Considering Longevity and Wisdom

C.J. Gunther for the New York Times Calibrated to make the wearer, in this case the student Katii Gullick, experience old age, the Agnes — short for the Age Gain Now Empathy System — has harnesses and bands that restrict joint and limb movements.

Wisdom and maturity do have their rewards, but physical aging brings none. Now the youthful can step into our frumpy shoes. The Age Gain Now Empathy System (AGNES) comes from the M.I.T. AgeLab, where researchers designed the suit to help product designers and marketers better understand older adults and create innovative products for them.

One advantage of the consumer culture our longer-lived generation has created: a recognition of the staying power of the mature market.

John Klavitter, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Consider longevity and wisdom of other species....and empathize.

The albatross named Wisdom is the oldest know wild bird in the United States. First banded in 1956, her age is thought to be 60 years old. After her annual 50,000 mile migration flight, she has recently begun raising what is thought to be her 30th to 35th chick.


Celebrate the 100th International Women's Day

Odalisque from Glory on a Budget: A Domestic Mythology, 1980

"The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation..." and yet there remains a long laundry list of hopes for the future.
This year's International Women's Day celebration is focused on work — and making sure women across the world have access to the training and technology necessary to be a part of the global economy.