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Alexandra Hansen

Alexandra Hansen

Health + Medicine Section Editor/Global Editor

Alexandra has worked in various media and journalism roles in Melbourne, London, and Jakarta. Prior to joining The Conversation she worked at Foreign Policy Think Tank, the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne.

Does your mental state affect recovery from illness and disease? We asked five experts

Oct 02, 2019 02:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Many of those whove suffered from illness or disease would have received the advice to stay positive. Is this sage advice that can truly have a positive effect on health, or an added burden for someone who is already...

We asked five experts: is whitening bad for teeth?

Jul 28, 2019 11:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

If youre anything like me, celebrity smiles and Colgate ads make you feel guilty about your regular consumption of coffee, red wine, tea, and all the other fun things were told will stain our teeth. And the solution...

We asked five experts: should we nap during the day?

Apr 08, 2019 05:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Often during the day I feel the need to have a bit of a lie-down. Whether its been a busy day, I didnt sleep well the night before, or for no particular reason I know of. But some will warn that youll be ruined for sleep...

We asked five experts: is vegetarianism healthier?

Mar 04, 2019 12:58 pm UTC| Health

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Australia, as many vegetarians will gladly tell you. While many people who eschew meat products do so for the sake of animals and the environment, were starting to learn more about the...

We asked five experts: should we use food as a reward for kids?

Oct 16, 2018 14:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Finding means of cajoling the kids into behaving in certain ways or doing things they dont want to do can be challenging. And most parents at some point would have offered up sweets as a reward for finishing veggies or...

We asked five experts: is it possible to catch up on sleep?

Aug 16, 2018 20:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

Its Friday and youre clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up on all the sleep youve lost. But does it really work that way? During sleep our memories from the day...

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Economy

S. Korea to deliver $5.15-M assistance to 6 countries

South Korea will provide over $5 million to assist the emerging economies of Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Colombia, and Haiti in helping deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue digital and green development...

Portugal to speed up renewable hydrogen projects in polluting sectors

The Portuguese government has selected 37 consortiums interested in building production units of green energy in the country. Portugal is preparing an application to Europes Important Project of Common European Interest...

German automotive industry optimistic of export prospects

Export expectations in Germanys manufacturing sector rose in July to 6.9 points from the -2.2 in the previous month with the automotive industry among the most optimistic due to economic recovery in many...

German real GDP growth shrinks in Q2 2020, likely to rebound in Q3

Germanys real GDP shrank in the second quarter by 10.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The fall was therefore slightly larger than consensus expectations of a decline of 9 percent. According to statisticians, all...

WTO to look into S. Korea-Japan trade feud

The World Trade Organizations dispute settlement body will set up a panel to probe South Koreas complaint against Japans export restrictions. The decision was put off for a month due to Tokyos opposition. South Korea...

Politics

Joe Biden: Former VP pushes for Congress to pass emergency housing package following expiration of unemployment benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended millions of Americans financially, with those who rent their homes facing a tough living situation as well. Former vice president Joe Biden has now called on Congress to pass an emergency...

Barack Obama: Former POTUS criticizes Donald Trump's attempts at voter suppression in time for November elections

Former President Barack Obama has begun to openly take jabs at his successor, Donald Trump, especially as of late upon his opposition to mail in or absentee voting for the primaries and elections. During his speech at the...

Donald Trump: POTUS to accept Republican re-nomination in private convention

Donald Trump is facing reelection this year and is set to accept his partys renomination. However, it appears that Trump will be accepting the renomination in private as the upcoming Republican National Convention will not...

Donald Trump: POTUS says Dr. Anthony Fauci's explanation for COVID-19 surge is wrong

Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci have often clashed over the past several months over the facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Trump recently tried to contradict the infectious diseases expert once...

Science

NASA: Scientists warn about 'Bermuda Triangle in space' that could affect spacecraft carrying Perseverance Rover

NASA successfully launched its Perseverance Rover on its seven-month voyage to Mars to look for signs of life. However, prior to the launch, the agencys scientists have warned about a region in space dubbed as the Bermuda...

Mars mission: Scientist warns the only way to determine if there was life on Mars is to bring back samples

NASAs Perseverance Rover successfully launched into space today with the rover playing a big part in the preparation for future Mars missions. However, as the rovers objective is to search the Red Planet for signs of life,...

Donald Trump: POTUS defends use of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure

As of now, there has yet to be a definite cure for COVID-19. However, Donald Trump continues to insist that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can be used as such. BBC reports that Trump defended the use of...

NASA: SpaceX to launch four astronauts to ISS in 2021 Crew-2 mission

Following the success of sending two astronauts to the International Space Station back in May, NASA and SpaceX will be teaming up again to send four astronauts to the ISS in 2021. The agency has announced who will be...

Technology

New iPads, iPhone 12, and MacBook with Apple Silicon packed in one October event?

Things just got way more interesting this week for anyone keeping tabs on Apple leaks. One of the most reliable leakers on Twitter reports more iPads are going to be released this year. Then, Apple seemingly confirmed that...

‘Red Dead Online’ Halloween Event features and special cosmetics leak online

Rockstar Games have recently been teasing fans with more updates to arrive on its online multiplayer game. While some upcoming content for Red Dead Online is already announced, others such as themed events are still under...

‘The Last of Us’ TV series might introduce Ellie’s mother, here’s why

With most fans likely finish playing the second The Last of Us game by now, they might be wondering what project to expect from Naughty Dog next. While a trilogy is still not set in stone, the post-apocalyptic saga...

PlayStation 5: Sony is releasing a limited number of units - Here's the pre-order details to ensure your reservation

PlayStation 5 is expected to arrive in a few months and gamers can already pre-order their unit before the exact release date is announced. Most gamers and even the retailers around the world are preparing for the launch...
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