Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape -- from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.
This week: The Fitbit Alta hits stores, your 3D printer could be putting your health at risk, the real reason why your workout isn't helping you shift any more kilos.
The Fitbit Alta is here, and promises to be the slim, sleek fashion-forward fitness wearable of our dreams.
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Low cost desktop 3D printers are becoming more and more accessible to the general public, finding a place in offices and hobbyists' homes as well as professional workshops. Recent research has revealed that some commercial desktop printers may pose a health risk because of their emission of ultra-fine particles or UFPs.
Being 90 per cent air, aerogel is an extremely lightweight. It is also the lowest-weight thermal conductor on the planet, making it ideal for space suits, the innards of Space Shuttle tiles and the Mars Rover. Now aerogel insulation will be available in a range of jackets, gloves, beanies and pants thanks to performance apparel company Oros.
Naloxone, a drug that works as an antidote to heroin and other kinds of opioid overdoses is now available over the counter in Australian pharmacies. It is hoped that by making the drug available outside of emergency departments and ambulances it will be administered quicker, preventing overdoses.
A new gym-goer finds an exercise routine, sticks with it and the kilograms start coming off at a regular clip -- until something changes. Not the person; they're still exercising as hard as ever, sometimes harder, but the weight loss has stopped. What happened?
A DNA analysis of nearly 90,000 23andme customers suggests our preference for early mornings may be rooted in our genes. The study also suggests that night owls are at greater risk of depression and other health issues. But those findings come with a couple of caveats.
Also catching our eye:
- It's hard to know what to believe when it comes to advice about food. Lifehacker Australia exposes the myths and facts in this article.
- Business Insider Australia takes a look at the evolution of the "ideal" male physique.
- Stumped for recipes to help you stick to your diet? Popsugar Australia have a daily meal guide with recipes laid all out for you.