Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Traveling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long,…
Researchers from 21st Century Medicine have developed a new technique to allow long term storage of a near-perfect mammalian brain. It’s a breakthrough that could have serious implications for cryonics, and the futuristic prospect of bringing the frozen dead back to life.
In vitro fertilization for humans has been around since the late 1970s, but the same can’t be said for our canine companions. But now, after decades of research, scientists have finally produced the first live, healthy puppies from frozen embryos.
For a period of 15 days, a cooled copper mass enclosed in a cryostat container may very well have been the coldest object in the Universe. At -273.144 degrees Celsius, it nearly achieved absolute zero. The technique, which resulted a world record, could produce important new insights into exotic particle physics.
Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi has taken the viral ALS ice bucket challenge to its logical conclusion by dumping a bucket of liquid nitrogen over his head. Undeniably, it was a very dangerous thing to do — but Qureshi did have some basic chemistry on his side.
While human cryogenics is still in its pie-in-the-sky, butt-of-the-joke phase, a frog that lives in Alaska's subzero temperatures can pull off a surprisingly similar feat. Scientists have now documented the wood frog surviving through its longest and coldest states ever. This frog could someday hold the key to…
The fascinating short documentary We Will Live Again goes inside the Cryonics Institute, where we meet the people behind the freezing process and witnesses (non-explicitly) the acceptance of its hundredth client.
Captain America, the hottest member of the Greatest Generation, is returning to the big screen this Friday. Steve Rogers may feel all alone in the modern world, but he's not alone in fiction. Here's a list of the greatest fictional characters who have been frozen, and woke to a strange new world.
Scientists have learned that a common parasite of sea turtles is capable of surviving ridiculously cold temperatures — a finding that could lead to the development of advanced cryopreservation techniques.
Gizmodo's mad scientist Brent Rose had some super-cold (minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit) cryogenic fluid left over from yesterday's Happy Hour experiment making booze into cryo-spheres. So he did what any mad scientist would do: cracked an egg in it! Watch the weirdness that transpires.
Let's say you've been offered a working cryochamber, with its own fuel supply. You can freeze yourself whenever you want, for as long as you want. What age would you like to be when you're frozen? And when would you like to wake up?
A recent paper by Caterina Wiedemann describing her success in freezing and thawing the egg cells of several different cat species is raising an interesting question about our efforts to preserve endangered animals. We've got a doomsday seed vault in the Arctic, so why not create egg vaults, too?
As always, the late 1980s deliver a piece of perplexing propaganda — this time, it takes the form of a life insurance commercial that feels like somebody's frustrated attempt to make a movie about somebody awakened from cryogenic sleep. This was aired in 1988 and is weirdly well done.
Cryonics may be a fanciful notion to some and it's certainly an expensive undertaking, but that hasn't stopped a handful of people from having their bodies cryogenically frozen in the hope of being revived in some distant future. Photographer Murray Ballard stepped into the world of cryopreservation with his camera in…
It's been a dream for years — freezing your body at the moment of death, so that you can be revived later, when medical science has advanced enough to cure you, and possibly rejuvenate you as well.
You see, the thing is that, in order to make the future happen, you need to have people in the present to work on it. So if you happen to invent machine-induced hibernation, just don't tell anyone. [XKCD]
How cold of a temperature do you think you can survive exposure to? 0°F? -20°F? -50°F? How about -166°F, and you do it intentionally? A group of French scientists studied various ways that people recover after intensive workouts, including whole body cryotherapy, which sounds like something out of Futurama. Tested on…
Robert C.W. Ettinger, who famously said that death was for the unprepared and the unimaginative, died on Saturday. But the physics teacher and science fiction writer may be coming back — his family froze his body cryonically.
Wondering what to do with your body as old age encroaches ever more on your lifestyle? Perhaps you should consider an application to the Timeship, which aims to be "the world's largest facility for life extension research [and] cryopreservation."
If cryogenic science is perfected, it promises a future where humans can travel to the future just by freezing themselves. But cryogenics entrepreneurs have more mundane ideas for bringing freezy suspended animation into everyday life. Scenario Land imagines that someday home cryogenics products could perform…