There is a growing consensus among scholars that rates of violence in Western countries are steadily declining, and have been doing so for centuries.
The argument that we are now a less violent world is compelling, but it raises more questions than it provides answers. In Australia, while murder rates have been steady for decades, assaults are on the rise. More young women are appearing before the courts than ever before for violent offences, and domestic violence has seen a resurgence despite the media awareness surrounding the issue.
Both mathematics and films allow us to explore possibility-space: the world of what might be. The power of the human imagination, supported by the insights provided by mathematics and computer simulation, allows us to plan and prepare for the future, including major threats – threats that include zombies…
Superfoods is a buzzword now part of mainstream food and health language, often touted as miracle foods that cure all ills, stave off ageing and disease, or aid weight loss. But did you know that liver is more nutrient dense than a goji berry?
The “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting – Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year. Intermittent fasting is reported to be effective among those who have used it for weight loss.
But is it a viable weight-loss option? Does it live up to its hype?
When commodity prices fall and the Australian dollar remains strong – even parity with the US dollar is a strong position impacting on our international competitiveness – is the Hunter more exposed than other regions to the so called “mining boom”?
Fraud. It’s an ugly word, an arresting word. As with “cheating” it comes loaded with negative connotations, but can potentially lead to far greater penalties and consequences. And yet fraud in science is not unheard of.
Major weight loss certainly sounds like a good plan if you’re overweight or obese and serious about improving your health. But the reality is it’s incredibly difficult to lose 30 kg, and even if you do, it’s even harder to keep off in the long term.
Opinion article written for The Conversation by authors Clare Collins (Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle), Tim Crowe (Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University), Gary Sacks (Research Fellow, Deakin Population Health at Deakin) and Peter Clifton (Laboratory Head, Nutritional Interventions at Baker IHI Heart and Diabetes Institute.).