BT Welcomes New Blogger Maria Popova
Today Big Think is pleased to welcome the very talented Maria Popova, of Brain Pickings fame, to our regular blogging team. Known for "curating eclectic interestingness" from around (and beyond) the Web, Maria will author the new Design for Good blog, focusing on socially beneficial design in the 21st century. You can read her debut post here.Design for Good will cover "everything from industrial design that addresses developing world problems, to guerrilla design interventions that make urbanity more livable, to graphical presentations of data that bring greater transparency to politics. Rapidly expanding in response to increasing cultural demand, this area of study will only grow more vital—and fascinating—in the 21st century."
Maria, welcome; BT fans, enjoy!
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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