18 April 2017 - Business Conditions Rise
National Australia Bank's widely watched Monthly Business
Survey increased by 5 points to a reading of +14 last month, a healthier level
than at any point since the global financial crisis. Driven mostly by the major
services and wholesale sectors, the index was well above the long-term average
of +5 points. Trading conditions were especially strong for businesses involved
with personal services, recreational services, and apartment building, with
discretionary retail services down. Business confidence remains subdued despite
better conditions, however, with consumer confidence proving to be much more
resilient in the latest Westpac index.
17 April 2017 - Debt Risk for Housing Market
The level of household debt in Australia has reached its
highest level in history and is among the worst in the world relative to
household income. While the value of Australian property continues to rise, any
sustained correction to the housing market will have a big impact on the wider
Australian economy. Along with the shear amount of debt on collective bank
books, the uneven distribution of debt between owner-occupiers and investors is
causing concern among regulators.
13 April 2017 - Bringing the Outside Inside
Whether you live on a mountain top or in the middle of a big
city, the natural world manages to refresh and rejuvenate us every single day.
The elements of earth, air, water, and sunshine bring balance to our busy
modern lives, making us feel connected, inspired, and more at peace with the world
around us. Modern interior design has become increasingly enchanted with the
outside world, as people learn to create beautiful homes by listening to nature
and bringing the outside in.
11 April 2017 - Could DNA Repair Reverse Ageing
An international team of scientists have identified an
important step in how our cells repair damaged DNA. The critical discovery of a
vitamin called NAD+ could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cancer
and other diseases, with DNA repair activities capable of reversing the ageing
process. Human trials of this new therapy are set to begin in Boston over the
next six months, as scientists attempt to create new drug treatments and NASA
look to manage the risks of cosmic radiation.
10 April 2017 - Pets Around the World
While dogs and cats are the undisputed leaders of the pet
world, lots of other animals are also capable of being loved and domesticated.
From fluffy bunnies and guinea pigs through to snakes, birds and tortoises,
each culture develops its own favourite animal companions. Lifestyle
differences and historical factors both influence a pet's regional popularity,
with the dispersion of pets around the world offering a fascinating insight
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