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A Giant Robot And The 1986 Transformers Movie Taught Me About The Cold Inevitability Of Death

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.

Snapchat Is Ruined

If you ever used and liked Snapchat, I’m sorry. It’s ruined now.

Hundreds Of Genes Spring Back To Life In The Days After Death

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.

The 10 Scariest Ways To Die

Death is scary no matter what — but it gets even scarier once your imagination, and all your most insane phobias, begin to take hold. We white-knuckled our way through this list of the most terrifying ways to die. (Got a scarier one? Share it in the comments. Nightmares for everyone!)

Medical Error Could Be 'Third Leading Cause Of Death In The US'

You’ll never see a death certificate with the words ‘medical error’ as the cause of death. But a new study suggests that it could be considered the third biggest cause in the US. And it’s not an insignificant issue in Australia either.

When You'll Probably Die, Visualised

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.

There's Good News If You're Worried About July Death-By-Hospital In The US

Every year American hospitals and patients worry about the “July Effect”, a rumoured increase in complications and deaths in that mid-year month. Learn why the July Effect supposedly exists, and why it may not be as bad as people fear.

How Much Would You Pay To Live An Extra Year?

People at the end of life may not actually be the best target for expensive drugs.

Inside The Body Farms Where Human Remains Decompose In The Name Of Science

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.

Don't Giggle At Some Of The Unusual Ways Giraffes Can Die

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.

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