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Biologists and demographers are actively debating whether there is a natural cap on the human life span, and how high that might be. eucyln/iStock via Getty Images Plus

The maximum human life span will likely increase this century, but not by more than a decade

Jeanne Calment of France died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days. That record will be broken this century, statistical models suggest.
Infection fatality rate is simply the number of deaths divided by the number of infections, but finding those numbers is harder than it might seem. AP Photo/John Minchillo

How deadly is the coronavirus? The true fatality rate is tricky to find, but researchers are getting closer

The percentage of people who die from a coronavirus infection is an important number for public health experts to know. Recent estimates now put it at 0.65%, far lower than initially thought.
New research hints at why Germany’s death toll from COVID-19 was relatively low while Italy’s and America’s spiked. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
Heat increases the risk of death, but the question of how much has been a topic of debate. From shutterstock.com

Heat kills. We need consistency in the way we measure these deaths

A warming climate leads to more heat-related deaths. The fact some research is showing the opposite indicates we need to refine the way we measure heat-related mortality.

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