Once upon a time, people died in their homes. Up until the time of death they were cared for by friends, family members, and appointed religious leaders.
Can't believe so-and-so said that in front of everyone? Is it time for a break from members of your own species? The dogs are here to help.
Your pocket can hold many potentially lethal items, so let me be more specific: `What's the Dog Killer in Your Pocket That You Wish No Longer Existed?' Can you guess?
I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.
Aromatic chemicals released by dead bodies change at certain times, and this can help forensic scientists and train cadaver sniffing dogs
In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube.
Bizarre fatalities and the limitations of the data revolution emerge from a review of CDC records
Scared of insects, spiders, and other leggy arthropods? It could be worse. You could be one of them. At that size you face an array of dangers unlike anything you know from your comfortably large human existence.
How far is it from being to nothingness? I hope it's a journey you never decide to take, but wherever death by firearm is the most common method of suicide, it's about half an inch.
Octopuses do the darndest things. Like kill their mate during mating—by strangling him with three arms, according to new observations from the wild.
I hear it’s called “death acceptance”: I’m not afraid of dying and being forgotten someday. So when I read about a company called Eterni.me in February of this year, I was as creeped out as anyone.
Pandora, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) died at her Washington, D.C. home (tank) Wednesday at the advanced age of five.
Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier responsible for the public release of more than 700,000 classified documents, was acquitted July 30 of the controversial “aiding the enemy charge” by a military judge, further inflaming public discussion about Manning’s role: was he a heroic whistleblower or a treasonous leaker of government data?
More urban myth than actual reality, the holiday season does not have the highest incidence for suicide. Though suicide is the most preventable kind of death with an average of 3,000 people dying by suicide each day – November and December actually have the lowest rates of suicide.
If you’re anything like me, with eyes that roll over to the back of your head whenever you hear words like “reincarnation” or “parapsychology,” if you suffer great paroxysms of despair for human intelligence whenever you catch a glimpse of that dandelion-colored cover of Heaven Is For Real or other such books, and become angry when [...]
I recently saw a clip of Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2013 Emmys. He was doing a bit about Google Glass and said he was watching an episode of American Horror Story on his contacts while hosting the show.
The use of drugs to carry out capital punishment is putting bona fide medical patients at risk
A good friend of mine passed away in June. John had cancer. Before you offer condolences, you should know he did not want to be mourned. It’s been a hard request to follow, but he felt he had lived a full life.
I'm as sworn to radical rationalism as the next neo-Darwinian materialist. That said, over the years I've had to "quarantine," for lack of a better word, a few anomalous personal experiences that have stubbornly defied my own logical understanding of them.
Imagine when our ancestors first started to look up at the stars and question their place in the universe. Why are we here? Are we alone? What happens to us when we die?