Scientists are working on genetically engineered laser-controlled brain cells. You could take the adjectives from five scifi books, roll them into a ball and shoot them through a hyperbole gun and STILL not come up with something so incredible sounding. The work could utterly revolutionize neurotherapy, psychology, and the goopy goo of "you" inside that bone basket you carry around on top of your neck.
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“Sleep is a smart, sophisticated process. You might say that
sleep is actually working at night to decide what memories to hold on
to and what to let go of."
Jessica Payne, Harvard University
all have memories of the the way we were. What's too painful to remember, we simply
choose to forget. Or do we?
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"It's a repair and maintenance approach to extending the functional
life span of a human body. It's just like maintaining the functional
life span of a classic car, or a house. We know -- because people do it
-- that there is no limit to how long you can do that. Once you have a
sufficiently comprehensive panel of interventions to get rid of damage
and maintain these things, then, they can last indefinitely. The only
reason we don't see that in the human body now is that the panel of
interventions we have available to us today is not sufficiently
~ Aubrey de Grey, molecular biologist and author of End of Aging
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Contrary to popular belief, recent studies have found that there are probably ways to regenerate brain matter.
Animal studies conducted at the National Institute on Aging Gerontology Research Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, for example, have shown that both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting along with vitamin and mineral intake, increase resistance to disease, extend lifespan, and stimulate production of neurons from stem cells.
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Why do animals age so differently? Why is it that a tortoise, for example, can live well over a hundred years, while another similarly sized animal would be lucky to live just 10? What’s the big difference? Scientists say that the secret lies in genetic expression. A new genetic database could help reveal how and why animals age so differently. The process of mapping out this molecular maze will likely unlock some of the hidden secrets of increased longevity in humans along the way.
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"Everyone has assumed we age by rust. But how do you explain animals
that don't age? Some tortoises lay eggs at the age of 100, there are
whales that live to be 200 and clams that make it past 400 years."
Stuart Kim, PhD, Stanford University professor of developmental biology and genetics
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This one's a blast from the past, but since it's a blast from a laser into a living brain it's still worth looking at. French surgeons told a man "We're going to strap you down, drill a hole in your head, fire lasers into your brain, and we're going to do it all while you're awake. Any questions?" To which he presumably replied "Lots, the most important being: You are aware I'm not James Bond, right?"
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The virus, which is so large and weird that it’s redefined the very
concept of a virus, has been photographed for the first time. When the
virus was originally discovered infecting amoebas in a Parisian water
tower in 1992, it was so large that researchers thought it was a
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We're talking about a virus and it's not the swine flu (or H1N1, for scaremongering sites trying to sound like they know science.) We're fairly sure that makes us unique in internet, possibly all media, because as we all know the world can only concentrate on one thing at a time. And it really should be the Giant Mimivirus, the largest virus ever, which we've just discovered opens up like an alien mothership. Really.
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Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey has famously stated, “The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today …whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.”
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