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iD (Ideas & Discoveries) November 8, 2019

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iD (Ideas & Discoveries) is an intriguing science and technology magazine that delves deep to help readers discover answers to questions about science, nature, psychology, history, current events and more. With captivating photography and design and engaging editorial content, iD will have readers thinking about the world around them in a whole new way.

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United States
Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
6 Issues

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4 min.
reader feedback

questions@ideasanddiscoveries.com www.facebook.com/ideasanddiscoveries ENDURING CHALLENGE I had heard that there was a lot of plastic in the oceans, but I didn’t realize the scope of the problem until I read “An Ocean of Plastic” in the September issue. What an eye-opener! Getting a sense of how exactly the motion of the world’s oceans sweeps huge amounts of plastic trash into gyres is helpful for understanding the plan proposed by Boyan Slat. The fact that he’s already made so much progress on achieving his vision and that he was willing to take on such a huge and daunting problem in the first place really does give me hope for a brighter tomorrow. But in the meantime, what can be done to keep so much plastic from going into the oceans in the first place? Nora Baker,…

3 min.
home to the force

Fierce winds whip through the cracks in the stonework of the ancient church on Skellig Michael. This island off the coast of Ireland is a peculiar place, with archaic architecture that seems to have come from a different world. In the wind’s whistling you can almost hear the walls echoing the strains of the Gregorian chants that the monks must have sung here 1,000 years ago. Sometime in the 12th century they’d abandoned the island and moved to the coastal Augustinian Monastery at Ballinskelligs on the mainland. In the centuries that followed, visitors to Skellig Michael became very rare. But that suddenly changed thanks to an event in the not-so-distant past… The craggy twin-peaked outcrop of Skellig Michael rises from the rough waters of the North Atlantic around 7 miles off…

8 min.
now i lay down to sleep…

From brown bears and black bears to grizzlies, ursine animals are thought of as the quintessential hibernators. But their slumber is actually known as torpor, which is also a state of diminished physical activity characterized by decreased body temperature and metabolic rate meant to conserve energy and heat, but it is not as solid as the sleep of hibernation since the animal can be woken easily. To prepare for their downtime, bears begin consuming more calories as the mercury starts to dip in the late fall, as they’ll be living off this stash for the next few months. They’ll also prepare their dens, some for single occupants and others for mama bears and their cubs, which help their mothers by using their paws to rake leaves inside for bedding material.…

7 min.
what makes me younger? what makes me older?

HOW DOES A SINGLE CELL BECOME A WHOLE PERSON? The human body is an assemblage of some 37 trillion individual cells of around 200 different types. However human development initially begins with just one single cell: a zygote, or fertilized egg. Even before a fertilized egg cell reaches the uterus, it divides for the first time (image), replicating an identical copy of its DNA, which contains chromosomes from the mother and the father. It takes a little more than a day for the first division to occur, with the second division requiring about half that time. When it comes to cells, there are many variable factors, but this much is certain: Without the protective effect of telomeres at the ends of the chromosomes, cells would eventually lose portions of their all-important…

3 min.
interview: understanding aging

Some age researchers say that we could potentially live to be 1,000 years old. What’s your opinion? I wouldn’t go that far. But 100 years is a very realistic goal these days. Today we have excellent treatments for most of the risk factors that can promote aging. The objective of anti-aging medicine is not to achieve eternal youth and beauty, as some might imagine; rather, we want to keep patients energetic and healthy. Anyone whose life expectancy would normally be 80 should be able to gain 15 or 20 years of life—and remain in good shape both physically and mentally. Is there a treatment for old age? My medical colleagues and I are not trying to halt aging. The secret is to grow older but to remain young—and that is not…

4 min.
how can i slow down the aging process?

Does lack of sleep negatively impact my telomeres? SOURCE Scientists have investigated the effects of sleep on our telomeres. In the Whitehall II study conducted in the UK, they found study subjects who slept for five hours or less per night had shorter telomeres than those who slept seven hours or more. EFFECT ON THE BODY Getting at least seven hours of sleep is vital for keeping telomeres long and healthy, especially as you get older. If you get less than that, your telomeres shorten accordingly. In the long term, those who sleep at least seven hours have more stable telomeres—which cuts the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and a weakened immune system. TIPS To make it easier for you to get seven hours of sleep, remove any source of light or sound that may disturb you…