Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: AUSTRALIA, Cankler Science News, health, Heatwave, 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: July 17th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Australian Academy of Science, Australian Science, Basic Science, Cankler Science News, Scientific Knowledge, US Scientific Knowledge | Comments Off on Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians
More 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 »»»»
Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: ABC TV, Cankler Science News, Catalyst, Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Dr Maryanne Demasi, Dr Michael Vagg, REBLOG | Comments Off on MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic
I’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 »»»»