The Coldest Object In The Universe Has Been Created In An Italian Lab

For a period of 15 days, a cooled copper mass enclosed in a cryostat container may very well have been the coldest object in the Universe. At -273.144 degrees Celsius, it nearly achieved absolute zero. The technique, which resulted a world record, could produce important new insights into exotic particle physics. » 10/22/14 12:40pm 10/22/14 12:40pm

The Mad Science Of Pouring A Vat Of Liquid Nitrogen Over Your Head

Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi has taken the viral ALS ice bucket challenge to its logical conclusion by dumping a bucket of liquid nitrogen over his head. Undeniably, it was a very dangerous thing to do — but Qureshi did have some basic chemistry on his side. » 9/02/14 7:30am 9/02/14 7:30am

Behind-The-Scenes Tour Of Cryonics Institute Shows Storage Of A Patient

The fascinating short documentary We Will Live Again goes inside the Cryonics Institute, where we meet the people behind the freezing process and witnesses (non-explicitly) the acceptance of its hundredth client. » 4/08/14 7:00pm 4/08/14 7:00pm

All the People Who Were Frozen and Woke Up In the Future

Captain America, the hottest member of the Greatest Generation, is returning to the big screen this Friday. Steve Rogers may feel all alone in the modern world, but he's not alone in fiction. Here's a list of the greatest fictional characters who have been frozen, and woke to a strange new world. » 4/02/14 12:30pm 4/02/14 12:30pm

Whoa, this leech survived after being in liquid nitrogen for 24 hours

Scientists have learned that a common parasite of sea turtles is capable of surviving ridiculously cold temperatures — a finding that could lead to the development of advanced cryopreservation techniques. » 1/23/14 3:30pm 1/23/14 3:30pm

When would you want to be cryogenically frozen? (And for how long?)

Let's say you've been offered a working cryochamber, with its own fuel supply. You can freeze yourself whenever you want, for as long as you want. What age would you like to be when you're frozen? And when would you like to wake up? » 6/03/13 2:00pm 6/03/13 2:00pm

Should we preserve the eggs of endangered species?

A recent paper by Caterina Wiedemann describing her success in freezing and thawing the egg cells of several different cat species is raising an interesting question about our efforts to preserve endangered animals. We've got a doomsday seed vault in the Arctic, so why not create egg vaults, too? » 2/28/13 2:00pm 2/28/13 2:00pm

A bizarre 1980s commercial about cryogenics

As always, the late 1980s deliver a piece of perplexing propaganda — this time, it takes the form of a life insurance commercial that feels like somebody's frustrated attempt to make a movie about somebody awakened from cryogenic sleep. This was aired in 1988 and is weirdly well done. » 2/13/13 3:13pm 2/13/13 3:13pm

Photos go behind the scenes of the world's cryonics facilities

Cryonics may be a fanciful notion to some and it's certainly an expensive undertaking, but that hasn't stopped a handful of people from having their bodies cryogenically frozen in the hope of being revived in some distant future. Photographer Murray Ballard stepped into the world of cryopreservation with his camera in… » 10/06/12 5:00pm 10/06/12 5:00pm

Frozen fruit fly larva brings us one step closer to cryogenics

It's been a dream for years — freezing your body at the moment of death, so that you can be revived later, when medical science has advanced enough to cure you, and possibly rejuvenate you as well. » 2/17/12 12:20pm 2/17/12 12:20pm

New "whole body cryotherapy" treatment exposes you to -166°F air

How cold of a temperature do you think you can survive exposure to? 0°F? -20°F? -50°F? How about -166°F, and you do it intentionally? A group of French scientists studied various ways that people recover after intensive workouts, including whole body cryotherapy, which sounds like something out of Futurama. Tested on… » 12/09/11 8:15am 12/09/11 8:15am

Man Who Vowed to Live Forever Died Over the Weekend

Robert C.W. Ettinger, who famously said that death was for the unprepared and the unimaginative, died on Saturday. But the physics teacher and science fiction writer may be coming back — his family froze his body cryonically. » 7/25/11 2:25pm 7/25/11 2:25pm

The Building That Aims To Stops Time

Wondering what to do with your body as old age encroaches ever more on your lifestyle? Perhaps you should consider an application to the Timeship, which aims to be "the world's largest facility for life extension research [and] cryopreservation." » 10/03/09 10:00am 10/03/09 10:00am

Keep Your Pets Frozen for Cryogenic Travel

If cryogenic science is perfected, it promises a future where humans can travel to the future just by freezing themselves. But cryogenics entrepreneurs have more mundane ideas for bringing freezy suspended animation into everyday life. Scenario Land imagines that someday home cryogenics products could perform… » 11/20/08 2:21pm 11/20/08 2:21pm

Five Future Lawsuits We’re Already Working On

This fall's Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica » 8/02/08 11:00am 8/02/08 11:00am, will plunge civil rights attorney Joseph Adama into unfamiliar legal and ethical depths when he encounters the first member of the Cylonic species. Fortunately, lawyers on our planet are already considering the legal consequences of the future, toaster-laden or…