February 21, 2012 17:07
Scientists from Australia were able to determine the speed at which moves Mrs. Death. This is stated in an article published in the British Medical Journal. Also, scientists have determined the speed at which to move an old man, that he was not able to overtake the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper), or death.
The basis scientists took data on 1705 men aged 70 years and older, collected during the large-scale project CHAMP. The sample turned colorful, because only half of these people were Indigenous Australians and the rest — immigrants from Italy, Great Britain, Greece, and China.
Scientists estimated walking speed of participants at baseline, and then returned to them after five years. During this period, there were 266 deaths.
It turned out that the so-called Grim Reaper walks at a speed of 0.82 meters per second (about 3 km / h).
"Since none of the men in this study, walking at a speed of 1.36 m / s (5 km / h) or greater had contact with death, most likely it is unattainable for Reaper value. All older people who want to avoid him, we would advise to go with that speed or faster, "- says the article.
Interestingly, the average walking speed of elderly people who took part in the study was 0.88 m / s, which is slightly greater than the rate of death.