If you eat farmed fish now then you've nothing to lose
In a mere five years, lab-grown salmon will be on the sushi conveyer-belt, at least if a number of startups have their way. Well, they will have their way. Like the coronavirus vaccine, it is only a matter of time.
In fact, Finless Foods was hoping to bring its cell-based bluefin tuna to market by the end of 2019. Although it hasn't entirely made it, it is very close and has served small select audiences its early production lab-grown shrimp.
WildType, a startup making lab-grown salmon, has opened up a pre-order list for select chefs. Although the company is as much as five years out from commercial production, according to founders the company is looking to partner with chefs who want to incorporate WildType's sushi-grade salmon product into their menus.
Could these lab-based meal creations be better for us than the real thing, and would you eat it? You might be surprised.
Brief outside moderate to vigorous activity is best - take the children
In the midst of widespread working-from-home, COVID-related stress is on the rise. This is partly because of a general decrease in physical activity. For example, I'm currently in Stage 4 lock-down and we are only allowed out once per day for exercise, we need a permit to leave home for work, and cannot travel more than 5km from our home address.
We doing less exercise generally but we are also not getting any exercise associated with commuting, such as walking from the train station to the office.
This is bad news since there is a well-established association between lower levels of total physical activity and lower levels of positive mental health.
The mother you save may be your own
Governments can't cover every loophole when they are enacting novel rules in rapid time. They're doing a great job getting things done, and they rely on cooperation instead of exploitation by we public.
However, some people love loopholes more than they love their mother, even though exercising without a mask might kill their mother - or someone else's mother.
Acknowledge your energy battle, and let your partner know
The stress of coping with Covid has caused a surge of calls to mental health support lines and strained many relationships to breaking point. That's not dissimilar to what happens case by case when one of a couple has cancer.
Fear and anxiety burn people out, and how they respond to their burn-out can be misinterpreted by those who would like to help them.
The fact is that not everyone wants help, at least not the kind of help that well-meaning others may want to give. The difference in needs creates tension which adds to the stress and ultimately makes things worse.
I'm doing these daily
We're about the enter our 3rd week of Stage 4 lockdown during the second wave of the coronavirus, and the level of anxiety is noticeably higher than in the first wave.
It is perfectly natural that we should feel more anxious, but often this kind of cold logic doesn't help reset our thinking. On the other hand, following these three recommendations will help you reset your thinking and reduce your stress.
South Dakota's positivity rate is 21.5-times Australia's
Employers face 20-years in prison
Australia is a fantastic freedom-loving democracy. We sit halfway between the social democratic Scandinavian model of democracy and the neoliberal survival of the fittest of Reagan and Thatcher. Guns are banned, voting is compulsory, and we drive on the wrong side of the road!
Our Federal and state governments came together to form a united apolitical response to COVID, which has been successful.
The strategy's goal is suppression, not elimination. It has come at a massive cost to all aspects of our lives - income, health, and civil liberties. On the whole, Australians accept this suppression of our rights in the name of of the greater good.
I learnt the four Ps of the lizard world
We've had a pet lizard living with us for more than 2 years. I've learnt how he thinks, and he's clearly very impressed with my mating habits.
It's hard to imagine, but lizards make interesting pets, at least, the type we have is a good pet. It is a protected native animal of Australia - a Bearded Dragon - for which we have a wildlife permit to keep at home.
First wave optimism has been swept away
While many countries are still in the first wave of the pandemic, Australia completed the first wave and is now in a second. We thought that it would be easier. But it's worse.
You might think that getting through the first wave of the world's largest and most infectious pandemic would make you better able to handle a second round. That's not what I am now experiencing in Australia.
I'll never qualify for life insurance
When doctors give you a referral to a specialist, I sometimes wonder what they write. I found out recently and was shocked.
It's not as though we don't know our own medical history, but we never see it catalogued as a lifetime of ailments.
Since I was diagnosed at 50 with Type 2 diabetes I've been learning how to do bone-building fitness training which lowers my age. You can too. It's your choice. Walter