THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOUR BUBBLY - AND WHY YOU’RE PROBABLY DOING IT WRONG
Australia is in the midst of ‘peak champagne’ at this festive time of the year, but many of us are getting it wrong when it comes to our favourite bubbles.  From the way we pour it, to the best glass to use, a team of scientists has been doing the hard yards to deliver the answers.
 

YOUR SMARTER NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION - HOW TO AGE BETTER – WITH THANKS TO SCIENCE
It’s long been accepted that your biological age can be quite different to your chronological age, based on a range of environmental factors.  Now Australian scientists are determining the specific impact that exercise plays in making us age better, and the findings are already changing expectations.   Like many people, you’re no doubt contemplating a New Year’s resolution (or two) right now.  In the vast majority of cases, people want to get fitter and age better.  With thanks to this latest scientific research, you have a much smarter pathway to achieving those goals.



THE FIZZY DRINK STROKE MYTH - AND WHY NOT ALL SCIENCE IS EQUAL
Just as we have become used to the mantra of ‘fake news’, it’s also true that many of the so-called findings delivered to us (in the form of surveys and research) also need to be subjected to a reality check.  One case in point is the fizzy drink stroke myth.  As part of its ‘Debunked’ series, Australia’s leading science publication COSMOS has examined the perpetuated belief that soda drinks made with artificial sweeteners will triple your risk of stroke compared to drinking fizzy drinks using conventional sugars.
THE STAWELL GIFT – HOW A SMALL VICTORIAN TOWN COULD UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
The small Victorian town of Stawell may deliver more to the world in 2019 than a famous footrace.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but the town may help solve one of the great mysteries of science, by helping to unravel the murky truth about dark matter – the seemingly invisible glue that keeps everything, including galaxies, in place. If that’s not mind-bending enough, the project is hunting a WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle). 
 
 
 
 
 



AUSTRALIAN REPUBLIC MOVEMENT - AUSTRALIANS SHOULD HAVE HAD MORE SAY ON GG
Australians should have had more say about who will be the next – and, we hope, last – Governor-General appointed by a British monarch to represent him or her in Australia. It’s bad enough that Prime Minister Morrison had to ask a British monarch for permission to announce David Hurley as her representative in Australia.  What’s worse is he did not have to ask any of us.
 

 
 
 

AIHW REPORT: In the last year, 1 in every 85 Australians sought help from homelessness services, with new analysis giving greater insight into ‘couch surfers’ 
Two reports released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provide valuable insight into the use of specialist homelessness services (SHS), with a special focus on Australians who are ‘couch surfers’.
See the media release here