Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health | Tags: health, Human-interest, weather | No Comments »
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: January 10th, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy, Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: astronomy-space, curtin-university-of-technology-6102, earth-sciences, perth-6000, science, science-and-technology, university-and-further-education | Comments Off on Meteorite Older Than Earth Found at Australia’s Lake Eyre
A meteorite estimated to be 4.5 billion years old has been recovered by Perth researchers from a remote part of Lake Eyre in outback South Australia. In a race against time, the geologists dug the 1.7-kilogram meteorite out just hours before heavy rains would have wiped away any trace of it.
The team from Curtin University had been trying to track the fall site since the meteorite was spotted by locals and five remote cameras in late November in the William Creek and Marree areas. But on New Year’s Eve, as heavy rains brewed a downpour, the team found their needle in a haystack. 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 »»»»
Posted: August 13th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health | Tags: Athlete, health, Physiology, Sport, Training | Comments Off on Australian Researchers Throw Cold Water on Athletes Use of Ice Baths
Ice baths are not as effective as an active warm down in soothing athletes’ muscles, Queensland researchers have found.
The researchers have thrown cold water on the use of ice baths to soothe the overworked muscles of athletes.
According to conventional thinking, ice baths reduce inflammation and damage. however a joint study by the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology has found an active warm down is more effective in building muscle mass and strength.
The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement’s Dr Llion Roberts tracked the progress of 21 men who did strength training two days a week for three months.
Half of them did an active warm down and the rest had a 10 minute ice bath at 10 degrees :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 5th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Ecology | Tags: biological-diversity, biology, Climate Change, environment, evolution, forests, Genetics, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander | Comments Off on Scientific World Stunned at Accuracy of Australian Aboriginal Legend
The scientific community is stunned by research which backs an Australian Aboriginal legend on how coastal palm trees got to Central Australia. Tasmanian ecologist Professor David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback, and his conclusion is startling :: Read the full article »»»»