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Maximum Human Lifespan may have already been achieved in the 1990s, says Study

This finding indicates diminishing gains in reducing late-life mortality and a possible limit to human lifespan

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  • The study suggests the maximum human lifespan may have been achieved in the 1990s
  • In the United States, the average lifespan increased from 47 years at the turn of the last century to 79 years for the average baby born today
  • Records showed a continuing decline in early mortality over time, with survival to old age — defined as 70 years old — increasing gradually with each calendar year of birth

October 6, 2016: A new study concludes that in parts of the world, we literally may be living as long as humanly possible.

In the West, the average lifespan is 80. The authors of a study published Wednesday in Nature say data strongly suggest that may be about as good as it gets. In fact, the study suggests the maximum human lifespan may have been achieved in the 1990s.

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The average life expectancy rose dramatically from the end of the 19th century and through the 20th, almost on a continuous basis, thanks to medical advancements and improvements in public health. In the United States, the average lifespan increased from 47 years at the turn of the last century to 79 years for the average baby born today.

FILE - An elderly couple walks down a hall in Easton, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6, 2015. -VOA
FILE – An elderly couple walks down a hall in Easton, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6, 2015. -VOA

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York based their study on data from the Human Mortality Database, which compiles the mortality and population records of more than 40 countries dating back to 1900.

Records showed a continuing decline in early mortality over time, with survival to old age — defined as 70 years old — increasing gradually with each calendar year of birth.

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The study, led by Jan Vijg, chair of the genetics department at Albert Einstein, also looked at survival improvements since 1900 of people age 100 and older. Researchers found that survival tended to peak at 100, and then decline rapidly regardless of the year centenarians were born.

“This finding indicates diminishing gains in reducing late-life mortality and a possible limit to human lifespan,” Vijg reported.

Researchers noted that some people born in the United States, France, Japan and Britain lived to be 110 years old or older between 1968 and 2006. However, the number of so-called supercentenarians is quite small, and considered unattainable by most of the population.

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In one instance, researchers identified a 122-year-old French woman named Jeanne Calment as the oldest person on record. Calment, who died in 1997, is considered a statistical outlier. For people who beat the odds and reach triple digits, the most probable maximum lifespan is 115 years of age.

Vijg acknowledged that continued medical developments to improve quality of life — particularly in the developed world — may push average life expectancy beyond 80, but he stressed that researchers do not expect the average human lifespan to ever break 100. (VOA)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?