You Don’t Want to Live Forever

The idea of immortality has long been a prominent fixture in storytelling, and serves as a much sought after goal even here in real life. The ability to live forever, free of the limitations of the human body's natural life cycle, seems like a logical aspiration, but do you really want to live forever? Kyle takes a closer look at the prospect of cheating death, and its real world implications in this week's Because Science!

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Learn More:
AGEING: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageing#Biological_basis
POLSTATS DEATH BY UNNATURAL CAUSES: http://polstats.com/#!/life
LIFE EXPECTANCY OVER LAST 200 YEARS: https://www.nature.com/scitable/content/life-expectancy-around-the-world-has-increased-19786
CAN MY BRAIN GET TOO FULL? https://www.wired.com/2015/06/can-my-brain-get-too-full/
HYDRA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus)
CELLULAR SENESCENCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_senescence
BRAIN MEMORY CAPACITY: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-memory-capacity/