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: November 5th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Engineered Life, Science, Science News | Tags: england, France, GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, Human-interest, science-and-technology | Comments Off on Tick Tock, GMT’s Number Might Be Up?
Scientists from around the globe are meeting in Britain to consider a proposal that could eventually see Greenwich Mean Time relegated to a footnote in history. For more than 120 years Greenwich Mean Time – GMT – has been the international standard for timekeeping, but it is now under threat from a new definition of time itself based not on the rotation of the Earth, but on atomic clocks. In January 2012 the International Telecommunication Union will meet in Geneva to vote on whether to adopt the new measure, despite protests from Britain.
The two-day meeting of about 50 experts at a country house north-west of London, under the aegis of the prestigious Royal Society, on Thursday and Friday will look at some of the issues involved. Predictably the question has hurt Britain’s national pride – particularly when the British believe their old rivals France are leading the push to change from GMT to the new time standard. Read the full article »»»»