Death rates in later life flatten out and suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity, countering some previous work.

by Elie Dolgin There might be no natural limit to how long humans can live — at least not one yet in sight — contrary to the claims of some demographers and biologists. That’s according to a statistical analysis published Thursday in Science1 on the survival probabilities of nearly 4,000 ‘super-elderly’ people in Italy, allContinue reading “Death rates in later life flatten out and suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity, countering some previous work.”

Critical Cell Death Player Identified

Jan Carette and his colleagues have discovered a “death code” that unleashes a type of cell death. Dying cells generally have two options: go quietly, or go out with a bang. The latter, while more conspicuous, is also mechanistically more mysterious. Now, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed what they believeContinue reading “Critical Cell Death Player Identified”

In Japan, a Buddhist Funeral Service for Robot Dogs

An electronics repair company gives a compassionate farewell to mechanical pets, with a traditional ceremony held in a historic temple. By James Burch A traveler happening upon a funeral for robot dogs might be taken aback. Is this a performance art statement about modern life? Is it a hoax? A practical joke? But this isContinue reading “In Japan, a Buddhist Funeral Service for Robot Dogs”

Startup Nectome is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”

by Antonio Regalado The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp. There’s never been anything quite like Nectome, though. Next week, at YC’s “demo days,” Nectome’s cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalmingContinue reading “Startup Nectome is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal””

This Pregnant Medieval Woman With Head Wound ‘Gave Birth’ In Her Grave

Female burial from near Bologna Italy (c. 7th c AD) by Kristina Killgrove An early Medieval grave near Bologna, Italy, was revealed to contain an injured pregnant woman with a fetus between her legs. Based on the positioning of the tiny bones, researchers concluded this was a coffin birth, when a baby is forcibly expelledContinue reading “This Pregnant Medieval Woman With Head Wound ‘Gave Birth’ In Her Grave”

Bones on Remote Island are Amelia Earhart’s

Bone measurement analysis indicates that the remains found on a remote island in the South Pacific were likely those of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, according to a UT researcher. Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. W.Continue reading “Bones on Remote Island are Amelia Earhart’s”

Humans Cared for Sick Puppies Long Ago, Ancient Burial Shows

The teeth and jaw from the younger dog in the grave: This pup likely had canine distemper. By Laura Geggel Ancient people likely cared for a sick, domesticated pup for weeks on end before it died about 14,000 years ago during the Paleolithic era, a new study finds. After it died, the dog was buriedContinue reading “Humans Cared for Sick Puppies Long Ago, Ancient Burial Shows”

Egypt announces discovery of 3,500-year old pharaonic tomb

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith dedicated to the god Amun and the mummies of a woman and her two children, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The finds were made in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, famed for its temples andContinue reading “Egypt announces discovery of 3,500-year old pharaonic tomb”

Dead man incorrectly identified and buried by the wrong family

Ever since her son disappeared almost 30 years ago, led someplace by his mental illness, Karen Bilyeu waited for him to call. She came up with theories: Maybe he witnessed a crime and was now hiding in a witness protection program. Maybe he was dead. His name was John Dean Dickens, and he was stockyContinue reading “Dead man incorrectly identified and buried by the wrong family”

Frozen remains of missing couple emerge from Swiss glacier

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin disappeared 75 years ago while hiking to a meadow in the Swiss Alps. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin disappeared while checking on their cows in the Swiss Alps in August 1942. (Photo: SRF/swissinfo.ch) On a summer’s day in August 1942, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin took a hike into the Swiss Alps aboveContinue reading “Frozen remains of missing couple emerge from Swiss glacier”