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Ghostbusters (Dr. Fisk)

Ghostbusters, Who You Gonna Call?

Scientists, that’s who. Although I wouldn’t mind having Kristen Wiig on speed dial. Scientists love to explain the supernatural with logic and reason. With Friday the 13th just behind us and Halloween creeping towards us, many of us are can’t help but feel a little off, a touch prickly or …

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Why Is Chilli So Damn Hot?

Your mate’s cooked you dinner which turns out to be the spiciest dish you’ve ever eaten – and will serve as a stinging reminder that you can’t trust their cooking. Before you try to recover your pride by taking on that spicy wing challenge at the pub, it’s time to …

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The Dark Side of The Sims

The Dark Side Of The Sims

There’s no denying that the computer game ‘The Sims’ brings out the worst in people. It’s an experimental playground for curious minds to push the limits of social norms in a contained false reality. Because individual Sim worlds are a private business, it’s a breeding ground for exploring psychopathic avenues …

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Whatever Floats Your Bod

Whatever Floats Your Bod

For some, the mid-sem break was a week of catch-up studying; for the lucky few, it was a week of rest and relaxation. But some people take the rest in ‘rest and relaxation’ to the zen master level. To them, ‘rest’ is an acronym for ‘Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy,’ a.k.a. …

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Not Ok, Google!

One day nerds will take over the world- Pinky and the Brain style. Data scientists will devise a scheme to steal peoples’ online identity and program virtual Artificial Intelligence (AI’s) to masquerade as them on Google. The nerds will siphon the net traffic of everyday plebs into a giant database, …

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Bee

Making a Beeline

We have escaped the drudgery of winter. Hurrah! This means sunshine, flowers, colours and allergies (allergies are the pits). But let’s stay positive and focus instead on the optimism that Spring brings! It’s a time when trees turn green, grass grows and flowers bloom. No doubt you’ll also notice the …

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A Misfit's Guide to Wearable Technologies

A Misfit’s Guide to Wearable Technologies

Buying a Misfit smartwatch three years ago in a jaded attempt to “get fit” was one of my biggest misbuys. It promised to monitor my heart rate, running speed and tell the time all in one. And that it did, to the closest two minutes. It had a placebo effect …

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Mind Over (Food) Matter

Mind Over (Food) Matter

There’s an interesting video going around about how mirroring food can trick your mind into eating less. From ‘hacking food’ to the way in which we perceive things, there’s a tonne of fascinating food related research. Besides the awesome stuff, like, VR-related food augmentation, there’s also basic perception tricks, where using …

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Can You Drink Too Much Water?

Can You Drink Too Much Water?

We’ve been told for the longest time that you should drink eight cups of water a day, which is approximately two litres. Is this right? Could you possibly drink too much water? Well, let’s start with the hypothetical first. Yes, you totally can drink too much water. In fact, you …

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Cheap Heats

Cheap Heats

Sydney winters are a cruel mockery of real wintery winters. It’s too cold for comfort, but not cold enough for snow. Snowfall can be seen as a currency- snow is given as a retribution for subzero weather, increasing in magnitude. But the only thing Sydney winters give is the flu. …

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Interview: Louise Chen, Share With Oscar

Interview: Lisa Qi, Share With Oscar

Got parking troubles? Interested in startups? Albert Lin recently sat down with Lisa Qi, cofounder of Share With Oscar to discuss the app. What does Share With Oscar do? Where can one find Share With Oscar? Share With Oscar is a parking app, which lets local residents share their parking …

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Stars are captivating. They are mysterious, mesmerising, beautiful. They inspire us to think big, to think beyond, to imagine what could be. Stars are a part of the mysteries that lie beyond Earth. What’s out there? What other secrets of the universe can we unlock? Back on Earth, stars are …

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Brown Me Up Buttercup

Brown Me Up Buttercup

Freshly toasted bread … juicy steak … seared scallops … warm choc-chip cookies straight out of the oven … ice cold beer. Food, glorious food. Hearty, full of fibre and nutritious food, especially great for a cold winter’s night. But have you ever wondered what gives the food we love their …

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3D Print It Yourself!

3D Print It Yourself!

Let’s be honest, there’s no other “innovation” buzzword that quite describes DIY like 3D printing. It’s a cool concept. Anything you want you could print yourself. You could even print yourself – well, the miniature version of yourself. Do you need a bowl? Go print it. What about a phone …

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Interview: Pablo Quintero, FishGig

Ever wonder whether driving for UberEats will earn you more than riding for Deliveroo or Foodora? Will that change in a few hours? Or tomorrow? With FishGig, a new UNSW-born startup, you can now compare and select which on-demand platform pays you more at any given time. Blitz chatted to …

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

Game Review: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

When I hear the name “Tom Clancy”, my head turns and my pupils dilate. Honestly, the guy’s books were absolutely legendary, and it’s a shame he’s gone. And when I hear the name “Ubisoft,” I usually ignore it and carry on. Ubisoft’s reputation as a game producer is not exactly …

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Review: Snapbuds -The World's Best Earbud Detangling System

Review: Snapbuds -The World’s Best Earbud Detangling System

Detangling earphones is always a mission and a half. Luckily, Blitz were sent some Snapbuds to make our lives that little bit easier.* But do they actually solve the tangling issue? I put them to the test. Snapbuds claim to be the world’s best earbud or earphone detangling system. The Snapbuds are comprised …

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It's All About The Price Tag

It’s All About The Price Tag

We’ve all heard that “money is the route of all evil.” Although that can be true in some respects, money is not always an evil thing. In recent years, psychological research surrounding money shows how money may negatively affect someone’s psychology. More money equals less empathy Psychologists have found that individuals of …

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A Breath Of Happiness

A Breath Of Happiness

We are never conscious of our breathing, yet it is the very thing that keeps us alive. Our breathing patterns tell us a lot about what is happening within our body. It is usually within unnatural bodily states do we recognise our breathing. For example, during a workout, we start …

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Life before mobile phones

Life Before Mobile Phones

I’m a proud 90’s kid. Born in January 1990, you can’t really get more 90’s than that. The 90’s was filled with waves of transient fads that went in and out, and we tended to them like pets. Quite literally if you kept Tamagotchis and Furbies. Yes, those furry, temperamental, …

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Pub Science: Phage - A

Pub Science: Phage – A

Antibiotics are life-savers, literally. They have protected us from infections and death time and time again. Most people know about the modern discovery of them and there is evidence of their use through diet as far back as 330 BC (components of tetracycline from diet is incorporated into bones and …

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Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

In the 90’s when Jurassic Park aired on TV, it was stop-everything-and-watch-TV time. Back then I thought dinosaurs were pretty cool, albeit terrifying. But now I realise that everybody at some point has thought dinosaurs to be fascinating. What is it about these prehistoric giants that amaze us? Is it their …

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Game Review: Mass Effect Andromeda

Game Review: Mass Effect Andromeda

While we take a retrospective consideration of history this week, BioWare Montreal’s latest project thrusts towards the future in a galaxy far far away. Mass Effect Andromeda is the highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed Mass Effect Trilogy, which concluded on what has been universally recognised as a disappointing …

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7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

There are so, so many discoveries and inventions that are truly remarkable and ought to be celebrated. Sadly, for many, the scientists behind them have been swallowed up over time. Here is a list of seven underrated scientists that you should get to know*. Charles Babbage (b.1791- d.1871) In today’s …

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Learning Languages With Duolingo

Learning Languages With Duolingo

Do you find learning languages challenging? Maybe even terrifying? Have you ever walked into a lecture, faced with wide-eyed fear at the lack of English spoken? Well, fear no longer, your solution is here: the trusty Duolingo app*. With a number of different language options, and easy short listening, reading and …

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Pub Science: Survive - Fight or Flight

Pub Science: Survive – Fight or Flight

Show and Tell. Three words that would either make or break your early schooling life. Suzie’s just finished her talk, it was all about this really cool rock she found on the weekend. But Suzie has finished now, that means you’re next. You slowly get out of your chair, carry …

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Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Viewing through a high-definition video quality, fancy television screens, and expensive sound systems, “Planet Earth II” offers a rich textured insight into the Earth. Scenes range from stop-motion depictions of molten lava forming islands in the Pacific Ocean to the ferocious carnivores racing to hunt their prey. The seven new episodes feature …

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