drugs
The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found in the hallucinogenic Amazonian brew known as ayahuasca—experience many of the same things. Read More >>

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Even Funeral Ads Have to be Edgy and Loaded With Viral Potential Now

Oh dear, this has happened. A company that specialises in cremating away the inconvenient earthly vessels of the recently deceased has decided the funeral industry needs shaking up a bit, hence this. A series of funny adverts for being cremated, including one showing happy surfers with coffin lids for boards, beaming about being dead soon and on fire. Read More >>

science
Controversial Study Suggests There’s No Limit to Human Ageing

The older we get, the greater our likelihood of dying. Or at least that’s what we thought. New research suggests mortality rates level off after we turn 105, and that no upper limit exists for the human lifespan. It’s an extraordinary conclusion — one that’s not going over very well with other ageing researchers. Read More >>

health
Gastric Balloons May Have Killed 12 People Since 2016 

Since 2016, at least 12 people have died worldwide soon after receiving a intragastric balloon, a new noninvasive procedure meant to help people lose weight, according to an alert released Monday by the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). Seven of the patients were in the US. In response, the FDA has approved new warning labels for two balloon products implicated in the deaths. Read More >>

giz asks
Can You Vape to Death?

I never thought I’d see the day, but vaping—the bejewelled fedora of nicotine delivery methods—is starting to seem a lot less ridiculous. Or, at least, somewhat less ridiculous. Juuling teens are still reliably funny. But at the same time, there are real, credentialed doctors out there making a case for vaping as a viable alternative to conventional smoking. One doctor, speaking to the New Yorker, claimed that if 10 per cent of the cigarette smoking population switched over to e-cigs, 6.6 million lives would be saved. Of course, we’re still unclear on what the long-term risks might be—some studies have suggested that e-cig vapour can be carcinogenic, and contain arsenic and lead. So if we’re all going to switch over to vaping, it might be useful at least to know, in the short-term, if it could possibly kill you. Read More >>

death
Super-Budget Funerals With No Religious Pomp Are Coming to the Mainstream

That old David Bowie was innovating even after he'd died, as the star's choosing of a no-frills "direct cremation" after he'd passed away – in which your physical form is disposed of without a traditional funeral service – is fast becoming the norm. Read More >>

giz asks
Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 950 million birds we kill in the UK every year for our consumption, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But for this week’s Giz Asks, we’re asking which creatures are most desperate for our blood (or, in fairness to the animal kingdom, which are most likely to kill us by accident). Read More >>

health
Forcing People to Get Up Early Sort of Kills Them a Bit

Researchers looking into human sleep patterns have found that some people really shouldn't be made to start work early, as forcing night people to become morning people appears to raise their chances of dying prematurely by 10 per cent. Read More >>

science
First Observation of Rigor Mortis in Worms Could Help Us Understand Death by Old Age

Living creatures do amazing things. They grow toward the sun, build cities, lay eggs, and some even bone. But living things must die, and when they do, they tend to get smelly and mushy pretty quickly. But the moments after death, before decomposition, can be amazing in their own right. Scientists have just learned a bit more about this mysterious time by studying common worms. Read More >>

death
Irn Bru Enthusiasts Can Now be Buried in a Branded Coffin

It would probably be libellous of us to say that people who drink Irn Bru are likely to die sooner than everyone else, so we won't say that. But just in case you are an Irn Bru fan and you are planning on dying in the near future from entirely unrelated complications, here's a thing. An Irn Bru coffin. Read More >>

death
Almost As Many Celebrities Died In 2017 as 2016 – Here’s Why You Didn’t Notice

Quick, think back to 2016! What an awful year. Even if we could erase Brexit and Trump from history, it’d still be remembered as a miserable time because of all of the beloved celebrities we lost: Bowie! Prince! Carrie Fisher! And, umm, Fidel Castro. Read More >>

death
Water Cremation Plan Suspended Because No One’s Last Wish is to be Flushed Away

Apparently, the future of disposing of bodies is a process that's known as alkaline hydrolysis, or a "water cremation" to make it sound a little nicer. It's where the body is placed in a tank and mixed with chemicals until the meaty bits dissolve, then it's swished away down the plug hole and the relatives are presented with the ground-up bones of their beloved. It's sounds pretty unappealing, but then again so does being burned and buried in an inescapable box. Read More >>

crime
Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Now Says He Intentionally Sunk Ship After Journalist’s Death

On Monday, reporters were allowed to hear Peter Madsen’s version of the events that led to the death of the journalist Kim Wall aboard crowdfunded submarine, the UC3 Nautilus. At a court hearing in Copenhagen, Madsen claimed that Wall was accidentally struck on the head by a heavy hatch and he maintains that he is innocent of manslaughter. Read More >>

wtf
People Are Immortalising Their Dead Loved Ones in Soft Toys

On Wednesday, a video capturing a tender if somewhat eerie moment surfaced on Reddit, allegedly showing a woman listening to the voice of her late husband emanating from a teddy bear. The title of the post suggests that she was married to her husband for 32 years before he died of cancer, and the bear was a gift to her from her children. Read More >>

climate change
Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company)

It’s not often that you’ll hear someone thank climate change for something. But today, it seems to have offered some closure on a 75-year-old mystery. So, thanks climate change, at least for this. Read More >>