science

The Truth About Public Toilet Seats

For some of us, using a public toilet is a nightmare. AsapSCIENCE can put your mind at ease with this video explaining why public toilet seats aren’t as dirty as you think they are.


How Can We Make The Most Of Australian IT Talent?

It’s finally dawning on private and public sectors that information and communications technology (ICT) is an enabling technology. ICT is relevant to companies — whether making drugs, mining coal, building a bridge or providing banking services — and government agencies, such as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), operators of an urban railway systems and (obviously) Social Security and Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DTSO).


Eight Stubborn Alcohol Myths, Debunked By Science

The act of drinking alcohol is surrounded by myths. Whether it’s the idea you can trick breathalysers or the suggestion that caffeine sobers you up, let’s debunk some of these misconceptions so we can actually enjoy our drinks.


How To Quack-Proof Yourself Against Pseudoscience

Most of us think of ourselves as savvy, informed individuals who approach the world with discerning eyes. But the truth is that we’re often remarkably gullible when it comes to pseudoscience and quackery. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it is surprisingly easy to tell quackery apart from real science.


Aussie Body Normality: Not Barbie Or GI Joe

We live in a world of improbable bodies; they populate our television screens, magazines and billboards. If you’re like most Australians, you might sometimes get the feeling your body isn’t normal. But don’t fret — it’s all the virtual bodies around us that aren’t.


Be An Informer, Not A 'Meformer', To Get More Followers On Social Media

Trying to score more followers on Twitter? A recent study at Rutgers University suggests that if you want people to follow you, your social media presence can’t be all about you.


Briefly: Galaxy Wormhole Spotted, Ab Hacks, Nexus 7 For $99

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: scientists speculate over existence of wormhole at the centre of our galaxy, get a Nexus 7 tablet from Office Works for $99, exercise hacks for a shredded six-pack.


How Can You Choose The Right Strong Painkillers?

Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen will usually be strong enough to alleviate common aches and pains. But if you’re suffering from acute pain from dental work, minor surgery or migraine headaches, you may need something stronger. So, how do you choose what’s best for you? And what are the side effects?


How To Avoid Hidden Salt In Your Diet

Most of the salt consumed in Australia is already hidden in processed foods and meals, but there are some simple steps you can take to avoid eating too much of this palatable seasoning.


The Science Of Learning A New Language (And How To Use It)

Learning new languages is a natural instinct for children, and yet it becomes more difficult as we age. We might be at a disadvantage as adults, but with a few learning methods, you can still give yourself the best chance for learning a new language.