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Welcome to the XL edition of Scientia Pro Publica (or, since we are trying to speak English, the 40th edition of “Science for the People”), the rotating blog carnival that showcases the finest science, medical and environment writing published in the blogosphere.
Quick now — ask a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are someone in this excellent roster of science bloggers has anticipated it and provided an answer below. Enjoy!
Here you have the November edition of our monthly newsletter covering cognitive health and brain fitness topics. Please remember that you can subscribe to receive this Newsletter by email, using the box at the top of this page.
Living Well to 100
100 is the new 65: Why do some people live, and well, to 100? Researchers are trying to find out, reports Meera Lee Sethi at Greater Good Magazine. They are discovering that genetic factors may account for only 20 to 30 percent of a person’s lifespan, while environmental and behavioral factors can dictate the other 70 to 80 percent.
Does coffee boost cognitive functions over time? Dr. Pascale Michelon weighs the evidence and reports good and bad news. The good news: long-term effects seem more positive than negative, so coffee leads to no clear harm. The bad news: there are no clear beneficial effects on general brain functions (implication for proponents of “smart pills”: don’t use coffee as the analogy).
10 Innovations for the Aging Society: In the Thanksgiving’s spirit, we want to thank 10 pioneers for emerging innovations that may help millions of people alive today to keep our brains in top shape perhaps till we are 100 or more. Many of those pioneers will participate in the inaugural SharpBrains Summit.
Train your autopilot.…and how to turn it off: Madeleine Van Hecke, Ph.D shares an excerpt from The Brain Advantage, in which she encourages maintaining mental “autopilot” when it’s working well, yet shifting to more conscious deliberations when needed.
Scientia Pro Publica: A good way to turn off autopilot is to enjoy some great science and nature blogging, courtesy of Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival. Additionally, you can enjoy reading some of the best neuroscience, psychology and medical blogging at the first ever combined Grand Rounds/ Encephalon edition.
Games for Health
Games for Health Research: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced more than $1.85 million in grants for research teams to study how digital games can improve players health. One of the grantees is UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley (who will be speaking at the SharpBrains Summit) to develop a driving game for cognitive fitness among younger and older adults.
Smart industry-research collaboration: Lumos Labs and researchers Susanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl announce a collaboration to make the original Dual N‑Back working memory training program available online and use it for ongoing research.
Marian C. Diamond to open SharpBrains Summit: Kicking off our January 2010 SharpBrains Summit is Marian C. Diamond, one of the pioneers of neuroplasticity research since the 1960s. She will introduce us to the human brain, its anatomy and function, and implications of neuroplasticity for brain health and performance at any age.
The SharpBrains Guide’s reviews and interviews: a collection of links to interviews and reviews of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.
Network for Brain Fitness Innovation (members-only): Discussion on the future of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy; United BioSource acquires Cognitive Drug Research; innovative partnership between Navigenics and Posit Science; new research on brain impact of Tetris; how a drop in visual skills may precede Alzheimer’s Disease; excellent report by the National Academies for the US Army available for free now.
Who will you believe, me or your own eyes? discover the 3 Winners of the 2009 Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest. Neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik, who help organize the contest, will give a fun demo on Magic and the Brain at SharpBrains Summit, to discuss the limits of human perception and cognition.
Enjoy the final month of 2009!
Welcome to the 16th edition of Scientia Pro Publica, the blog carnival that celebrates the best science, nature and medical writing published in the blogosphere within the past 60 days.
What are some of the fascinating topics you can explore and discuss with this group of bloggers?
Science & Us
The Evolving Mind: What’s the point of daydreaming?
Generally Thinking: What is the brain impact of different types of meditation (focused, open monitoring, compassion)?
The Emotion Machine: Can blogging help you control your environment and manage stress?
Greater Good Magazine: Want to live longer and bettter?
Collective Imagination: Can you share a powerful uncanny experience?
Science & Friends
Lab Rat: Pros and Cons of having amphibian skin?
Science in Paradise: Do sharks get cancer?
Mauka to Makai: Can bunnies offer new light on what comes after Viagra, how to deal with nuclear feces, and new sources of electricity?
Kind of Curious: Did dinousaurs migrate? dead or alive?
Migrations: Do beliefs on evolution affect one’s ability to appreciate birding?
Science & Society
Science & Soul: Can we reverse corn monoculture trends?
Genomics Law Report: If a Direct-To-Consumer genomics company goes bankrupt, what happens to your data? does HIPAA cover it?
And this concludes today’s edition. Kelsey will host next edition (December 7th) at Mauka to Makai; you can submit posts using this handy form. And if you’re interested in hosting Scientia at your blog, contact Grrlscientist!