Can You Actually Prevent Hay Fever?

Can You Actually Prevent Hay Fever?

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung, the flowers are fresh and the bees are having the time of their lives. You know who’s not having the time of their life, though? People with hay fever. Nearly 1 in 5 (or 4.6 million) Australians experienced hay fever in…

Here’s What Happens To Your Brain When You Quit Alcohol

Here’s What Happens To Your Brain When You Quit Alcohol

This year, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation found that one in 10 Australians consume more than 10 standard drinks per week. Amidst the pandemic, they found that one in eight Aussies were drinking alcohol every day. Considering the well-documented risks associated with the overconsumption of alcohol, sober October – or…

Choose a ‘Benchmark Dish’ to Evaluate New Restaurants

Choose a ‘Benchmark Dish’ to Evaluate New Restaurants

When dining out or ordering in, I rarely order the same dish every time. There’s a whole menu to enjoy, and I consider myself a flavour explorer. But, when trying a new establishment, I’ll often get something I’ve had many times, at other, similar establishments. I call these “benchmark dishes,”…

How to Stop Your AirPods Pro From ‘Quick Switching’ Between Devices

How to Stop Your AirPods Pro From ‘Quick Switching’ Between Devices

I’m a huge fan of iOS 14, and since I own a pair of AirPods Pro, I’m also loving the new ‘Quick Switching’ enhancement that creates seamless transitions when I’m using the fancy earbuds with different Apple devices. No longer do I have to fuss with Bluetooth settings to make…

How to Enable Firefox 81’s Colourful New ‘Alpenglow’ Theme

How to Enable Firefox 81’s Colourful New ‘Alpenglow’ Theme

Mozilla has introduced a new “Alpenglow” interface theme to Firefox as part of its version 81 update. Unlike the traditional light and dark themes desktop users are likely familiar with, Alpenglow adds a nice pop of orange and purple to your browser window, with hues that change dynamically based on…

It’s Time to Revise Your Pandemic Budget

It’s Time to Revise Your Pandemic Budget

Budgeting is important in the best of times, but it’s crucial to keep an updated budget during this pandemic. COVID has likely changed your spending and saving habits, so you’ll want to track your budget more often than you did in the Before Times, perhaps even daily. Here are some…

The Out-Of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Week 4

The Out-Of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Week 4

It’s hard to keep up with internet culture, but don’t worry: Each week we’ll tell you the best of what you need to know. The Week in Video Games: Everyone’s Playing Among Us If your kid started labelling everything they don’t like “sus,” they’re probably playing Among Us. Sus is…

Use Chopsticks to Aerate the Soil of Your Houseplants

Use Chopsticks to Aerate the Soil of Your Houseplants

Whether you’re more of a casual houseplant owner who’s happy if you remember to water it, or are so serious about your plants that it’s part of your personality, it’s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve. This one comes courtesy of Emma Loewe at MindBodyGreen, and…

How to Tell If Someone Is Flirting With You, According to Science

How to Tell If Someone Is Flirting With You, According to Science

Back in the day when we actually used to interact with other people in real life, it wasn’t always clear whether someone was being friendly, wanted something from you, or was actually flirting. After several months in isolation, we’ve probably not gotten any better at this. If you’re someone who…

How to Track COVID-19 Trends on Google Maps

How to Track COVID-19 Trends on Google Maps

I was really hoping Google’s newest integration for Google Maps would allow you to see COVID-19 cases popping up and spreading out on a giant map in the style of Plague, Inc. Alas, it’s not meant to be — but you can at least now see COVID-19 trends directly on…

This Is How Droughts Start In Parts Of Australia

This Is How Droughts Start In Parts Of Australia

The extreme, recent drought has devastated many communities around Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin, but the processes driving drought are still not well understood. Our new study helps to change this. We threw a weather model into reverse and ran it back for 35 years to study the natural processes…

Discover New Flower Species On Your Aussie Bushwalks

Discover New Flower Species On Your Aussie Bushwalks

When it comes to finding flower species and new botanical discoveries, one might imagine it’s done by trudging around a remote tropical rainforest. Certainly, that does still happen. But sometimes seemingly familiar plants close to home hold unexpected surprises. We recently discovered a new genus of Australian daisies, which we’ve…

Coconut Water Is Not Actually Good For You

Coconut Water Is Not Actually Good For You

In the last decade coconut water has left the palm-treed shores of tropical islands where tourists on lounge chairs stick straws straight into the fruit, and exploded onto supermarket shelves — helped along by beverage giants such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Marketed as a natural health drink, brands spout various…

Try These Aussie Supermarket Cake Hacks For Epic Desserts

Try These Aussie Supermarket Cake Hacks For Epic Desserts

Ahh, the humble supermarket mud cake. It’s a dense, sugar-filled and affordable dessert that is not only ideal for last-minute celebrations, but an incredibly underrated bakery essential. As good as these low-price, high-sugar cakes are, what if I told you they could be even better, with these fun supermarket dessert…

How to Tell if You’re Buying the New Xbox

How to Tell if You’re Buying the New Xbox

Even experienced gamers have to agree: Microsoft’s naming conventions for its Xbox gaming consoles are terrible. I guess they sort of make sense if you’ve been playing the same consoles for years. But if you don’t know much about gaming at all — parents, that includes you — then I…

Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

Let’s first acknowledge that if you don’t have to travel right now, you should definitely stay home. But if you absolutely must travel, it’s important to have up-to-date information about what’s going on with COVID-19 at your planned destination.

Your Cooling Rack Doubles as a Drying Rack

Your Cooling Rack Doubles as a Drying Rack

I don’t have a dishwasher but, even if I did, there are certain pieces of glassware I would never trust to such a brutish machine. Delicate and vintage drinking vessels often need to be washed by hand, then air-dried to prevent streaks and scratches. If you don’t have a dedicated…

Everything Coming to Netflix Australia in October 2020

Everything Coming to Netflix Australia in October 2020

We’re about to head into the 10th month of this rollercoaster year and that means Netflix is serving up a bunch of new content. This month will see the return of some old favourites as well as fresh seasons of your new obsessions. Kicking off October, Netflix is bringing back…

Pretentious Coffee Terms You Should Know in Australia

Pretentious Coffee Terms You Should Know in Australia

Australia is a country of coffee lovers and that means you’ll need to become familiar with a bunch of coffee terms if you haven’t already. The country’s long association with quality coffee and subsequently, snobbery, first started when waves of Italian and Greek immigrants emigrated after World War Two introducing…

How To Get Your Hands On Movie Memorabilia In Australia

How To Get Your Hands On Movie Memorabilia In Australia

If you fancy yourself a bit of a cinephile, you might’ve dreamt of one day owning your very own piece of the silver screen. Well, if you’re wondering how to buy movie memorabilia in Australia, it’s actually simpler than you think. Just this week, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS driven…

This Map Will Help You Avoid Magpies This Swooping Season

This Map Will Help You Avoid Magpies This Swooping Season

If you’re living in Australia right now, you’ll be well aware of two things – the weather is heating up and we’re in the thick of swooping season, AKA that one time of year when vicious magpies will terrorise innocent passersby in completely unprovoked attacks. It’s scary stuff and a real…

How to Find Android 11’s Secret Hidden Cat Game

How to Find Android 11’s Secret Hidden Cat Game

Yes, Android usually comes with some kind of quirky Easter Egg. Do you really think Google, famed creator of the “Doodle,” the dinosaur game, and all sorts of other little oddities, would really pass up the chance to be silly in its mobile operating system? Pfft.

How to Talk About Debt as Newlyweds

How to Talk About Debt as Newlyweds

Some folks may avoid debt because they worry about judgment or starting a fight. But as newlyweds, it’s critical to discuss these topics, even when it’s uncomfortable, because it could impact your finances as a couple. Here are some ways to tackle the subject and craft a payoff plan together….

Take Ibuprofen Before Period Cramps Hit

Take Ibuprofen Before Period Cramps Hit

I’ve long known that NSAIDs like ibuprofen are supposed to be able to counteract period cramps, but they never seemed to work for me. It turns out I was using them wrong — they work best if you take them before the cramps ramp up.

Scan Websites for Annoying Data Trackers With ‘Blacklight’

Scan Websites for Annoying Data Trackers With ‘Blacklight’

Blocking website trackers is easy. Several popular web browsers block ads and trackers by default, and there are plenty of third-party apps and browser add-ons that can fill in the gaps where needed. But have you ever wondered what, exactly, these helpful tools are actually blocking?

Everything You Need To Know About QLD And SA’s New Border Rules

Everything You Need To Know About QLD And SA’s New Border Rules

Australians are waking up to some unexpectedly good news this morning, with the announcement that Queensland and South Australia will be relaxing their border restrictions as the country continues to flatten the COVID-19 curve. The ABC reports that South Australia’s Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrior has confirmed that the state…

Why You Should Aerate Your Orange Juice

Why You Should Aerate Your Orange Juice

Orange juice is a surprisingly complex beverage. So complex that its molecular composition is used in beginning chemistry classes to exemplify how even the seemingly simplest things contain intricate chemical systems (and to illustrate that “all-natural” and “chemical-free” are nonsense marketing terms that should be banished from our lexicon).