Trying to keep brain sharp doesn’t have to be costly

While there’s nothing you can do or take to ensure you won’t get Alzheimer’s disease, experts say there are some strategies that might help keep your brain sharp. And you don’t need to dole out a lot of money to do it.

“Does one have to spend their life savings on computer games? I don’t think so,” said Dr. Yonas Geda, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, who’s looked at some alternatives.

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Dancing For Improved Mobility: Health Benefits Of Dance Include Better Balance, Gait

To dance is human; people of all ages and levels of motor ability express movements in response to music. Professional dancers exert a great deal of creativity and energy toward developing their skills and different styles of dance. How dancers move in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways can delight, and the synchrony between dancers moving together can be entrancing.

To us as a neuroscientist and biomechanist (Lena), and a rehabilitation scientist and dancer (Madeleine), understanding the complexities of motor skill in a ballet move, or the physical language of coordination in partner dance, is an inspiring and daunting challenge.

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What does DNA sound like? Using music to unlock the secrets of genetic code

 

I’ve been studying molecular biology for many years. I also have a keen interest in music, having played with Sydney pop band the Hummingbirds. Usually, there is little overlap between these two pursuits, but I recently became aware of people using DNA sequences to create music.

This is called sonification. The people doing this usually treat DNA sequences as random patterns to create nice-sounding music. But what if we used musical notes to find out something useful about DNA sequences, like where mutations occur?

So I put on my coding hat and devised a tool that converts a DNA sequence into an audio stream. The results were recently published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics.

 

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Crianças que têm aula de música ampliam suas funções cognitivas para sempre

“A música é capaz de despertar memórias, emoções e sentimentos profundos. Ela penetra tão profundamente em nosso sistema nervoso que é, comumente, a última coisa que perdemos. Quando músicos de jazz tocam de improviso (uma característica frequente desse tipo de música), seus cérebros “desligam” áreas ligadas à autocensura e à inibição e ativam aquelas que deixam fluir a autoexpressão. Ou seja, ao desligarem a inibição, eles davam espaço à criatividade: através da revelação posso conhecer a mim mesmo e ao outro. ”

 

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After Years Of Silence Between Them, Garfunkel Confronts Simon On Stage, And The Audience Erupts.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, a song is released and you know instantly that it’s going to be one that will be remembered for decades to come. It could be a one hit wonder, or it could be from an artist that is well-known for their amazing vocal abilities and inspiring instrumental talent. And one such song is ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel.

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