Learning How to Learn

A fascinating and useful talk by Engineering professor Barbara Oakley on the subject of learning how to learn.

For more information check out her Coursera course Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs

Salk scientists reveal epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs. This new atlas of human organ epigenomes provides a starting place to understand the role of chemical markers in development, health and disease Continue reading Epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs

A smaller, faster, cheaper route to fusion energy -Science Magazine

Fusion has been 20 years aways for decades, but now it may seem we really are getting closer thanks to a little tweaking Continue reading A smaller, faster, cheaper route to fusion energy -Science Magazine

Tal Danino: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was “programmed” to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we’re just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are | Talk Video |

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.

How Diet & Lifestyle Influence Aging & Brain Function [UCSF Healthy Heart Talk Oct. 2014]

An interesting short talk, by Dr Rhonda Patrick, about some of the dietary and lifestyle factors that can influence aging and brain function.

My only minor quibble is the lack of differentiation between types of fat. The high fat corn oil diet is a very different thing from a high saturated animal fat diet. Other than that it’s a great and interesting talk about things you can do to influence how you age.

Aging as a Curable Disease

Aging is a disease just like any other. Today more and more scientists and researchers are studying aging and ‘diseases of aging’ with a view to finding a cure.

Here’s the keynote speech from the Rejuvenation Biotechnology 2014 conference

For more information and more videos check out the video page

A 15 Minute Tour of the Digestive System

Here’s a great, easy to understand, video written and illustrated by Armando Hasudungan as part of the Hungry Microbiome Project over at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)