science

Build Your Compassion With These Mental Exercises

Compassion is something we’re all capable of, and according to a new study published in Psychological Science, it can also be trained and developed over time. All you need is 30 minutes a day.


How To See The Halley's Comet Meteor Showers This Week

This week, Australian skies will be filled with meteor activity thanks to Halley’s Comet. Expert astronomers Jonti Horner and Tanya Hill explain what’s happening and how best to see it.


How Can We Stop Australians Getting So Fat?

Over the past three decades, the Australasia region has outpaced other regions of the world with the largest absolute increase in adult obesity. Poor diet and high body mass index have overtaken tobacco as the leading risk factors for disease and early death in Australia.


The Truths Behind Eight Common Old Wives' Tales

Whether from friends, family or random Faceboom posts, you’ve probably heard things that sound either too good to be true, or like complete bull crap. Here is a collection of some of the most popular old wives’ tales that go both ways.


How To (Almost Always) Pick The Right Handshake

The awkward handshake. It happens all the time. From Snoop Dogg and Bill Mayer to Yao Ming and his whole family, it seems no one is immune. Even President Obama can’t escape it. Why does something seemingly so simple feel so complex?


How Quantum Computing Will Be Revolutionised By Silicon

A dramatic increase in the amount of time data can be stored on a single atom means silicon could once again play a vital role in the development of super-fast computers.


What To Eat To Help Your Brain During Exams

Exam time is quickly approaching for HSC and university students. While study is at the forefront, nutrition is often the furthest thing from students’ minds. However, a healthy diet plays a vital role in attaining optimal academic performance during the rigours and challenges of exam time.


How To Enjoy Wednesday's Total Lunar Eclipse

Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia. The moon will slowly move through Earth’s shadow, as the sun, Earth and moon fall into line with each other.


Why It's Vital For Children To Play Outdoors

Earlier this year, an American mother was arrested for allowing her nine year old daughter to play unsupervised in a park while she finished her shift at work. Even though this story got a lot of press, it is not a standalone event. Recently, there has been a rash of cases reported where parents have been arrested for allowing children to play in the park alone, walk to the park alone, and even just play unsupervised right outside their own home.


Ask LH: Is It Safer To Have My Phone In Flight Mode When I Sleep?

Hey Lifehacker, Is it true that you shouldn’t keep your mobile phone near your head while sleeping? I want to purchase a sleep cycle app that requires keeping the phone under my pillow. Obviously, I don’t want this to affect my health. Would it help if I kept it in airplane mode each night before bed?