I want to know how long people usually lived in different historical periods, but all the charts I can find are heavily skewed by infant mortality rates. (See e.g.). Can anyone point me toward a similar break-down that removes infant mortality from the calculations?
My parents think I've been exercising too much. I think they are being well-meaning but a little out of touch. This is also forcing me to question prevailing notions about appropriate exercise. Help me process this. [more inside]
What is the longest amount of time a single cell (whether on it's own or in an animal/plant) can live without either splitting or dying? [more inside]
Do tall people die sooner? [more inside]
"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
Do autistic people have shorter life expectancies ? [more inside]
What's the average expected lifespan of a shoe, given daily wear? [more inside]
Grandma has been with no food/no water for 3 days now. How long might she go on? [more inside]
My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup. [more inside]
Is there any evidence to suggest that a single, isolated stressful event can shorten one's lifespan, even by a little? For example, if I'm generally calm but I get in a particularly heated argument with someone, is there any scenario under which I'd be able to truthfully say that I shortened my lifespan as a result of the stress associated with this argument? Short of having a heart attack in the process, of course.
What is the lifespan of a Meyers lemon tree? [more inside]
What's the typical usable life of common household items? [more inside]
I have a passing fascination with the concept of immortality. Where can I read more about scientific studies, crackpot theories, or even good works of fiction dealing with increasing human lifespans and/or living forever?
What's the best way to find out whether or not an older online multiplayer game still has an active user base? Short of purchasing the game and looking for myself, of course. [more inside]
Is there any evidence linking extreme athleticism to increased or decreased lifespans? [more inside]
What, in your experience, is the lifespan of a burned CD-R? What about DVD+R? [more inside]