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Cankler Science Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave

Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Cankler Science Health Factoid: Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a Heatwave

Health Factoid-Why You Have Trouble Sleeping During a HeatwaveThe 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 »»»»


Cankler Science News: Inflammation Protein Boosts Breast Cancer Prevention

Posted: January 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Cankler Science News: Inflammation Protein Boosts Breast Cancer Prevention

Inflammation Protein Boosts Breast Cancer Prevention

Adelaide researchers say they might have found a better way to use anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent breast cancer. The Hospital Research Foundation has identified a protein that causes inflammation and increased breast density in some women, increasing their cancer risk :: Read the full article »»»»


UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: | Comments Off on UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

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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 »»»»


Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science Myths

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science Myths

Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science MythsYvette 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 »»»»


Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee Camps

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee Camps

Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee CampsResearchers in the UK are looking to pee-power to light refugee camps in disaster zones.

The BioEnergy team at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south-west England is taking the piss – literally – to generate electricity.

Their prototype urinal is conveniently situated near a university bar; it collects people’s pee, which fuels microbial fuel cells that then generate electricity.

The team’s work hit the headlines in 2013 when they showed how pee could be used to power a mobile phone.

Oxfam now wants to take the technology out into its refugee camps.

“It’s quite fascinating and it’s very fulfilling to be involved in such valuable research,” said Professor Ioannis Ieropolous, director of the BioEnergy Centre at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

“The main objective of our work — if I can speak from a personal perspective — is the fact we are developing something which is for the better of humankind and that’s the whole purpose of our science.” :: Read the full article »»»»


European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 Years

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: | Comments Off on European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 Years

European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 YearsThe average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, smaller families and bigger incomes a new study says.

The review, published in the Oxford Economic Papers, is garnered from military, medical and other records  for young adult males aged around 21  from 15 countries.

Northern European nations saw the largest growth in height between the two world wars. But those in southern Europe, a definition that includes France, had their increase post-World War II :: Read the full article »»»»