Monday, March 23, 2015

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Old age is getting younger

For all of those who are worrying about getting old, here is some good news: Old age is getting younger. On average, today’s 75-year-olds are cognitively much fitter than the 75-year-olds of 20 years ago. At the same time, the current generation of 75-year-olds also reports higher levels of well-being and greater life satisfaction. “The gains in cognitive functioning and well-being that we have measured here in Berlin are considerable and of great significance for life quality in old age,” comments Ulman Lindenberger, Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. The researchers relate the gains to sociocultural factors such as education. In their opinion, the increase in well-being is also due to better physical fitness and higher levels of independence in old age.

The New Alienware Area 51

This Bad-Boy Geneticist Wants to Clone a Mammoth

Hwang Woo-Suk is the bad boy of genetics. He’s most famous for falsely claiming to have cloned human stem cells. This is, you can imagine, very bad in science. Yet last week, the South Korean researcher was in Siberia, drilling cells from the bones of a 28,000 year-old frozen wooly mammoth. The bones are the only place Hwang is going to find the DNA he needs to bring a mammoth back to life.

​Scientists Want to Mine Our Poop for Gold

Every year, Americans are flushing a fortune down the toilet. Literally. More than 7 million tons of bio-solids—treated sewage sludge—pass through US waste-water facilities annually. Contained within our shit are surprisingly large quantities of silver, gold, and platinum.

This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study

medical studies

In 2003, researchers writing in the American Journal of Medicine discovered something that should change how you think about medical news. They looked at 101 studies published in top scientific journals between 1979 and 1983 that claimed a new therapy or medical technology was very promising. Only five, they found out, made it to market within a decade. Only one (ACE inhibitors, a pharmaceutical drug) was still extensively used at the time of their publication.

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Pummeled Australia This Weekend

The 50 Best BBQ Joints . . . in the World!

Our definitive, soot-stained guide to the best purveyors of smoked meat in Texas—which is to say, the best purveyors of smoked meat on Earth.

With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over

If a glue did not stick to the inside of the tube or bottle, you might think it must not be a very good glue.

On the other hand, clinging glue has annoyed generations of parents and children attempting to scoop out the remaining bits with their fingers.

This is one of life’s little problems. LiquiGlide, a company started by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of his graduate students, has come up with a solution: a coating that makes the inside of the bottle permanently wet and slippery. The glue quickly slides to the nozzle or back down to the bottom.

No Armed Bandit

According to CBS news, Americans now spend more money on slot machines than movies, baseball, and theme parks combined.