You May Never Die

Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and chairman of the Methuselah Foundation (and, apparently, president of the Methuselah lookalike club). He gets covered in the news every once in a while because his beard is so visually engaging and also because he's looking for a "cure for aging."

He thinks we'll make advances in age-reversing therapies in the next few decades that will allow people currently alive to live for hundreds of years. Maybe forever. He sits right on cusp of revolutionary and kook.

His new essay, "Bootstrapping Our Way to an Ageless Future" has the details.

The prospect of living much, much longer is fascinating. It would fundamentally change what it means to be human. But is quality more important than quantity? And what about overpopulation and the strain on our resources? If de Grey is right about the timing, we'll live forever before Richard Branson can ferry us to new colonies on other planets.

A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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