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[io9]We can reverse the aging process in bees’ brains. Could humans be next?

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Bees can become mentally young again with just a few simple alterations to their otherwise fixed routines. Because the brains of bees are surprisingly like our own, this trick could help fight dementia and keep human minds young and flexible. Norwegian researcher Gro Amdam had groups of older bees take part in learning and memory tests. The bees were challenged to associate a particular scent with a particular reward, and then be able to remember that association later on. Most of the older bees were able to make the connection, but more slowly than their younger counterparts, and those bees that had symptoms equivalent to human dementia were unable to make the connection at all, suggesting their short-term memory and ability to learn were both in sharp decline.
Here's where it gets interesting. Bee hives have a fairly strict social structure - the older bees leave the hive to collect food, while the younger bees remain inside and care for larvae.
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sometimes i wish i was born in the next century not to mention the games we would have then

EDIT: of course thi is great but wont be out for years
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Nice to hear, dementia is not a pleasant thing to have to deal with. However I worry about the other side of the coin, people body's breaking down while their minds are young and fresh...if governments here get their way the retirement age goes up and working class will suffer brutally painful final years.
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not good. At this time it would almost be a catastrophe if we were to learn how to prolong the human lifetime considerably.
 
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not good. At this time it would almost be a catastrophe if we were to learn how to prolong the human lifetime considerably.
Yeah imagine immortal dictators claiming godhood.
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not good. At this time it would almost be a catastrophe if we were to learn how to prolong the human lifetime considerably.
Imagine that the scientists who are researching ways to "prolong the human lifetime considerably" are Intel.

The scientists who are researching ways to inhabit other planets (like Mars and other Earth-esque planets in other galaxies) are AMD.

Competition is good.
You feel me?
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Yeah imagine immortal dictators claiming godhood.
i think north korea has one of those.
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Imagine that the scientists who are researching ways to "prolong the human lifetime considerably" are Intel.

The scientists who are researching ways to inhabit other planets (like Mars and other Earth-esque planets in other galaxies) are AMD.

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Unfortunately we're not even remotely close to that (not talking about 1 or two astronauts or something...)
 
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I wonder what they will find a way to increase our life spans...

Cant be that hard
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i think north korea has one of those.
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