Research into the underlying causes of a genetic disorder that causes premature aging and death has revealed a key driver of aging in all people. Better yet, this mechanism is reversible – and with it, perhaps, scientists may be able to slow or reverse the aging process. SE
All manner of weird and wonderful exercise contraptions pushed on late night infomercials are testament to people's desire for faster and easier ways to get the benefits of exercise – whether said contraptions are effective or not. SE
Scientists have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases the number of times cells are able to divide, which may point the way to treating various age-related diseases, SE
Joel Barker's insight:
This would be a paradigm shifting discovery. It is definitely an area to follow closely. SE
Tasting lemons when they see a number seven, regarding a certain letter as being yellow in color. Not a great deal is known about why some people experience an overlapping of the senses, a phenomena known as synesthesia. But a new study conducted at the University of Sussex has suggested that specific training of the mind can induce the effects of the condition. The study even suggests that such training can boost a person's IQ. SE
Researchers in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester were exploring the ability of the brain to predict what is about to happen, something they call "templates of the world." This might refer to a turn in a conversation, anticipating road traffic or more complicated tasks like performing surgery. Led by professor Daphne Bavelier, the team sought to compare the visual performance of those who play action video games and those who don't. It found that the action-gamers performed at a higher level, with their brains using a better template for the job at hand. SE
University of Washington (UW) researchers brought that ambition a step closer to reality by successfully conducting a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of volunteers over the internet by transmitting signals from one person’s brain to another to directly govern the motions of the receiving person’s hand. SE
In a recent study by Harvard University and the University of NSW, a new way to potentially reverse aging in cells was revealed. Published in the scientific journal Cell on December 19, 2013, this landmark study not only showed how the aging process can be slowed down, but how you actually can make tissue cells younger. SE
Few diseases are as terrifying as Huntington's, an inherited genetic disorder that gradually saps away at sufferers' muscle control and cognitive capacity until they die (usually some 20 or so years after initial symptoms). SE
Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age. SE
Studies published in the last two years have reported direct transmission of brain activity between two animals, between two humans and even between a human and a rat. These “brain-to-brain interfaces” (BBIs) allow for direct transmission of brain activity in real time by coupling the brains of two individuals. SE
New research from Yale University reveals a detailed catalog of human-specific changes in gene regulation and pinpoints several biological processes potentially guided by these regulatory elements that are crucial to human brain development. SE
New research from UCLA establishes a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo, and could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cells. SE
According to a new study, a cure for diabetes might actually be in store in the near future: Alabama researchers have managed to cure the disease in mice. To make things even more interesting, they did this by using a commonly prescribed medicine for blood pressure – Verapamil. "We found that we could reverse the disease completely,” said Dr. Anath Shalev, director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. SE
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