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The Lede: 108’s the New 98

The Lede, Friday, June 29, 2018
By David Royse

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Another study came out this week that suggested a future of human longevity unlike anything most of us have really considered.

(In fact most of us don’t think all that often about the fact that the average human lifespan worldwide has doubled in the last century.) 

Could that happen again – so that kids being born in a hundred years will expect to live to around 150?

A new study suggests it might at least be possible.

The bottom line from the study, published this week in the Journal Science: “human death rates increase exponentially up to about age 80, then decelerate, and plateau after age 105.”

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One reason the life expectancy of the world’s population is increasing: better access to vaccines is reducing infectious disease in the developing world, averting perhaps as many as 3 million deaths a year.

Vaccination has plateaued in recent years globally. Bill Gates recently wrote about a cooler that could help boost vaccination success. 

ONE VERY CLEVER WAY TO KEEP A PHONE FROM BREAKING

In case you haven’t seen this German student’s invention for keeping your phone from breaking.

MORE NOTES FROM THE AGE OF DISRUPTION: 

Twitter
Launches ad transparency center. TechCrunch

Amazon
May announce its new second HQ soon. NY Post

Facebook
Sought a patent for a listening system. San Jose Mercury News

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend. I’ll send you emails on Monday and Tuesday next week, before a short break for the Fourth of July holiday. 

About David Royse

David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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