Great news for the aging-obsessed among us: 72 is the new 30. The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany concluded in a new study that humans have gotten so good at lowering the odds of dying that our average life expectancy has risen faster in the past 100 years than it did in the previous 200,000. The researchers looked at Swedish and Japanese men and concluded that these modern humans had the same odds of dying at age 72 that early hunter-gatherers had at 30. The study doesn't discuss how human society might pay for its aging population, or give any suggestions of what to do if you don't live in Sweden or Japan, but it’s still an impressive new benchmark. [Source]
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