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Hospitals across Melbourne were put on emergency alert on Monday night as thousands of people called ambulance services, reporting breathing difficulties and other severe symptoms. Emergency rooms were so strained that day units were opened to handle the overflow. It was a severe outbreak of the phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" — but how does an emergency like this actually happen?

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If you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose, headaches and excessive sneezing this time of year, you’re certainly not alone. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen and affects one in six Australians. But when you combine high pollen counts with thunderstorms and warm weather, a much more serious phenomenon can unfold: thunderstorm asthma attacks.

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It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided. Some argue that we’re not eating enough of this important source of protein and calcium, while others say the high levels of salt and saturated fat mean we should be eating less.

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The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web — those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing — are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there's little to fear and plenty to discover. Here's how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.

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In terms of morning comfort food, nothing approaches the pancake. It's literally a food blanket that says "come here, my child, and let me wrap you in my warm, carby body. You are safe now." Almost every culture seems to have its own version of the breakfast staple, and we've rounded up some of the most delicious ways to eat them, whether you call them "flapjacks," "pancakes," or "crepes."

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You've probably seen mention of the Raspberry Pi in your travels across the internet, but what exactly is this compact piece of circuitry? What can you do with it and why would you want to? If you're new to the life of Pi then we're here to explain everything you need to know and then some.

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Neither the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull nor opposition leader Bill Shorten was able to claim victory on election night last weekend. With uncertainty surrounding whether either party will be able to secure a majority of lower house seats, talk has now turned to whether Australia will again have a minority government and a “hung parliament”.

So, what is a hung parliament? And what is the procedure for determining who will form the next government? We explain the basics.

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If you use Google's Photos app, Microsoft's Cortana, or Skype's translation function, you're using a form of artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.

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Netflix Australia has announced plans to add 100 hours of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming by August, with another 50 hours slated to appear by the end of 2016. If you're not a card-carrying videophile, you might be wondering what this announcement means and how it affects your Netflix viewing experience. We explain everything you need to know.

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Whether you think buskers are cultural assets or irritating beggars, their ability to perform on our streets are largely controlled by council regulations. We look at how the rules surrounding this ancient profession work, and how it affects the livelihoods of buskers in Sydney and Melbourne.

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The phrase "cognitive computing" is often bandied about when discussing artificial intelligence, data mining and deep machine learning. But what does it actually mean? During Nvidia's GTC technology conference, IBM Watson's chief technology officer Rob High gave a perfect distillation of this complex topic.