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Should You Watch That Pre-Flight Safety Demonstration?

Nearly a third of all airplane deaths are preventable, but in the decisive moment most of us will freeze up.

This Is Your Brain

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Complicated Grief: Reframing the Way We Think About Love and Loss

It’s not exactly true that everyone grieves in their own way. It’s a universal experience, which is good, because that can help us to better understand the mourning among us.

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The Big Sleep: Suspended Animation and the Potential Benefits of Human Hibernation

The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries.

The Law Won

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The Slow Demise of Capital Punishment: SCOTUS Rules on IQ and Death Row

How technicalities, not morals, are bringing down the death penalty.

Quick Studies

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These Mental Illnesses and Addictions Are More Dangerous Than Heavy Smoking

Many mental illnesses and addictions are more heavily associated with premature deaths than heavy smoking, yet we tend to be less aware of their risks.

Sociological Images

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Dead! Executions and the Power of Photography

How might things change if we allowed cameras in the execution room?

This Is Your Brain

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The Life You Save May Be Everyone Else’s

Fresh research on Facebook, fellowship, and “suicide clusters.”

True Crime

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Bring Back Hemlock! America’s Dirty Secret About Lethal Injections

Amid drug shortage, states look to shady distributors—with disastrous results.

True Crime

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Radical Life Extension and Time-Slowing Drugs

These ideas for the future of prison sentencing are outrageous, but the current state of affairs is, too.

Prospector

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The Myth of Supervision: Child Safety Isn’t About You

Increased vigilance isn’t necessarily the best way to prevent child-safety issues and injuries.

ProPublica

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Our Patient-Harm Problem: One Third in Nursing Facilities Harmed by Treatment

A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month—a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals.

Mosaic

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Are the Fitness Benefits of Riding Your Bike Worth the Risk of an Accident?

Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels.

 

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What Are the Chances I Die Today?

Noah Davis calculates the odds of his demise on an ordinary day in New York City.

 

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The Silly Science of Near-Death Experiences

There’s no way to prove whether or not someone’s had an out of body experience, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying to study the phenomenon.

 

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9 Adorable Cat Facts

Happy National Cat Day!

 

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The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?

 

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More Guns Kill More People, Study Finds

The United States has the most guns per capita. Related: The United States has the highest rate of gun-related deaths.

 

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Meet the Woman Fighting to Get Her Husband’s Heart Back

Since the mysterious death of Linda Carswell’s husband, a Texas hospital has kept his heart on ice. Last week, an appeals court lifted an order blocking Carswell’s family from retrieving it.

 

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Silicon Valley Thinks It Should Live Forever

A bunch of rich guys can’t imagine what the world would be like without them.

 

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How to Explain Spontaneous Human Combustion

While there’s no proof that any human being has ever suddenly burst into flames and died, there’s also no proof that it hasn’t happened.

 

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Everything Is Risky, Except Being 7 Years Old

A conversation with the authors of a new book about risk, how our decisions change it, and how it changes our decisions.

 

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Why Is the Way Physicians Want to Die So Different From the Rest of Us?

Given the opportunity, most doctors would turn down almost every form of intervention available.

 

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Making Baby Autopsies More Acceptable

Autopsies play a major role in the advancement of medical research, but many parents—understandably—are unwilling to approve a postmortem.

 

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The Death-Positive Movement

Meet three young women who want to teach our repressed society how to explore its relationship with death.

 

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The Price of Fame for Performers and Athletes: Shorter Lives

An analysis of obituaries suggests high-achieving individuals tend to live longer than average—except for performers and athletes.

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Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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