Those who place a high level of importance on spirituality and religion were found to have thicker cortices in the areas normally associated with thinning in people at risk, than those who did not
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Friday 12 August 2011
The release of this documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire) in the same week as Rise of the Planet of the Apes is wittily timed. It too speaks of caged primates, though its judgement on their captors is far more disturbing.
Monday 25 April 2011
It is the most elusive subatomic particle in the universe and its discovery could revolutionise nuclear physics.
Friday 22 April 2011
The ozone "hole" over Antarctica could be increasing the amount of rainfall as far away as the subtropical regions of the southern hemisphere, according to a study that highlights the global nature of climate changes.
Tuesday 03 August 2010
Friday 25 June 2010
Pregnant muslim women who fast during Ramadan are likely to have smaller babies who will be more prone to learning disabilities in adulthood, according to new research.
Wednesday 31 March 2010
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy turned up the heat on her first trip to Washington as France's first lady, visiting a school in a poor neighbourhood and lunching at Ben's Chili Bowl.
Monday 31 August 2009
Friday 24 July 2009
The Jiminy Cricket lookalike who pops up on virtually a daily basis to explain America for the BBC is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. Schama talks – and writes – a blue streak.
Friday 12 June 2009
If many bibliophiles will share Alberto Manguel's assertion that the acquisition and ordering of his library has "kept me sane", they will also agree with his "fascinated horror" at how "night after night shelves... would fill up, apparently on their own". Manguel's testament to the library will be received with joy by any reader dismayed at the digitised domination of the world.
Friday 27 March 2009
Plans for 'Kill Your Darlings', an indie ensemble movie about the birth of the Beat Generation of writers which included Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs are taking shape. Ben Whishaw of 'Brideshead Revisited' has signed to star as Lucien Carr, the Columbia University undergraduate who brought together a circle of writers who went on to be dubbed the Beat generation.
<a href="http://stephenfoley.independentminds.livejournal.com/1524.html">Stephen Foley: Stiglitz advice to Obama - Direct cash to the states</a>
Thursday 22 January 2009
Just had a fascinating conversation with Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University’s Nobel prize-winning economist, who doesn’t sound at all like someone who thinks that sterling is doomed to collapse against the dollar. If anything, he thinks the severity of the crisis in the US financial system is being masked by the fact that the Federal Reserve is the main bail-out engine, rather than the government itself, with its more easily-measurable debt.
Thursday 01 January 2009
Raised blood sugar levels may be to blame for memory lapses that commonly occur with increasing age, according to a study by Columbia University Medical Centre in New York.
Friday 01 August 2008
Scientists have succeeded in transforming skin cells from two sisters with motor neurone disease into the same kind of nerve cells being destroyed by their illness, raising the possibility that the new cells can be transplanted back into them to offset the degenerative condition.
Thursday 07 February 2008
Thousands of people could regain the use of paralysed limbs thanks to a pioneering technique, scientists claim.
Thursday 24 January 2008
The gloom and uncertainty pervading the world's financial markets was fully reflected in the sombre, nervous mood during the opening sessions of the World Economic Forum in Davos. For the first time since its post-9/11 meeting in 2002, the bears are in the ascendant.
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 4 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 5 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan