Science

5 Scientifically Proven Reasons It's Better To Be Single

Crying into a pint of ice cream alone on Valentine’s Day? Talking through your problems with your cat? Taking your mum to your office holiday party? Hardly. These are absurd stereotypes of singledom — not the reality.


The US Will Stop Funding Research Into Making Mutant Super Viruses

Should scientists be allowed to create mutant viruses deadlier than natural ones? The White House waded into this controversy today with a surprising announcement to cut all funding to such studies, pending a thorough review of this risky research.


25 Horrible Things That Happen If You Don't Get Enough Sleep

In our 24/7 culture, sleep loss is a major problem. Back in 1942, we averaged almost 8 hours of sleep a night — now that’s down to 6.8. (Seven to 9 hours per night are what’s generally recommended.) Almost 40 per cent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night, a recent Gallup poll found, and an estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Everyone knows that it’s important to get enough sleep — but you may not realise just how many things can go wrong when you don’t.


What To Eat To Help Your Brain Study Harder

Exam time is quickly approaching for HSC and university students. While study is at the forefront, nutrition is often the furthest thing from students’ minds. However, a healthy diet plays a vital role in attaining optimal academic performance during the rigours and challenges of exam time.


Australia's Bureau Of Meteorology Is Dropping Confusing Weather Terminology

Australia’s weather bureau is clearing up confusing terminology in its forecast reporting. When it comes to rain, apparently terms like “scattered”, “isolated” and “patchy” aren’t descriptive enough, and are being replaced with percentage figures.


Google Glass App Gives Conversations Real-Time Closed Captioning

Georgia Tech researchers have come up with an app that turns Google Glass into a real-time closed-captioning display for the hearing-impaired, using the voice recognition in the user’s Glass-paired smartphone. Now this is a face-computer use we can get behind.


Humans First Saw The Far Side Of The Moon 55 Years Ago

The side of the moon that faces Earth is familiar to anyone who’s stood outside at night. But it wasn’t until this day in 1959 that mankind was able to glimpse the dark side of the moon, thanks to a grainy-yet-distinct photo sent back by the Russian spacecraft Luna 3.


Ebola Spreading Rate Compared To Other Diseases Visualised

Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there’s no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average, an ebola patient can only infect two.


How Does The Immune System Work?

The immune system is critical for protecting against illness-causing organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, which are collectively known as pathogens. Without it, we would quickly become infected, sicken, and die. Immune cells are constantly on the lookout for pathogens, patrolling the blood by moving around in the blood. Around half your blood volume is fluid known as plasma; the remainder is made up of millions of different types of cells.


This 3D Printed Robot Could Secure The Ports Of The Future

Transport by sea has been a favourite of smugglers for centuries — it’s hard to patrol an entire coastline, and it’s easier to move a ton of stuff by sea than by land. In the future, though, getting your contraband through a port might be made exponentially more difficult by this tiny, ultrasound-packing submersible robot.


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