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Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.

"Yes, there are clocks in all the cells of your body," explains Fred Turek, a circadian scientist at Northwestern University. "It was a discovery that surprised many of us."
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I've seen this in other research, especially regarding perception and cognition. Charisma, for example, is correlated with speed (frequency) and volume (amplitude) of speech/delivery and the intensity of gestures. Increasingly, research points to how we socially analyze based on timing. 

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33rd Square: Researchers Turn One Kind Of Neuron Into Another In A Living Brain

33rd Square: Researchers Turn One Kind Of Neuron Into Another In A Living Brain | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head by demonstrating that it is possible to turn one type of already differentiated (formed from a stem cell) neuron into another within a live brain.
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Danielle Bassett — MacArthur Foundation

Danielle Bassett — MacArthur Foundation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Danielle Bassett is a physicist using tools from network science and complex systems theory to enhance our understanding of connectivity and organizational principles in the human brain. Combining a strong background in physics with training and collaborations in neuroscience, Bassett adapts mathematical approaches associated with the study of complex networks (such as computer or social networks) to analyze interactions among neurons in different regions of the brain while a person does certain activities (e.g., learn something new or try to remember a face), thereby unraveling how these connections give rise to the functions or jobs the brain performs.


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