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Big Think 04/10/2020 11:53
The toilet has played an important role in the history of sanitation and health. Stanford scientists have developed a "smart toilet" technology that analyzes a person's urine and stool samples for disease markers. The toilet could assist health care professionals by collecting valuable data that is typically flushed down the drain. The toilet holds a special place in the history of health.
Big Think 04/09/2020 13:50
How can we track the spread of COVID-19 where testing is not widely available? How can global health be improved by innovation and cooperation? Over the last few years, Kinsa has given away or sold millions of internet-connected thermometers to households across the US to collect data that can help predict and prevent flu outbreaks in US communities. Now, that smart tech is being leveraged to create the only real-time map of the coronavirus spread. In this live session with Kinsa founder and CEO Inder Singh, moderated by Dr. Akash Goel, M.D., you'll learn how innovation can help us map global health threats, the best personal health practices during the COVID-19 outbreak, and why innovation in the health sector is critical to our global fut.
Big Think 04/09/2020 12:57
Firefighters in Ukraine battled forest fires this weekend near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The fires were started by a 27-year-old man who wanted to burn grass "for fun," police said. Forest fires can kick up radioactive material into the air, where wind can carry it outside of the exclusion zone. A pair of forest fires caused radiation levels to spike on Saturday in Ukraine's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The flames engulfed about 250 acres within the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone, causing radiation levels to rise up to 16 times above normal.
Big Think 04/09/2020 11:36
General relativity predicts white-dwarf binaries can do this, and now one has been found. The binary is a perfect candidate for a massive new gravitational-wave detector being deployed. The new LISA detector is a constellation of three satellites positioned millions of miles apart. Last spring, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) produced by the collision of two huge black holes 3 billion years ago.
Big Think 04/09/2020 02:20
Neurogenesis, the birth of neurons from stem cells, happens mostly before we are born - as we are formed in the womb, we are generating most of what we need after birth. After birth, neurogenesis is still possible in two parts of the brain: the olfactory bulb (which is responsible for our sense of smell) and the hippocampus (which is responsible for memory, spatial navigation and emotional processing). Research from the 1960s proves creating new neurons as adults is possible, and modern-day research explains how (and why) we should promote new neuron growth. Two parts of the brain can continue growing through neurogenesis...
Big Think 04/08/2020 14:57
Scientists have finally determined the age of whale sharks using radioactive elements from bomb tests in sharks bones. Using the new data, the age range of the animals has now been determined. The findings will help conservationists better maintain whale shark populations. There are somethings that you presume that science already knows and may be surprised to learn it doesn't.
Big Think 04/08/2020 14:57
Scientists have finally determined the age of whale sharks using radioactive elements from bomb tests. Using the new data, the age range of the animals' bones has now been determined. The findings will help conservationists better maintain whale shark populations. There are some things that you presume science already knows and may be surprised to learn it doesn't.
Big Think 04/08/2020 13:09
Paleontologists published a paper on the discovery of dinosaur footprints on the roof of a French cave. The prints are deep underground and were made during the Middle Jurassic period. The footprints belonged to titanosaurs, the largest land animals ever. French scientists found gigantic dinosaur footprints on the roof of the Castelbouc cave the Lozère region of southern France.
Big Think 04/08/2020 09:40
Rats that fasted for 16 hours a day showed the greatest increase in hippocampal neurogenesis. If true in humans, intermittent fasting could be a method for fighting off dementia as you age. Intermittent fasting has previously been shown to have positive effects on your liver, immune system, heart, and brain, as well as your body's ability to fight cancer. Intermittent fasting (IF) is not new.
Big Think 04/07/2020 23:33
A recent study showed that 40 days of mindfulness training lead to structural changes in the brain and helps improve quality of life. Previous research has shown meditation to be helpful in reducing emotional pain. Daily mindfulness practice helps practitioners maintain focus and boost their cognitive abilities. A in the journal Scientific Reports found that 40 days of mindfulness training increased overall wellness in a group of college students.
Big Think 04/07/2020 15:32
A supermoon occurs when the moon comes unusually close to Earth and simultaneously appears full. The 'super pink moon' won't actually appear pink; the name comes from North American wildflowers that bloom in spring. You can watch it live through . A "super pink moon" will rise into the night sky on Tuesday, April 7, appearing as the biggest full moon of 2020.
Big Think 04/07/2020 02:00
Expressing your artistic self (singing, creating art, journaling) has profound positive impacts on our mental health and wellbeing during times of stress. Neuroscientist Dr. Sarah McKay explains: "Knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving or crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation, all are reported to have a positive impact on mental health and well-being.".
Big Think 04/06/2020 14:26
A team of Stanford researchers created a new type of soft robot that can morph into new shapes and freely move around like an octopus. They call it an "isoperimetric robot": a human-safe soft robot that can grasp and manipulate objects as well as roll around in controllable directions. It's possible that this kind of robot could be used in space travel in the future, because of its malleability and dynamic qualities. Researchers at Stanford University developed a revolutionary type of soft robot combining features with traditional robotics making it safe, sturdy, dynamic and able to change form. Their invention, detailed in a paper published last month in Science Robotics , is a breakthrough in soft robotics that overcomes previous limitati.
Big Think 04/06/2020 03:40
One promising way to treat diabetes is with transplanted islet cells that produce insulin when blood sugar levels get too high. However, patients who receive such transplants must take drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting the transplanted cells, so the treatment is not often used. To help make this type of therapy more feasible, MIT researchers have now devised a way to encapsulate therapeutic cells in a flexible protective device that prevents immune rejection while still allowing oxygen and other critical nutrients to reach the cells.
Big Think 04/05/2020 12:16
A new study demonstrates that the transmission of the virus can be slowed dramatically by using masks. The research shows that the wearer's breath is filtered by the mask, preventing spread. The scientists used a machine to measure the exhalations of infected people. New research supports wearing face masks to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Hong Kong showed that the masks significantly lowered the amounts of different airborne viruses that were coming from the mouths of infected patients.
Big Think 04/05/2020 12:16
A new study demonstrates that the transmission of the coronavirus can be slowed significantly by using masks. The research shows that the wearer's breath is filtered by the mask, preventing spread. The scientists used a machine to measure the exhalations of infected people. New research supports wearing face masks to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Big Think 04/04/2020 19:39
Neuroplasticity is your brain's ability to form new neuronal connections throughout your life. It is possible to change your habits and learn new skills at any age thanks to neuroplasticity. Training your brain to form new connections is beneficial to long-term cognitive health. For a long time, it was believed that your brain was solidified during adolescence.
Big Think 04/03/2020 02:09
Maintaining a proper morning routine (which involves getting dressed in work clothes) and structuring your work-from-home day as you would any other in-office workday can help boost productivity. Organizing your work station (the height of your desk, the use of a proper chair, the cleanliness of your work area) can also impact your mood and productivity levels. Adding a sense of joy and fun to your in-home work environment helps improve your mental state and work ethic, according to designer Ingrid Fetell Lee. Dress for success (even at home). While it's very tempting to roll out of bed and into the workday still dressed in your most comfortable pajamas, this could be one of the biggest reasons you're finding it hard to concentrate during y.
Big Think 04/02/2020 16:02
Scientists have found evidence that the Neanderthals were eating large amounts of fish long before modern humans got to Europe. Previously, it was thought that only modern humans were fishing on a large scale. The findings show that the Neanderthals were more like us than most people think. New evidence from a cave in Portugal suggests the Neanderthals were eating fish before modern humans settled Europe.

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