We think of aging as something we do alone, the changes unfolding according to each person’s own traits and experiences. But researchers are learning that as we age in relationships, we change biologically to become more like our partners than we were in the beginning.

“Aging is something that couples do together,” says Shannon Mejia, a postdoctoral research fellow involved in relationship research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “You’re in an environment together, and you’re appraising that environment together, and making decisions together.” And through that process, you become linked physically, not just emotionally.

It’s like finishing each other sentences, but it’s your muscles and cells that are operating in sync.

Doctors tend to treat people as individuals, guided by the need to ensure patient confidentiality. But knowing about one partner’s health can provide key clues about the other’s. For instance, signs of muscle weakening or kidney trouble in one may indicate similar problems for the other.

Longtime Couples Get In Sync, In Sickness And In Health

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Multiracial Questionnaire

I am currently doing a research paper on multiracial youth and identity within the United States for my sociology class. This paper counts towards my final average but I have had a lot of difficulty in finding multiracial respondents or getting them to answer my questionnaire. If you want to fill it out, which would be greatly appreciated, these are the requirements:

1. You must be multiracial or “mixed”. In other words, you must have parents or grandparents of two or more racial identities. Hispanic or Latino does not count because these are ethnic identities. 

2. You must be between the ages of 13-22

3. You must be living in the United States 

 I will not disclose any of your names in my research paper, but I will have to disclose your racial makeup so be sure to address that in the first question on the questionnaire. I will not use any of the questionnaires completed after May 24, 2016 for my research.

I would sincerely appreciate it if you would fill it out or if you aren’t multiracial either reblog this or share it with someone who is. I am extremely invested in my research, and I genuinely want to do an amazing job. But of course the only way to do that is to have a decent amount of respondents!

Want to take 2 minutes to help mental health issues?

I’m working on a side project and need some help! 

Take a few minutes and answer this (10-question, totally anonymous) survey. It is just demographic information and a few questions on your mental health experiences. 

I have no way of identifying respondents and will not share this data with anyone else. 



3 hours later am totally overwhelmed by the number of respondents. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!

Researchers Describe Strategy to Develop First Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drug

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have made progress towards a broad-spectrum antiviral drug, something that does not yet exist. 

The team studied ISG15, a gene tied to regulating the immune system’s responses to viruses. Humans who do not have ISG15 — about one in a million — have an extremely robust response against viral infections. Turning off the gene increased  immunity against seven viruses, including the extremely dangerous Nipah and Rift Valley fever viruses.

“We also have evidence suggesting the strategy protects against Zika infection, and we plan to test Ebola as soon as possible,” said the study’s lead investigator, Dusan Bogunovic, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“The idea is to develop a pill that people can use to protect against pandemics — or even to help an individual stop an emerging cold sore,” he said.

Funding: The study was financially supported by NIH R01 grants AI101820, A1080672; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant R00AI106942-02; an American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship and a USPHS Institutional Research Training Awards T32-AI07647; and NRSA T32 AR07279-30.

Raise your voice in support of expanding federal funding for life-saving medical research by joining the AAMC’s advocacy community.


Bill Nye: GMO Lab Rats and Research 

How important are genetically modified animals for basic research? Bill Nye the Science Guy explains how lab rats, also referred to as laboratory models – or as comic co-host Chuck Nice describes them, mice with the human ears on their foreheads – are imperative to studying and understanding human genes. But is testing on lab rats moral? As Bill points out, humans routinely raise animals to kill for various purposes, and we can’t exactly test humans the same way we can rats. Chuck asks why we can’t then raise lab rats without pain receptors? To which Bill counters that, if that were possible, the lab rats might not be a very good model for human behavior. What do you think about using GMO lab rats for science? Tell us in the comments below.

This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “ Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 2).” If you’d like to listen to the full podcast, click here: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-gmos-with-bill-nye-part-2/

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Hey guys! So I’m a research analyst and my boss and I both have a keen interest in MBTI types and the workplace. He hasn’t made an official project out of this yet, we kind of just want to see if there are even enough people interested in it. But if this goes well, then I could get paid to research MBTI and that is everything I want in life. 

So. Help a girl out and go take the survey. 


**It is not very scientific, very rough draft and only for preliminary findings. I even put in a few curiosity questions at the end that have nothing to do with the project, I’m just dying to know.

Physical Science...In Space!

Each month, we highlight a different research topic on the International Space Station. In May, our focus is physical science.

The space station is a laboratory unlike any on Earth; on-board, we can control gravity as a variable and even remove it entirely from the equation. Removing gravity reveals fundamental aspects of physics hidden by force-dependent phenomena such as buoyancy-driven convection and sedimentation.

Gravity often masks or distorts subtle forces such as surface tension and diffusion; on space station, these forces have been harnessed for a wide variety of physical science applications (combustion, fluids, colloids, surface wetting, boiling, convection, materials processing, etc).

Other examples of observations in space include boiling in which bubbles do not rise, colloidal systems containing crystalline structures unlike any seen on Earth and spherical flames burning around fuel droplets. Also observed was a uniform dispersion of tin particles in a liquid melt, instead of rising to the top as would happen in Earth’s gravity. 

So what? By understanding the fundamentals of combustion and surface tension, we may make more efficient combustion engines; better portable medical diagnostics; stronger, lighter alloys; medicines with longer shelf-life, and buildings that are more resistant to earthquakes.

Findings from physical science research on station may improve the understanding of material properties. This information could potentially revolutionize development of new and improved products for use in everything from automobiles to airplanes to spacecraft.

For more information on space station research, follow @ISS_Research on Twitter!

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Is it magic? Or science? Find out how the plates are floating on GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING, continuing Wednesday 5/25 at 9/10c on PBS. 

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NASA is investing in these 8 new, wildly futuristic proposals

With the Innovative Advanced Concepts program, or NIAC, NASA invests in the kinds of technology that will advance aerospace and space exploration. NIAC has selected eight concepts that it will fund through the second phase of research. They are …

1. An astronaut hibernation pod for deep-space missions

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2. A wind- and solar-powered aircraft

3. Spacecraft that can travel at relativistic speeds

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4. Better brakes for spacecrafts

5. Tiny microsatellites

6. A growable space habitat 

8. Cryogenic surfaces

And lastly, bigger mirrors for telescopes — which are much cooler than they sound.

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Water in the Nazca

2,000 years ago, the Nazca civilization developed an expansive system of underground aqueducts to help irrigate the arid lands of Peru. Their wide distribution and positions near settlements suggest they were part of a sophisticated hydraulic system for retrieving water from aquifers found deep underground. In spite of the harsh desert, there still exists over 30 underground channels in the Nazca region which are used by local farmers.

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