Mind Memes for Today: Lenin's Brain, Mason's Farewell, Woodward's Fail and More
1. “First the pope and now Andrew Mason!?!"
Andrew Mason continued the popular Silicon Valley "I’ve just been fired" meme with a blunt note to employees at Groupon:
"After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today.”
2. Famous Brain of the Day: Vladimir Lenin
Lenin's brain was preserved by the Soviets in order to provide proof that he was a genius. Now his brain is giving us insights into his death, which is a celebrated medical mystery. It turns out that blood vessels around Lenin’s brain were heavily calcified, suggesting he had a severe case of atherosclerosis. Read more here.
3. Today is Sequestration Day!
If you have to read one article on sequestration, Steven Rattner's piece is a brief breakdown of the big mess. Here it is.
"Measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent." That was Joan Didion's famous diss of Bob Woodward, whose post-Watergate reporting Didion claimed was not exactly up to snuff.
Then this happened:
5. The Colors of Mercury
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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