Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study confirms

If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some ageing much faster than their fresh-faced former classmates. A study of nearly one thousand 38-year-olds found that while most had biological ages close to the number of birthdays they had notched up, others were […]

Economic Inequality in America: Developing a New War on Poverty

How big of an issue is poverty in America today, and what are the most effective ways to address it? Is America still the great land of opportunity — where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it? This week is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration […]

Inequality in America: The Data Is Sobering

The good news is that President Obama appears to have decided to devote the rest of his presidency to trying to tackle the forces behind the yawning inequities that have hamstrung social and economic mobility, eroding the living standards of the middle class. The bad news is that he may not be up to the […]

Ageing rates vary widely, says study

A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age. The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health. Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their “biological […]