OUT OF SHAPE: WHY WE LOSE OUR FITNESS

Originally posted on LIFEApps... Why do we lose our fitness when we stop exercising? It’s a deceptively simple question. The explanation is derived from a time where energy, in the form of food, was the most precious resource around. Throughout our evolutionary history, our bodies developed a way to build and maintain fitness when physical … Continue reading OUT OF SHAPE: WHY WE LOSE OUR FITNESS

How to Reclaim Our Dwindling Attention

Originally posted on LifeApps... Our attention is a precious resource granted to us through evolution. But modern technological life is shrinking our attention span at an unprecedented rate. Using the three tips in this post, you can reclaim your attention for a more productive, creative and fulfilling life. We have a finite daily supply of … Continue reading How to Reclaim Our Dwindling Attention

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

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

LIFE and a Love of Evolution

Originally posted on LIFE Apps science blogging platform...   G’day guys! My name is Jordan. I'm a graduate bioengineer and a first year PhD student researching sustainable plant-based nanomaterials at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). I am intensely interested in all aspects of evolution, from the origins of life, to the development of … Continue reading LIFE and a Love of Evolution