At least 50 trees around the world have staggeringly been around for more than a millennium, as trees are one of the oldest living organisms to grace this Earth.
At least 50 trees around the world have staggeringly been around for more than a millennium, as trees are one of the oldest living organisms to grace this Earth. One secret to trees’ longevity is a complicated compartmentalized vascular system which enables part of the tree to die out while the rest continues to thrive. There are several other reasons that they live so long, including creating defensive compounds to fight off parasites and deadly bacteria. The great bristlecone pines can reach 3,000 years or more and don’t seem to age like we do, continuing to grow vigorously well into their thousands. "Some trees defy time by sending out clones, or genetically identical shoots, so that one trunk’s demise doesn’t spell the end for the organism. The giant colonies can have thousands of individual trunks, but share the same network of roots." Wired has put together a gallery of some of the world’s oldest, most venerable and impressive trees, including the Pando, part of a colony of Quaking Aspen in Utah; the Methuselah, the world’s oldest individual living trees, rooted 10,000 feet above sea level in the Inyo National Forest, California; and the majestic Alerce tree, discovered in the Andes Mountains in south-central Chile.
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The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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