Are Limited Lifespans An Evolutionary Adaptation?

Since the time of Darwin, evolutionary biologists have wondered why the lifespans of different species vary so significantly. A new model now suggests that the life expectancy of any given species is a function of evolutionary pressures — a conclusion that hints at the potential for powerful anti-aging interventions… » 6/12/15 1:00pm 6/12/15 1:00pm

Here is How Your Smartphone Is Truly Aging You (It's Not "Tech Neck")

Another day, another mention of how staring at your smartphone is slowly withering you into an unrecognizable pile of sallow, sagging flesh. But I can assure you that "tech neck" is not the only smartphone-induced culprit of rapid aging. It's not just the phone that's going to send you to an early grave, but what's in… » 3/15/15 3:12pm 3/15/15 3:12pm

A Cool New Theory Explains Why Red Wine Is So Damned Good For You

The antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red wine and other foods like nuts and soy, is known for its ability to decrease incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, leading some to call it the "elixir of youth." Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute now have an explanation for how it works. » 12/23/14 12:20pm 12/23/14 12:20pm

How Back to the Future II's "old" make-up compares to actual aging

We still have two years before 2015, the year Back to the Future II revealed to us — including how stars Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Thomas Wilson might age. How did the movie do in portraying their older selves? Turns out not too bad! Certainly more accurate than the public fax machines the movie imagined. » 8/08/13 1:40pm 8/08/13 1:40pm

Bees pay a steep price for that whole "perpetuating the species" thing

If you're going to be reborn as a worker bee, make sure you don't do it in the summer. That's the time of year when the queen bee demands the most jelly to feed her young, and once that work is done, bees typically die just two weeks later. But in winter, otherwise identical bees can live six to seven months, which… » 4/21/13 5:00pm 4/21/13 5:00pm

People who age prematurely could soon benefit from rejuvenation…

Humans age at different rates, as a result of various factors like lifestyle and genetics. Now, a new study from the ENGAGE Consortium suggests that people who age faster are at an increased risk of developing age-related diseases like heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and various cancers. The researchers suggest… » 3/29/13 3:40pm 3/29/13 3:40pm

Does the science of aging suggest we're 'programmed to die'?

In an effort to slow down — and even halt — the aging process, scientists are increasingly turning their attention to the various external and internal factors that give rise to it. As this new video by AsapSCIENCE shows, we're all slaves to a biological clock that's been ticking away since the moment we were born —… » 3/14/13 6:20am 3/14/13 6:20am