Real-Life Scientists Who Meddled With Life and Death

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about the abuses of science — in particular, the potential pitfalls of screwing around with corpses and lightning. But people haven't always listened. Even before Shelley wrote her classic novel, scientists had meddled with the forces of life and death. And after … »10/05/12 11:00am10/05/12 11:00am

The Capitol architect wanted to reanimate George Washington's dead body

George Washington may have been America's first president, but was he nearly America's first zombie-in-chief? If William Thornton, physician and designer of the US Capitol, had had his way, Washington's body would have been subjected a scientific experiment designed to bring the deceased former president back to life. »1/28/12 5:00pm1/28/12 5:00pm