, couldn’t navigate and peacefully acquiesced when Western Civilisation rescued them in 1788. How did we get it so wrong? Australian historian Bill Gammage and others have...

Kiwis Taking To ‘Hillbilly Heroin’

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Author: Shane Cowlishaw

New Zealanders are popping prescription pills with alarming regularity, and a painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" is being handed out too easily. Results from this year's Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, two-thirds had used prescription anti-pain or anti-anxiety drugs...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Will ‘Disappear’ Within Two Decades

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Author: Agence France

Time is running out for Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday. In a report prepared for this month's Earth Hour global climate change campaign, University of Queensland reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said...

‘Charlotte’s Web’ – Sick Girl Gets Own Marijuana Strain

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Author: Newscom

The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. As a last resort her mother called medical marijuana shops to ease the 300 seizures her daughter was having every week. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used...

Bushfires in Australia to Become Deadlier, More Destructive

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Author: Newscom - Video

Bushfires are almost twenty times more deadly and eighty times more destructive than a century ago - and experts warn the devastation will continue to grow as urban sprawl pushes further into bushland. Exclusive analysis by News Corp Australia has revealed the true extent of the devastating toll caused by...

Australia To Dump 1 Million Tons Of Waste Onto Great Barrier Reef

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Author: France Presse

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres (or one million tons) of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists. The decision follows the government giving the green light to a major coal port expansion...

Kangaroo Drawing Could Rewrite Australia’s History

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Author: Bridie Jabour

A 500-year-old prayer book owned by a nun is being heralded as evidence that the Dutch were not the first Europeans to arrive in Australia. The Dutch have historically been credited with landing the first European ship on Australian shores in 1606 but the Portuguese prayer book is dated between...

Australia Is Hotter Than It’s Been In 100 Years

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Author: Amy Coopes

Australian authorities warned Tuesday of some of the worst fire danger since a 2009 inferno which killed 173 people, with most of the continent's southeast sweltering through a major heatwave. Victoria state, where the so-called Black Saturday firestorm flattened entire villages in 2009 and destroyed more than 2,000 homes, was...