SoT 200: Never Memorise A Formula

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Cassandra Perryman.

Neurologist and acclaimed author Dr. Oliver Sacks died after complications with cancer at age 82. He was an extraordinary man who humanised the sufferers of mental disorders and introduced the general public to the world of neuroscience. Read his books. We highly recommend them!

Nobody is surprised, but we finally have good experimental data that shows a lack of sleep makes you more susceptible to illness. Less than 5 hours of sleep makes you four times more likely to get sick, and volunteers where locked in a hotel and given colds to prove it.

Climate change will cause many problems, but a new study potentially adds one more to the list: changes to nitrogen fixating bacteria that could dramatically effect nearly all sea life.

After its successful fly-by of Pluto, New Horizons has a new target: 2014 MU69. This ‘cold classical’ Kuiper belt object will be 43.4 AU from the sun when New Horizons arrives on January 1, 2019.

 

Dr. Cassandra Perryman is a psychologist at University of Queensland, and you can follow her on Facebook here.