Oliver Sacks On Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Neurologist and science popularizer Oliver Sacks — author of such books as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat — has written a poignant and touching op-ed in the The New York Times to reflect on the recent news that he's dying of cancer. » 2/19/15 7:30am 2/19/15 7:30am

A Cool New Theory Explains Why Red Wine Is So Damned Good For You

The antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red wine and other foods like nuts and soy, is known for its ability to decrease incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, leading some to call it the "elixir of youth." Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute now have an explanation for how it works. » 12/23/14 12:20pm 12/23/14 12:20pm

Why Has the Population of Russia Suddenly Declined by 7 Million People?

Something bizarre is happening in Russia. Between 1997 and 2007, the population declined by 7 million, or 5 percent. These numbers are enormous — they are comparable to wartime losses. What is causing this shocking death toll? » 9/04/14 1:34pm 9/04/14 1:34pm

Why a healthy lifestyle could save your sanity

We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well. » 12/11/13 12:00pm 12/11/13 12:00pm

What happens if you die on a cruise ship?

Cruise ships are floating cities. They carry thousands of people from port to port, while life passes on the shore. And with that many people on board, it's inevitable that sometimes, someone dies. » 6/28/12 7:00am 6/28/12 7:00am

Living alone could send you to an early grave

Two studies published this week have drawn a link between either living alone or feeling lonely — and an increased risk of death. Your lone wolf habits could be driving you to an early end. » 6/22/12 8:20am 6/22/12 8:20am

Computer model reveals what would happen if humans became immortal

At first glance, the fact that we grow old and die seems like one massive evolutionary mistake. After all, if evolution is all about survival of the fittest, wouldn't the fittest individuals be those that can stay healthy and keep reproducing forever? » 9/27/11 11:16am 9/27/11 11:16am

Chart reveals what natural disaster is most likely to kill you in…

A couple of years ago, two geographers created one of the most chilling maps you'll ever see - it shows what kinds of natural hazards are most likely to kill you in America. And which regions are the most deadly. » 5/18/11 2:27pm 5/18/11 2:27pm

Can humanity survive a population of over 10 billion people?

By the end of this year, the human population is expected to reach seven billion people, just twelve years after we hit the six billion milestone. But how much more crowded is our planet going to get? Will we keep on expanding indefinitely, or are we approaching the upper limit? The current consensus is that we'll… » 2/20/11 1:20pm 2/20/11 1:20pm

Science fiction and fantasy stories that can help you deal with death

Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and this week's Doctor Who crossover both served up poignant meditations on death. But fantastic stories often explore the darkest frontier of them all: Here are 12 other great stories to help you to cope with mortality. » 10/27/10 10:52am 10/27/10 10:52am