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Posts Tagged ‘death’

Every Apple Design Ever in 30 seconds

I thought this week could do with some more "fanboy," so cobbled together this blast of Every Apple Design Ever'ish in 30 seconds. I'm a Linux guy, at heart, but even if each of its products were given only a single frame of animation, such a video would not end before the heat death of the universe. Also, times have changed.

Heat waves and stimulant use

Heat waves and stimulant use

A word of caution to people who consume illegal stimulants and those who regularly take legal ones to treat the symptoms mental health issues, like ADHD or depression. Research is showing that, during heat waves, there is an increased risk of death among stimulant users. It’s a small increase, Time magazine reported that "for every week that the [...]

Can a brain live for a minute after decapitation?

Can a brain live for a minute after decapitation?

Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by 19th century guillotine anecdotes about severed heads winking, attempting to speak, or smiling. The "Guillotine" entry in Wikipedia has a section on Living heads and The Straight Dope has investigated the topic as well. And now, two new scientific studies also push on the question of whether the brain [...]

Free excerpt from Jo Walton’s brilliant Among Others

Free excerpt from Jo Walton’s brilliant Among Others

Tor.com is hosting a long excerpt from Jo Walton's extraordinary Among Others, one of the best books I've read in years. From my original review: Now, let me tell you what this is all about. Among Others is the diary of Morwenna Phelps, a Welsh teenager whom we really meet just after her twin sister, Morganna, has died in an unspecified but [...]

Emergency Bra Hits the Market

Emergency Bra Hits the Market

There is a new bra out there that could be the difference between life and death. The emergency bra can be removed, the cups separated, and the cups can be turned into gas masks. The emergency bra, or EBbra, was developed by Dr. Elena Bodnar, and won the Ig Nobel Prize last year. According to Cnet, Bodnar was inspired to create the emergency [...]

How becoming a Stoic can make you happy

How becoming a Stoic can make you happy

I just read a terrific book called A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William B. Irvine. Irvine, a professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, writes that Stoicism was one of many competing philosophies (such as the Cynics and the Epicureans) that ran schools to teach a "philosophy of life" to [...]