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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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