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Science Explains: 6 Common Fantasy Tropes

By Steven Romano Nov 14, 2013

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Immortality

Three hundred lives of men Gandalf supposedly walked Middle Earth, meaning that the Baggins family’s all-time favorite wizard is practically a relic. The oldest person to have ever lived in our world died at the age of 122, but scientists are currently researching ways to uncover the secret of immortality. Free radicals are the prime cause of bodily degeneration, yet some state that the enzyme telomerase repairs the outer layer of cells, which stymies the aging process. Another solution is the administration of resveratrol found in red wine. And having indulged in enough fantasy to know of what we speak, wizards, elves and the like enjoy chugging a celebratory bota bag of wine more often than not!

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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