mortality-clockLet us have a quick show of hands here – who wants to live forever? I am quite sure that over the centuries, many men – whether they are of royal lineage or an ordinary peasant, a lord over all that he surveys or just king of his humble home, would have liked to spend more time on earth – preferably forever. Just take a look at the cosmetics industry and the revenue it makes, and you’ll get the picture. While no one has yet to crack the immortality code, a device has been developed that hopes to tell you just how many days you have left on earth, assuming nothing tragic or sudden happens to you like a fatal accident, that is. The researchers who are based at Lancaster University in the U.K., tout that their “Endotheliometer” might end up as “the thermometer of the 21st century.”

The Endotheliometer is a non-invasive, wrist-mounted device which is capable of measuring the activity within the layer of cells that is known as endothelium. Endothelium is the coat within your body’s blood vessels, and the Endotheliometer will detect cardiac-induced pulse waves in the skin’s microcirculation using LDF (laser Doppler flowmetry). Since endothelial activity starts to decline the older you get, this could very well be used to determine how much of your life left you have. Of course, I don’t think it is safe to say that this is a 100% accurate figure, but rather, a ball park number so that you can live your life to the fullest each day.

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