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Readers Digest Australia March 2019

No wonder this is the world's most widely read magazine Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue. This magazine is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days.

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the case for buying less

WITH THE DUST of the gift-giving season now settled, and the clearance sales largely over, it’s a good time to rethink our spending habits. There’s no denying it – the desire to update and revamp everything from clothes, electricals and even furniture can be hard to ignore, particularly when every shop offers loyalty discounts and special offers. In ‘The Quest to Buy Less’ (page 38), Vanessa Farquharson and Zoë Meunier take a look at some new and simple waste reduction solutions that are taking hold in communities across the world. Apart from being able to save money, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is to know your small efforts to extend the life of your belongings will help to reduce landfill. We’ve long lauded the wonders and joy of pets and…

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Plane Disaster Averted What a terrifying experience it must have been for the crew and passengers of Flight 72, with a rogue computer on board (‘Flight 72 is in Trouble’, December). Today’s reliance on computers in the travel industry is indeed a concern. It is reassuring to know that there are people such as Captain Kevin Sullivan and his crew doing an exceptional job and being able to make lifesaving decisions in those crucial seconds when an emergency arises. A Wonderful Life The 105-year-old doctor and longevity expert Dr Shigeaki Hinohara had a brilliant attitude to life (Digest Health, November). To wake each morning with the goal to “do something wonderful for other people” is an attitude we can all espouse to one degree or another. It can be as simple as a…

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the most disgusting taste for me is…

… pultost. [Sour milk cheese with caraway seeds] HANRIETTE SANDBERG, NORWAY … meat. I’m a vegetarian. MARIE PAUL, BELGIUM … milk, argg... disgusting. LOLA COLODRON, SPAIN … rotten eggs, which provoke an anarchic bodily and psychological reaction. CHANTAL, COURCHAPOIX, SWITZERLAND … the bitterness of time that passes too quickly. JEAN-PIERRE DAUNIS, TOURNON, FRANCE … jokes about Belgians. MARGRIET LESTRADEN, BERGEN, THE NETHERLANDS … lamb. I was forced to try it as a kid and threw up. JOSEF, STUTTGART, GERMANY … the success of the people I compete with. ABHIJEET CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA, SINGAPORE … my taste in men. TEGAN PEREIRA, FLETCHER, AUSTRALIA … escamoles. [Ant larvae] IMRUI EMON, RANGPUR, TAIWAN … ballpoint ink. I accidentally sucked from my pen once. IQLIA LEE, SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA … brown shoes with a black suit. PATTI SULLIVAN, JOPPA, NEW ZEALAND…

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news worth sharing

Low-Cost Bamboo House Takes Just Hours to Build Cheap and easily erected bamboo houses are a potential solution to the current housing crisis in the Philippines. Designed by material science engineering graduate Earl Forlales, 23, the Manila-based inventor was inspired by his grandparents’ rural bamboo cabin to create the environmentally friendly ‘CUBO’ house. Materials for a small modular house are estimated to cost just over A$100 per square metre. Using bamboo compared to trees could mean 35 per cent more oxygen released and less degradation of soil. Forlales was awarded a prestigious Cities of Our Future prize from the international Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for his invention and is planning to begin construction this year in an attempt to help relieve housing pressures in Manila. The houses are estimated…

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us$3 million in prizes to reinvent room air conditioner

Room air conditioner (RAC) units are increasing in proportion to the global temperature rising steadily. Experts estimate there will be many billions of RAC units in use by 2050, which will greatly increase carbon emissions. Sir Richard Branson is helping the Indian government and the Rocky Mountain Institute uncover future technology to help reduce the global impact of RAC units. The inaugural US$3 Million Global Cooling Prize has been created to encourage new residential cooling technology with five times less climate impact than current units. See more at www.globalcoolingprize.org.…

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teenager’s innovative tool could help doctors treat pancreatic cancer

Rishab Jain, 13, has discovered an algorithm and tool that could help doctors pinpoint the pancreas whilst patients are undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment. The goal is to locate the pancreas – which can be obscured by other organs – more quickly and precisely during radiation treatment. A notoriously difficult cancer to treat, with a low five-year survival rate, pancreatic cancer is a focus for this Portland-based teenager who won US$25,000 in the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. He is planning on using his winnings to study to become a doctor or biomedical engineer.…