Death & Dying

One surefire tip for a long and healthy life

Sometimes it seems that every day offers a new, contradictory health finding. One day screening for prostate cancer is recommended; the next it’s not. One day the hot new superfood is acai berries. The next it’s dark chocolate, red wine, or fatty fish. Just about every new diet plan or exercise regime raises doubts about effectiveness or …

Using the “smell of death” to solve crimes

Scientists and police detectives alike have long known that decomposing human bodies give off some ghastly smells—caused by the emission of the aptly named gases “cadaverine” and “putrescine,” among others—and that being able to sniff out those unseemly aromas can be critical at crime scenes or in the aftermath of a disaster as …

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