Science

Why Is Left-Handedness Rare?

Being a lefty myself, I’m always keen to read and watch more about the reasons why humans aren’t split down the middle when it comes to hand dominance. Turns out science doesn’t have a specific answer yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear what the popular theories are and explanations as to how our brains, animals and even the universe, has its preferences for right and left.


Scratching An Itch Does Indeed Just Make It Itch More

Well that’s settled. You know how your mum always told you not to scratch that mosquito bite because that just makes it itch more? Your mum was right, and now we have the science to prove it.


Sunlight Reflecting Off The Hydrocarbon Seas Of Saturn's Moon, Titan

Photo: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s large moon Titan.


This Algae Farm Eats Pollution From The Highway Below It

A highway overpass is the last place most of us would think to install a farm. But algae, that wonderful little ecological miracle, is different. Since it consumes sunlight and CO2 and spits out oxygen, places with high emissions are actually the perfect growing area. Which is why this overpass in France has its own algae farm.


Don't Panic: The Ozone Hole's Holding Steady

Despite research suggesting that the ozone layer is still being chewed apart, NASA’s most recent study of the Antarctic ozone hole reveals it isn’t getting any larger.


Egg Freezing: How We Reschedule Nature With Liquid Nitrogen

Egg freezing has recently jumped from an expensive and rare medical procedure to a recognised backup plan for women pushing up against the biological cutoff for conception. But what exactly are you signing up for?


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.


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