20 June 2017 - Consumer Sentiment Drops
Australians are increasingly concerned about the state of
the national economy, with two recent surveys highlighting decreased consumer
sentiment. While there is still a lot to be optimistic about, the latest
Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey showed decreased confidence at the start of
June and the ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index was flat after recent
advances. A number of factors are responsible for the increasing pessimism felt
in the community, including rising bank interest rates, higher energy costs,
and weaker household incomes.
15 June 2017 - Housing Market Continues to Cool
The Australian housing market continues to cool, as price
growth weakens in capital cities and supply levels increase across the country.
The latest figures from CoreLogic show almost flat growth nation-wide in May,
thanks mostly to declining growth in the previously booming markets of Sydney
and Melbourne. While there has been talk of big price falls in 2018, leading
property analysts are expecting a moderate price correction over a long period
rather than a crash.
9 June 2017 - Should you be worried about household chemicals
A number of potentially dangerous chemicals may be residing
around and under your kitchen sink, with the average household likely to
contain around 62 toxic chemicals in cleaning products, food packaging, and
other common household items. From phthalates and triclosan through to ammonium
compounds and chlorine, is there any reason to worry about toxic exposure in
the home or should we all relax and assume that appropriate safety regulations
are in place?
5 June 2017 - Looking After your Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the brain
to communicate with itself and other organ systems in the body. While these
essential biological ingredients operate automatically and are largely ignored,
they are responsible for regulating almost every function of human life. Your
neurotransmitters affect all elements of cognitive and physical performance,
meaning they have a huge influence on mental ability, emotional state, sleep
patterns, weight regulation, and pain perception among other things.
1 June 2017 - Mankind May Have Come From Europe, Not Africa
According to a bold new conclusion, the last common ancestor
we shared with chimps may have come from Europe rather than Africa. While East
Africa is generally assumed to be the birthplace of mankind, this new study
links our origins to ancient European apes discovered through Greek and
Bulgarian fossils. Even though these findings are controversial, at the very
least, the new evidence does cast earliest hominins from Africa in a new light.
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