Top Stories – Wednesday 23 December, 2015

GettyEXCLUSIVE: Army weapons fuelling Australian black market for guns

Crime gangs are stealing and selling army guns on the black market, but the Defence department won’t talk about the problem. Read more.


HBORape, murder and abuse: the year television went too far

These gruesome scenes crossed the line from entertaining to disturbing. Warning: Some readers may find this content disturbing. Read more.


smog chinaYou can now buy fresh air in a can – and sales are going through the roof

This new business has become an overnight success. We asked an expert if we should be stocking up, so you can breathe easy. Read more.


lumberjackNerdjacking, boogans: the new words that got us talking in 2015

Thanks to scandal, gender neutrality and taking a little more leg room, these words have crept into the language this year. Read more.


girl ipadOne-year-olds are using iPads and it’s nothing to freak out about

New research suggests that tablets are an increasingly popular present for toddlers. Here’s why it’s okay if Santa delivers one. Read more.


Blatter-mic2015: the year the mobsters, fools and incompetents hijacked sport

James Hird blames it on “power and greed”. Somehow, the world’s biggest sports have allowed corrupt operators to rise to the top. Read more.


willow treeAspirin is far more than a cure for your enormous Christmas hangover

This ancient medicine, derived from the bark of willow trees, may be good for your skin and blood and may even fight cancerous tumours. Read more.


crowdfundingForget the nine-to-five grind and get others to pay for your next project

New laws make it easier than it’s ever been to start your own business. Here’s how to become your own boss without borrowing. Read more.

tyresSPONSORED: Safety first! Here’s how often you should check your tyres

When’s the last time you got fresh tyres? Goodyear experts say you could be losing money (and driving dangerously). Read more.

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