My picks, 2016-11

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Pomegranates reveal its powerful anti-aging secret
  2. DARPA’s Space Surveillance Telescope: How It Works
  3. Fossilised dinosaur brains
  4. What are harmonics?
  5. Ultrasound Treatment Stops Parkinson’s Tremor

Pomegranates reveal its powerful anti-aging secret

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Scientists have managed to prove pomegranates anti-aging potential: intestinal bacteria transform a molecule contained in the fruit with spectacular results. Although tests in humans are still underway, scientists have already published the initial promising results from animal studies in the journal Nature Medicine.

‘Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodents’ published in Nature Medicine, July 2016

DARPA’s Space Surveillance Telescope: How It Works


The innovative design of DARPA’s Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) allows for a short focal length, wide field of view, and a compact optical train. The SST’s mirrors are some of the steepest aspherical curvatures ever to be polished and allow the telescope to have the fastest optics of its aperture class. These features combine to provide orders of magnitude improvements in deep space surveillance.

Fossilised dinosaur brains

Cambridge University

An unassuming brown pebble, found more than a decade ago by a fossil hunter in Sussex, has been confirmed as the first example of fossilised brain tissue from a dinosaur.

The fossil, most likely from a species closely related to Iguanodon, displays distinct similarities to the brains of modern-day crocodiles and birds. Learn more here: Fossilised dinosaur brain tissue identified for the first time

What are harmonics?

World Science Festival

The 2016 Flame Challenge asked the world’s top scientists to answer a deceptively simple question: What is sound? In response, acoustician Whitney Coyle, who is also a trained musician, demonstrated key aspects of sound–timbre, pitch, harmonics–by playing various notes on a flute.

Ultrasound Treatment Stops Parkinson’s Tremor

Trust Me I’m A Doctor – Brit Lab

With the aid of pioneering Ultrasound surgery, a patient with Parkinson’s is treated for debilitating tremors.

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