Researchers have found that bats’ telomeres shorten much less over time. Bats should only live about four years, but many live 30—40 years on a carnivorous diet of beetles, crickets and spiders. Let’s hope that’s not the reason why! One potential military application is the possible extension of active duty for soldiers that age slower, with longer expected lifespans. Lots of opportunity in the near — and distant — future. Learn more here.