What Women Can Do to Keep Their Brains Strong Through Old Age

Neuroscientists have observed a specific exercise routine that protects female brains as they age.

What Women Can Do to Keep Their Brains Strong Through Old Age


Grandma should add pumping iron to her exercise routine. Researchers have found weight training may prevent some aspects of brain aging in older women.

As our brains age, they begin to decline. However, at what point this decline begins varies heavily on the person's biological age, which can change based on how we preserve our bodies through diet and exercise.

Dr. Patricia Bloom explains that one of the most effective ways of preserving your brain function as you get older is to stay healthy.

What if Middle-earth was in Pakistan?

Iranian Tolkien scholar finds intriguing parallels between subcontinental geography and famous map of Middle-earth.

Could this former river island in the Indus have inspired Tolkien to create Cair Andros, the ship-shaped island in the Anduin river?

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Strange Maps
  • J.R.R. Tolkien hinted that his stories are set in a really ancient version of Europe.
  • But a fantasy realm can be inspired by a variety of places; and perhaps so is Tolkien's world.
  • These intriguing similarities with Asian topography show that it may be time to 'decolonise' Middle-earth.
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Coffee and green tea may lower death risk for some adults

Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.


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Surprising Science
  • A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
  • This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
  • The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.
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Why San Francisco felt like the set of a sci-fi flick

But most city dwellers weren't seeing the science — they were seeing something out of Blade Runner.

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Surprising Science

On Sept. 9, many West Coast residents looked out their windows and witnessed a post-apocalyptic landscape: silhouetted cars, buildings and people bathed in an overpowering orange light that looked like a jacked-up sunset.

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America of the 1930s saw thousands of people become Nazi

Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.

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