Powdered Mummy, Gladiator Blood, and other Historical Medicines Made from Human Corpses

An Adam's apple a day keeps the doctor away? History is full of bizarre medical remedies, but few are as gruesome as the field of corpse medicine. Many doctors, from ancient times to modern, prescribed concoctions made of human organs, salves of human fat, and the ground-up remains of embalmed corpses to treat a host… »6/09/12 12:30pm6/09/12 12:30pm

The Meaning of Death: How do we know someone is no longer alive?

At what point does a person actually die? That depends on who you ask. To one person, it's the moment the heart stops beating. To another, it's when the brain enters a "vegetative" state. But a heart can be forced to keep beating; and how dead is a person, really, if she can continue to grow, develop, and even give… »6/08/12 8:08pm6/08/12 8:08pm

So you want to hang your skeleton in public? Here's how.

We had a human skeleton in our biology class in high school. I remember thinking it was shorter than I expected, but I didn't know how, exactly, it ended up in our classroom. I suppose I assumed grave robbers, which lent a adventurous air to our teacher. But in fact, there are much more legitimate ways for a classroom… »6/06/12 6:04pm6/06/12 6:04pm

The 10 Most Epic Last Stands in Science Fiction and Fantasy

If you're a fictional character, death can arrive rather swiftly and creatively. It's your job to go out like an absolute champ so that non-fictional readers and audiences remember your passing and holler your praises on the internet. Here are ten times science fiction and fantasy heroes lost their lives with panache. »6/06/12 3:15pm6/06/12 3:15pm