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News from July 2016

Cryonics Institute 40th Anniversary & AG Meeting

Friday, 1 July 2016 by System Administrator

CI celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This is an opportunity for us to express our thanks for the confidence that you have placed in us all these years and to say “thank you” for making CI the largest worldwide cryonics organization in terms of membership and impact. Not only are we currently the largest in the world, we can also take pride in the fact that we are the only Cryonics Organization with members on all 5 continents!

 

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The Ultimate discovery tool for Nanoparticles

Friday, 1 July 2016 by System Administrator

 

The ‘ultimate discovery tool’ for nanoparticles

Similar to what gene chips offer biology; could test billions of different nanoparticles at one time

June 24, 2016

A combinatorial library of polyelemental nanoparticles was developed using Dip-Pen Nanolithography, opening up a new field of nanocombinatorics for rapid screening of nanomaterials for a multitude of properties. (credit: Peng-Cheng Chen/James Hedrick)

The discovery power of the gene chip is coming to nanotechnology, as a Northwestern University research team develops a  tool to rapidly test millions — and perhaps even billions — of different nanoparticles at one time to zero in on the best nanoparticle for a specific use.

 

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How exercise improves memory

Friday, 1 July 2016 by System Administrator

How exercise improves memory - June 24, 2016

The hippocampus in the brain switches to fat as an energy source after glucose is depleted from exercise), leading to release of BDNF, associated with cognitive improvement. Researchers have found out how.

Physical exercise after learning improves memory and memory traces if the exercise is done four hours later, and not immediately after learning, according to findings recently reported (open-access) in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.

It’s not yet clear exactly how or why delayed exercise has this effect on memory. However, earlier studies of laboratory animals suggest that naturally occurring chemical compounds in the body known as catecholamines, including dopamine and norepinephrine, can improve memory consolidation, say the researchers at the Donders Institute at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. One way to boost catecholamines is through physical exercise.

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