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Healthy and extraordinary brains reveal clues to aging well

AAAS cognitive aging session

People are living longer than ever, but are these added years good ones? Research has provided drugs and lifestyle recommendations about diet and exercise that let us live longer, yet many people spend those extra years suffering from dementia.

Meet the NASW Travel Fellows to AAAS

Eleven budding science writers won NASW Travel Fellowships to attend the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. Their reports on selected sessions are being posted on the ScienceWriters web site.

Symptoms, cures for fake news

Technology Review headline

Strong media literacy must be taught as early as elementary school, and journalists and scientists need to ensure accuracy of the information they distribute, to curb the spread of misinformation, particularly in the age of social media, experts say.

Creating communities at home and abroad

Recent studies of evolutionary history, genetics and cognition suggest that at the core of any solution must be a sense that we are all on the same team.

Fishing for the future

Fishing boat

Climate change and its effects could threaten the very existence of those whose lives and livelihoods depend on the world’s fisheries, as waters warm and sea dwellers move away in search of more hospitable environments.

Science skills translate to business sense

Embracing entrepreneurship can help researchers and physicians enhance and multiply the impact of their work, a noted physician-entrepreneur says.

Using language skills to detect Alzheimer’s

The way you first learn to construct and articulate sentences early in life might not be the speech pattern you hang on to the longest as you age and lose mental acuity.

Medical cannabis could improve quality of life, executive functioning for patients

Marijuana flower

Medical use of marijuana is fully legal in 28 states, with another 17 states allowing limited use in specified cases. But policy has outpaced research and investigation into cannabis’s effects on the brain — both positive and negative.

Neurotechnology in motion

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis with AMPET helmet

Supported by President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, three female neuroscientists have made significant advances in studying the brain in active subjects.

Regulating the future of human gene editing

CRISPR-Cas9 editing

While scientists have not yet made changes to human reproductive cells that can be passed down through generations, the most recent breakthrough in gene editing technology — CRISPR-Cas9 — has brought us to the brink of this possibility.