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Orangutangs Pushed to the Limits by Palm Oil Consumption

Orangutangs Pushed to the Limits by Palm Oil Consumption

Mollie Homer, Reporter
June 6, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, News

"An area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production." - WWF

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Students Sleep Out to Tackle Homelessness

Students Sleep Out to Tackle Homelessness

Mollie Homer, Reporter
June 6, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, News, Slideshow

More than 100 Year Ten students from Sacred Heart College braved the cold for a Friday night sleepout recently. to raise awareness and funds for homelessness. With nothing more than a cardboard box, sleeping bag and the clothes they were wearing to protect them from the night, the students were given...

Let’s Talk About Sex – For Teens

Yvonne Ardley, Staff
June 6, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Showcase, Slideshow

“I’m going to make your life that much of a living hell you’re going to want to kill yourself.” These were the words texted to 16-year-old Emily* by her boyfriend of three months when she tried to break up with him. Emily’s boyfriend, who had also taken a photo up her skirt without her consent,...

Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Kimberley McGivern, Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Do you love the idea of  owning indoor plants, but can’t even be trusted with a cactus? Then PhD candidate Danica-Lea Larcombe, of ECU, has an offer for you. Ms Larcombe is calling on Perth citizens to participate in her PhD study, that will explore the possible relationships between the microbiota...

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Paul Van Lieshout Hunt, Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

A Western Australian company is embracing environmental sustainability by providing fish farmers with a maggot feast as an alternative to current fish food. The company has a focus on environmental sustainability. This year, it has started to produce a new range of fish-food for aquaculture farmers,...

Yoga Helping to Relieve Depression: Study

Yoga Helping to Relieve Depression: Study

Claudia Haines-Cappeau, Staff Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Yoga can be effective in treating depression, according to a study conducted by American research psychologist Lisa Uebelacker. The study, carried out by Ms Uebelacker, from Butler Hospital, Rhode Island, concluded that, in addition to anti-depressants, yoga was a superior health mechanism in relieving...

Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Caves

Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Caves

Elliot Turner, Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Scientists have developed a technique for extracting human DNA from ancient caves that could shape the way we view human evolution. European researchers are working with the University of Wollongong on advanced extraction methods of human sediment. Hominins are a group consisting of modern humans,...

Lack of Sleep May Cause Weight Gain

Lack of Sleep May Cause Weight Gain

Jack Cooksey, Staff Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Lack of sleep may cause weight gain, according to research presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Lisbon. According to Dr Christian Bennett, a Neuroscientist from Sweden’s Uppsala University, sleep habits and weight may be linked. “The study suggests that sleep loss leads t...

Child’s Pose: the Next Generation of Yoga

Child’s Pose: the Next Generation of Yoga

Mollie Homer, Reporter
May 23, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Move over parents, yoga has found a new age group. Becoming a hit with kids and teens, yoga is now teaching the next generation the skills of mindfulness. This mindfulness movement targeting our kids is being pushed across the nation by non-for-profit organization Smiling Mind, as the stresses...

Perth Group Helps Students Learn About Mental Health

Perth Group Helps Students Learn About Mental Health

Elodie Bouttier, Reporter
May 23, 2017
Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

Non-Profit organization Zero2Hero holds five day camps to help students from Mt Lawley High School learn about mental health. The organisation aims to de-stigmatise mental health among young adults. Executive Assistant Sophia Rogers told ECU Daily the program helps teenagers become mental health...

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