An international research team from ETH Zurich has found a glimmer of hope in the treatment of dementia. While no other drug routes have made a dent in altering the course of a dementia diagnosis, an active game may have. It's the octogenarian equivalent of Dance Dance Revolution, where a participant has to move their feet to different areas of the floor in coordination to what the screen before them instructs. In an 8-week study of game-playing patients showed that they not only staved off the diminishing effects of dementia but were able to slightly raise their cognitive levels, where the control group simply worsened. The combination of physical coordination with mental acuity, as well as exercise, are believed to be the winning factors. The fact that patients found the game fun to play made it easier for the researchers to get them to do it and to motivate them to get better at it.
I love visiting Switzerland. It is majestic and the scenery is straight out of a fairytale. I've also lived in a trailer park near Oakland and there was no majesty and it was not a fairytale. These photographs by Christian Neuenschwander of a trailer park in Flumserberg, in a series called Paradiesli, German for Paradise, evoke… READ THE REST
They all laughed at me at the invention symposium (that I dreamed up in my head) when I showed them that it could be done! I installed a handle to my coffee grinder and emerged vindicated and victorious. The handle was real. The vindication was imagined. For nearly a year now my Bodum Bistro electric… READ THE REST
From The Independent: The Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed local reports on Tuesday that there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted "cocoa nibs" in its factory in Olten, between Zurich and Basel. […] Combined with strong winds on Friday morning, the powder spread around the immediate vicinity of the factory,… READ THE REST
Skewers are about as primal an instrument as man has ever devised. In fact, a stick with a fashioned tip for just that type of open-flame cooking was found at a campsite believed to date back over 300,000 years. With all that research and development time, it would be easy to imagine that pretty much… READ THE REST
Even in this new age of home offices and remote employment, we still haven't really advanced the state of desk decor much, have we? The walls around you may have changed and your boss may have to Zoom you rather than casually eyeball your productivity during a judgmental walk-by, but the immediate desktop environment probably… READ THE REST
STEM jobs are expected to increase to more than 9 million next year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With job markets still recovering from the COVID shutdowns and seismic shifts in scores of industries over the past year, it's no wonder that many parents are getting smart and deciding to get their… READ THE REST