Counter to what you might expect, events like the February cold wave that froze Texas can actually become more likely with global warming.
While there are plausible explanations for why this occurs, we can’t be certain of the effect of temperature on SARS-CoV-2. Being indoors in poorly ventilated spaces plays a big role.
A transcript of episode 8 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including new research on why people react to cold temperatures differently.
Around 1.5 billion people worldwide have this common genetic variant.
Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.
The media often call unusually cold, snowy storms a ‘polar vortex.’ The real polar vortex isn’t coming down to visit the lower 48, but changes to the polar vortex can influence winter weather.
Everything from hormones to certain heath conditions can affect how we feel.
Winter weather forces us to congregate inside but evidence suggests cold, dry air also helps spread respiratory viruses.
Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have you ever felt a piercing pain in your head when you eat something cold?
Leaving your coat at home on a cold winter day doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to get sick. But it could make you more susceptible to germs.
Green iguanas are an invasive species that seem to be spreading and proliferating in Florida. Used to warmer temps, they switch into torpor mode when the mercury drops.
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.
Snot very good to be ill. But here’s how your body mounts its defence against the dreaded lurgi.
Layering on winter gear is annoying. But with temperatures reaching minus 50 in some parts of the country, it is essential to protect your skin from frostbite, which can happen in minutes.
Winter comes with colder temperatures. You and your body can work together to stay comfortable.
When you’re warm and cozy inside, it can be natural to wonder if the animals you see outside your window this winter are doing OK. Don’t worry – they’re doing better out there than you would.
It’s not as simple as saying you won’t ‘feel the benefit’.
You can tell the difference by the colour of your snot.
Illness often strikes when you’re stressed at work, not sleeping properly, or you’ve been out partying a little too much. Here’s why.