science

Why Virtual Reality Gaming Headsets Remain A Bad Idea

Anyone who subscribes to an online hi-tech gizmo newsfeed can’t have failed to notice a certain preoccupation in the past couple of years on the part of developers to bring viewers close to the action of TV, films and computer games through virtual reality. Every other day, it seems, we hear of yet another allegedly ground-breaking solution in the quest for “immersion”.


Supermoon 101: What You Need To Know

A beautiful full moon is set to rise this Sunday night, August 10. It will be spectacular and I encourage everyone to go outside and have a look. But the question is: will it be a supermoon?


How Video Games End Up Lodged In Our Brains

Back in the early 1990s, I used to play the video game Tetris on my Nintendo Game Boy. I was really good at it — if I do say so myself — and I used to play for hours every day. When I went to bed I would see falling blocks as I closed my eyes. I often experienced the same thing when waking up.


Running Just 5 Minutes A Day Might Add Years To Your Life

A new large-scale study provides further support for the idea that even a little bit of intense exercise can benefit you.


How Budget Cuts Increased Australian Cyber-Security Risks

You’d struggle to argue that this year’s budget cuts to funding for CSIRO and universities are going to give Australia any kind of advantage in science. It seems that anti-science agenda could also have a direct impact on our ability to deal with online attacks.


How Big Data Can Help Fix Medical Research

A recent paper in the British Medical Journal suggests that evidence-based medicine is in crisis. Evidence-based medicine is based on the practice of employing treatments that have scientific research that backs up their effectiveness. It is usually set against medical practice that is based on anecdotal experience or simply doing things because that is the way they always have been done.


How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Over the last half century, the global food industry has profoundly changed the way we eat. While we understand how these dietary changes have impacted physical health, their effect on mental well-being is only now being realised.


Research Shows That Seven Hours Of Sleep Might Be The Sweet Spot

Eight hours of sleep. Six hours of sleep. Seven hours of sleep. It seems like every year we see a study that claims that some amount of hours is better than another. The Wall Street Journal collects together a few studies that show data suggests that seven hours might be the sweet spot these days.


Will A Hot Toddy Help Cure A Cold?

Feeling miserable? Is your nose blocked and your throat sore? If not, it will be sometime this winter, probably at least a couple of times. And then someone will probably say at your low ebb that “you need a hot toddy (or tottie)”.


Banish Jet Lag With High-Insulin Foods

The human circadian oscillator — or “body clock” — is linked intrinsically to insulin, new scientific research has found. If you’re suffering from jet lag, it’s therefore possible to reset your body clock by eating a large, insulin-releasing meal before going to bed. Sounds good to us!