Drone shots of flooding in northeast Spain

Stress makes life’s clock tick faster, new study finds

Scientists in recent years have developed ways to measure biological age by tracking chemical changes in DNA that occur naturally as people age but occur at different times in different people. These so-called “epigenetic clocks” have proved to be better predictors of lifespan and health than chronological age.

In a new study, Yale researchers used one such clock, appropriately named “GrimAge,” to ask two questions: How much does chronic stress accelerate that biological clock? And are there ways to slow it down and extend a healthy lifespan?

According to their findings, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, stress does indeed make life’s clock tick faster — but that individuals can help manage the effects by strengthening their emotion regulation and self-control…READ ON

A map showing land surface temperature anomalies at the Arctic Circle from 19 March to 20 June 2020.
A Siberian town recorded an Arctic heat record of 38 degrees Celsius last year

Drone shots of flooding in northeast Spain

Aerial footage showed the extent of the flooding in northern Spain on Sunday as streets in the medieval city of Tudela were left submerged after the Ebro river burst its banks.

The combination of a heavy, days long storm and thawing snow brought a surge in the Ebro and its tributaries, Spanish meteorological services said.

The river’s flow rate doubled from Friday to Sunday and surpassed the rate that in 2015 caused widespread flooding in the region, authorities said.

Emergency services said they retrieved the body of a 61-year-old man from inside the cab of his submerged van in a river in the Navarra region.

The man was reported missing on Friday and his vehicle was spotted the following day, but the fast-flowing river made a rescue operation impossible, officials said…READ ON

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