alzheimer's

How Dementia Works

The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to explode in the coming decades and, in a pleasant surprise, countries around the world are taking steps to plan for the increase in friendly, caring ways.

Is there a disease that kills by preventing sleep?

The strange disease of fatal familial insomnia was first recorded in the 18th century. Its victims lose their ability to sleep, slip into coma and die. The more we understand about FFI, the more mysterious it becomes.

How Stem Cells Work

Since scientists realized there is a type of cell that can grow into any other type, they have worked to use them to heal human conditions like Parkinson's and immune disorders. But because stem cells often come from embryos they remain controversial.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of material. Here are links to the best of the bunch. Enjoy them with our compliments.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

Coca-Cola's BPA Cans: Where Urban Legends and Scientific Fact Collide

Over the last 120-plus years, Coca-Cola has become a master at ignoring or downplaying rumors about its product. Coke comes in handy for removing rust from old nuts and bolts (it does). The original formula for Coke included cocaine (it did). Coca-Cola makes an effective post coital contraceptive (it does not). Coke's ad team invented the modern image of Santa Claus (they did). "Coca-Cola" translated into Chinese can mean "bite the wax tadpole" (that is true). So many urban legends have emerged based on Coke that collectively they create a unique category called Cokelore. The cans that Coke arrives in have their own legends as well. Back in the 80s, it was the aluminum used in the cans that were in question; the metal was rumored to be giving everyone Alzheimer's.