Death

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Many of us expect, almost demand, to live a long life, in good health. Many of us won’t. Djuliet

Memento Mori – remember that you have to die

We have – in some of the world – sanitised death, but the custom of post-mortem photography reminds us death is closer to us than we might like to think. This article contains images of dead people.
It’s green – but is it good for the environment? Ioan Sameli

Live long, die green and leave a biodegradable corpse

My mother died recently and at the funeral home I was asked if I had any ideas what kind of coffin she would like. For some reason I said something environmentally friendly. These words came out of my…
Adelaide Oval, Phillip Hughes' most recent state cricket home, will play host to this week’s first Test match between Australia and India. AAP/Michael Ramsey

After Phillip Hughes' death, it’s time for a post-traumatic Test

The first cricket Test match of the Australia summer is usually a happy occasion. Its retro sights of white-flannelled figures and the comforting sound of bat on ball herald the holiday season even for…
Our tendency to think that we will “beat the odds” is risky, and mostly wrong. malik ml williams

Before you go … are you in denial about death?

For most of us, death conjures up strong feelings. We project all kinds of fears onto it. We worry about it, dismiss it, laugh it off, push it aside or don’t think about it at all. Until we have to. Of…
A reduction over the years in rider deaths in horse racing means further tragedies could be prevented. Flickr/Tsutomu Takasu

We need to prevent further jockey deaths in horse racing

Horse racing claimed the lives of three jockeys recently – two in Australia and one in the United States – and some prominent industry professionals have openly claimed that deaths in racing are part of…
Status update: this party’s dead, and so am I. Eddi van W.

From here to Eterni.me – the quest for digital immortality

Earlier this year, start-up Eterni.me emerged from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship Development program. The company’s tagline – “simply become immortal” – quickly attracted media…
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths. FRacco/Wikimedia Commons

Wolverine’s dead! (well, for now)

Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
Space can be at a premium in cemeteries … and when it runs out, reusing old graves is an option. William Murphy/Flickr

Losing the plot: death is permanent, but your grave isn’t

Headstones at the Dudley Park cemetery in Payneham, South Australia, were recently bulldozed as part of the ongoing “recycling” of more than 400 graves. Some people were shocked to realise that gravesites…
Seeing beautiful otherworldly scenes and coming to a border of no return are commonly reported features of near-death experiences. Louish Pixel

Death isn’t scary – if you’ve had a near-death experience

At some stage, you will die. You may not know the time, date or circumstance of your death, but you do know it’s inevitable. Contemplating this fact can be uncomfortable. It evokes anxiety and fear in…

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