Female giraffes with more friends live longer

Gregarious female giraffes that develop a sense of larger community live longer than those with fewer friends, a new study shows.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Colorful light reveals how worms get longer lives

A metabolite called colanic acid can extend the lifespan of worms as much as 50%. New research uses optogenetics to clarify that discovery.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

From marmots to mole-rats to marmosets – studying many genes in many animals is key to understanding how humans can live longer

Is there a single master gene that controls longevity in all mammals? Or are 'Fountain of Youth' genes little more than a myth?

Amanda Kowalczyk, Ph.D. Candidate in Computational and Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

‘Food stamps’ for kids increase earnings and lifespan

A study of 17.5 million Americans born between 1950 and 1980 shows that food assistance pay off in future earnings, education, and even lifespan.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~6 min

Places with lots of fast food have shorter life expectancy

Areas of the US with more fast food, lots of oil and gas extraction jobs, and higher population density have lower life expectancy, new research shows.

Kristen Devlin-Penn State • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

People with mental disorders have higher risk of early death

"Apart from an increased risk of death due to suicide, we confirmed increased risk of death due to...cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes."

University of Queensland • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~3 min

Early hardships of baboon moms take a toll on kids

For baboons, the effects of early adversity show up years later in the next generation, even when those offspring had it easier than their mothers did.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~5 min

Optimism could be good for your lifespan

People with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve "exceptional longevity"—that is, getting to age 85 or older.

Gina DiGravio-Boston • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~4 min