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How Bridgerton keeps us pining for more

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How Bridgerton keeps us pining for more

  • You might have thought that you’re too young to think about superannuation. Or that as long as your employer is making the mandatory contributions, you’re set for a worry-free retirement. Well, think again. Dr Natalie Peng explains why you should be ‘super’ savvy, no matter what stage of life you’re at.
  • This year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday 10 March and, since almost every individual on the planet has now seen Barbie and Oppenheimer, film critic and UQ alum Matt Toomey thought he would recommend a few of the lesser-known titles that are equally worthy of your attention.
  • A team of scientists on location with a film crew in the remote Amazon has uncovered a previously undocumented species of giant anaconda.
  • Western Australia has introduced a limit on ham in school canteens. Find out what has changed and the evidence it’s based on, plus what are some healthier alternatives for kids’ lunches?
  • We're back with another edition of Love at UQ. From bench seats in Forgan Smith, to years spent on Heron Island, join us as we celebrate the special bonds that university life creates.
  • Emma Johnson was in the global top 0.5% of Taylor Swift’s listeners in 2023. 'Contact' asked the UQ alum to explain the level of unbridled dedication and devotion Swifties have for the pop icon, why the Era’s Tour means everything, and why being a ‘Swiftie’ will never go out of style.
  • On an average day, you’ll find Ellie Sursara outdoors. Planting native trees, trying to attract more blue banded bees to her garden, or playing ‘frogmum’ to a Tawny Frogmouth bird. It’s part of everyday life for the keen environmentalist, who shares these moments with her community of more than 115,000 followers on social media.
  • Have you ever wondered why some people are mosquito magnets, while others go unbitten? Is it your blood type, or are they attracted to the food and drinks you consume? We spoke to a UQ mosquito expert to find out.
  • UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and leading criminologist and educator Professor Lorraine Mazerolle are among the UQ community recognised with 2024 Australia Day Honours.

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  • Introducing the 2023 UQ Alumni Award recipients.
  • UQ’s Fryer Library is home to a rare 200-year-old first edition of John Polidori’s 'The vampyre'. The tale of how this book was written and how it came to be in a university library in Brisbane more than 200 years later is the perfect Halloween story.
  • Looking for some scary movie recommendations to set the mood this Halloween? Contact has enlisted the help of UQ alum and co-curator of GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque Robert Hughes to take us through some of the most chilling classic films being shown free of charge at the Cinémathèque this summer.
  • Your skin prickles, your palms sweat, and your breath gets caught in your chest. But why can't you tear your eyes away from the latest horror film or fiction? UQ experts explain the art and science behind our fascination with fear.
  • The story of UQ jacarandas is the story of Ernest Walter Bick, the man who raised and planted more than 130 jacarandas across the St Lucia campus in the 1940s.
  • To celebrate Grandparent's Day (29 October 2023), we asked you – our alumni and community audience – to share your thoughts on the importance of the grandchild-grandparent relationship in your own lives. And boy, did you deliver!
  • Welcome back to UQ Diaries. This edition, 'Contact' wanted to know whether it's more expensive to be single or in a relationship? Here's what the UQ community had to say.
  • Welcome to UQ Diaries, an anonymous 'Contact' magazine series that dives into the burning questions you've always wanted to ask. In September, we asked our UQ alumni if having a work-life balance is possible. Check out their responses!
  • The Bureau of Meteorology has declared that Australia is now in the grip of an El Niño climate pattern. 'Contact' spoke to Bureau of Meteorology CEO Dr Andrew Johnson to help you understand what El Niño means and what Australians should expect for the summer ahead.

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  • Professor Glenn King, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation – a $250,000 recognition of his pioneering work.
  • How much misinformation have you been sleeping on when it comes to how to get a proper night’s rest? UQ Mythbusters is back and here to help you separate fact from fiction with the help of sleep science expert Professor Bruno van Swinderen from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).
  • UQ's Associate Professor Remi Ayoko suggests that office noise increases the likelihood of people wanting to reclaim personal space through territorial behaviours such as displaying potted plants, photos or sports memorabilia.
  • Nearly 500,000 Australian kids go to after school care. However, there is a lack of consistency in quality. About 14% of services fall short of the national quality standards for these services, and only 11% are exceeding them.
  • It seems like everyone is talking about 'inflammation' right now. And 'inflammaging', an age-related increase in persistent, low-grade inflammation in blood and tissue, which is a strong risk factor for many conditions and diseases. So, can an anti-inflammatory diet help reduce inflammation? Perhaps, yes.
  • The latest UQ Talks panel discuss the fundamentals of why our brains make the decisions they do and offer insights into how to make better choices.
  • 'Contact' delves into the fascinating world of memory with Professor Frederic Meunier from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute to debunk common myths surrounding this complex cognitive process, and find out what the science has to say about memory-boosting trends.
  • How does it feel to have no home? What does it look like from ‘outside the inside’? And how do people cope? Engage with how housing instability impacts health and wellbeing, from the point of view of those actually living it in Brisbane, at Health Home Hope – a photographic exhibition on housing instability and health.
  • From IV treatments to immunity bombs and ice baths, it seems our social media and newsfeeds are flooded with alternative treatments to boost our immune systems – often endorsed by celebrities and other influencers. But should we be placing our trust in these alternative treatments, and what impact are they actually having on our health?

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  • Nearly 500,000 Australian kids go to after school care. However, there is a lack of consistency in quality. About 14% of services fall short of the national quality standards for these services, and only 11% are exceeding them.
  • Welcome to UQ Diaries, an anonymous series for Contact magazine that dives into the burning questions you've always wanted to ask. In August, we asked our UQ alumni about if they had any conflicts between their lifestyle choices and sustainability. Check out their responses!
  • It seems like everyone is talking about 'inflammation' right now. And 'inflammaging', an age-related increase in persistent, low-grade inflammation in blood and tissue, which is a strong risk factor for many conditions and diseases. So, can an anti-inflammatory diet help reduce inflammation? Perhaps, yes.
  • What does a ‘healthy diet’ really look like? When it comes to what we should and shouldn’t eat, it can be hard to digest all the information we’re fed every day through mainstream media and – increasingly – social media. So, we asked UQ alum and dietitian Sophie Rindfleish to help us separate fact from fiction.
  • Taylor Swift is on a journey to re-record all of the studio albums released while contracted to Big Machine Records so that the pop icon can own her own music. UQ PhD candidate Rani Tesiram explains how Swift is not only updating her body of work, but also the narrative for herself.
  • In this edition of the The Real YouQ, we meet the UQ Art Museum's Senior Team Leader, Engagement and Training, Danielle Harvey. Danielle is passionate about making the UQ Art Museum a welcome space for all, and her team is focused on considering issues from the visitor’s perspective.
  • The latest UQ Talks panel discuss the fundamentals of why our brains make the decisions they do and offer insights into how to make better choices.
  • Welcome to The Real YouQ, the latest 'Contact' Q&A series offering a glimpse into the real lives of members of the UQ community. In this edition, we meet celebrated TEDx speaker, author and cult survivor Claire Ashman.
  • Welcome to UQ Diaries, an anonymous 'Contact' series that dives into the burning questions you've always wanted to ask. In July, we asked non-homeowners and homeowners: How realistic is home ownership to you? And, is owning a home everything you imagined it would be? Here's what the UQ community said.

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  • 'Contact' catches up with UQ graduate Laura Johansen from her Californian home to learn how she became the personal photographer for 'Mary Poppins' star Dick Van Dyke.
  • The UQ lecturer who grew up in a safe house for Chile's most-wanted political fugitives, and the graphic novel her life inspired.
  • There's a resurgence of the great Australian road trip, but it's a new generation of happy campers who are hitting the highway. Contact speaks to the UQ experts about the latest off-track travel trend.
  • In this instalment of 'UQ by design', we look at our magnificent museums, located across each campus. The University is home to several museums, of both historical and artistic significance, where you can while away an hour or a day.
  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • How we see light can bring great joy in life, whether looking through a stained-glass window, watching a colourfully illuminated building at night – or even crossing the road.
  • Whether looking for a place to sit or a light to read under, UQ features outdoor furniture and interior light fittings that incorporate unique recycled materials.
  • After acting in stage shows like 'The Lion King' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire', UQ PhD candidate Tim Richards has returned to his first love – dinosaurs – and has helped identify a major discovery in process.

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