The new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease questioned families and friends of nearly 50 dementia patients by asking them to describe characteristics and humor tendencies, as reported by The Independent. Tendencies included laughing at inappropriate moments or making cynical jokes. The dementia patients were also more likely to enjoy slapstick comedies, according to the study.
Having strong legs may help keep the brain sharp even as we age, according to new research. Researchers say there is a “striking protective relationship” between leg strength and the ability to preserve mental capacity and brain structure over 10 years, as reported by The Guardian.
“It’s compelling to see such differences in cognition and brain structure in identical twins, who had different leg power 10 years before. It suggests that simple lifestyle changes to boost our physical activity may help to keep us both mentally and physically healthy,” the study’s lead scientist, Dr. Claire Steves, told The Guardian.
The findings suggest that strong legs are more closely linked to mental function changes than any of the other lifestyle factors tested.
“Opportunities for maintaining cognitive health are growing as public health professionals gain a better understanding of cognitive decline risk factors. The public health community should embrace cognitive health as a priority, invest in its promotion, and enhance our ability to move scientific discoveries rapidly into public health practice,” the Centers Disease Control and Prevention says regarding healthy brain awareness.
Science fiction writers are our psychics. We turn to them to look into a crystal ball and see what the future holds.
In these modern times the luxury Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has struggled to find technicians to repair its wristwatches, which can sell for as much as $400,000. To solve this problem, they opened a school at its NYC office to train a new generation of watchmakers. Around 300 people applied; six were chosen. for their temperament as much as for their technical aptitude. So what personal characteristics does Patek Philippe look for in order to select students? "We need people who are committed, so commitment is a big quality," replied master watchmaker Laurent Junod, who heads the school. Plus, "Patience, of course." "We do a training program here that is two years long. But the learning is not finished. You have to learn all your life." Right now, four weeks into the course, students are learning to make their own tools. They won't even touch a watch for months. And remembers, it's mechanical -- there's no computer! In this season of smartwatches, Patek Philippe figures its customers will understand that this is a very smart watch -- and that watchmakers have a future as well as a past.
Lots of people pretend they've got tomorrow figured out: tech gurus, politicians, C.E.O.s and (yes) journalists. But if we're honest with ourselves, the view ahead of us has never been murkier. That's because the problems that most haunt our world today - climate change and pollution, inequality and war - are problems for which technology, long our spur to envisioning better futures, looks more like a cause than a solution. Our future is hard to imagine because we have trouble imagining how we can possibly act to improve it.
In that spirit, this Future Issue is offered less as a crystal ball than as a meditation on how to think about the future at all. Below, we've asked eight experts (through first-person testimonials, compiled by the journalist Ryan Bradley) to describe how they and their industries look forward.
You can’t get a text message from a friend if you don’t own a phone. And you can’t get a message from the future unless you have a machine capable of receiving it.
That’s exactly the kind of machine University of Connecticut physics professor Ronald Mallett has in mind.
In the lobby of a Mexico City office building, people scurrying to and fro gazed briefly at the digital billboard backing a candidate for Congress in June.
They probably did not know that the sign was reading them, too.
The hour-long lunch may be a charming relic of the past, like phone cords and typewriters, but in today's 24-7 work culture, many of us don't take any lunch break at all. Fewer than 20 percent of American workers regularly step away for a midday meal, and 39 percent usually eat at their desks, according to a survey done by Right Management.