Science & Health

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We hear the stigma all the time. Spas and their associated treatments are simply not for men. Big fat bollocks. The misconception comes from the fact that spa treatments just haven’t been catered to men in the past. Alas, times have changed and Sydney now boasts a number of dedicated male and unisex grooming spaces to help rejuvenate the tired and tested bodies of the masculine persuasion.

Whether it’s skin treatment, a massage, a facial or a much needed soak in the whirlpool, these are the cool Sydney spas that have you covered.

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A species of seadragon known only from museum specimens has been spotted in the wild for the first time by Aussie researchers.

The scientists used a remote-controlled camera to film the Ruby Seadragon, or Phyllopteryx Dewysea, at a depth of more than 50 metres - deeper than other seadragons go, and deeper than recreational Scuba divers can go.

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Pretty soon, your smart watch may know you're sick before you do, according to US scientists. The researchers made an app which tracked health data - such as heart rate and skin temperature - collected by 60 people's smart watches for up to two years, and found that people's stats changed when they were getting sick.

The authors say smart watches could also help detect the risk of type 2 diabetes and low oxygen on planes, and that they even helped detect Lyme disease in one of the scientists behind the study.

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Imagine if "big data" could predict the future, perhaps even stopping your smartphone from breaking down before it happens?

Sydney Scientists have demonstrated the ability to "see" the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major technical achievement they say could help bring quantum technology closer to reality.

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All too often, our flesh cocoons can feel like vessels of anxiety and existential dread. But take heart, because new research confirms what science popularisers like Carl Sagan have said all along: Humans truly are made of "star stuff" — and we have maps to prove it.

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Mohave rattlesnakes and Merriam kangaroo rats are currently embroiled in an evolutionary arms race, pitting wily predator against fast-acting prey. Dramatic high-speed video shows how quick and creative snakes need to be to launch an attack — and how rodents still manage to evade capture.

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Video: Damn, the ocean isn't here to play around. This worm, known as a sand striker, buries itself in the ground and can grow up to twice the length of a human. It has no eyes and no brain and yet it can snatch the body and soul (and everything else) of a fish from right out of the ground. It's like a terrifying death trap, shooting itself out from the floor and making the fish disappear in an instant. Damn.