Train Your Brain with Mindfulness, Thanks to Evolution

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps. Your brain can be trained like a muscle! Just like lifting weights, a repeated mental activity such as meditation can strengthen beneficial neural pathways. The malleability of your brain in response to external stimuli such as meditation is known as neuroplasticity. This phenomenon evolved over millions of … Continue reading Train Your Brain with Mindfulness, Thanks to Evolution

FASTING DIET FEEDS FROM OUR DEEP EVOLUTIONARY PAST

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps Am I the only one who is drawn to the fridge late at night in search of a little snack? It is impressive how much sway hunger can have on our lives, at times adversely affecting our mood, attention and energy levels. But how often do most … Continue reading FASTING DIET FEEDS FROM OUR DEEP EVOLUTIONARY PAST

The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. Evolution of Allergies Strength is derived from adversity. This is a common idea in the science of our mental and physical health. But how true is this axiom in reality? In … Continue reading The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

(Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Read on Twitter! (1/12) V. thought provoking seminar today @TRI_info by Prof John Huss entitled ‘Ecological medicine & medical ecology’. Discussed were ecological strategies for #coralremediation and the #microbiome. But more interesting was unpacking the #philosophy of biological research!.... (2/12) The field of microbiome #research is still very young, and it’s hard to get a handle on what is established and where exactly … Continue reading (Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells Investigation into the function and evolution of the human microbiome, our ‘old friends’ helping us unlock the nutritional benefits from a wider range of food sources, is leading to a revolutionary new understanding of the nutritional benefits of a high fiber diet. Plant fiber is … Continue reading How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells To take care of your health is to delay the inevitable biological deterioration of your body, to fight against the unyielding aging process. But there’s another way to view the process of aging, if we expand the time frame from an individual’s lifetime to evolutionary time. … Continue reading Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

Agricultural Biotechnology

As genetic fingerprinting began to develop in the 1990s, molecular breeding (using DNA markers in combination with phenotypic measures to drive the development of new crop varieties) resulted in increased yields despite the drought-inducing action of climate change. These techniques primarily involved transgenes, foreign DNA from other species that could be incorporated into the crop genome … Continue reading Agricultural Biotechnology

History of Agriculture

Origins: The inception of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago shifted the predominant homo sapiens lifestyle from nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers, to larger social groups that 'put down roots' and formed a stable community. For the first time in history, agriculture generated a net food surplus, removing the need to follow seasonal patterns of wild plants and … Continue reading History of Agriculture