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We’d like to thank Focus Features for sponsoring this video – and for inviting us to pre-screen their summer 2015 film “Self/Less”. It’s a sci-fi flick that explores memory, consciousness, and immortality, and it made us think about the types of immortality that already exist here on Earth. A big thanks to Focus Features for supporting MinuteEarth! www.focusfeatures.com/selfless

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– negligible senescence: not showing signs of age-related progression
– biological immortality: having a mortality rate that does not increase with increasing age


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Image Credits: Nake Mole Rat - Buffenstein/Barshop Institute/UTHSCSA

Naked Mole Rat - Roman Klementschitz, Wien

Chipmunk - Gilles Gonthier

Capybara - Karoly Lorentey
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