Archive for the ‘Top News’ Category

Living fast but dying older is possible — if you’re a sheep

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

According to Dr Annette Baudisch of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, current methods of comparing patterns of ageing are limited because they confound two different elements of ageing – pace and shape. Read more on biosciencetechnology.com, February 14, 2011

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I’ve Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists — they included a comedian and a former Miss America — had to guess what it was. Author: Lev Grossman —– Read the cover story of the Time Magazine (Vol. 177, No. 7, February 21, 2011), online since February 10, 2011

Doubt on Anti-Aging Molecule as Drug Trial Stops

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The pharmaceutical company Sirtris announced last month that it had halted the last of its clinical trials of resveratrol, the minor ingredient of red wine that some researchers see as a drug that can extend life. Author: Nicholas Wade —– Read more from The New York Times online, January 10, 2011

How to achieve ‘biological immortality’ naturally

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Evolutionary biologist Michael Rose, professor at University of California, Irvine, says he has discovered a natural way to achieve “biological immortality” without the use of anti-aging drugs and stem cell treatments. Author: David Despain —– Read more on kurzweilai.net, December 06, 2010

Anti-ageing pill a step closer as scientists finds enzyme that stops our cells from dying

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Scientists are a step closer to creating an anti-ageing drug, after they discovered a key anti-ageing enzyme that stops our cells from decaying. Read more from the British Daily Mail online, November 19, 2010

Two Paths to Immortality, Neither of Which Requires Religion.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Ways to be immortal without the help of God.

One of the gargantuan benefits of religion is that it provides believers with the promise of eternal life. The narrative varies across religions but generally speaking the message is as follows: “Don’t worry. Your time on Earth is only one small component of your greater eternal journey.” I am here to tell you that each of us can be immortal albeit without the need of having to believe in invisible deities. Author: Gad Saad —– Read more from a blog entry on the online pages of Psychology Today magazine, May 31, 2010

Aubrey de Grey at philosophy and music festival

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

“(…) Also, as part of the HTLGI festival, filmmaker David Bond will be contemplating a world where nothing is entirely private and anti-ageing expert, Aubrey de Grey and influential ethicist Baroness Mary Warnock will be questioning whether an awareness of our mortality is essential to being human. (…)” Read more on WalesOnline.co.uk, May 27, 2010, about the ‘HowTheLightGetsIn’ festival in Wales

‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell. Author: Victoria Gill —– Read more from BBC NEWS, May 20, 2010. See also the article ‘Synthetic Genome Brings New Life to Bacterium’ by Elizabeth Pennisi from Science Magazine, May 21, 2010.

Does anyone believe in an afterlife?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A 90-year-old friend of mine–an atheist raised as a Roman Catholic–recently visited her younger sister, who is dying of cancer. “She told me she wasn’t afraid,” my friend recounted, “because she knew that the moment she drew her last breath, she would see her husband again. Author: Susan Jacoby —– Read more from the Washington Post Online, May 17, 2010

About FOREVER: Introduction

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

FOREVER-Newsblog presents news from the media about different aspects of life extension: aging research, anti aging medicine, psychology, politics, demography, transhumanism, philosophy, religion…

FOREVER is an online magazine orginally from Germany which is dedicated to reflect and discuss all the different fields of longevity and physical immortality. Existing since September 2003 the central focus was on collecting and commenting news from the German media about life extension topics, adding once in a while some own insights to the various problems and questions. Since summer 2008 this work has mainly been done in an own separate newsblog which had already a small English section with news and articles from the English speaking countries. Since the second half of 2009 the English section became bigger and bigger so that finally in May 2010 this additional English newsblog was started.   Read More

The economics of immortality

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Controversial scientist Aubrey de Grey says medical advances will allow us to extend youthful life indefinitely – and defuse the pensions timebomb to boot. Author: Richard Harris —– Read more on the british financial platform Citywire, May 16, 2010

Ageing is good for us

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

How long do you want to live? Does the standard three score years and ten seem a bit mean? Would 80 be good, or 90? What about 100? Or why not do a Methuselah and live for 969 years (you remember Methuselah, son of Enoch, grandfather of Noah; one of those mega-old codgers from the Old Testament). Maybe he was on something. Author: Eleanor Mills —– Read more from The Sunday Times, May 16, 2010

Your Posthumanism is Boring Me

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

We will never be posthuman, because we have always been posthuman. Author: Jamais Cascio —– Read more on io9.com, a portal for futurism and transhumanism, May 12, 2010

Six Steps to a Healthier You

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Today, we know more than ever about how our bodies deteriorate over time and our vulnerability to diseases. Health practitioners are rapidly adapting this new knowledge to promote health and longevity. In fact, the concept of maximizing a person’s health span – the number of years living in a vital, fit, and robust fashion – remains a founding and essential principle of anti-aging strategies. Author: Dr. Ronald Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman —– Read more from the journal ‘To Your Health’, May, 2010 (Vol. 04, Issue 05)

Felicia Nimue Ackerman: There’s nothing wrong with greatly extending our lives

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

If it were possible, would you like to live 500 years?

CNN posed this question in 2003 and got 31,905 responses. Warning that the survey “is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate,” CNN reported that 45 percent of the responders said yes, 39 percent said no, and 16 percent said that they were not sure. Author: Felicia Nimue Ackerman —– Read more on the online pages of the Providence Journal from Rhode Island, April 27, 2010. See also the talk with the philosopher in the context of the Sunday Evening Update by the Immortality Institute last November.

Why We Could All Use a Heavy Dose of Techno-optimism

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

At a recent TED Conference, a dinner was organized by the Edge Foundation, a think tank and nonprofit that celebrates big ideas. The theme of the evening was the “New Age of Wonder,” and the discussion drew comparisons to the Romantic Age, the period between 1770 and 1830 when science and art were friends. Author: Jason Silva —– Read more on the homepage of the lifestyle magazine Vanity Fair, May 05, 2010, plus 4-minute trailer of the documentary ‘Turning Into Gods’, see below:

TURNING INTO GODS - 'Concept Teaser' from jason silva on Vimeo.

Aubrey de Grey declares an end to generations

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

“There won’t be generations anymore,” says Aubrey de Grey of tomorrow’s world where anti-aging treatments will give us at least 30 extra years of life. You’ll be able to keep up with your granddaughter on the ski slopes, he told his host at the Lift 2010 conference in Geneva Thursday 6 May. And for de Grey, the future is close: we can expect to see such treatments within our lifetimes, he believes. Author: Ellen Wallace —– Read more in a conference report on a newsportal from Geneva, Switzerland, May 06, 2010, plus a short video wherein Aubrey de Grey answers some questions. Very concise towards the end his remarks to the standard objection overpopulation.

4 bad habits can age you by 12 years

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Common sins of the sedentary make you die sooner — and seem older

Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. Author: Lindsay Tanner —– Read more on msnbc-Online, April 26, 2010

Four Arguments Against Immortality

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Science fiction is full of stories where our heroes live forever. And some current biological research is aimed at making our lives last centuries. So what’s the downside of lasting forever? Here are four reasons to be a mortalist. Author: Annalee Newitz —– Read more on io9.com, an online platform for futurism and transhumanism, April 22, 2010

Immortality isn't unethical

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Many people decry the prospect of people living for ever, but a transhumanist world needn’t be a dystopia. Author: Alexander Chisholm —– Read more on the online pages of the british Guardian, April 15, 2010


Why Aging Research is Hard

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Research on aging and longevity is difficult for two main reasons: time and lack of control. In order to figure out what will help or hinder someone’s longevity, you have to wait and find out what their longevity ended up being (which is a nice way to say that you have to wait until that person dies). Many of the studies that we use today to understanding aging and longevity were begun decades ago. Autor: Mark Stibich —– Weiter zum Eintrag im Longevity Blog vom 08.04.10, der ein grundlegendes methodisches Problem der Langlebigkeitsforschung prägnant und humorvoll auf den Punkt bringt.

The Resurrection and the Life

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Newsweek has an Easter-time excerpt from Lisa Millers forthcoming book Heaven, which looks at the apparent decline of a belief in the physical resurrection of the dead among contemporary religious believers. Autor: Ross Douthat —– Weiter zur Blogkolumne der New York Times-Online vom 06.04.10

Age of possibilities

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Longevity should be on the long-term scanning horizon of business and government. Autor: Paul Higgins —– Weiter zum Artikel auf The Age-Online, einer Zeitung aus dem australischen Melbourne, vom 05.04.10

Life Extension – a conservative enterprise?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The beginning of the modern period in the pursuit of radical human enhancement and longevity can be traced to fin-de-siècle/early twentieth-century scientific and technological optimism and therapeutic activism. Autor: Ilia Stambler —– Weiter zum Artikel aus dem ‘Journal of Evolution and Technology’ via der Homepage des ‘Institute of Ethics & Emerging Technologies’ (IEET) schon vom 28.03.10. Ilia Stambler ist auch ein Aktivist des Immortality Instituts (ImmInst).

The FDA and Methuselah

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Cellular intervention to slow aging is a science in its infancy. Will regulators keep it there forever? Autor: Peter Huber —– Weiter zum Kommentar auf Forbes-Online vom 25.03.10