In 2015, 86,212 more Americans died than the year before. That means life expectancy in the United States is heading in the wrong direction — something that hasn't happened since 1993.
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From a strictly mineral standpoint, life on Earth is pretty ridiculous. Some carbon is organised, moves around a little and then falls back apart. Not so coincidentally, that's also the basic premise of artist Agelio Batle's Ash Dancer, which features a big-arse skeleton literally shaking around until it disappears.
Halloween is less than a week away, and your time for finding a costume is almost up... almost. We've got a guide to a bunch of quick, cheap, do-it-yourself outfits that also happen to be genuinely good costumes — and they're not only good, they're timely, too! If you're a nerdy procrastinator on a budget, you can't go wrong with these.
Yesterday, Elon Musk warned us that his grand vision to send humans to Mars wouldn't be without danger — in fact, he said, "The probability of death is quite high on the first mission." Now, with what can only be described as perfect timing (or great marketing), two Dutch companies are claiming they have created a hearse out of a Tesla Model S.
Anyone who has ever had a pet knows the inevitable will happen, and that the circle of life is cruel and unavoidable. But when a dog, cat, horse or other creature dies in a genre movie, the circumstances are often shaped by bizarre forces — supernatural, weird-science and otherwise — that make a tragic loss even worse. Here are nearly two dozen of the saddest fates of pop culture's furry friends.
Optimus Prime passed away on 8 August 1986. It was 30 full years ago, when Transformers: The Movie debuted, that the heroic robot sacrificed his own life to defeat the evil Megatron. But an event that was tragic for Prime's fellow Autobots turned out to be completely traumatic for me and God knows how many other kids.
We assume that all biological processes come to an end when we die, but new research shows that many genes remain active for up to four days following clinical death. These zombie genes can't bring a person back to life, but this discovery has serious implications for forensics and organ donor recipients.
You've already found out how you might die — but when's it going to happen? This visualisation of data from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention should give you a better idea.
Imagine your dead grandmother lying in an open field, being attacked by vultures. It's a horrifying thought and may seem like the ultimate indignity. But, assuming she is an "inmate" at one of the human taphonomy facilities around the world, she could be making an invaluable contribution to the advancement of forensic science.
Featuring stunning proof that life sometimes imitates Far Side cartoons, this short piece on unusual giraffe deaths takes us through all the ways a creature with a long neck and no hands can perish, and there are some doozies.