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Quest for Anti-Aging Drugs Transitions from Flaky to Mainstream

When I give talks on aging research someone usually asks, “When will scientists develop true anti-aging drugs?” My answer has little to do with what’s happening in the lab, though—it’s about politics, perceptions and money.It has been clear for many years that the rate of aging is malleable in diverse species, and the discovery in 2009 that a drug called rapamycin can extend maximum life span in mice suggested that it’s now technically feasible to develop anti-aging agents that really work as advertised...

December 20, 2011 — David Stipp

Editor's Selections: Brain and Gut, Aesop's Crows, Antipsychotic Drugs, and Psychopaths

Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. Your brain isn't alone in processing emotion - it needs your body, too! Find out how the brain and body interact in processing emotions at Bill Yates's blog Brain Posts: Brain and Gut in Processing Emotion Over at Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston hits another one outta' the park: Aesop's Crows Understand Physics, Literature Neuroskeptic points out that, "antipsychotic use in Canadian children and teens is rising dramatically - prescriptions more than doubled in just 4 years, from 2005 to 2009." Find out why: Young, Canadian and on Antipsychotics A handful of disorders have been hypothesized to involve a "disconnection," or a reduction in connectivity among brain areas...

December 20, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Master Manipulators of the Micro-World

Parasites are perhaps the greatest master manipulators out there in nature. Even though they are tiny, their numbers are mighty and they have a huge impact on individuals and even entire ecosystems...

December 20, 2011 — Jennifer Verdolin

SunShot - Driving Toward the Dollar Watt

Since 1995, the U.S. has seen the price of solar systems drop by 60% thanks to investments by government and private organizations in research, development, and deployment activities.

December 20, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

Ichthyology Meets Printmaking

This guest post is by Stephen Di Cerbo, a natural science illustrator I know through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Here, he describes the evolution of a relatively new art form from Japan called Gyotaku, or fish printing, and introduces us to its modern-day ambassador, Mr...

December 20, 2011 — Kalliopi Monoyios

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Kim Jong-Il, Mountains of Madness, lost marbles and the end of physics.

Hello and welcome back from the weekend. Check out the new Image of the Week and some great posts you may have missed earlier:- David Bressan - Geology of the Mountains of Madness - John Horgan - Does the “Goddamn” Higgs Particle Portend the End of Physics? - Christie Wilcox - Evolution: Watching Speciation Occur - Bora Zivkovic - Science Books from my Childhood - Jason G...

STAFFDecember 20, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

The Message Reigns Over the Medium

[caption id="attachment_344" align="alignleft" width="235" caption="Metaphor for science communication?"][/caption] What would happen if scientists took to the internet en masse and wrote about what they are most interested in?...

December 19, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

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