Finally, Drummond had everything he’d ever dreamed of. He’d come a long way since he was a little boy, upset at his failure to get into the grammar school. That had been a great disappointment to his mother, and to his father, who was an engineer at a pharmaceutical company. His dad had never showed much interest in…
Lemmings have gotten a bum rap as being panicky rodents prone to throwing themselves from cliffs during their annual migration. But it turns out that the "documentary" that first promulgated this lie was more snuff fantasy than scientific fact. You don't normally expect that from a Disney production.
More people have committed suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge than on any other structure in the world—someone jumps from the bridge to their death about every two weeks. But those figures could be dramatically reduced if a proposed suicide-prevention barrier is installed later this year, as advocates hope.
Gotta feel bad for this guy: a Pennsylvania man who'd hit some very hard times wanted to end it all in a fiery blaze after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg crash. He's still alive, but the explosion he set off leveled his house.
The family of a Phoenix man who committed suicide this past September has filed a lawsuit against Fox News over the live broadcast of the event. Understandably, the family says that they suffered emotional distress after the broadcast, which was seen on TV sets and computer screens all over the world. Anchor Shepard…
New technologies can offer fantastic opportunities for humanity. They can help us become more mobile, more connected, and more safe from life's everyday dangers. But along with all of the benefits, technology often also provides new, more accessible ways for us to off ourselves. And in the 1920s, the automobile…
I didn't know Aaron Swartz personally. We never spoke, not in person nor by email.
Former Reddit co-owner and founder of DemandProgress, Aaron Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 in New York City yesterday, according to reports by The Tech. Swartz had been battling criminal charges related to his attempts to make JSTOR archives public and had been facing up to 50 years in prison and $4…
Since 2003, three students at New York University have jumped to their deaths from the atrium-facing staircases insides the university's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library.
Suicides are very sad but also, possibly, preventable and hopefully, treatable. The US Army is banking that they can develop a nasal spray that could prevent suicidal thoughts from ever occurring and are spending the next few years trying to combat suicide in soldiers with science.
Antidepressants are nothing new, but the U.S. Army is looking into a new way to deliver them. That's why they gave the University of Indiana $3 million to work on an anti-suicide nasal spray.
Surrounded by friends and family, celebrating with good food and drink, birthdays are happy occasions that we all look forward to. But new research suggests that, of all days, we're most likely to die when we're celebrating the passing of another year of our life.
A study forthcoming in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine offers new insight on how certain behavioral patterns can be indicative of depression, with particular attention given to the ways we use the internet.
Whether or not you agreed with his values, Dr. Kevorkian's assisted suicide device is a historical artifact of sorts. Which is why the New York Institute of Technology is auctioning off his patient helping/killing gear. Honey, you shouldn't have!
Who knew hallucinogens were actually good for you? In a recent study, two psychiatrists discovered that patients suffering from agonizing cluster headaches found relief while taking LSD or other hallucinogenic drugs.
Selling plastic bags on the internet just might earn you a visit from the FBI. That's what happened on Wednesday to 91-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn from California, who sells "suicide kits" through the mail for $60. From The San Diego Union-Tribune:
A 91-year old Grandma is selling $60 suicide kits over the Internet. The kit is rather basic actually, it's a large plastic bag with an elastic band opening and a slot for a plastic tube to be inserted. The tube is supposed to be connected to a helium tank and then pumped into the bag. Helium, when inhaled in its pure…
A little less than 30 minutes before purposefully driving her minivan off a pier with her four children inside, Lashanda Armstrong updated her Facebook status from her Blackberry: "I'm sorry everyone forgive me please for what I'm gonna do… This is it!!!"