Scientists Say You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calorie

Cutting back up to 25 percent of your calories per day helps slow your metabolism and reduce free radicals that cause cell damage and aging. But would you want to? VisualField/Getty Images by PATTI NEIGHMOND Research has shown that sharp reductions in the amount of food consumed can help fish, rats, and monkeys live longer. But there have been very few studies in humans. Now, some researchers have found that when people severely cut calories, they can slow their metabolism and possibly the aging process. Clinical physiologist Leanne Redman, who headed the study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, says the … Continue reading Scientists Say You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calorie

China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

  Rami Niemi by RENE CHUN Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms. Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving facial-recognition scanners—part of the president’s “Toilet Revolution,” which seeks to modernize public toilets. Want more? Forget it. If you go back to the scanner before nine minutes are up, it will recognize you and issue this terse refusal: “Please try again later.” China is rife with face-scanning technology worthy of Black Mirror. Don’t even think about jaywalking in … Continue reading China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

Stranger Psychic Phenomenon Than Déjà Vu? Its Déjà Rêvé

by Christina Sarich Déjà vu, the phenomenon of feeling like you’ve already experienced something before – a smell, a room, someone’s presence, even though you don’t have a conscious memory, is something that reminds us that the world of consciousness is a little more flexible than we often assume. Déjà Rêvé is even stranger. This weird anomaly of consciousness happens when you recall dreaming something at the exact same time that you see it in “real” life. Are these psychic phenomenon indicators that time, space, and consciousness are more like a stretched rubber band, rather than the linear staircase of events … Continue reading Stranger Psychic Phenomenon Than Déjà Vu? Its Déjà Rêvé

Ticks rising

image edited by Fernando Kaskais In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change Mary Beth Pfeiffer , an investigative journalist for three decades, began reporting on Lyme disease in 2012 for the Poughkeepsie Journal. Her latest book is Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change (2018). Edited by Pam Weintraub Evolution has endowed the big-footed snowshoe hare with a particularly nifty skill. Over a period of about 10 weeks, as autumn days shorten in the high peaks and boreal forests, the nimble nocturnal hare transforms itself. Where it was once a … Continue reading Ticks rising