But wait — why do I keep forgetting things?

Photographing A-Bomb Test

Taking pictures of an A-Bomb test.

Here’s a bit of great good news! The human brain – YOUR BRAIN – is constantly producing new neurons – new cells – as it grows older! As a matter of fact, a report from Swedish researchers states that we have those old A-Bomb tests during the cold war to thank for this phenomenon.

Swedish scientists claim that those atomic tests in the ’40s and ’50s sprayed a lot of Carbon-14 into the earth’s atmosphere. And what happened to all that stuff? All that Carbon-14 ended up in human beings (and, most likely, other creatures too!). The important matter, the scientists claim, is that Carbon-14 helps the brain produce more cells than usual.

But wait! The same scientists also state that the rate of production of new cells lag far behind the rate at which brain cells die — and since the new cells live for a very short period of time compared to the old cells, we all eventually begin to lose things or forget an appointment or two. Oh, well  . . .


About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.
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