Hydroponics and health

I’ve had friends of mine try to get me into hydroponics before, but I haven’t ever been truly interested until today, when @TheEconomist tweeted links to these videos on “vertical farming,” the brainchild of Dickson Despommier, professor of public health in environmental health sciences at Columbia University. The magazine reports mainly on this urban-type agricultureContinue reading “Hydroponics and health”

How diet shaped human evolution

Anyone who is keenly interested in having a better understanding of why we eat what we eat as human beings should take an hour or so to watch this introductory talk given by anthropologist Teresa Steele, of UC Davis, given at the California Academy of Sciences on the topic of evolution of the human diet. I foundContinue reading “How diet shaped human evolution”

Living longer with an ideal BMI

Maintaining a healthy body mass index, or BMI, is one of the most important ways to help you live longer, according to a new study published in the December issue of New England Journal of Medicine. BMI is not a perfect measure, but it is one of the simplest for estimating body weight. It isContinue reading “Living longer with an ideal BMI”

Gale Prince: "Food safety is a journey"

Gale Prince Food safety pioneer Gale Prince, the “Dean of safety recalls,” addressed a room full of food scientists at our local Cactus International Food Technologists (Cactus IFT) chapter dinner at the Fiesta Resort conference center in Tempe, Arizona. He spoke about food recall trends, how to enhance food safety progam, and gave us some detailsContinue reading “Gale Prince: "Food safety is a journey"”

Aubrey de Grey Response to Rose and Coles

Aubrey de Grey Next up at H+ @Caltech this afternoon was the famous and fast-talking Aubrey de Grey, who provided a response to previous talks by Michael Rose and Stephen Coles. This is my take as how I understood the arguments. It was, admittedly, a bit hard to follow. What we heard from Rose andContinue reading “Aubrey de Grey Response to Rose and Coles”

Building Methuselahs

Michael Rose, evolutionary biologist Michael Rose is an evolutionary biologist, of University of California at Irvine, who knows how to sum up the complexity of aging. He told us at H+ @ Caltech that aging is just a normal process of natural selection. It’s obviously a “big picture” view versus a cellular or molecular view. ButContinue reading “Building Methuselahs”

Is there a maximum human lifespan?

Stephen Coles “Death is an imposition on the human race and can no longer be tolerated” – Alan Harrington With Harrington’s quote, Stephen Coles opened his talk on whether or not there is a maximum limit to human lifespan at H+ @ Caltech in Los Angeles. As a biogerontologist, Coles studies old people, as well as old yeast, microscopicContinue reading “Is there a maximum human lifespan?”

What is the ideal design of future humans?

Natasha Vita-More There have been quite a few interesting subjects discussed at H+ @ Caltech today regarding the future of the human experience in light of exponential increases of information, artificial intelligence and medical breakthroughs. But what’s to become of humanity’s long tradition of creating art and design that is used to express ourselves, asContinue reading “What is the ideal design of future humans?”

Humanity’s Future: Information Overload

Robert Tercek At H+ at Caltech (#hplus) this morning, Robert Tercek gave us an introduction to humanity as we know it and how a sudden increase of information will transform it forever. “The process of improving human life has always been governed by information,” Tercek said. Now we’re in this new information transformation age, or what he calls livingContinue reading “Humanity’s Future: Information Overload”

New vitamin D guidelines, a disappointment

Over the past decade, there has been tremendous excitement in the world of nutrition centered around the “sunshine vitamin” for its association with reducing risk of influenza, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and even some cancers such as prostate and breast cancer. However, this morning, the Institute of Medicine, of the National Academy of Sciences released new guidelines for vitaminContinue reading “New vitamin D guidelines, a disappointment”