Category: Health / Science

Algal oil for omega-3s?

Are algal oil supplements a good alternative to standard omega-3 (fish oil) supplements? They seem to be. Derived from various types of micro-algae, algal oil is gaining popularity among vegans and other people who want...

Key component to scale up quantum computing invented

A team at the University of Sydney and Microsoft, in collaboration with Stanford University in the US, has miniaturised a component that is essential for the scale-up of quantum computing. The work constitutes the...

Measles explained

Measles is a highly infectious illness caused by the rubeola virus. Also known as rubeola or morbilli, measles is an endemic disease, meaning it is continually present in a community, and many people develop...

8 questions about peripheral neuropathy

All of us have had that sensation of numbness or “pins and needles” in our arms and legs at some point—perhaps after sitting the wrong way or sleeping in a funny position, causing the...

Osteopenia: what to do about bone loss

It’s easy to take your bones for granted—until you break one. As we grow older, our bones become weaker and more brittle because of reduced density, loss of mass, and deterioration of bone architecture....

Why do women have periods?

A handful of species on Earth share a seemingly mysterious trait: a menstrual cycle. We’re one of the select few mammals on Earth that menstruate, and we also do it more than any other...

Why do we dream?

In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven’t paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still...