The genetic lottery

When it comes to winning and losing in life — having good luck or bad luck — most of us think about the lottery: about what winning a few cool millions could do to change our life. Tropical holidays, a pool, a tummy tuck, a never-ending supply of French champagne? Not many of us think about the genetic lottery we are born with — whether or not that exclusive DNA code will keep us alive and kicking long enough to enjoy a retirement in the sun, and see our grandchildren grow up.

Pet-friendly spots in Victoria

Katie Cincotta takes a trip along the Great Ocean Road to some of the beautiful pet-friendly spots in Victoria. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to head to one of Victoria’s most spectacular coastlines, packed to the rafters with winter woollies (it’s cold down here!), canine tech toys, and of course your panting fur kids in the back seat. It’s everything you’ll need for the doggy holiday of your dreams, in one of Australia’s most picturesque pockets – the Otway Ranges. The lush r

Solar storage batteries promise a bright future for home consumers

Tony Abbott loved coal, said it was "good for humanity." After Malcolm Turnbull dethroned him, the new Prime Minister declared disruption technology to be the way forward, "if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it". Home batteries are exactly the kind of disruption technology the PM was talking about. Energy storage boxes you install on a weatherproof exterior wall, they are set to become a piggy bank for the 1.5 million rooftop solar systems in place across Australia.

Is social media making us lonely?

The Pontif has decreed that social media is making us lonely. In a recent sermon to bishops in Pennsylvania, Pope Francis declared the virtual circles of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are at the root of society’s ‘radical loneliness’. “I would dare say that at the root of so many contemporary situations is a kind of radical loneliness that so many people live in today ... running after the latest fad: a ‘like’, accumulating followers on any of the social networks”.

GPS units take hide-n-seek into high-tech age around the world

Liz and Bruce Hanisch are Australian champions. With 23,501 geocache discoveries to their name, they're our most prolific outdoor sleuths. Both in their 60s, they've spent the past decade travelling the world on the "any time, anywhere adventure" that requires just a GPS, a fit body and a keen mind. Geocaching is the high-tech treasure hunt where people search for items – generally small plastic containers holding some trinkets and a logbook – that have been concealed in a public space.
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