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Predicting Lifespan Based on Size

In Health, Nature, NPR, Science on January 23, 2013 at 2:36 am

A fascinating conversation with physicist Geoffrey West about the mathematics of lifespan. “Life is short for small creatures, longer in big ones. So algae die sooner than oak trees; elephants live longer than mayflies, but you know that. Here’s the surprise: There is a mathematical formula which says if you tell me how big something is, I can tell you — with some variation, but not a lot — how long it will live.”

[Courtesy of Yunfun Tan]

[Courtesy of Yunfun Tan]

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[Courtesy of Yunfun Tan / npr.org]

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“…buying Jaguars and a $540,000 home with no down payment.”

In History, Morning Edition, NPR, Politics on January 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

On Morning Edition, Tina Brown recommended her three must-reads for the week. Her last pick peaked my interest – The New York Times obituary for  Jeanne Vertefeuille, a longtime CIA official who was instrumental in catching Aldrich Ames, “one of the 20th century’s most notorious moles.”

Jeanne Vertefeuille, center, and other members of the team that tracked down Aldrich Ames. [nytimes.com / CIA]

Jeanne Vertefeuille, center, and other members of the team that tracked down Aldrich Ames. [nytimes.com / CIA]