Michael Taira

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Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past)

It could be that we are on the verge of a great deluge of cognitive enhancement. Or it’s possible that new brain-enhancing drugs and technologies …

Why You Should Start a Brain Technology Company

<i>The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of</i> IEEE Spectrum <i>or the IEEE.</i><p>Scientists have spent decades …

How Your Grandparents’ Lives Affect Your Resilience To Stress

A body of research shows that your DNA may contain a biological memory of the stress your grandparents endured.<p>Can trauma, stress, and even nightmares be passed down from generation to generation?<p>Scientists say yes. A number of research finds that those who have been traumatized around the time of …

5 Ways to Eliminate Back Fat

You won't miss it at all.<p><i>This article was written by Lizzie Fuhr and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Back bulge around the bra area or a pesky muffin top aren't fun to deal with. But you can feel more confident in your own skin with just a little extra effort. Sure, targeting …

Once-Deadly Viruses Evolved To Protect Early Human Embryos

"We are creatures controlled by viruses," Luis Villarreal, a professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California at …

12 Power Foods You Should Definitely Be Eating

How many of them are already in your diet?<p>Another berry, fish, or nut is proclaimed a "superfood" about every other minute. (Insert eye roll here.) But truth be told, certain eats <i>do</i> deserve props in the fitness arena, says exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy Sims, Ph.D.—especially …

Memory in the Flesh: Can memories survive outside the brain?

Memory in the fleshA radical 1950s scientist suggested memories could survive outside the brain — and he may have been right<p>By Arielle Duhaime-Ross<p><b>The bomb was the</b> size of a shoebox. The brown paper packaging that enveloped it was standard for US mail at the time, and its contents provided no …

The Brain

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

What I Learned Writing A Brain Blog For 17 Months

November 2013, I proudly launched the Brain Watch blog here at WIRED. This will be my final post. For seventeen months I’ve used the blog to report …

The Brain

Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases …

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS

Human circadian rhythms are regulated by an internal biological clock in the brain All animals and plants have a built-in circadian rhythm, which is …

Sleep

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

PAVE

Living on Earth: The Mother of Endocrine Disruption Science

Air Date: Week of April 17, 2015<p>stream/download this segment as an MP3 file<p><i>Dr. Theo Colborn passed away this winter. (photo: TEDx MidAtlantic; Flickr</i> …

Microbiome Marvels: Tribes’ Gut Bacteria Reveal Biological Surprises

The assortments of bacteria that live within the intestines of isolated tribes are far more diverse than the microbes found in the guts of Americans — and scientists say such findings have implications for modern-day maladies ranging from obesity to antibiotic resistance.<p>The latest studies into the …

Microbiology

Oscar, a fast-growing startup that wants to shake up healthcare, just raised $145 million at a $1.5 billion valuation

Oscar CEO and co-founder Mario Schlosser, co-founders Kevin Nazemi and Joshua Kushner. Oscar Oscar, a new health insurance company, has closed a $145 million round of financing.<p>A source close to the company says the new round brings Oscar's valuation to $1.5 billion, making it the latest tech …

Crowdsourcing

The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

Cancer

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

Fire up your natural calorie burn ASAP.<p><i>This article was written by Paige Greenfield and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before—all you need to speed up your metabolism is to build more muscle, drink lots of ice water, and try to spend less time sitting, …

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Medical Research

How to Lose Weight When Your Genes Are Working Against You

What to do when big bones run in your family<p>There are things that you’re thrilled to inherit from your mother, like her eyes—or her jewelry. But her struggle with being overweight? Are you fated to take that on, too?<p>While the exact influence of your genes on your poundage is a hotly contested …

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Women in Science

How Your Unconscious Mind Betrays You

I posted recently on the dangers of leaving your body language to chance. I’m going to continue on this subject for a couple more blog posts.<p>Your unconscious mind is busy 24-7 running your body, freeing up your conscious mind to think about things like the temperature of your latte and your Spotify …

Body Language

3 Moves That Are Secretly Amazing for Your Abs

Bored with planks and all crunched out? Try these little known core exercises<p>When it comes to sculpting strong, tight abs, there's a lot more you can do other than planks, sit-ups, and crunches. Personal trainer Rachel Cosgrove, the genius creator of the <i>Women's Health</i> Spartacus 4.0 Workout in the</i> …

25 Hearty Winter Stews

Gallery25 Hearty Winter Stews<p>At this time of year, it's often difficult to wrangle whatever is in your fridge and whip up something sufficiently filling and warming for dinner. Coming in from the cold can make you want to hibernate—not take on big, labor-intensive projects. Enter the stew: minimal …

44 Easy Breakfast Recipes You Won't Believe Are Gluten-Free

In a diet without gluten, breakfast options become a little limited. And it’s not that oatmeal, eggs, Greek yogurt with berries, and avocado toast on …

Breakfast

Scientists now know why popcorns pop

Study unravels physics of kernel – water contained in the shell rapidly escapes as steam under heat, making the corn ‘pop’<p>The popping sound made by popcorn is normally viewed as a pleasing cue that your snack is ready to eat, but for scientists the phenomenon represented one of nature’s significant …

Popcorn

7 Whiskey Drinks That Could Help Cure Your Cold

Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.<p>When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing …

Weather

10 decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Valentine's Day from around the USA

Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade chocolate dessert. We asked the editors of Edible magazines across the country for their favorite Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert recipes. From rich, spicy hot chocolate to gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries, these indulgent treats are sure to …

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

Recipes