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Asian Elephants Ride Out High Daytime Temperatures
2011-09-30 10:15:37

Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna´s Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology have discovered the mechanism by which Asian elephants are able to tolerate hot daytime temperatures.  Their results are published in the current issue of the international Journal of Comparative Physiology B. The heat is on where elephants roam.  Daytime temperatures in the natural environment of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) average between 30 and 35 degrees...

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2011-09-20 05:06:24

  Though considered a mark of boredom or fatigue, yawning might also be a trait of the hot-headed. Literally. A study led by Andrew Gallup, a postdoctoral research associate in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is the first involving humans to show that yawning frequency varies with the season and that people are less likely to yawn when the heat outdoors exceeds body temperature. Gallup and his co-author Omar Eldakar, a postdoctoral fellow in...

2011-07-28 23:27:01

NIH-funded scientists have developed a strain of mice with a built-in off switch that can selectively shut down the animals' serotonin-producing cells, which make up a brain network controlling breathing, temperature regulation, and mood. The switch controls only the serotonin-producing cells, and does not affect any other cells in the animal's brains or bodies. When the researchers powered down the animals' serotonin cells, the animals failed to sufficiently step up their breathing to...

2011-07-19 11:20:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 19, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With "feels-like" temperatures approaching or exceeding 100 degrees forecast for parts of Pennsylvania this week, the Department of Health is reminding all Pennsylvanians of important steps they can take to protect their health. "According to the National Weather Service, afternoon heat indices may reach 100 degrees - and possibly higher - between Thursday and Saturday," said Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila. "We are encouraging all...

2011-07-05 08:00:00

NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The world-renowned International Journal of Hyperthermia has unveiled a new special issue which addresses the thermal aspects of radiofrequency exposure on human health. This special issue resulted from a workshop born out of the controversies surrounding huge growth and use of wireless communication. In the issue, invited experts further refine a quantitative assessment of the effects of thermal energy on tissue damage, fetal...

2011-06-30 00:00:29

America is already feeling the effects of summers blistering heat. Hundreds will die this year and thousands will become ill of summer heat. CHILL Towels were invented to instantly provide relief from heats harmful effects. Key West, FL (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 Heat waves kill more people in the United States than all of the other natural disasters combined. Heat is a hidden killer causing thousands of Americans to suffer from the effects of heat stress, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat...

2011-06-28 20:28:30

Older adults might need to reach for that glass of water a little more quickly than others during the hot summer months. Normal aging brings about changes that can affect how some older adults sense and react to warm weather, meaning that they might not get the hydration their bodies need, said an expert at the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. Aging changes ability to cope "Thermoregulation, or the body's ability to maintain a steady temperature, is affected as we age...

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2011-06-24 11:40:00

Scientists have found a way to take the temperature of dinosaurs that have been extinct for millions of years. But since you cannot take their temperature like you do with humans, the researchers did the next best thing -- study dinosaur teeth, which can reflect body temperature. What they found is surprising. Studying the teeth of the long-necked Brachiosaurus, they discovered it had a temperature of about 100.8 degrees F and the smaller Camarasaurus had a temp of 98.3 degrees. Humans...

2011-05-30 00:00:29

CHILL Towels cool an athletes core body temperature allowing them to feel refreshed, energized and invigorated before, during and after an event. Key West, FL (PRWEB) May 28, 2011 Athletes and sport trainers know what it takes to be a champion. In addition to innate talent, athletes must push themselves to the limits of the physical boundaries of their comfort zone to achieve true greatness. This type of physical training must be accomplished in an environment that minimizes the danger to...

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2011-05-02 07:50:00

To find out what motivates pigs to frolic around in the mud, a scientist in the Netherlands looked at the wallowing behavior of its wild relatives. Marc Bracke from Wageningen University and Research Centre carried out the study that suggests a pig's love of mud is not just a way to keep cool, but is vital for the animals' well-being. Pigs are known to wallow in order to keep cool because they do not have normal sweat glands to regulate their body temperature. Bracke searched through...


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