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How Ancient Embalmers Pulled the Brains and Guts Out of Mummies

We've unearthed mummy upon mummy from Egypt, the oldest dating back to 3500 B.C., but one thing has remained a bit of a mystery: what does the mummification process actually entail from a surgical point of view? How did they remove the brains, guts, and other vital organs—what tools did they use and how did they train… » 11/14/13 3:00pm 11/14/13 3:00pm

Dressing Up For the Reaper: How Embalming Makes the Dead Look Alive

President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15th, 1865, mere hours after John Wilkes Booth inflicted the mortal gunshot wound, but his body had to survive a 19-day train ride across the country before being laid to rest in Springfield, Ill. And thanks to a recent discovery by a Union surgeon, the president looked as… » 9/03/13 4:31pm 9/03/13 4:31pm

Here's How You Preserve a Dead Dictator Forever

Hugo Chavez died a few days ago, but he's not exactly going six feet under any time soon. The late Venezuelan leader's body is going to be on display for a week so people can pay homage. But bodies rot starting immediately, and regular old funeral home embalming only lasts a matter of hours. How do you ensure that old… » 3/08/13 5:40pm 3/08/13 5:40pm