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Our body is able to regulate its temperature very effectively, but heat waves can damage certain organs if we are not careful…
Researchers imagine tapping into your body’s reactions to extreme cold to reap psychological benefits.
Can the brain’s conscious mechanisms exert a significant influence on the body’s autonomic functions? New research suggests yes – with possible implications for mental health.
Shrimp cocktail: Tasty to some, potentially deadly for others.
Alongside with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans and fish, shellfish are one of the eight allergens that account for 90% of food-related allergic reactions. What if a vaccine could exist?
It’s all about holding on to the heat you have.
Winter comes with colder temperatures. You and your body can work together to stay comfortable.
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us.
Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
Australia’s Michael Shelley will run in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games marathon.
There are many factors that set elite runners apart from other runners, including training volume, physiology, tendon function and running technique.
‘Under’, Martina Amati.
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Diving without oxygen tanks requires you to enact some very weird and very strange and not all that well understood physiological feats just to stay alive.
Temperatures in Pyeongchang fall below -10℃ at night.
Here's how athletes at the Winter Olympics are able to perform in extreme cold.
Little does this woman know what happens to her brain when she licks the ice cream.
It's a long, hot summer's day and you're looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What's going on?
Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill – followed by a chill – when listening to a particularly moving piece of music.
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When seeing or hearing something poignant, many get the chills. But about one-third of the population doesn't feel this sensation.
The physiological response to sex is similar to that of exercise.
Sex can often be a pleasurable experience. But it also has benefits some reports have compared to those of exercise. So can sex really count as a workout?
Practice makes perfect posture?
We often think of posture as a physical thing – but our minds play a crucial part too.
Wiggo is days away from 60 minutes of pain.
Riding a bike for 60 minutes doesn't sound like the hardest thing in the world, but trying to cover 55km will push the Tour de France winner to the limit.
Must be the adrenaline.
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Anderson's achievement in modern-day cricket is a feat but the next generation of fast bowlers may do something different.
Women often report that they feel colder than men in the same environment.
Fever indicates a problem, but is there anything wrong with feeling excessively cold rather than actually being cold?
If you’re not regularly active, extreme exercise and exercise in extreme heat is unwise.
Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.
Not all gross: mucus is vital for healthy airways.
We tend to notice mucus only when it’s abnormal and the sticky fluid is expelled from orifices. But actually it’s pretty amazing stuff. Every moment of our lives mucus is protecting our internal organs…
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating affects around 3% of the population.
Everybody sweats, some more than others. It’s a physiological reaction to heat and the body’s mechanism to regulate core temperate. Individual sweat rates vary and are influenced by factors such as ambient…
Our culture tells women there’s something wrong with them if they don’t orgasm.
The recently published Italian study suggesting women can only have clitoral, rather than vaginal, orgasms raises important questions about the medicalisation of female sexuality and sexual dysfunction…