The Best Strategy to Combat Aging

Opinion Deepak Chopra, Special to SFGate Updated 2:35 pm, Friday, February 16, 2018 READ ANOTHER OPINION A reminder of just how wrong Trump apologists were Republicans demonstrate they aren't up to the task of... What authoritarians do: Attack the apolitical administration... McCabe's firing shows yet again how readily Trump incriminates... By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD When people think about growing old, they blame the passage of time - the years roll by, and the body stops looking younger year by year. But the latest science disputes this view. A person ages because the cells in their body age, and cells live only in the present. This is one reason memory remains such a mystery. Brain cells function through electrochemical activity that occurs the instant a chemical reaction or electrical impulse is able to occur. There are no pauses to think about reacting; if the potential is there, the action must follow. Whatever a brain cell does, it can’t go back to the past. So how do we seem to go back into the past when we remember a childhood birthday party or our first kiss? No one knows, but when the answer is found, it won’t involve time travel, either forward or backward. If you expand this to every cell in the body, they too must function instantly in the present moment when any two molecules interact. So the problem of aging can be stated as the gap between how a cell lives and how a person lives. As people, we repeat the past, get stuck in old habits, cling to stubborn beliefs, fear the future, and in general occupy mental states that are not in the now. If you can return to the now, you close the gap between your life and the life of your cells, and by doing this, you can prevent aging or even reverse it. Aging isn’t one thing but a complex of possibilities. Which possibilities get triggered is infinitely complicated, but no one has ever shown that any symptoms of aging must occur. Even though we can all Continue Reading

Exclusive: The Silicon Valley quest to preserve Stephen Hawking’s voice

Eric Dorsey, a 62-year-old engineer in Palo Alto, was watching TV Tuesday night when he started getting texts that Stephen Hawking had died. He turned on the news and saw clips of the famed physicist speaking in his iconic android voice — the voice that Dorsey had spent so much time as a young man helping to create, and then, much later, to save from destruction. Dorsey and Hawking had first met nearly 30 years earlier to the day. In March 1988, Hawking was visiting UC Berkeley during a three-week lecture tour. At 46, Hawking was already famous for his discoveries about quantum physics and black holes, but not as famous as he was about to be. His best-seller, “A Brief History of Time,” was a week away from release, and Californians were curious about this British professor from the University of Cambridge, packing the seats of his public talks, approaching him at meals. Hawking motored into buildings and onto stages in a wheelchair with a seat of maroon sheepskin, zooming around with the nudge of a joystick, grinning as he left journalists and his nurses in the dust. When he spoke, it was in the voice of a robot, a voice that emerged from a gray box fixed to the back of his chair. The voice synthesizer, a commercial product known as the CallText 5010, was a novelty then, not yet a part of his identity; he’d begun using it just three years before, after the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis stole his ability to speak. Hawking selected bits of text on a video screen by moving his cheek, and the CallText turned the text into speech. At the start of one lecture, Hawking joked about it: “The only problem,” he said, to big laughs, “is that it gives me an American accent.” Dorsey was with Hawking for part of that trip, tagging along as a sort of authority on the voice, explaining its workings to journalists. He worked at the Mountain View company that manufactured the CallText 5010, a hardware board with two Continue Reading

Literary guide, March 18

San Francisco Chronicle Published 8:01 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Sunday Black Candies: The Eighties An evening of literary horror readings. 7:30 p.m. Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan “Go Home!” 5 p.m. City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F. Peter Carey “A Long Way From Home.” 7:30 p.m. The Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F. Recommended Video: Now Playing: On January 13, Susan Nicholson filmed this amazing mass congregation of birds in Timoleague, Ireland.“We have been watching this murmuration since early December. Numbers have been increasing and are probably at their maximum now. The peregrine falcon visits most evenings and, sometimes, a sparrow-hawk lies waiting in the woods where they eventually go to roost,” Susan added.Summing up this amazing sight, Susan told Storyful, “(This is) A great spectacle. Nature at its best along the Wild Atlantic Way in West Cork.” Credit: Susan Nicholson via Storyful Media: Storyful Susan Dambroff “Conversations With Trees.” 2 p.m. Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F. Kassidat Spoken word and music with Brother Spellbinder, Timecat, Bloodflower. 4 p.m. Adobe Books, 3130 24th St., S.F. Poetry Flash: So Many Voices James Downs, Gail Entrekein, Charles Entrekin, Joseph Milosch, Leroy F. Moore, Patricia Nelson, Chris Olander, Kim Shuck, Joseph Zaccardi. 3 p.m. East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Philip Tessier, Roland Passot “Chasing Bocuse.” 6:30 p.m. $350. La Folie, 2316 Polk St., S.F. Peter Wohlleben “The Inner Life of Animals.” 6:30 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F. Monday Jesse DeNatale, Pia Hinckle, Jack Hirschman, Peggy Knickerbocker, Stacey Lewis, Lyle Tuttle, V. Vale Continue Reading

‘Girl With No Job’ stars canned after stories about controversial mother Pamela Geller, past tweets surface

close Video 'Girl With No Job' stars fired for controversial tweets Claudia, Jackie, Olivia and Margo Oshry, the millennial stars behind the online Oath talk show 'The Morning Breath' and Instagram sensation 'Girl With No Job' have been fired and they believe its because their mother, Pamela Geller, is a conservative pundit and Trump supporter. The millennial masterminds behind the online Oath talk show "The Morning Breath" and Instagram sensation "Girl With No Job" have been fired, and some are speculating it's because their mother is a conservative pundit, while others are citing the sisters' past anti-Obama tweets that have recently resurfaced. An item in the liberal Daily Beast on Wednesday claimed sisters Claudia, Jackie, Olivia and Margo Oshry went to "great lengths" to hide from their combined 3.3 million Instagram followers the fact that their mother is right-wing provocateur and Trump supporter Pamela Geller. "The Instagram-famous family have gone to great lengths to conceal the identity of their Islamophobic mother," the publication writes. "[Their mother is an] anti-Islam activist, hate-monger, and diehard Trump supporter." The article also unearthed some tweets from 2015 in which Claudia tweeted, "Listening to Obama talk about ISIS is like listening to me talk about quantum physics," and sister Jackie wrote, "Hi @POTUS, Can you reimburse me for all the cabs I’m taking bc your piece of s--- plan to defeat ISIS makes me scared to take the subway? [Thank you]." Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative's Houston-based founder, speaks during an interview in New York May 28, 2015.  (Reuters) An Oath rep issued the following statement to Fox News: "'The Morning Breath,' an Oath social media show, is being canceled immediately and we have launched an internal investigation and will take other appropriate steps based on the results of the investigation." Oath did not return Fox News' follow up Continue Reading

ICYMI: Campus Spotlight: Internship takes Ivy Tech student to the White House to work for President Trump

Internship takes Ivy Tech student to the White House to work for President Trump VALPARAISO — Every day, President Donald Trump receives thousands of pieces of mail and emails from around the U.S. and the world. Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso student Emily Mueller’s recent White House internship gave her an opportunity to help read and categorize that mail.Mueller, who is majoring in business administration, worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence from Sept. 6 through Dec. 6, in Washington, D.C.“It’s probably one of the best places to be an intern because you can see the opinions and viewpoints of the American people,” Mueller said.“You see a lot of interesting things, sometimes even shed a tear. Every piece of mail and email is different. You never know what you’re going to get.”She explained that staff and interns provide "first eyes" for all correspondence addressed to the president. “We read it to be sure it’s nothing threatening," she said.Once the letters and emails are read, they are separated into “hundreds of categories,” and a team of writers responds to the correspondence, Mueller said.The mail she read ranged from grade-school students writing as part of a class assignment, to correspondence from senior citizens. “The little kids would write saying, ‘Hey, we have to write this,’” she said.Much of the correspondence addressed to Trump this past fall concerned opinions about health care, she said, adding that this was one of the “hot button” topics the Office of Presidential Correspondence staff tracks.“There were very heart-warming letters,” Mueller said. “There are wow letters. The staff said this is just what the president needs to see.”One of those letters came from a veteran who was shot in the line of duty.“He underwent surgery that lasted 12 hours. As soon as he stood up after the surgery, he Continue Reading

We’re sisters from different planets, but our bond won’t quit

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Linda Yellin January 05, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. My sister’s evolution into Orthodox Judaism was gradual. First she refused to eat hamburgers in non-kosher restaurants; next, no turning on lights on the Sabbath. From there, she was just a hop, skip, and a wig away from marrying a man she met at the college Hillel organization. We’re the kind of sisters who make other people say, “You two are sisters?” The question doesn’t arise often. We grew up in Chicago. I moved to New York. Janis has lived in Massachusetts all of her adult life. She recently spent a day with me while she was between buses while heading home from a wedding in Monsey, New York. Over lunch in a kosher restaurant, I told her about my neighborhood and how Riverside Park is a popular place for dead bodies to turn up on Law & Order. Advertisement “I don’t watch Law & Order,” she said. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “You’re kidding?” I didn’t think it was possible to avoid Law & Order.“I like Star Trek.”Who knew my sister was a Trekkie?I asked Janis about her friends. I realized that I didn’t know anything about them. Advertisement “My best friends?” She chewed on her lip, an old childhood habit. “My husband,” she said. “My children.” She smiled at me. “And you.” But I hardly see you, I wanted to say. We only talk a handful of times a year. But then I remembered that my sister knows how to maintain a strong emotional connection even without a physical presence.She talked about the babies she works with as Continue Reading

Jim Simons, the Numbers King

Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. A visit to a scientific-research center usually begins at a star professor’s laboratory that is abuzz with a dozen postdocs collaborating on various experiments. But when I recently toured the Flatiron Institute, which formally opened in September, in lower Manhattan, I was taken straight to a computer room. The only sound came from a susurrating climate-control system. I was surrounded by rows of black metal cages outfitted, from floor to ceiling, with black metal shelves filled with black server nodes: boxes with small, twinkling lights and protruding multicolored wires. Tags dangled from some of the wires, notes that the tech staff had written to themselves. I realized that I’d seen a facility like this only in movies. Nick Carriero, one of the directors of what the institute calls its “scientific-computing core,” walked me around the space. He pointed to a cage with empty shelves. “We’re waiting for the quantum-physics people to start showing up,” he said. The Flatiron Institute, which is in an eleven-story fin-de-siècle building on the corner of Twenty-first Street and Fifth Avenue, is devoted exclusively to computational science—the development and application of algorithms to analyze enormous caches of scientific data. In recent decades, university researchers have become adept at collecting digital information: trillions of base pairs from sequenced human genomes; light measurements from billions of stars. But, because few of these scientists are professional coders, they have often analyzed their hauls with jury-rigged code that has been farmed out to graduate students. The institute’s aim is to help provide top researchers across the scientific spectrum with bespoke algorithms that can detect even the faintest tune in the digital cacophony. I first visited the Flatiron Institute in June. Although the Continue Reading

Child prodigy Carson Huey-You starts freshman year at Texas Christian University

At the tender age of 11, Carson Huey-You likes video games, movies, wrestling with his younger brother - and quantum physics. He's a pint-sized prodigy who just started his freshman year at Texas Christian University. He's the youngest college undergrad in the school's history. "It's very exciting," the smiling youngster told NBC 5 News in Dallas-Fort Worth. His feet barely touched the ground when he played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" on the piano during his admissions interview. He was only 10 when he applied, leading to some interesting challenges. "He was completely off the grid when it came to even the most basic of things, like completing an application or completing a financial aid form," Dean of Admissions Ray Brown told NBC 5. "Because of his date of birth, those forms would not accept his application." He's now taking a full course load that includes physics, calculus, history and religion. His mom Claretta attends class with him. "It's fun because it's basically just like high school, but in a big campus…with a lot more people," Carson told CBS 11 News. He scored a 1770 on his SAT, was co-valedictorian of his high school senior class and speaks Mandarin Chinese, TCU's student newspaper reported. Him mom told the paper he was reading chapter books at age 2 and could multiply and divide a year later. Dad Andre Huey-You, a former pilot, said he was "not pushing" Carson to try college so early, rather he was trying to "hold on" to his exceptionally gifted son. It was Carson's choice, he said, and the family took pains to find the school that fit him best. Carson hopes to graduate with a Ph.D before he's 20 and claims calculus relaxes him. "Whenever you are like 'Oh, that makes sense now!' Just kind of after going at it, going at it, it's just kind of like that one moment of thought," he explained to CBS 11. Continue Reading

School teacher told future Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon becoming a scientist was a ‘ridiculous’ idea

LONDON — Teacher knows best? That doesn't appear to be the case for one teacher who called a future Nobel Prize winner's dreams of becoming a scientist "quite ridiculous" in a scathing report card. John Gurdon's future success was almost nipped in the bud in 1949 when a schoolmaster at elite Eton College wrote on his report card that pursuing science would be a waste of time. "His work has been far from satisfactory," the teacher wrote. "If he can't learn simple biological facts he would have no chance of doing the work of a specialist, and it would be sheer waste of time, both on his part, and of those who have to teach him." BEFORE: NOBEL PRIZE GOES TO FRENCH-AMERICAN DUO FOR QUANTUM PHYSICS The teacher said that the teenage Gurdon had gotten into trouble several times and didn't listen. John Gurdon/ASSOCIATED PRESS In this undated photograph taken by Nobel prize winner Sir John Gurdon, his Eton College Summer 1949 report card indicates he was at the bottom of his class at the time. Gurdon went on to study Zoology at Cambridge and won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine which he shared with Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka. The scientific community could argue it's a good thing he didn't. After starting out studying classics at Oxford, Gurdon switched to zoology. In 1962, he showed that the DNA from specialized cells of frogs, like skin or intestinal cells, could be used to generate new tadpoles - a breakthrough rewarded Monday with the Nobel Prize for Medicine, which he shared with Japan's Shinya Yamanaka. SEE ALSO: NOBEL PRIZE GOES TO BRITISH RESEARCHER, JAPANESE SCIENTIST FOR STEM CELL WORK Scientists are trying to build on the work of Gurdon and Yamanaka to create replacement tissues for treating diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tyler Hansbrough hopes to lead North Carolina back to old heights

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The new $3.4 million, 8,000-square foot University of North Carolina basketball museum on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center, down the block from the Smith Center, has become a blue heaven for Tar Heel fans. It chronicles the history of this storied program with 450 authentic artifacts, hundreds of photographs and interactive video presentations highlighting the coaches and players from the Tar Heels' four NCAA Tournament championships, 16 Final Four appearances and 16 ACC titles.COLLEGE HOOPS PREVIEW: DICK WEISS' TOP 25Just beyond the front door is a replica of the Dean Dome court and a tribute to the famous shots, including Michael Jordan's game-winning jumper against Georgetown in the 1982 national championship game, Walter Davis' 35-footer at the buzzer that completed the furious eight-point rally in the final 17 seconds of regulation against Duke that led to a 96-92 victory in 1974 and Joe Quigg's free throws in the final six seconds that gave the Tar Heels a triple overtime victory over Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain in the 1957 championship game. Each is marked by a set of footprints on the floor.Cases and kiosks pay homage to legends Dean Smith, and Jordan, great point guards, shooters and post players and Carolina's influence on the international scene. There are video screens showing Tar Heel highlights, audio calls of great finishes, a draft board on the wall that highlights each of Carolina's first-round draft picks.A March Madness room features the game balls and trophies from the Tar Heels' national championships. Space has been reserved for four more national championship trophies.Tyler Hansbrough will eventually have a place of honor here after his number is officially retired to the rafters of the Smith Center.The Tar Heels' relentless 6-9 senior power forward breaks the mold as a college player. He is a three-time All-American and collected all 11 major National Player of the Year awards his junior season. Once Continue Reading