Posts Tagged: Cold

Being Cold and Shivering Is Technically Exercise: Science

"Shivering in the cold sparks a series of biochemical reactions deep within the body that alters fat cells and bolsters metabolism, much as formal exercise does, according to a fascinating series of new experiments. The findings intimate that exercise and shivering are related in ways not previously suspected." Unfortunately, this study also finds that working out in the cold is no better than working out in a comfortable environment. Also God clearly does not want us to be healthy; every conceivable route to a fitter body is littered with land mines of pain and discomfort. Just stay in bed and order a delivery meatball sandwich. It's what He [...]


Brrr! So Chilly!

Yesterday morning I leaned over and begged Choire to promise me that we were currently experiencing "the absolute low point" in what we hope to be the long and fruitful history of The Awl. I sought this assurance because they had not yet turned on the heat here at Awl Towers, and we were both blogging with our coats on. (Sure, we could have closed the window, but you cannot imagine how quickly the newsroom would fill up with smoke.) Well, the pipes are now gurgling with warmth and I can smell that "first heat of the season" aroma, so things are definitely looking up, but it is still very [...]


What The Coldest Place In The Universe Looks Like

Here, via "astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope," is a picture of the coldest place in the universe, and the only thing I can say that surprises me is that there is considerably less scarring and plaque than I would expect from a picture of my heart. [Photo of my heart credit: Bill Saxton; NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA/Hubble; Raghvendra Saha]