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October 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.



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Probiotic bacteria may aid against anxiety and memory loss (RawStory)

…Those who took the bug-bearing capsules for a month reported less stress and anxiety, and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the morning, than when they took a placebo instead. Those on probiotics also fared better on memory tests …

The flying fanatic who helped babies breathe (BBC)

How flying high helped inventor create breathing machine

Practising Music Improves The Symmetry Of Your Brain (IFL Science)

A new study in PLOS ONE confirms that music, if we make it our profession, actually rewires the circuitry of our brains.

Dance, Sing, Just 'Keep Moving,' Dick Van Dyke Tells Seniors (NPR)

As he approaches his 90th birthday, the energetic, award-winning actor shares his tips on how to enjoy aging — and has a new book to prove it. It's all about attitude and staying active, he says.  



What ancient rocks reveal about Earth's inner core (CS Monitor)

New data suggests that the Earth's inner core formed between 1 and 1.5 billion years ago.

Sunpreme: The Grape That Could Revolutionize The Raisin Industry (NPR)

Harvesting grapes usually takes thousands of workers. But a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could dramatically cut down on the need for labor.

Inside NASA's three-phase plan to put humans on Mars (CS Monitor)

NASA's plan to put boots on the Red Planet sometime in the 2030s will first require honing humanity's spaceflight expertise in the proving ground between Earth and the moon. 

The robot 'you can't escape' (BBC)

The four-wheel drive vehicle programmed to follow anything

Tesla's Elon Musk: cars, design and those falcon doors (Marketplace)

Elon Musk is a busy man. Last year, his rocket company, SpaceX, was awarded billions of dollars in contracts to help take astronauts into space. His electric car company, Tesla, just released a new model aimed at the SUV market. And, oh yeah, he’s determined to get humans to Mars.




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