science

Why Sunshine Is Good For You (Hint: It's More Than Vitamin D)

Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to its benefits than just feeling good. A growing body of evidence suggests sunlight itself — with adequate protection, of course — may actually be good for health.


The Unique Difficulties That Women Face With Weight Loss

If you’re a woman who has tried to lose weight, you may have noticed something: it’s hard. Much harder than simply cutting your calories and watching the weight fall off.


10 Ways To Save 2000 Kilojoules And Drop A Clothes Size

Want to drop a dress or pants size? Then losing five kilograms, or about 5% of your body weight will help that zipper start to close with ease.


Treadmill Physics: Why An Indoor Run Isn't Cheating

Is a treadmill workout really equivalent to running outdoors? Some runners say it’s easier because the belt does some of the work for you, or that you always need to run at a 1% incline to simulate an outdoor effort. Neither of these are totally true.


Seven Myths About Scientists Debunked

As scientific researchers, we are often surprised by some of the assumptions made about us by those outside our profession. So we put together a list of common myths we and our colleagues have heard anecdotally regarding scientific researchers.


Is Standing Up Every Hour Really Better For Us?

As part of the advance publicity for the forthcoming Apple Watch, Apple chief executive Tim Cook has disclosed that it has a feature that prompts people to stand up every hour. “Sitting is the new cancer,” he boldly declared. It’s a provocative statement, but is it true?


How To Calculate Your Max Heart Rate (You're Probably Doing It Wrong)

If you train by heart rate (or use a gadget that does), your workout depends on one critical number that, for most of us, is probably inaccurate: Your maximum heart rate.


Carl Sagan's Best Productivity Tricks

Carl Sagan is a well-known astronomer, cosmologist, author and science communicator, and original host of the show Cosmos. His views on science and general living are simultaneously inspirational and galvanising. Let’s take a look at just a few of his ideas that are useful for all of us.


What Is Insomnia And What Can You Do About It?

We all have a poor night’s sleep from time to time: those nights when you lie awake for hours trying desperately to go to sleep but can’t stop worrying about tomorrow. Or when you repeatedly wake up throughout the night, or can’t get back to sleep in the early hours of the morning.


The Questions You Should Ask When Reading Any Health News Article

News about health and nutrition seems to flip-flop from day to day, so how do you know when the latest study is worth taking seriously? You can avoid getting yanked around by headlines if you ask yourself a few questions while reading the article.