Your Decaying Corpse Becomes a Factory of Toxic Chemicals After You Die

What happens after we die? Spiritually, who knows. Physically? Your body becomes a festering production line, spewing out more than 400 nasty compounds that would be toxic to your body if you weren't already dead, as Scientific American explains in this unsettlingly cheery animation. » 4/09/14 10:20am 4/09/14 10:20am

The Lost Science of Human Petrification

Professor Girolamo Segato of Florence, Italy invented a process to preserve human remains in a state of rock-hard petrification, but paranoia and fear destroyed his research, leaving just a small number of grim relics and a piece of morbidly-accented furniture as proof of his miraculous process. » 3/19/14 11:18am 3/19/14 11:18am

Ghostly Lightpainting Uses a Cross-Sectioned Video of an Executed…

Lightpainting requires a certain sort of skill to get the sort of marvellous results we've seen previously, but Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott went the whole nine yards and played an animation of a cross-sectioned human body on a laptop, which they then whizzed through the air and took long-exposure photos of. » 4/07/11 6:40am 4/07/11 6:40am

Scientists Date Corpses by Looking into Their Eyes

A team of Danish researchers has discovered a way of dating dead bodies via the corpse's eye using a nuclear particle accelerator. The procedure, which measures the amount of a carbon isotope in the eye lens, has been made possible because of atomic weapons testing half a century ago. The technique only works for… » 2/25/08 12:10pm 2/25/08 12:10pm