February 2012

Despite Advances In Longevity, 114 Remains An Upper Limit

The "ski slope" of human aging is becoming a "rectangle" as people live healthier but still die by 114.

Longevity, or the length of our lives, is getting longer. It has been for the last century or more as sanitation, medical and technological advances, and nutrition have continued to improve. However, we’re now moving into an area of prolonging life that sounds more science fiction than science fact. Still, some believe that centenarians (those individuals living to 100 or more) will be commonplace within the coming decades. Even if, Ray Kurzweil told Singularity Hub, we are unable to regrow or clone organs, nanotechnology is advancing to the point where we may be able to repair our bodies even as they break down. Indefinitely. However, there is still one very stubborn threshold for the human life, a number that no matter what advances we make, seems to be the upper bound of human longevity: 114.

Raising School Lunch Nutrition Standards

What it means for America's kids.

One of First Lady Michelle Obama’s most important initiatives is to end childhood obesity in the United States. One of the most problematic factors contributing to the epidemic are school lunches, which are often fatty, processed-food atrocities that don’t teach kids how to make smart choices about what they put into their mouths. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has raised its nutrition standards for school lunches, the first time it has taken such a measure for more than 15 years. The new standards apply to all schools that take government subsidized money for their school lunches. Let’s take a look at some of the ways these new rules will affect America’s school children: