Deep Sleep Detoxifies Your Brain – Cerebrospinal Fluid For the Win

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps. Another piece of the puzzle explaining sleep’s effect on our mental health and brain functioning has been uncovered in new research published this week in the journal Science!   In an ironic case of self-sacrifice, Laura Lewis and her team at Boston University spent many late nights in the lab... Continue Reading →

Neuralink Case Study

Originally posted on Twitter... This semester I've had the opportunity to tutor 'Biomaterials in Medicine' (CHEE4305) & today was the most fun I've ever had in a class at the University of Queensland! The topic was @elonmusk's revolutionary tech startup Neuralink, aiming to develop implantable brain devices. So what makes Neuralink so revolutionary? Historic Biomaterial revolutions - pacemakers,... Continue Reading →

Measures of Fitness

Originally posted on LifeApps… Fitness is often at the top of the wish list for people thinking about their future. Some 66% of Americans make fitness their number one New Year’s Resolution each year [1]. But what exactly is fitness, and how do you know how far you’ve progressed in achieving it? If you make exercise a regular... Continue Reading →

Evolution is Sweet

Originally posted on LifeApps... Millions of years ago, in the middle of Africa’s jungles, our primate ancestors moved through the treetops in search of their food. The most energy-dense foods they could find were sugar-rich fruits. In an environment where predators could be around every corner, finding a fast-burning food source was essential for their... Continue Reading →

UQ Science 2018 Roundup

by Jordan Pennells Scientific research at the University of Queensland is flourishing, with UQ being internationally ranked #1 in biodiversity conservation (CWUR 2017), #4 for agriculture (NTU 2018) and #7 for biotechnology (ARWU 2018). But why rely on these metrics when you can immerse yourself in the research itself. Throughout this article, I have recapped... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

Agricultural Challenges (2)

Field Phenotyping: As agricultural output increases and there is more emphasis placed on developing drought resistance crops, the feasibility to assess crop phenotype on the farm is becoming increasingly difficult. An important component in contemporary breeding programs is not only developing genetically advanced crop varieties, but evaluating their performance when grown in the field to... Continue Reading →

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