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Fairytale no more: when love turns to hatefully ever after

It’s often said that the opposite to love is not hate, it’s indifference. Why then are some of us so seemingly fickle in our ability to switch from love to hate in an instant? To understand hate, we must first (try to) understand love writes Rachael Sharman and Leanne Francia.


Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help

first date

Does anxiety keep getting in the way of you making connections with the people you’d like to spend more time with? Maybe you’ve just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all. People with anxiety can be highly self-critical, tend to overestimate the likelihood that something negative will happen, and often


How to make your next sexual health check less, erm … awkward

sexual health check

Many people find the idea of a sexual health check awkward or embarrassing. After all, it’s not every day someone you barely know asks you intimate details about your sex life or asks to examine your genitals. But sexual health checks don’t have to be awkward (and many don’t even involve us examining you), writes Deborah


Let’s talk about sex over 60: condoms, casual partners and the ageing body


Over the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older. Rates of gonorrhoea more than doubled in this age group between 2007 and 2011. Rates of chlamydia also rose significantly during this time, mirroring similar trends internationally.  STIs can be


Fifty shades of erotica: how sex in literature went mainstream

fifty shades

E L James’s Fifty Shades trilogy is a bona fide publishing, and now film, sensation. Along with e-reading devices, it has been the single most important contributor to the mainstreaming of erotic literature. The sheer number of parodies, both straight and gay, lend further evidence to the influence of the novels in pop culture. Whatever


Podcast: Dating tips for over 50’s

dating tips

For those who find themselves in the world of dating over 50 things can get a little daunting. With Tinder, apps, open relationships and dealing with those just looking for a bit of fun it can all get a bit much. Is it true men over 50 only want to date younger women? Maybe or maybe


Regular sex benefits your mental health


Everyone has probably heard about the physical benefits of having sex (it helps the immune system, lowers blood pressure, burns calories). But are you aware of the long list of psychological benefits? Ryan Anderson, and David Mitchell, James Cook University reveal just how good it is for our mental health.


Condom awareness lacking among older Australians


The rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among older Australians are rising because their knowledge on condom use is lacking, according to a new study.


Video: Love has no labels…pass the tissues please…

Love has no labels

In a time when there is so much turmoil in the world, this “love has no labels” NFL kiss cam video gives us the chance to sit back and reflect on what is most important to us and remind ourselves – there is an abundance of love in this world.


The science behind love songs

love songs

There’s nothing like a love song to get your heart racing, right? To mark Valentine’s Day we look at five love songs and ask University of Melbourne scientists for the truth behind them. Why have we evolved ‘love’, why is it so important to humans, and why give red roses? Mr John Rayner, Professor Mark Elgar