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Arts, Culture and Society 9 min read

Indigenous history grounds new Australians

by Gemma Wolk

How a virtual glimpse into the world's oldest civilisation changed the course of one refugee's journey.

I’ve been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

Health and Wellbeing 10 min read

I’ve been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

by Dr Amanda Patterson and Jacklyn Johnson

From the causes of iron deficiency to supplements and side effects, here's what you need to absorb.

Clueless at 25 — like, a totally important teen film

Arts, Culture and Society 16 min read

Clueless at 25 — like, a totally important teen film

by Dr Jessica Ford and Dr Phoebe Macrossan

Why is a certain nineties hit film still "rollin' with the homies" 25 years on? Film and media gurus 'clue' us in.

A raw deal for young workers

Arts, Culture and Society 12 min read

A raw deal for young workers

by Gemma Wolk

Wage theft, harassment, immediate dismissal. A stark look at the challenges facing hospitality workers.

The op-shop funding global cancer research

Our Communities 7 min read

The op-shop funding global cancer research

by Gemma Wolk

Tucked away in Rutherford, New South Wales, lies an unassuming second-hand store whose dedicated volunteers have quietly raised millions for Hunter researchers combating cancer.

Weight gain during pregnancy: how much is too much?

Health and Wellbeing 8 min read

Weight gain during pregnancy: how much is too much?

by Professor Clare Collins, Dr Jenna Hollis and Professor Siân Robinson

Experts weigh in on pregnancy weight gain, why it's so important and tips to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight.

Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous

Arts, Culture and Society 8 min read

Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous

by Associate Professor Xanthe Mallett

Killer lips? A forensic criminologist shares the juicy truth behind female psychopaths and why they are are less likely to commit murder than non-psychopathic females.

Why men wake up with erections

Health and Wellbeing 8 min read

Why men wake up with erections

by Dr Sergio Diez Alvarez

The hard facts about the “nocturnal penile tumescence” a.k.a. the morning penile erection.

Who owns the rights to your tattoo?

Business, Law and Politics 7 min read

Who owns the rights to your tattoo?

by Dr Marie Hadley

Think it's you? Think again. If you're getting inked, make time to read the legal ink.

Be Gentle on Yourself

Our Communities 7 min read

Be Gentle on Yourself

by Melinda Schneider

In 2018, Australian country music icon Melinda Schneider suddenly found herself in the paralysing grip of depression. Now she's helping other Australians find their way back from the brink.

A tale of unlikely \'iso\' pals

Health and Wellbeing 7 min read

A tale of unlikely 'iso' pals

by Gemma Wolk

Meet the kindy kids and aged care residents in the Hunter region who, after months of written letters back and forth, found the COVID silver lining.

The greatest threat to Aboriginal Language

Arts, Culture and Society 7 min read

The greatest threat to Aboriginal Language

by Dr Ray Kelly

Identity. Belonging. Connection. Language grounds us. Dhanggati and Gumbayingirr man, Dr Ray Kelly, reflects upon the importance of Aboriginal Language to inter-cultural understanding and reconciliation.