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How to keep cool in heatwave: Dr Nighat shares the most important tip to stop overheating

How to keep cool in heatwave: Dr Nighat shares the most important tip to stop overheating

Soaring temperatures are a deadly threat, namely because people do not appreciate just how dangerous prolonged sun it can be. Sudden deaths often shoot up in places that experience abnormally high heat levels. It is therefore paramount to take precautionary measures, even in the UK. According to Doctor Nighat, one of the most important tips is to think carefully about the time of day you do certain activities.

“The hottest time will be around midday so try not to be out in the sun,” she warned on the BBC.

The problem could be compounded if you go out at this time and do high-intensive activities, such as running, noted Doctor Nighat.

What else does Doctor Nighat advise?

Keep a watchful eye on those most at risk of overheating in the sun, she advised.

High-risk groups include children, elderly, pregnant people, those with underlying heart conditions and cardiovascular problems.

READ MORE: Met Office heat warning: First ever extreme heat alert issued for swathes of UK – forecast

A handy tip to bear in mind throughout the day is to look at where the sun is hitting you, she added.

What about staying cool at night?

Sleep is an ambitious prospect during unseasonably high temperatures but there are some workarounds.

According to Doctor Nighat, wearing cool clothes at nighttime can help the body to regulate temperatures.

It also worth keep a jug of water by your bedside and applying wet flannels, she added.

How to spot heat exhaustion

According to the NHS, heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes.

“If it turns into heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency,” warns the health body.

It is therefore paramount to stay alert to the signs of heat exhaustion to stave off the risk of heatstroke.

The signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • A headache
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • Fast breathing or pulse
  • A high temperature of 38C or above
  • Being very thirsty.

Heatstroke – how it is established

According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s usually apparent to doctors if you have heatstroke.

However, “laboratory tests can confirm the diagnosis, rule out other causes for your symptoms and assess organ damage”, explains the health body.

These tests include rectal temperature to check your core body temperature, it notes.

“A rectal temperature is the most accurate way of determining your core body temperature and is more accurate than mouth or forehead temperatures.”

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Want More Cool Mini Game Systems? Say Hello To The Taito EGRET II Mini

If you like retro, arcades and awesome re-releases / re-imaginings, take a seat and a deep breath. Then click on the video above and behold the Taito EGRET II Mini. Soak it in, we’ll wait…

In terms of cool factor, it has it. As you can see in the video it has a screen that you rotate from landscape to portrait, which should be fantastic for games in TATE. You’ll also be able to switch the joystick from 8- to 4-direction, to match the game you’re playing. In terms of games it’ll have 40 built in, with another 10 that’ll be sold in an expansion pack with a trackball controller; there’s an SD slot, too, in which you’ll be able to run other games that you purchase.

EGRET II Mini© TAITO CORPORATION 2021

This is a Mini and modernised iteration of the original EGRET II, which was a rather neat full-size cabinet released back in 1996. In terms of combining nostalgia with style, it looks very tempting to us.

This’ll be primarily released in Japan, of course, so most will need to resort to importing. Pre-orders are starting today at 18,678 yen (approx $ 170USD), though it won’t release until 2nd March 2022. We’ve included Amazon Japan links below for those interested.

As you can see on the Amazon Japan pages below there are various add-on controllers should you want to jump into local multiplayer on the system.

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Want More Cool Mini Game Systems? Say Hello To The Taito EGRET II Mini

So, are you tempted? (Hat tip to Toy_Link for the heads up!)

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Dr Amir's amazing hot water bottle trick to keep you COOL and help you sleep in the heat

Dr Amir's amazing hot water bottle trick to keep you COOL and help you sleep in the heat

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, Dr Amir advised to fill the hot water bottle with water (as you normally would do), but then to “put it in the freezer”. This might seem unconventional, but the doctor is certain it will “keep you cool”. Just before you get ready for bed, you can “stick it under your bed shirt”, beamed Dr Amir.

 

“Warmer temperatures can cause discomfort and restlessness,” said the Sleep Foundation, but anyone’s personal experience can attest to this.

Too warm of a bedroom can interfere with the body’s “thermoregulation abilities and cause fatigue” – causing the person to feel physically and mentally tired.

“A higher core body temperature has been associated with a decrease in restorative slow-wave sleep,” said the Sleep Foundation.

Thankfully, Amir has another suggestion to help you enjoy a cool night’s sleep.

The NHS doctor recommended “cooling bead eye masks” that you put in the fridge and use to cool you down when you’re ready for bed.

For anyone who has the added pain point of sunburn while trying to sleep, Dr Amir provides home-made remedies.

The first tip is to apply yoghurt to the sunburned areas – and to leave on the skin for five to 10 minutes – up to three days in a row.

The lactic acid and probiotics in the yoghurt are said to “help repair the skin and reduce inflammation”.

Furthermore, cool showers are needed to help ease any discomfort from the sunburned skin.

Dr Amir’s top tip is to avoid sunburn in the first place by wearing plenty of sun protection (i.e. sunscreen) and clothing.

Cancer Research UK advise to choose a sunscreen with good protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The charity suggests using a product “with at least four stars” found on the back of the sunscreen.

 

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Stay cool this summer by making the right wardrobe choices

right wardrobe choices

A sticky, humid day can make it impossible to peel yourself away from the hum of the fan, let alone pull on a soon-to-be sweat-stained outfit. But because we can’t hide from the heat forever, a thoughtfully stocked wardrobe is one of the best tools to fend off the blazing summer sun.

How our bodies handle heat

Our bodies, like the bodies of any animal, combat heat in two key ways. The first is through behavioral regulation—looking for a cool patch of shade on a hot day, or, in an example far more likely for humans, hanging out with the air conditioning on full blast.

Second, there are the neurophysiological regulations. When our bodies sense environmental temperature, the nerve endings in every part of our body (the peripheral nervous system) send that information to the preoptic anterior hypothalamus—a region of the brain that acts as a thermostat. This built-in temperature regulator then tells the rest of our body how to react.

[Related: 5 ways to stay cool without blasting the AC]

Sweat glands work to evaporate liquid from the body and decrease our temperature. Meanwhile in the cardiovascular system, vasodilation—the dilation of blood vessels—lowers blood temperature and causes heat to leave the body. We also increase our metabolic rate and our breathing rate. All of these actions, carried out by effector organs like sweat glands, work together to keep our bodies at a constant level of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

With this knowledge in mind, we can choose clothing that will keep us cool in the summer without blocking our body’s natural processes. In order to make the most of evaporation and heat dissipation, your summer style should focus on clothing that is loose and airy with minimal coverage.

What to wear and how to wear it

That generally means loose-fitting clothing made of fabric that air can easily get through, says George Havenith, director of the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre at Loughborough University in the UK. “What you want is that air layer underneath the clothing next to your skin to be refreshed as often as possible.”

Although there is no absolute rule of thumb because clothing engineers can adjust many aspects of a garment’s materials, look for clothes that are a weave or a knit. In general you’ll want something with more open threading, but it’s not always that simple—a knit tends to be more air permeable than a weave, for example, but will probably be a bit thicker.

“When I look at clothing in the lab, the first thing I tend to do is just put it to my mouth and just blow through it,” Havenith says. “How easy you can breathe through it is a very good indicator for the air permeability, of course, and how much moisture and how much heat can come through quite easily.” So go ahead: test your clothes with a couple breaths. Don’t do this with clothes you haven’t bought yet though—that’s gross.

Linen and cotton are two good materials to look for, although modern clothing technology means that even traditionally stuffy wool can be crafted into a thin, comfortable material.

Advancements in clothing tech are also put to work for top athletes and casual gym-goers alike, all of whom normally wear polyester or blends of polyester and cotton. Activewear development engineers often focus on little adjustments that can add up to affect comfort, like reducing the number of places a piece of fabric touches the skin, or adding tiny metal fibers that conduct heat away from the body.

If you can, avoid multiple layers and choose lighter colors that will reflect light and reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the clothing. If you have to wear darker colors, look for clothing coated with special materials that reflect solar radiation, allowing less of it to reach (and warm) your body. And while tucking in your shirt might be fashion forward, keeping your shirt loose and allowing air to enter around the waist can make a big difference for keeping you cool.

[Related: How fire-resistant clothing works]

And while these guidelines may work for most of us, people in extreme desert conditions might need to make some adjustments. For example, they may want to wear several layers of clothing to help increase sweating, which cools the body by dissipating heat more quickly. This strategy follows the same logic of the seemingly counterproductive custom of drinking hot tea or other warm beverages on a scorching day.

For the rest of us, it’s thin, airy clothes till the sweet, sweet AC kicks in.

Summer’s right around the corner, but the heat is already on. From unrelenting sunshine to sizzling grills, feeling hot (and cooling down) are part of the daily grind now. PopSci is here to help you ease into the most scorching season with the latest science, gear, and smart DIY ideas. Welcome to Hot Month.

Author: Emily Cerf
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

Mini Review: Subnautica: Below Zero – A Rather Cool Sequel

In Subnautica: Below Zero, the sequel to Unknown World’s superlative Subnautica, you’re once again back on planet 4546B, crash-landing rather spectacularly on the frozen far side of the alien world this time around where you’re immediately thrown into a mystery surrounding the fate of your missing sister, Sam. It may have a slightly smaller map (this was originally planned as a generous dollop of DLC after all) and a little less variety in terms of its biomes, but this follow-up still feels like an essential experience, one that delivers more of the series’ signature survival excellence whilst also smoothing over some of the rough edges of its predecessor’s core gameplay loops.

Everything feels that little bit easier to manage in Below Zero. You’ll get off the starting blocks more quickly here, breezing through the early game’s lack of oxygen and mobility options and pretty much straight into spinning around on your Seaglide in a much more straightforward and smooth manner, before getting your hands on a bunch of brand new vehicles that, by and large, improve upon those found in the original Subnautica.

The story this time around is also a much more fleshed out affair with cutscenes, a fully-voiced protagonist and other characters with whom to converse, and although we definitely preferred the total isolation of the original’s narrative, what’s here still manages to remain engaging for its duration, throwing up some cool surprises along the way without making the critical mistake of impeding upon your time spent crafting, exploring and building.

In fact, if Below Zero does make one major error for us, it’s in its decision to expand upon the very brief on-foot sections found in its predecessor. There’s far more marching around here, wandering the hostile arctic tundra, and although it’s never particularly bad – there’s always plenty to find (and flee from) in these portions of the game – it’s just not where Subnautica really excels, we always wanted to be back in the water as soon as we were dragged out of it. There’s also not quite the same scale and scope in the tech tree here, which is understandable given this sequel’s DLC origins.

However, slight niggles aside, Below Zero absolutely delivers in providing more of the excellent deep sea survival antics that we know and love from the original Subnautica. This is a super solid port too, a joy to sink time into in both docked and portable modes, with only a little stuttering here and there as you enter new biomes – and the series’ ever-present scenery pop-in – to mention in terms of technical shortcomings. Unknown Worlds has served up another superb slice of survival shenanigans here, one that we highly recommend diving right into.

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How to build a house that stays cool without AC

Summer’s right around the corner, but the heat is already on. From unrelenting sunshine to sizzling grills, feeling hot (and cooling down) are part of the daily grind now. PopSci is here to help you ease into the most scorching season with the latest science, gear, and smart DIY ideas. Welcome to Hot Month.

For more than a thousand years, windcatchers have existed in and around the Persian Gulf. These architectural towers are perfect examples of natural ventilation and passive cooling—ideas that have become increasingly relevant in sustainable design. As architects and environmentalists alike seek to move away from conventional energy-intensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, windcatchers are a prime example of the marriage between architectural design and the environment as a solution to our new climate realities. 

If recent memories of sweltering summers aren’t enough motivation, data from the Environmental Protection Agency has shown that most states in the contiguous US can only expect the digits to climb on their thermostats. Eight of the top 10 warmest years on record in the US have occured since 1998, with 2012 and 2015 taking the spots for first and second. And there are ways to combat the problem that don’t involve cranking the A/C.

Keeping cool over the summer is all about controlling how all the elements in the house interact with solar energy. 

“Passive solar design… is all the things that you can do when you’re designing a building to basically naturally condition it and make it a better place to live,” says David Wright, an architect who has been in the sustainable design movement for nearly five decades. The principles of passive solar design are core to building houses that can both keep us comfy and prevent power bills from skyrocketing. 

Keep location in mind

Not all climates are created equal. Building in Boston versus in Austin will have its own unique set of restraints and challenges. As we face environmental threats of all kinds from wildfires in the west to hurricanes in the east, our homes must be built with the impending climate crisis in mind.

In an ideal scenario, your home will be oriented in such a way that it can conveniently take advantage of the naturally occurring wind patterns. By figuring out which way the summer breeze blows, you can better plan where entrances and windows will be placed to naturally cool your house. 

Take advantage of shade

Before we even get inside the house, it’s beneficial to try and protect the exterior from direct sunlight. If you live in a place surrounded by trees, they provide excellent natural coverage. Deciduous trees in particular, trees that shed their leaves seasonally, are effective at blocking the sun out during those ice-cream-and-lemonade months, then letting in the winter sun when you want those warming rays. 

If the topography allows it, you can even build your house so that, in the most tender of terms, it is earth-sheltered. These homes can either be entirely underground or have structures like walls or roofs built against soil. This is a particularly energy and cost-effective (at least in the long term) way of combating extreme climates. In the absence of a convenient hillside, you can install protective coverings like canvas, awnings or overhangs to prevent the sun from hitting the roof and walls of your house directly. Getting the depth of the overhang is crucial: Too deep and you lose your winter sun, too shallow and you’ve got too much summer heat. The proper measurements will depend on your location. You can hazard those calculations yourself using many available tools and guides online or skip the searching and ask an architect for the specifics of your house.

Place windows strategically

Windows are perhaps your most important tool when it comes to ventilating and cooling your home. Specifically, cross-ventilation relies on the concept that by creating windows of similar sizes opposite each other: air is sucked into the house, cools your body by helping the heat  evaporate off it, and then exits through the opposite windows. This creates a nice natural breeze. The key to creating good cross-ventilation is figuring out where the wind is coming from. 

“You want to make sure you open windows on the west and the south where you can pick up those winds and then you need to get the wind back out,” says Vivan Loftness, a professor of architecture and former head of the school of architecture at Carnegie Mellon. “The more windows you can open, the more flow you’re going to get through the house. But if you want to speed up the wind, there’s a general rule of thumb that says you should have fewer open on the windward side and more open on the leeward side.”

[Related: Five ways to stay cool without blasting the AC]

Loftness is referring to the Venturi effect, a principle used in fluid dynamics which means that the speed of wind will increase if it is squeezed through a narrow opening, like wind tunnels in between skyscrapers. As the wind is drawn into the house through a smaller opening, it speeds up inside of the house, making the breeze feel stronger.

The location of the windows are also very important. Providing shade for windows that are south and north facing is much easier than those that are eastward or westward. That’s because as the sun sets across our skies from east to west, it shines through windows at much lower angles during the afternoons. 

“Unless you have the most spectacular view, it’s inexcusable to put people into a condition where they’re getting huge amounts of solar heat late in the afternoon when it’s extremely hot already,” says Loftness.

Create columns of moving air

By using some fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, you can also help redirect the airflow in your house. Using what designers call the stack effect, you can draw hot air towards the top of your house and move it away from pooling nearer the ground where people live, eat and sleep.. Hot air rises because it is less dense than cooler air and so, creating a ventilation tower through high ceilings and a narrower opening, funnels the hot air into the tower. This motion pulls cooler air into the lower living spaces since it is more dense and will remain closer to the ground. You can create this tower by either placing windows higher up, like clerestory windows (positioned near the ceiling) or skylights, or simply by creating spaces like atriums that have higher ceilings than the rest of the room. The greater the height difference between the peak height and the ground, the greater the effect. If you already have an attic, you can also create an attic hatch. In order to make sure that you’re not just recycling stale air, crack open a window to introduce some fresh air. (Don’t forget window screens for those pesky bugs.)

Choose roofing materials wisely

Insulate your roof. And while you’re at it, paint it too. Insulating your roof and the attic prevents all the heat that builds up as sunlight hits the roof from entering your house. It is an added layer of protection against the summer sun. Building your roof out of reflective materials is another way of making sure that less heat is absorbed through the roof. Like white linen on the beach, this has historically meant using materials that are lighter in color. But white roofs are not necessarily first on the list of most homeowners’ aesthetic desires. 

“Now the roofing industry has been developing dark colored roofing shingles that happen to be highly reflective,” says Loftness. “In other words, color and reflectivity used to be just like the windows. There used to be one choice: if you wanted to be highly reflective, you had to put a white roof on. But today they’ve figured out a way to make coatings that aren’t white, but that actually are highly reflective.”

Build thicker walls

There’s a reason images of Mediterranean villas and Arabian desert abodes flood our minds when we think of hot sweltering summers. Those houses have traditionally always been built to withstand high degrees of warming. You’ll also notice a significant lack of wooden structures and attics. That’s because heavy, thick materials like concrete have a lot more thermal mass, which allows them to store excess heat during the day, which is then removed later at night by cool air. Through this process, materials like concrete, stone and brick are better at passively cooling homes because they essentially have a lot more capacity to store the heat that would otherwise get transferred to the air inside the house.

Design for the future

We’re not just designing for a few unusually hot summers—the climate change thermometer is only ticking upwards. The houses we build now will need to withstand a lot more heat in the decades to come. Designing them to stay cooler in extreme temperatures is just one of the steps we can take to alleviate our demands on polluting energy systems. As our designs become more clever and environmentally conscious, we can rely on artificial cooling and federal energy systems less and less.

As Loftness explains, when we begin to design sustainability, we begin to design resilient homes. Resiliency is going to become increasingly important as storms and fires threaten how reliable our power is going to be. We might find ourselves in situations without air conditioning soon enough, and rather than going cold turkey then, we could design houses that don’t rely on artificial cooling now. 

“Imagine the power goes down in your house for a week and your home has been designed with a central air conditioning system and it hasn’t doesn’t have very good shading, if any,” she explains. “In many cases, many of the windows don’t even open. You can open the front door and maybe there’s a window or two that has been sealed shut for the last 10 years. You would be very hard pressed to stay in that home in the afternoon, or even at all. And so, resiliency is an important word for us to understand because the power is going to go out on us for lots of reasons.”

Author: Nikita Amir
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

Elvis Presley: Kurt Russell on acting opposite ‘really cool’ King and hanging out on set

Elvis Presley: Kurt Russell on acting opposite ‘really cool’ King and hanging out on set
Hollywood legend Kurt Russell turns 70-year-old today and is perhaps best known for movies like Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China. While in more recent years he’s starred in big hitters from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and The Hateful Eight to even playing Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles movies. But did you know Kurt once co-starred opposite Elvis Presley almost 60 years ago, before going on to play him a TV movie biopic?
Back in 1963, Elvis Presley starred in It Happened At The World’s Fair, which featured an 11-year-old Kurt in his first movie.

The King wanted to see a nurse he fancied so asked the young lad who the future star was playing to kick him in the shins.

While later in the movie Kurt’s character came across Elvis’ Mike Edwards with Joan O’Brien’s nurse and asked if he wanted another kick for a quarter, blowing The King’s cover.

During filming, he had to kick Elvis in the shins around 15 times, so The King had to wear a pad.

READ MORE: Elvis Presley’s cousin shares Kurt Russell movie set memories

Speaking with GQ in 2016, Kurt said: “One time I got close to the edge of it and he looked at me, because he really trusted me, and went ‘…stay on the pad’.

“What a nice guy he was. Yeah. He was 27 years old. He was really cool. An incredibly nice guy.”

The two filmed for a couple of weeks together and would play catch and chat baseball. While it turns out Elvis wanted to speak with Kurt’s father Bing Russell, a film actor, who had even featured in The Magnificent Seven.

The King had seen Bing on the big screen and had a particularly sincere question for him.

The first time Elvis was in great shape, but the second show The King was as much as 60 pounds overweight and the audience gasped at the sight of him.

Nevertheless, Kurt remembered: “I’m telling you, God’s honest truth, thirty seconds later, he was Elvis.

“What I realised about that was, which I drew on later on, he was living it. He was just doing what he was doing, and had gone to the ‘oh, f** it’ state, and he was fantastic.

“He knew it didn’t matter if he weighed a thousand pounds. The performance, it made it sort of even better. He was moving into a different zone, and becoming like Pavarotti, or something.”

In 1978, when it came to filming the Elvis TV movie, Kurt liked the fact that he was 27-years-old, the same age The King was when he met him.

The young actor earned himself an Emmy nomination for the role before his career really took off in the 1980s.

Next year, the new Elvis movie biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann will be released starring Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Elvis will be released in cinemas on June 3, 2022.

‘Okay, this was cool’: Golf Insta star Spiranac stunned as DeChambeau wows field with MONSTER tee shot (VIDEO)

‘Okay, this was cool’: Golf Insta star Spiranac stunned as DeChambeau wows field with MONSTER tee shot (VIDEO)

Bryson DeChambeau admitted to ‘feeling like a kid again’ after he stunned the crowd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a thunderous 370-yard drive over the water at the Bay Hill Club’s infamous par-5 sixth hole.

DeChambeau’s drive travelled across a wide lake and ended up in the rough 50 yards to the right of the green on the 555 yard hole – with no other player in the field coming close to DeChambeau’s tee shot. 

DeChambeau, last year’s US Open winner, completed the hole with a wedge shot from the rough before two-putting on the green for a birdie. 

I felt like a kid again, for sure. It was exciting,” DeChambeau said after he completed the course with a total of 68, just one shot behind pacesetter Lee Westwood, who leads after 54 holes.

Especially when you pull it off. It was almost like winning a tournament. I got the same chills and feeling when I saw it clear and there was no splash. I gave the fans what they wanted.”

The shot wowed even some of the sport’s most experienced players and social media favorites, with ex-pro turned model Paige Spiranac hailing Dechambeau’s achievement online.

DeChambeau’s power from the tee is of no surprise to those who have followed his recent career. The 27-year-old has spent much of the past 18 months packing on muscle – with some reports saying that he has added as much as 40lbs to his frame in order to give himself an advantage with the driver.

And the hard work in the gym appears to be paying off: he has since emerged as the leading driver on the PGA Tour, averaging 322 yards from the tee last year.

DeChambeau predicted that he would have to carry his drive for around 335 yards in order to be successful with his daring shot – a figure he eclipsed, but he chose to avoid aiming directly for the green because of moderate wind which he feared may have hampered his drive.

He had made a couple of attempts at the same shot at a pro-am event on Wednesday which came up short because of the wind, leading to DeChambeau taking a more conservative approach to the hole in the first two rounds – with fans playfully booing him for his perceived lack of ambition – and he said it was this reaction which led to his ambitious shot on Saturday.

For the most part that’s a shot that I know I can do and I was able to accomplish that,” he said. “I would have done it without the fans, but the fans definitely egged me on a little bit and it was fun to give them what they wanted.”
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