There are plenty of tricks to help you stick to your goals, but what does science got to say about it? Turns out that framing your objectives as self-directed questions can have a positive impact on how likely you are to follow through on them, according to a study conducted by the University of Illinois.
Australia’s south east is currently sweltering under an intense heatwave, one that is likely to become the second longest heatwave on record in the region. So what have we learnt from the heatwave of 2009, also responsible for the Black Saturday fires, and how will our cities hold up after days of extreme heat?
New scientific research has provided additional evidence that caffeine can boost your memory. After ingesting caffeine pills, human subjects were found to be more successful at image-based memory tests than their caffeine abstaining counterparts, suggesting that the stimulant drug can strengthen our memories and make them more permanent. However, the specific timing and amount taken can make a big difference.
Of the many tricks used by the world’s greatest military strategists, one usually works well — taking the enemy by surprise. It is an approach that goes back to the horse that brought down Troy. Surprise can only be achieved if you get the timing right. Timing which, researchers at the University of Michigan argue, can be calculated using a mathematical model — at least in the case of cyber-wars.
Across south-eastern Australia this morning, people are waking up to forecasts of scorching heat for the week ahead. Players and spectators heading to the Australian Open should prepare for some baking hot days at the tennis: 35°C today, rising to 41°C on Tuesday, with temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s expected to linger until the weeekend. Coming after a relatively mild summer weekend, many of us will be wondering why it’s got so hot, so quickly.
Deep Blue gained world-wide attention in 1997 when it defeated the then chess world champion Garry Kasparov. But playing chess was all that Deep Blue could do. Ask it to play another game, even a simpler one, such as checkers, and Deep Blue would not even know how to play at beginner level. The same is also true of many other programs that can beat humans. Computers that can play poker cannot play bridge.
Alongside bull sharks and great whites, tiger sharks are one of the main predatory species known to occasionally snack on humans. Their migratory habits may therefore be of some interest if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the ocean this summer. According to new research, tiger sharks regularly travel over 1000km across the Coral Sea between New Caledonia and the Great Barrier Reef. (Guess you can’t blame ‘em for occasionally getting the munchies.)