Long Live Longevity

Presenter: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
When: July 29, 2013 1AM PDT

Here’s to a long life – which, on average, is longer today than it was a century ago. How much farther can we extend that ultimate finish line? Scientists are in hot pursuit of the secret to longer life.

The latest in aging studies and why there’s a silver lining for the silver-haired set: older people are happier. Also, what longevity means if you’re a tree. Plus, why civilizations need to stick around if we’re to make contact with E.T.

And, how our perception of time shifts as we age, and other tricks that clocks play on the mind.

Guests:

Ted Anton – Professor of English, DePaul University, Chicago, author of The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth
Laura Carstensen – Psychologist, Stanford University, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity
Peter Crane – Botanist, dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental studies, Yale University, and author of Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
Frank Drake – Astronomer, SETI Institute
Claudia Hammond – BBC broadcaster and author of Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
Descripción en español

This episode was tagged with: biology astronomy astrobiology history culture botany

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