Pedestrian traffic deaths in NYC haven't been this low since 1910 

1910 was just two years after the first Model T was produced by Ford, and cars were quickly taking over the New York City's streets. It was also the first year NYC began keeping track of traffic deaths. And now, the number of deaths has dipped below that first year. » 12/31/14 10:49am 12/31/14 10:49am

These are all the deaths in Game of Thrones

Redditor Ma Petit Choufleur did something really cool: mark all the deaths in the Game of Thrones novels and then take this cool photo. Yeah, that's lots of deaths. "All the marked deaths are present tense confirmed deaths. No flashbacks, and no implied deaths," he says. » 11/21/13 12:36am 11/21/13 12:36am

This Deceptively Pretty Map Shows Every Traffic Death on Earth

Death by car is random and sudden—which, unfortunately, means it tends to fall into the category of "accidental," and hence, unpreventable. But with traffic deaths set to outpace AIDS/HIV and malaria in the developing world, the UN is trying to change that perception—and this shocking interactive map ought to help. » 8/16/13 11:06am 8/16/13 11:06am

Terrifying Video of the Deadly Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

Absolutely gut-wrenching video of the Indiana State Fair concert stage collapse from last night. Reports indicate a freak wind burst and sudden weather may be partially to blame, and that the concert was delayed at the time. » 8/14/11 10:00am 8/14/11 10:00am

Segway Company Owner Died Because Of His Politeness, Coroner Tells

The coroner working on the case of Jimi Heselden's death last year has ruled it was an accident, seemingly due to allowing a dog-walker to pass him on the narrow cliff-path, making him reverse and fall 42ft. [BBC] » 7/15/11 11:30am 7/15/11 11:30am

Amtrak Train Collides With a Truck Trying to Rush the Tracks in Maine

Reuters reports that a garbage-filled dump truck trying to race across the tracks ahead of an Amtrak train this morning simply didn't make it. Nor did the driver. Downeaster train 681, headed from Boston to Portland, Maine crashed in North Berwick at 11 a.m. Four of the train's 112 passengers were injured. » 7/11/11 2:31pm 7/11/11 2:31pm

The Tragic, Unforeseen Death of a Prediction Technology Mogul

John Delaney was reportedly just 150 feet from the peak of Mount Everest when he died Saturday, having collapsed from an unknown medical condition. The Intrade founder passed away without knowing he had a new daughter. He was 42. » 5/25/11 2:55pm 5/25/11 2:55pm

Cubicle Worker Found A Day After Dying At Work

If you need a sad reminder that cubicles are soul-crushing ways to divide an office, here's a story of a LA County employee that died at hers, but wasn't found for an entire day. [Newser] » 2/16/11 12:57pm 2/16/11 12:57pm

Workplace Deaths in 2009

Here is a very gruesome PDF that shows the total number of workplace fatalities by various means. Struck against object, caught in collapsing materials, falls and exposure to harmful substances all make the list. [Stats.bls.gov (PDF)] » 2/10/11 3:54pm 2/10/11 3:54pm

Another Foxconn Employee Has Jumped to Their Death Today

Today, another Foxconn employee leapt to his/her death from a Shenzhen window, despite the safety nets they erected several months ago—something our own Joel Johnson saw himself on his visit there last week. [Reuters] » 11/05/10 7:30am 11/05/10 7:30am

John Gavin, the Man Who Put Neil Armstrong On the Moon, Died Saturday

Aged 90 years old, John Gavin Jr passed away on Saturday from acute leukemia and pneumonia. He played an instrumental role in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, leading the 7,500-strong team which created the Eagle lunar module. [NY Times] » 11/04/10 4:40am 11/04/10 4:40am

Let's Remember Bob Guccione for Omni Mag, Not Just the Porn

Perhaps most famous for smut-mag Penthouse, we'd rather remember Guccione for the tech/sci-fi magazine Omni, which hasn't been seen on newsagents' shelves since 1995. It was hugely inspirational for its time, when robots, space and gadgets were on everyone's minds. » 10/21/10 3:20am 10/21/10 3:20am

Super-Mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot Has Passed Away

The French mathematician was the father of fractals, and while pancreatic cancer got the better of him four days ago, his reputation will live on in the areas of maths, physics, finance, biology and countless more. » 10/18/10 6:40am 10/18/10 6:40am

Segway Company Owner Dies After Driving Segway Off Cliff

Just like the countless innovators, explorers and fine people killed in a Frankensteinian way by their own inventions, the current owner of Segway—not Dean Kamen—died yesterday after he rode off a cliff and into a river in England. » 9/27/10 7:48am 9/27/10 7:48am

Foxconn's Opening a New Factory in North China (To Replace Shenzhen…

What to do when your factory's been plagued with unwanted attention after numerous employee suicides? Why, move up North, that's what. A notice on a government site in Hebi city, North China, suggests Foxconn's looking for 300,000 new workers. » 6/30/10 3:52am 6/30/10 3:52am

Foxconn Scrapping Suicide Compensation To Stop Deaths

Aha, now this is all making much more sense. Foxconn raised wages by 30 per cent, and then a further 66 per cent on top of that—and now has scrapped the compensation for families of the deceased. » 6/09/10 5:19am 6/09/10 5:19am

Foxconn Increases Wages With a 66% Pay Rise

First they were offered 20 per cent. Then, 30 per cent. Then Apple was rumored to be chipping in to help out. Now, it's being reported that Foxconn is offering employees another 66 per cent performance-based pay rise. » 6/07/10 2:37am 6/07/10 2:37am

Another Foxconn Employee Dies, After Working 34-Hours Straight

Another death at Foxconn's Shenzhen factory, only this time it wasn't a suicide attempt, according to reports. Instead, the 28-year-old man (who'd only married his wife, above, three months ago) died from exhaustion. » 6/02/10 6:39am 6/02/10 6:39am

Foxconn Raising Wages By 30% To Combat Suicides

There's not been confirmation to Monday's report that Apple would be giving a percentage of their profits to Foxconn factory workers who produce their products, but Foxconn's doing their bit in offering financial reasons for its employees to stay alive. » 6/02/10 4:26am 6/02/10 4:26am

Rumor: Apple Giving Financial Benefits To Foxconn Employees

Well-respected Chinese site Zol, owned by CNET's parent company CBS Interactive, has published a report claiming that Apple will be providing financial subsidies to Foxconn's workers, helping boost their current monthly salary of roughly $130 each. » 5/31/10 11:22am 5/31/10 11:22am