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By Summer Banks     Aug 27, 2009 in Health may just hold the secret to the immortal question, "When will I die?" Students and researchers at Carnegie Melon created the website based on public data on death risk.
Have you ever wondered when your time on the Earth will be finished? According to, students and researchers from Carnegie Melon may be able to answer that question. compiles available public information from the United States and the United Kingdom into a huge database of mortality risks. The user can search the database based on personal information including age, gender and lifestyle choices (smoking, alcohol consumption, etc...). The results are given as a percentage of risk for death within the next year. For instance, "20-year-old males [can attribute] 80 percent of their death risks [to] accidents, homicides and suicides."
The website also predicts Micromorts. Micromorts are one in a million chances of dying. The user can enter their personal data and the database will predict their chance of dying from a Micromort.
There is a seven part tutorial series available on the website to teach users how to use the database and read the resulting percentages. The database does not offer reasons for the reported percentages.
LifeScience warns users, "... the results produced by the web site speak to groups of people and cannot predict with accuracy when you might actually kick the bucket."
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