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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 »»»»


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

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 »»»»


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 »»»»


Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Posted: July 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles AustraliansMore than 40 percent of Australians don’t know how long it takes the Earth to travel around the sun, according to a new survey, which also dug-up that nearly 30 percent of Australians didn’t know if humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

The Australian Academy of Science surveyed more than 1,500 people, asking them very basic scientific questions.

The survey is a repeat of a 2010 questionnaire, asking the same basic questions, it seems we’ve slowed our thinking – as a nation – way back in 2010 more than 70 percent knew that the earth took a year to travel around the sun.

The surveys author says it’s a wake-up call, he’s also worried that our knowledge of basic science might devolve even further, blaming popular culture and an insufficient school curriculum. We’re not alone however, the US seems to suffer similar symptoms  :: Read the full article »»»»


MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic

Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic

Dr Maryanne Demasi Does ChiropracticI’m not a huge television watcher, discerning, one show I must see each week – or I seriously get the grumps is Catalyst. For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.

My favourite Catalyst, Dr Demasi, this week looked into a worrying trend that has science based medicine up in arms – chiropractors with ambitions of replacing the family gp – There have been reports that chiropractors are the new refuge for a range of health problems, like asthma, colic, reflux and even autism?

Dr Maryanne Demasi reckons, “…most people go to the chiropractor for back pain, and, despite its surging popularity, its proven benefit is fairly limited. A review of spinal manipulation showed that it could alleviate lower back pain, but it was no more effective than heat therapy, or even a good massage.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep

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 until now been elusive to any objective analysis. Japanese researchers however have taken a novel new approach to our none waking hours, utilising machine learning models are 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 »»»»