From Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Reuters: Helicopter gunships bombarded a strategic town in northern Syria overnight and tanks moved close to the commercial hub of Aleppo, rebels said, but kept well clear of new Turkish air defenses installed to curb Syrian action near its frontiers… .
Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies.
The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process.
An anti-ageing therapy could have a dramatic impact on public health by reducing the burden of age-related health problems, such as dementia, stroke and heart disease, and prolonging the quality of life for an increasingly aged population.
“This could lead to strategies that enhance the regenerative potential of organs as individuals age and so increase their quality of life. Whether it serves to increase longevity is a question we are not yet in a position to answer.”
The ageing process is poorly understood, but scientists know it is caused by many factors. Highly reactive particles called free radicals are made naturally in the body and cause damage to cells, while smoking, ultraviolet light and other environmental factors contribute to ageing.
Today, 26 June, is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. By resolution 52/149 on 12 December 1997, the General Assembly proclaimed this day and sought for the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,…
Giant tortoise kept penned at the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galápagos Islands
No mate for him exists. Last one of his subspecies, he solemnly persists in turning into feces eelgrass brown and dry, spine-sprinkled cactus leaves. Straining to gulp a fly, he hastily retrieves blunt head. Dead-ending male, lone emblem of despair, he slumps on his knees, his tail antennaing the air. For a long moment we bind sympathetic looks, we holdouts of our kind, like rhymed lines, printed books.
[This poem appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Atlantic.]
Working at the Garden has completely changed how I think about gardening. On the one hand, I now think very seriously about plants; about good plants vs. bad plants, about the role of plants in the landscape, and about how plants can keep us healthy.
But on the other hand, working at the Garden has really made me loosen up about plants. I have learned not to take my failures too seriously, to not worry about putting plants in the wrong spot (they can always be moved!), and I have learned that plants are infinitely flexible and that experimenting with plants is the most satisfying part of gardening.
I feel then, a certain kinship with the mad scientist behind this Tumblr I just came across, Garden Science. There is some seriously nerdy stuff going on here, and some wild experiments, but most of all, this blog is all about the fun of plants. I mean, this guy (or gal? I can’t tell) has decided to plant an entire garden culled from his (or her?) kitchen. Now, that’s the kind of geeky gardening I can get behind! ~AR
The instant garden is now full. Meet the newest residents:
A co-worker gave me two raw almonds at work to eat, but I opted instead to put them in my pocket, take them home, and plant them in the garden to see what would happen. I scored the kidney beans from the kitchen after opening a drawer…
From Jonathon Burch, Reuters: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking some 48 hours after the jet was shot down near both countries’ sea borders, told state broadcaster TRT the plane had been clearly marked as Turkish and dismissed Syria’s earlier statement it had not known the…
From Peter Apps, Reuters: While the exact circumstances remain far from clear, the shooting down of a Turkish warplane shows Syria’s military to be capable, extremely jumpy and increasingly drawn into confrontation with its most powerful neighbour… .