Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health | Tags: health, Human-interest, weather | Comments Off on Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave
The morning after a sweltering summer night, you’ve tossed and turned, sweated in your sheets, many may experience a rude awakening.
You know the feeling, you wake up feeling groggy, tired, irritable, almost like you have a hangover.
In Australia temperatures like last week’s heatwave – which saw suburbs stay at around 30 degrees Celsius overnight – and with hot days expected throughout the southern summer, sleep disruption is going to be a regular pain in the neck.
While the body’s core temperature generally hovers steadily around 37C, there is a potential for it to rise and develop into a fever if the surface temperature cannot be cooled and a room remains hot :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Psychiatry | Tags: Dreams, Interpreting Dreams, Machine Learning Models, MRI, Visual Imagery | Comments Off on Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep
Grrr… Waking from a dream, instantly forgetting it is one of the slight handicaps we suffer as intelligent beings, surprisingly it doesn’t seem to appear on any of the interwebs Most Annoying lists – unlike No 12 our ability to eat with our mouths close – which also eeks me no end! Japanese scientists have solved the first problem, they’ve invented a machine that predicts images dreamt during sleep.
In science Visual Imagery during sleep – dreams, or at least the pictorial part of dreams – has to-date been elusive to any objective analysis.
Japanese researchers however have taken a novel new approach to decoding our subconscious thoughts during our none waking hours, utilising machine learning models they’re now able to predict the visual content of our dreams. The new study – Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep – published in the journal Science and the findings could pave the way to prevent nightmares :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Central Queensland University, Insomnia, Pets, Sleep, Sleeping With Pets | Comments Off on Sleeping With Pets Gives Better Rest Than Human Partner
Researchers at Central Queensland University say a new study has found people get a better night’s sleep with pets in their bed rather than a partner. The researchers undertook an online study into sleep patterns with more than 13,000 people earlier this year.
Professor Drew Dawson says about 70 per cent of respondents were regularly woken at night. “Partners were more likely to be disruptive than pets, and particularly people reporting partners who snored and partners who got up to go to the toilet and therefore turned the lights on,” he said. “Again, one of the things that is very interesting in the way bedrooms have changed in the last 20 or 30 years is the extent to which ensuite bathrooms have intruded into the bedroom.”
Professor Dawson also says the study found more than a third of all workers doze off on the job. “Interestingly the more work you do – that is the more hours you work, the less sleep you believe you need,” he said. “Also managers, the more senior they were, thought they needed much less sleep to perform well. I think there’s many people in workplaces that would agree with them.”
Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life | Tags: Cankler Science News, Favourite New Thought | Comments Off on UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound
A team of UK scientists have cleverly used sound waves to levitate tiny objects, the breakthrough, published in Nature Communications, could lead to applications as out-there as Star Trek style tractor beams :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Outside the Box | Tags: Alternative Medicine, Anti Vaccination Movement, Homeopathy, Mythbuster, Sceptic, SciBabe, Yvette d'Entremont | Comments Off on Mythbusting SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Pseudosciences
Yvette d’Entremont — chemist, blogger, and better known on the internet as “SciBabe” — has revealed how her medical history inspired her to debunk myths masquerading as science.
In her most famous stunt, she swallows the entire contents of a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills – 50 in all – to prove that they do not have any effect.
Alternative medicine is one of her pet subjects for debunking, along with the anti-vaccination movement, anti-genetically modified organisms campaigners and people who promote fake cancer cures.
Scibabe doesn’t deny that some people reckon that alternative medicines like homeopathy work for them, but says they are not based on any form of scientific evidence :: Read the full article »»»»