Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Tickling the brain

Why is the sky blue? Why don’t penguins’ feet freeze? These are the types of questions Ireland’s brightest young science students will answer through their exhibits which will go on display at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition running from January 9 -12.

A highlight on the secondary school calendar, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition gives young scientists an opportunity to develop their scientific and mathematical skills through rigorous research and investigation. Although there can only be one overall winner, this event is more than just a competition as it has become an unforgettable experience for students since its establishment in 1963.

With four exhibition halls filled with science and technology projects created by hundreds of students from around the country, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in science, maths and technology.

Sleep – but not too much!

From a young age, we are advised to get plenty of sleep and rest so that we’ll be up, healthy and active in the morning. However, while too little sleep is bad for you, a new study has revealed that too much also has negative health effects.

An analysis by Chuangshi Wang, a doctoral candidate in Ontario and China, and her team revealed that people who regularly slept more than the recommended six to eight hours a night were more likely to die prematurely or develop cardiovascular disease.

More specifically, the risk of premature death or cardiovascular conditions was 5% higher for people who slept eight to nine hours than for people who slept the recommended amount. Commenting on the findings, Wang said: “Our study shows that the optimal duration of estimated sleep is six to eight hours per day for adults.”


Paws for thought

Walking your dog is one of life’s greatest treats – in fact many studies have shown that it not only improves your physical health but also your mental wellbeing.

However, with dark mornings and dark nights still prevalent, it’s very easy for your pet to get lost while out walking. Combating this problem is the Bluetooth-enabled ID tag Pawscout which can make sure man’s best friend doesn’t run off at the dog park, hiking trail, or even in your own neighbourhood.

The tag allows you to you find your dog with ease, leaving that worrying prospect at the door.

With this peace of mind, you might be more likely to go outside with your dog, or even get yourself one.

This is a gadget you definitely won’t regret purchasing as it will change your life for the better.