Scientists have come up with an innovative approach to tackling Australia’s poor vegetable intake, with the launch of a new app that challenges people to eat more veggies.

CSIRO’s new VegEze app aims to motivate Australians to add extra vegetables to their daily diets and form long-term, healthier habits through a 21-day ‘Do 3 at Dinner’ challenge.

CSIRO nutritionists will also study how effective the app’s game-like nature is at helping transform people’s eating patterns, as part of a broader research study.

“We need a fresh approach to improve Australia’s vegetable consumption and overall diet quality,” CSIRO Senior Principal Research Scientist Professor Manny Noakes said.

“Our research found two out of three Australian adults are not eating enough vegetables, especially as part of their evening meal. It’s time to find more engaging, effective approaches to help break these entrenched diet habits.”

Challenging users to eat three different vegetables at dinner every day for 21 days, the VegEze app helps people track their intake and tally up vegetable serves, with daily reminders and rewards to help people stay motivated and on-track.

Source: Want to eat more veggies? There’s an app for that

Chinese buyers

The majority of the Chinese who purchase real estate are doing so because they are migrating here and they need a house to live in.

New research by Deakin University’s Dr Mona Chung casts doubt on whether it is Chinese buyers here or overseas who are pushing up the house prices in Melbourne and Sydney. The research, which surveyed more than 350 Chinese buyers from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia found 78% had migrated or were planning to migrate to Australia. And properties priced between $500,000 – $800,000 made-up just over half of their purchases.

Dr Chung says there has been very little research into the impact of buyers with Chinese backgrounds on the Australian property market, and most of the negative commentary was based on media and real estate agent speculation.

‘And because society doesn’t get the true picture of what is going on, people then go with all the guesses, it creates quite a lot of social instability among the Chinese and obviously Australians.’

Source: How Chinese buyers have been wrongly blamed for killing the Australian housing dream

Greenhouse gas

About the update Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. These publications fulfil Australia’s international and domestic reporting requirements. The Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory is a publication series that reports on the latest estimates of Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory.

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy

No Excuses

Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

The message of Existentialism is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible: responsible for what we do and responsible for whom we are.

If you believe that life should be a quest for values, reasons, and purpose: filled with passion and governed by individual responsibility, then yours is the sort of mind to which the Existentialist philosophers were speaking.

“Fifty years after the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre gave it its identity, and 150 years after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard gave it its initial impetus, Existentialism continues to win new enthusiasts and, in keeping with its still exciting and revolutionary message, vehement critics.”

Existentialism has continued to exert a profound attraction for individuals driven to re-examine life’s most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom.

  1. What is life?
  2. What is my place in it?
  3. What choices does this obligate me to make?

Enrich your understanding of this philosophical movement, the thinkers it brought together, and the prominent role it still plays in contemporary thought.

Source: No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

Rich or poor

If you want to make a change in your financial life, it must be done in the following 3 steps:

1.  Awareness — it starts within you – recognising  your disempowering beliefs and your”Poor Habits”  – your thoughts and actions.

2. Removing — your disempowering beliefs and your”Poor Habits”  

3. Reprogramming — working on your beliefs and habits so you can create a new way of being.

Source: Here are the 13 biggest differences between the rich and the poor [infographic]

Words of wisdom

What pearls of wisdom have Australians learned from the mistakes and successes of others?

“Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”

“There is a lot of work and effort behind successful people.”

“Have a well thought out plan and stick to it.”

Having a plan in life focuses the choices you make – the challenge is sticking to your plan over the long term. When we asked Australians what stops them from keeping good habits, not sticking at things long enough was a common response. So despite recognising that persistence was an important lesson in life many struggle to stay on track.

Gender & Sexuality

New ways of thinking about science and human difference.

Is there evidence—biological, genetic, evolutionary or psychological—to support the persistent notion that differing brain anatomy or physiology causes behavioral differences between the sexes?

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Using a groundbreaking new approach to understanding gender differences, Dr. Fausto-Sterling is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop particular traits.

Source: Gender & Sexuality – Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling