Why Age?

Michelangelo’s Statue of David is about 506 years old.  The statue is in excellent shape despite its significant age and now stands in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.  Michelangelo on the other hand is now dead; and has been since February 18, 1564.  What happened?  Why do the atoms of David remain in their fixed…
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Pick Your Poison: Aging Or Cancer

CANCER.  A word that no one ever wants to hear.  Well guess what – your body doesn’t want to hear it either.  From as early as birth your body does everything it can to prevent uncontrolled cell growth and the formation of mutations within cells.  A tumor suppressor protein called p53 is responsible for such…
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What’s Breaking Down The Brain?

What we know and want to know about aging are the questions my peers and I have pondered over for ages. This passed weeks topic about the aging brain and Alzheimer’s disease raised some interesting questions and controversy. Insulin is an underlying factor causing diabetes, but is it the culprit causing dementia, and ultimately the…
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Live Long And Prosper

Spock really cuts to the core of  success with his Star Trek catch phrase. A person has truly succeeded if he or she has led a long meaningful life, perhaps with many children or a great legacy. Recent information may be cracking open the door to the former part of this common expression. The new…
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Tough Questions With Science: Immortality?

Earlier this week a person of great interest passed away, leaving us with an inquisitive quote on death: “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that…
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