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Mount Sinai researchers have found a positive relationship between the brain network associated with working memory, the ability to store and process information relevant to the task at hand and healthy traits such as higher physical endurance and better cognitive function
These traits were associated with greater cohesiveness of the working memory brain network while traits indicating suboptimal cardiovascular and metabolic health, and suboptimal health habits including binge drinking and regular smoking, were associated with less cohesive working memory networks.
This is the first study to establish the link between working memory and physical health and lifestyle choices.
The results of the study will be published online in Molecular Psychiatry.

The research team took brain scans of 823 participants in the Human Connectome Project (HCP) a large brain imaging study funded by the National Institutes of Health, while they performed a task involving working memory, and extracted measures of brain activity and connectivity to create a brain map of working memory.
The team then used a statistical method called sparse canonical correlation to discover the relationships between the working memory brain map and 116 measures of cognitive ability, physical and mental health, personality, and lifestyle choices.
They found that cohesiveness in the working memory brain map was positively associated with higher physical endurance and better cognitive function. Physical traits such as high body mass index, and suboptimal lifestyle choices including binge alcohol drinking and regular smoking, had the opposite association.

Working memory accounts for individual differences in personal, educational, and professional attainment said Sophia Frangou MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Working memory is also one of the brain functions that is severely affected by physical and mental illnesses. Our study identified factors that can either support or undermine the working memory brain network. Our findings can empower people to make informed choices about how best to promote and preserve brain health.

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Hours after US president Donald Trump declared yesterday that the US would move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, US allies from Malaysia to Indonesia to France to Britain, condemned the move.
The unpopular decision reverses decades of American policy in the Middle East. Americans in Turkey, Germany, and through the region were warned by local US embassies to be cautious after the decision, and American children in Jordon told not to go to school. At least 22 were wounded during protests in Gaza and the West Bank, and militant group Hamas called Trump’s announcement a “declaration of war.
The decision is not popular at home, either. Trump’s own Department of Defense and Secretary of State tried to talk him out of it, according to multiple reports. Just 16% of Jewish-Americans favor unilaterally moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claims as their capital, according to a survey of “American Jewish Opinion” taken in September. Overall, 63% of Americans oppose the move.
Trump’s decision is a “profound mistake,” Jeremy Ben-Ami the president of J-Street, a “pro-peace, pro-Israel” lobbying group in Washington DC said Wednesday, echoing the words of French president Emmanuel Macron and many others.

So how did it happen? Trump’s decision is the latest example of how special interest groups, rather than US voters or long-term American diplomatic goals, can drive policy. Analysts say wealthy donors, influential lobby groups, and a far-right Christian fringe put pressure on a president eager to show he’s fulfilling his campaign promises.
A White House spokesman didn’t respond to questions about Trump’s rationale for making the move.
Donors Sheldon Adelson and Miriam Ochsorn
Just as deep-pocketed donors to the Republican party had a huge impact on the hastily-written tax reform bill that’s now being reconciled in Congress, they have put direct pressure on the US president to change US policy in Israel.
Most prominent are casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochsorn the largest individual Republican donors in 2016, who coughed up $83 million. Adelson failed to back Trump initially in the Republican race, but made an abrupt about-face during the primary, earning the couple a seat at Trump’s inauguration.
Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has long been one of the couple’s goals,one that is particularly important for Ochsorn, some say, who was born in British-ruled Palestine.
There’s a theory that Miriam is the real driver on a lot of these issues said Michael Green a history professor at the University of Nevada. She may be the one that “really has a greater ideological commitment” than her husband. Thanks to their donations, both Adelson and Ochsorn can “pick up the phone and call the White House,” Green said.
Adelson was waiting patiently for action on the move, a spokesman told Politico in April, but was “furious” in May, Axios reported, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed caution about relocation and said the president wanted to be careful not to impact the peace process.
In a sign of their displeasure, Adelson and Ochsorn so far haven’t donated enough to even crack the top 50 donors in the 2018 midterm races.
The couple had a private dinner at the White House on October 2, where they discussed the Las Vegas shooting the day before, but also pushed Trump on relocating the embassy, the New York Times reported. Adelson’s spokesman didn’t return requests for comment.

Pro-Israel lobbying groups and think tanks
The powerful pro-Israel lobby has spent tens of millions of dollars in the United States in recent years, hoping to influence Congress and the executive branch. Spooked by concerns that former president Barack Obama would be less supportive of Israel, donations by individuals and political action committees jumped in 2008, his first year in office. They hit a record of nearly $20 million in 2016.
The lobbying has been dominated for years by hard-line voices that don’t reflect how most American Jews think about Israel and Palestine, says J-Street’s chief of staff Daniel Kalik.
In part in deference to these groups, and over the opposition of then-president Bill Clinton, Congress voted in 1995 to move the US embassy by 1999, but included a caveat that would allow any president to delay the move indefinitely for security reasons.
Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem is pretty outside the mainstream in terms of a policy decision said Kalik. It is certainly not designed to get votes from American Jews, he notes, who make up just 2.6% of the US population and for the most part, are progressive Democratic voters.
In recent years, US political candidates have tried to beat their competitors by seeing who could be more “pro-Israel” in the mold of these lobbies, in the hopes that it will give them more support financially and otherwise, Kalik said. The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee spends millions every year on lobbying:
AIPAC’s command over US politicians was evident last March, when presidential candidates Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton all spoke in person at AIPAC’s annual convention; Bernie Sanders recorded a video address for the event.
Sanders, the only Jewish candidate, offered some rare criticism of the lobby’s policies, saying, “When we talk about Israel and Palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of suffering among Palestinians and that cannot be ignored.” Peace, he said, would require compromise from “both sides.”
John Bolton may also have played a role in Trump’s decision. The former US ambassador to the United Nations and one-time advisor to Trump is on the board of directors of the Jewish Institute of National Security of America, an anti-Iran, pro-Israel think tank.
Bolton complained in late August that he was being shut out of White House discussions, after General John Kelly took over as Trump’s chief of staff. But Trump’s rationale on Dec. 5 for moving the US embassy seemed to come right from Bolton’s mouth.
After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians Trump said, then listed the reasons why Jerusalem was the obvious capital of Israel, including that fact that is it home to Israel’s parliament. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.
Bolton made almost exactly the same arguments in a hearing to a Congressional committee last month. If the Middle East peace process is such a delicate snowflake that the location of the US Embassy in Israel could melt it, one has to doubt how viable it is to begin with Bolton said.
Bolton was spotted at the White House today. He was there “because he is a friend of the president,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The Christian radical right
While pro-Israel lobbyists may have provided serious financial incentive, Trump’s support among Christian evangelicals, who voted overwhelmingly for him in the presidential election, provided additional pressure.
Most Americans, about 71%, identify as Christian, but only one-third of those call themselves “evangelical,” and evangelicals are divided on Jerusalem’s importance.
Some Christian evangelicals interpret the Old Testament’s description of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 1,000 years before Christ as the sign of what is to come as "Gary M. Burge* explains in the Atlantic. They “believe that promoting the importance of Jerusalem is one more building block in the fulfillment of prophecies that sets the stage for the Second Coming of Christ,” he writes.
Christian evangelicals put pressure on Trump to make the call, as the Wall Street Journal reports, and some rejoiced after the decision.
In the Six Day War Jews finally took sovereignty over Jerusalem, and it’s absolutely crucial in terms of biblical prophecy that they maintain control over that televangelist Pat Roberstson said Dec. 5, celebrating Trump’s decision.
Rene Omokri founder of California’s “Mind of Christ Christian Center,” said he was now willing to die for Trump.
Trump didn’t provide any specifics about how soon the move would be made. But, as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out today, by making the decision, Trump had already “made history.”

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Amazon, the online retail giant, is in the midst of running its own hunger games. The contestants are 238 cities and regions across North America. The prize is being chosen as the site for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2), which promises to employ upwards of 50,000 people. These cities are locked in a fierce battle to outbid each other and they’ll do anything, give anything, to be chosen.
In an era of brutal austerity, cities are hollowed out and hoping for a savior. Since the tech sector is flush with cash, by showing up and saying the magic words, growth, jobs, investment, innovation, city leaders bend to their will. Amazon’s HQ2 competition is the latest egregious example of a techno-capitalist regime that’s bewitching cities around the world.

While only about 30 of the proposals are publicly available so far, they paint a troubling picture of cities clamoring to sell their soul to Amazon.
As the Seattle Times reports, the amount of money, perks and power that cities are ready to give away to Amazon is absolutely galling. It goes way beyond just standard subsidies and tax breaks.
New Jersey has offered $7bn in incentives to Amazon if they build HQ2 in Newark. Whereas, in a proposal that sounds like it should be illegal, Chicago’s bid would force employees of HQ2 to pay part of their salary back to Amazon as “income tax”. That is, HQ2 employees would still have income tax deducted, but instead of going to the government, to fund things like public services and infrastructure, it would be given to Amazon. This is a case where taxation is actually (wage) theft.
In a similar vein of outrageous offerings, Fresno, California, has proposed the creation of an Amazon Community Fund, innocuous name, insidious plan. For 100 years, 85% of all taxes collected from Amazon would be put into an account jointly controlled by city leaders and Amazon executives. The taxes would be spent to support HQ2 and Fresno promises to promote Amazon’s role as benefactor for any project paid for by the “community fund” (AKA public dollars).

It’s alarming that so many proposals are essentially treating Amazon as a sovereign, whether that’s collecting taxes for the company or allowing it to control tax spending. Amazon, and by extension the 100-billion-dollar man founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, will be crowned king of whatever city it decides to grace with the HQ2.
Writing in N+1 Magazine, Nikil Saval shows how the HQ2 competition is not just an exciting project for cities, rather it is a melancholic plea for revitalization: All cities were forced to realize their basic inadequacy: that ultimately, all their tireless work to cultivate their urbanity amounted to nothing if they did not have Amazon.
If only the hunger games brought to you by Amazon was a one-off spectacle, rather than just another in a series of warning signs that we’re all on a bleak trajectory. Frankly, the future of our cities looks grim: Amazon lords over desperate cities, while Google owns entire urban districts, Bill Gates builds his own smart city, and Uber privatizes city services.
These are not discrete events. They are manifestations of an overarching agenda: the techno-capitalist takeover of cities. While corporate promises of high-paying jobs and investments in city infrastructure tantalize politicians, the immediate effects of this agenda will be paid by ordinary citizens through rising taxes, increased housing costs, and selling off public goods.

Cities represent the frontier of value extraction for tech corporations, as they are full of public services to “disrupt”, government coffers to raid, and people to exploit. While American cities are no stranger to privatization, the entrance of tech giants into urban development portends a long-term reorganization of local power based on proprietary platforms, data harvesting, managerial control. All of which reshapes cities into profit-generating machines for techno-capitalists.
At the heart of this techno-capitalist agenda is a reimagination of what it will mean to live in the city: how we will access goods and services (Amazon!), how we will move about (Uber!), how we will afford housing (Airbnb!), how we will be governed (Google!), and how we will be recognized as citizens with rights, if at all? The rise of “smart cities” represents a grand experiment in what it will mean to live in and through powerful, data-driven, networked systems.
This might not sound so bad, if you are privileged enough to enjoy the modest conveniences and capabilities that smart tech provides. For many who lack that position in society, however, this vision of the city looks like unaccessible services, unaffordable rents, unmitigated power, and undemocratic politics.
Amazon has said it will make its final decision about where to locate HQ2 in 2018. Wherever it moves, it will mold the urban landscape to feed its hunger for profit and power. That same hunger drives the techno-capitalist takeover.
We cannot be so tempted by promises of prosperity and progress that we miss the pernicious agenda at work. The future of our cities is at stake.

Jathan Sadowski is a postdoctoral research fellow in smart cities at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Karen Gregory is a lecturer in digital sociology at the University of Edinburgh

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Scientists have wondered whether somatic (non-inherited) mutations play a role in aging and brain degeneration, but until recently there was no good technology to test this idea.
A study published online today in Science, led by researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, used whole-genome sequencing of individual neurons and found strong evidence that brain mutations accumulate as we age. They also found that mutations accumulate at a higher rate in people with genetic premature aging disorders causing early brain degeneration.
It's been an age-old question as to whether DNA mutations can accumulate in neurons, which usually don't divide, and whether they are responsible for the loss of function that the brain undergoes as we get older says Christopher A. Walsh MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children's and co-senior author on the paper.
It hasn't been possible to answer this question before, because we couldn't sequence the genome of a single cell, and each mutation accumulated is unique to each cell.

Testing neurons one by one
The research team tested DNA from 161 single neurons, taken from postmortem samples from the NIH NeuroBioBank.
They came from 15 neurologically normal people of different ages (4 months to 82 years) and nine people with one of two accelerated aging and early-onset neurodegenerative disorders: Cockayne syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum.
Using the latest experimental and data analysis techniques, the team was able to detect mutations as small as single-letter changes in each neuron's genetic code. Each cell had to have its genome amplified, by generating a multitude of copies, before its DNA sequence could be determined, and a large amount of data had to be analyzed.
Because many experimental artifacts arise during the single-cell experiments, a new computational method that can distinguish true mutations from the experimental noise was critical to the success of the project says Peter J. Park PhD, of Harvard Medical School's Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), the paper's other co-senior author.
The neurons tested came from two areas of the brain implicated in age-related cognitive decline: the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain most highly developed in humans) and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus (a focal point in age-related degenerative conditions like Alzheimer's).
In neurons from neurologically normal people, the number of genetic mutations increased with age in both brain areas.
However, mutations accumulated at a higher rate in the dentate gyrus. The researchers think this may be because the neurons have the ability to divide, unlike their counterparts in the prefrontal cortex.
In neurons from people with Cockayne syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum, there was an increase in mutations in the prefrontal cortex over time—more than two-fold compared to the normal rate. Additionally, the researchers found that the portions of the genome that neurons used the most accumulated mutations at the highest rate, with help from collaborators at WuXi NextCODE.

The aging genome
The researchers coined the term genosenium, combining the concepts of genome and senescence, senility, to capture the idea of gradual and inevitable accumulation of mutations contributing to brain aging.
The mutations themselves fell into three categories.
We were able to take all the mutations we found and use mathematical techniques to deconstruct them into different types of DNA changes says Michael Lodato PhD, one of six co-first authors on the paper. It's like hearing an orchestra and teasing out the different instruments.
One category of "clocklike" mutations was strictly aging-related, accumulating like clockwork in both brain areas, and independent of disease status. Another type did not correlate with age, except in the dentate gyrus, where mutation numbers in dividing neurons did increase over time.
A parallel with cancer?
The third type was associated with oxidative damage to DNA and faulty DNA repair; it increased with age and was seen in high numbers in Cockayne syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum neurons, and to a lesser extent in normal neurons.
This last finding convinced me I need more anti-oxidants quips Walsh, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Bullard Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Overall, it raises a question as to whether neurodegenerative diseases are like cancer, relating ultimately to DNA mutation.
The researchers are now turning their sights on other neurodegenerative disorders.
The technology we used can be applied to any degenerative disease of the brain says Walsh.

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