Author: Lucy Harrington

Food for thought

Love food? Me too. Sometimes so much that I just don’t stop eating, even when it doesn’t taste that good anymore. “I may as well finish this block of chocolate. I’ve come this far. I’m not going to give up now. I’m no quitter.” Lo and behold, there is science behind why it’s so hard to stop eating. Australian researchers have found that Western-style diets, high in saturated fats and added sugar, can disrupt aspects of cognition. This disrupted cognition impairs food intake control, causing overeating. Their theory is that we are eating plenty of food, as in enough...

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Why everyone needs to watch Planet Earth II

David Attenborough; the man, the myth, the legend! Continuing his outstanding career as a naturalist and our favourite narrator from every nature documentary ever, Planet Earth II has graced screens all over the world and it is everything I hoped it would be, and more. The original trailer, released in October of 2016, racked up almost ten million views on YouTube alone. As people watched the world’s most famous iguana hatchling escape an enormous pit of racer snakes in a dramatic, high-stakes chase across a barren island, the publicity for Planet Earth II shot through the roof and its release was eagerly...

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Phone banning at live events?

It’s 2017 and your mobile phone is pretty much an extension of your arm, if not, your soul. Calls, texts, alarms and alerts all keep you simultaneously moving through the real world and caught up in everyone else’s. Although there are endless arguments for the benefit of accessible information and as a means of communication and connectedness, phones can make people hugely anti-social and distract users from present company and experiences. It is because of the constant and often subconscious need to be connected that constantly checking your phone has become increasingly frowned upon. An increasing number of artists...

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Caffeine 101

“I drink caffeine because I’m tired and I’m tired because I can’t sleep because I drink too much caffeine because… well, I’m tired.” Does this sound all too familiar? Trust me, you are not alone! A recent study, published in February 2017, found that caffeine intake is associated with altered sleep quality. Researchers determined that it can be difficult to untangle caffeine use due to daytime sleepiness or daytime sleepiness due to disrupted sleep caused by caffeine. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It can be found in a wide variety of consumables, including coffee, tea, energy and soft...

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Celebrate World Gin Day

Lay back like Snoop Dogg and sip on some gin and juice as Canberrans unite to celebrate the heaven that is juniper berry juice – affectionately known as gin. World Gin Day takes place this Saturday, June 10, and will be celebrated internationally. Events close to home include Muse Canberra’s Four-Course Gin Dinner and Jim Murphy’s Market Cellar’s World Gin Day Tasting 2017. We have scouted out Canberra’s top spots to get a gin fix that will expand your horizons past the ‘tanqueray and chronic’. Tipsy Bull With a focus on Applewood Distillery Gin this weekend, Tipsy Bull is...

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