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We asked five experts: is vegetarianism healthier?

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Four out of five experts say a vegetarian diet is healthier. VEGETARIANISM IS  ON the rise in Australia, as many vegetarians will gladly tell you. While many people who eschew meat products do so for the sake of animals and the environment, we’re starting to learn more about the negative health

The Milky Way is warped

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The first accurate 3D map of our galaxy reveals its true shape: warped and twisted. ASTRONOMERS FROM Macquarie University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have used 1339 ‘standard’ stars to map the real shape of our home galaxy in a paper published in Nature Astronomy. They found the Milky Way’s disc

Love is not a permanent state of enthusiasm

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An interview with Esther Perel From the New Yorker Festival, the couples therapist and podcast host discusses infidelity, apologies, and the problem with wedding vows these days. THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST ESTHER Perel knows how to work a room. Since the publication of her first book, “Mating in Captivity” in 2006, she has travelled

The Golden Possum!

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WE RECENTLY HAD a very special possum brought in to the clinic. She’s a rare golden variety of the Common Brushtail Possum. The golden colour occurs due to a mutation which causes a low level of the pigment melanin which gives them their normal colour. They are so rare in

Talk about Country, local native plants

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What grows on a block near you, and how it was used. OUR HARSH CANBERRA region topography and landscape is nevertheless blessed with myriad endemic native species. In a talk about Country, Tyrone Bell, a Ngunnawal custodian who grew up in Yass but now lives in Canberra, and who now runs the

How to identify a Yam Daisy, or Murnong

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WHEN EUROPEANS FIRST arrived in the Canberra area, it was said that the open hillsides glowed yellow with yam daisy flowers  — a delicious indigenous staple food. This little yellow-flowered plant looks remarkably similar to a dandelion, but up close it is quite different. Sadly today yam daisies are quite hard

Caring

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Maria Taylor visits two local heros of animal medicine and welfare in south-east NSW in this excerpt from her forthcoming book. THERE ARE A lot of kangaroos in my neighourhood on the fringes of the national capital. The countryside is rural residential — a mix of hobby-block farming, people who feed

Dark Emu: pre-colonial Aboriginal society

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Australia should be proud but few learn this in school. “IT IS EXCITING to revisit the words of the first Europeans to ‘witness’ the pre-colonial Aboriginal economy. In Dark Emu, my aim is to give rise to the possibility of an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society”, Bruce Pascoe writes in

Wine and nature at Contentious Character, Wamboin

IN THE MIDDLE of Wamboin, tucked behind an extended driveway lined with green and yellow flora, is Contentious Character — a vineyard, winery, cellar door and kitchen — specialising in working their wines into their kitchen menu. A place where the wines and the food, have a delicious twist. https://districtbulletin.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CC05-Wamboin-v1-copy.mp4 The menu

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