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The unexpected art of outback New South Wales

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For many travellers to Oz, the state of New South Wales (NSW) has big-ticket appeal. Top billing goes to Sydney and the state’s supercharged coastline, but its far-west outback corner often goes overlooked. Out here, there is otherworldly beauty in the rough and rugged terrain, inspiring an eccentricity and creativity in a population whose artistic…

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Two days in Jakarta: an ultra urban experience

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Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is often referred to as the city of contrasts, and for good reason. Those with a bit of time and patience will find an intriguing juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers and shanty towns, sophisticated dining and roadside food stalls, and historic buildings besieged by the city’s notorious gridlock. Couple this with an array…

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How to Be a Better Manager (When Your Team Members Are All Different)

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Whether you’re established and experienced or a total newbie, managing a team isn’t easy. You have one team member who responds really well to constructive criticism, while another needs feedback phrased in a gentler way. You have one employee who prefers to communicate via email, while another thinks one-on-one chats are more productive. One of…

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Will Green Coffee Bean Extract or Red Raspberry Ketones Work for Weight Loss?

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Red raspberry ketone and green coffee bean extract have been praised by Dr. Oz, among others, for their weight loss superpowers. Learn the truth here. According to the World Health Organization, by the year 2015, there will be 2.3 billion overweight people around the globe. That makes it all the more enticing, and important, to…

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Lack of Sleep May Give You the Munchies

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Sleep-deprived people eat more than 500 extra calories daily, study finds.  People who don’t get enough sleep consume more calories and may be more likely to become obese, according to a new study. The study included 17 healthy young men and women who were studied for eight nights. Half of the participants got their normal amount of sleep…

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Overweight Kids May Do Worse in Math

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Researchers looked at test scores from kindergarten to 5th grade. Youngsters who are persistently overweight may not perform as well academically — specifically in math — as their normal-weight peers, new research suggests. Although the study didn’t find a direct cause-and-effect relationship between being overweight or obese and school performance, the researchers did find that…

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Hardening of the Arteries in the Leg Is a Red Flag for Vascular Disease

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), hardening of the arteries in the leg, is a marker for premature cardiovascular events and vascular-related death. The November issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology includes a comprehensive review of this disease that affects more than 10 million Americans, as well as a comprehensive treatment plan for all…

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Development Of Portable Dialysis Machine

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CORVALLIS (USA) – A Portland company is using an emerging microtechnology from Oregon State University to develop a portable kidney dialysis machine that will make in-home treatment a reality, enabling hundreds of thousands of people afflicted with kidney failure to treat themselves at home instead of traveling to dialysis clinics three days a week. ‘Current…

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So You Want to Start a Blog People Will Actually Read

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There are a lot of blogs out there—and we mean a lot. In 2016, it was estimated that 2.7 million blog posts were published every day. Now that’s a lot of blog posts. But it’s not meant to discourage you. With a massive number of blog posts comes an equally massive pool of readers out there. Personally,…

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My city: Tokyo

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Lonely Planet Local Rebecca Milner moved from California to Tokyo for ‘just one year’… 15 years ago. She was drawn by the city’s larger-than-life image – all those bright lights and busy streets – but was surprised to discover just how liveable Tokyo really is. She spends her days wandering the back streets, tracking down…

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