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Heavy alcohol consumption over ten years or more can cause significant brain function problems. But what about casual drinking?

Research reported last week found even moderate drinking could “damage the brain”. Considering 78% of Australians over 14 years old drink alcohol, this is understandably concerning information.

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If December’s multiple meteor showers left you craving more, you’re in luck! The quadrantid meteor shower ends this weekend and we’ve got your list of all the major meteor showers to put on your calendar for 2019.

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Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money and co-founder of TheStreet.com, claims to only need four hours of sleep each night to feel well-rested and alert. Cramer said he sleeps between 11:30 p.m. and 3:45 a.m. most weeknights, and rarely needs an alarm to rise. His father, he says, was the same way, only taking a couple of naps but never sleeping a full eight hours.

Cramer’s not the only one: Leaders such as Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and even ex-US President Barack Obama rarely — if ever — get what’s considered a full night of sleep.

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We all know the advice for healthy teeth – brush twice daily and don’t eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist? The truth is, there’s a little more to preventing tooth decay than these guidelines suggest.

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If you haven’t built and launched water rockets with your kid, you’re missing out on an awesome project. With 10 bucks or so worth of parts, an air pump, and an empty soda bottle or two, you can have a blast of an afternoon and learn some elementary rocketry. Even the most jaded kid will be blown away by the sheer power and height of a properly constructed water rocket. I promise.

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Finding the right motivation to lose weight often comes from others who have similar experiences. Losing weight requires lifestyle changes you can sustain. The initial weight loss is only part of the equation. You need to have a plan in order to maintain your loss.

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Insane prices in the art market make art forgery a potentially high-profit business. So how do art buyers tell real undiscovered artworks from fakes? To analyse and identify forgeries, experts must apply their knowledge of art history, plus the science behind the materials and techniques of artists.

In the video below, forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor show Wired how they identified a forgery of Jackson Pollack’s drip paintings (which are actually famously hard to forge).

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Naps are a great way to recharge our brains and boost our energy, but we don't always have time for long siestas. Good news: Research published in Sleep suggests the best nap length is just 10 minutes - longer naps can lead to detrimental 'sleep inertia'.

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Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.

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Clearly sugar is not great for us. But it’s so delicious! And as anyone who’s ever sat down to eat a handful of M&Ms and accidentally polished off the bag (i.e. everyone) can tell you, once you start, it can be hard to stop. If only there was something to interrupt the deadly and delicious cycle...

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When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you're struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start improving your fitness.

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What is a kilogram? It's a base unit of measurement, but one that's hard to define in definite terms without having something to base it off. Kilograms are currently marked by a cylindrical lump of platinum and iridium known as the 'Big KG' in Paris, but scientists are seeking to redefine it by far more, well... scientific means.