Ocean in Jupiter’s moon Europa

A new model from NASA scientists supports the theory that the interior ocean in Jupiter’s moon Europa would be able to sustain life. In addition they have calculated that this water, believed to be an ocean under the surface ice shell, could have been formed by breakdown of […]

How to have a better day during the pandemic

Many think they’re doing good by texting with others to stay connected while physically distancing during the pandemic, but a national survey by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows more meaningful connections happen when people can hear or see the person they’re interacting with. Passively […]

Nutraceuticals for promoting longevity

Objective: To summarize the main findings on nutraceuticals that slow aging processes by delaying and even preventing the development of multiple chronic diseases and improve productivity and quality of life in the elderly. #nutraceuticals #longevity #supplements Ivan Pavlović, Soliman Khateb, Irina Milisav and Jamal Mahajna*, “Nutraceuticals for Promoting […]

The neurobiology of social distance

Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. A new paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences explores the wide-ranging, negative consequences that social isolation has on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased […]

HLA molecule

Schéma d’une molécule HLA (en bleu), avec sa chaîne légère associée (la b2-microglobuline en rouge), fixée dans la membrane d’une cellule humaine et liée à un peptide dérivé d’un virus (en jaune). Source: HLA molecule

Will lockdown loneliness make us loners?

Over the past months at least half of the world’s population has been affected by some form of lockdown due to COVID-19. Many are experiencing the impact of social isolation. Loneliness affects both mental and physical health, but counterintuitively it can also result in a decreased desire for […]

Frankincense Surprised Researchers on why it works for Inflammation

Frankincense Surprised Researchers on why it works for Inflammation “That means, in simple terms, that the frankincense component reprograms the inflammatory enzyme into an anti-inflammatory enzyme.” Nathaniel C. Gilbert et al, Structural and mechanistic insights into 5-lipoxygenase inhibition by natural products, Nature Chemical Biology (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41589-020-0544-7 #frankincense […]

Black holes? They are like a hologram

Spherical, smooth and simple according to the theory of relativity, or extremely complex and full of information as, according to quantum laws, Stephen Hawking used to say? There is no single answer on how to describe these mysterious cosmic objects. New research now proposes a surprising solution to […]

Proxima b

This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Source: Proxima b