Immortality may be a gift reserved only for the mole rats of the world. But staying highly active into your golden years might just offer the next best thing: a robust immune system that looks decades younger than expected. That’s the finding of a new study published Thursday in the journal Aging Cell.
Netflix’s Altered Carbon looks a hell of a lot like Blade Runner. That isn’t a surprise—after all, Blade Runner is the father of modern cyberpunk. But Altered Carbon is something all its own. Because in the new scifi series, the biggest threat to humanity isn’t artificial intelligence—it’s immortality.
Imagine a world in which the only possible way to die was through a sudden accident, such as a car crash, falling down the stairs, or getting struck by lighting. How long could we expect to live in such a world? According to an eye-opening simulation, a very, very, long time, indeed.
In The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a woman who gets struck by fancy weird-science-lightning and stops aging, for decades. But she keeps her condition secret, which means she needs to be alone. This could have been the premise of a neat movie, but instead it’s the basis of a grinding mess.
Would you risk your life if you thought it might mean extending it? Would you die now if you thought you could be revived at some point in the future? Here are cases of people who went to extremes for immortality or their very own fountains of youth — and killed themselves in the process.
How do you determine whether a creature is immortal? In this animated video, Radiolab host Robert Krulwich explains why, after observing hydra for just a few years, one researcher suggested that the animals might live startlingly long lives.
What's happened to Amy, the character played by Mira Sorvino on The Intruders? She seems to be hatching some big plans, judging from this exclusive clip from Saturday's episode. No wonder James Frain looks terrified.
Utopia is one of the most loaded words in the English language. Utopia is perfection; utopia is unachievable; utopia is no place. Which is precisely what makes it so interesting. And why this week Gizmodo is taking a look at all things utopian.
Whoops, wish we could take that one back. This TED-Ed animation video teaches you the history of gunpowder. How it began as a Chinese invention for immortality, how it works in fireworks and how it morphed into the world destroyer and creator it is now. Watch it, you might learn a thing or two.
Google has announced Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being. But its ultimate purpose is to radically extend the human lifespan. As TIME put it, "That would be crazy — if it weren't Google."
Scientists have already reversed aging in some experiments. Google's newest company wants to defeat death building on these discoveries. Can it be done?
Get ready for etiquette books on when it's OK to reboot your sinuses in public, and the teenager-ization of senior citizens. Here are some predictions from the experts on how human cultures will transform over the next hundred years.
A tiny freshwater polyp called the hydra has a rather neat trick: It can't die. These polyps are able to accomplish this remarkable feat of apparent immorality by reproducing through budding rather than mating. But as geneticists from Kiel University in Germany recently discovered, the same longevity gene that makes…
How do you put the complicated ideas and huge plot devices of science fiction on stage, with a live performance? Some of our greatest works of science fiction lately have been stage plays, but it always seems like a small miracle that SF can work in this medium.
Do you want to live forever? Are you on Forbes' World Billionaire List? Holy crap, have we got an opportunity for you.
We know there are a few species that don't die of old age, like the giant tortoise and naked mole rat. But those species aren't truly immortal — as they still eventually die. These tiny worms might be a different story... one which could have major implications for humans trying to live longer.
At first glance, the fact that we grow old and die seems like one massive evolutionary mistake. After all, if evolution is all about survival of the fittest, wouldn't the fittest individuals be those that can stay healthy and keep reproducing forever?
Sea squirts might not look like much...they're simple, hermaphroditic creatures that barely even have a brain. But they have a particular knack for activating the enzyme telomerase, which protects DNA from degradation. That unexpected talent could help fight human aging.