• Breaking News: People REALLY DO Want to Discuss Death and Dying with Doctors

    Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground Pam Belluck, The New York Times (August 31, 2014) Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried…

  • Day 30: Bringing the Dead Back to (Some Kind of) Life

    9 Things to Know About Reviving the Recently Dead Greg Miller, Wired Magazine (July 30, 2014) Great article in today’s Wired about research by Dr….

  • Radiolab: Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

    Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle
    Robert Krulwich, Radiolab (January 08, 2014)

    Radiolab co-host, Robert Krulwich, posted a fascinating piece on a mathematical approach to determining when a person might die. Krulwich explains how he first picked up this topic:

    A few years ago, physicist Brian Skinner asked himself: What are the odds I will die in the next year? He was 25. What got him wondering about this, I have no idea, but, hey, it’s something everybody asks. When I can’t wedge my dental floss between my two front teeth, I ask it, too. So Brian looked up the answer — there are tables for this kind of thing — and what he discovered is interesting. Very interesting. Even mysterious.

    It turns out that a fascinating 8-year rule emerges for most human lifespans. I will let you read all about it.

    Tick-Tock goes the clock.

    And welcome to 2014.

    Skull Clock

    Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle Robert Krulwich, Radiolab (January 08, 2014) Radiolab co-host, Robert Krulwich, posted a fascinating piece on…

  • Donating Dead Bodies to Save Money

    Donating Body Can Save Families Money Dan McFeely, The Indianapolis Star (February 08, 2011) A short post on a perennial topic for the Death Reference…

  • Seattle Librarians Tackle Mummy Eating

    The Seattle Public Library “Shelf Talk” blog posts questions of the month, answered by their reference librarians. March’s curiosity happens to deal with death: the…