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Gastric Balloons May Have Killed 12 People Since 2016  Gastric Balloons May Have Killed 12 People Since 2016 

Since 2016, at least 12 people have died worldwide soon after receiving a intragastric balloon, a new noninvasive procedure meant to help people lose weight, according to an alert released Monday by the Food and Drug Administration. Seven of the patients were in the US. In response, the FDA has approved new warning…

The US Probably Had Its Third Straight Year of Lowered Life Expectancy in 2017 The US Probably Had Its Third Straight Year of Lowered Life Expectancy in 2017

The US likely experienced its third consecutive year of a sagging life expectancy in 2017, based on preliminary data published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increased deaths from suicide and drug overdose probably played a role in the decline.

Can You Vape to Death? Can You Vape to Death?

I never thought I’d see the day, but vaping—the bejeweled fedora of nicotine delivery methods—is starting to seem a lot less ridiculous. Or, at least, somewhat less ridiculous. Juuling teens are still reliably funny. But at the same time, there are real, credentialed doctors out there making a case for vaping as a…

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans? Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 million chickens we kill in the U.S. every month, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But…

People Who Like to Stay Up Later Have a Higher Chance of Early Death, Study Finds People Who Like to Stay Up Later Have a Higher Chance of Early Death, Study Finds

Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious drawbacks, suggests a new study published this week in Chronobiology International. Namely, it might increase your chances of dying early.

First Observation of Rigor Mortis in Worms Could Help Us Understand Death by Old Age First Observation of Rigor Mortis in Worms Could Help Us Understand Death by Old Age

Living creatures do amazing things. They grow toward the sun, build cities, lay eggs, and some even bone. But living things must die, and when they do, they tend to get smelly and mushy pretty quickly. But the moments after death, before decomposition, can be amazing in their own right. Scientists have just learned a…

Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Charged With Murder of Journalist Kim Wall Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Charged With Murder of Journalist Kim Wall

Peter Madsen, an eccentric inventor who gained notoriety for his DIY submarine and mini-rocket projects, has been charged with the murder of Kim Wall, a young journalist that was writing a story about him. After months of shifting stories, prosecutors believe that Madsen intentionally killed Wall and that the act was…

This Book Is All About Death, Murder, Mourning, and 'an Anatomical Christ' This Book Is All About Death, Murder, Mourning, and 'an Anatomical Christ'

“On an average day, visitors might encounter Dr. Couney’s Infant Incubators, where premature babies were kept alive by novel technology that had yet to be adopted by hospitals,” writes Joanna Ebenstein of the medical miracles once tucked away inside New York City’s most famous amusement park in her new book, Death: A…

Marvel's Death Just Claimed Responsibility for the Cubs Winning the 2016 World Series Marvel's Death Just Claimed Responsibility for the Cubs Winning the 2016 World Series

Even though Thanos has been trying his damnedest to get her attention for eons, Marvel’s abstract concept of Death’s been spending the bulk of her time lately hanging out with Ben Reilly, Spider-Man’s clone. In this week’s Scarlet Spider, Death visited Ben for a friendly chat about her involvement in the 2016 World…

Serial Killer in Japan Stalked, Murdered Suicidal Women He Found Through Twitter Serial Killer in Japan Stalked, Murdered Suicidal Women He Found Through Twitter

In a grisly tale, The New York Times reports Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, was arrested in Zama prefecture, Japan, 30 miles outside of Tokyo, after police found nine severed heads in coolers in his apartment. Shiraishi reportedly used Twitter to find women who’d expressed suicidal thoughts over the service, murdering and…

Yellowstone Supervolcano Is Experiencing Its Longest Earthquake Swarm on Record (But Calm Down) Yellowstone Supervolcano Is Experiencing Its Longest Earthquake Swarm on Record (But Calm Down)

Do not lose sleep tonight, the world will not end as the result of some enormous supervolcano eruption in Yellowstone National Park any time soon. But there is a whole lot of other interesting stuff going on there—so maybe it’s worth losing sleep by getting excited about science. Nerd.

Legendary Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91 Legendary Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, an instantly recognizable character actor whose career spanned seven decades, died of natural causes in Los Angeles today. He was 91 years old.

Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Now Says He Intentionally Sunk Ship After Journalist's Death Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Now Says He Intentionally Sunk Ship After Journalist's Death

On Monday, reporters were allowed to hear Peter Madsen’s version of the events that led to the death of the journalist Kim Wall aboard crowdfunded submarine, the UC3 Nautilus. At a court hearing in Copenhagen, Madsen claimed that Wall was accidentally struck on the head by a heavy hatch and he maintains that he is…

A Stuntwoman Has Died on the Set of Deadpool 2 (UPDATED) A Stuntwoman Has Died on the Set of Deadpool 2 (UPDATED)

A stuntwoman riding a motorcycle was killed Monday on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2.

When Will Humanity Finally Die Out?

Homo sapiens have been around for at least a hundred thousand years, and civilization for maybe a few thousand. These timescales are far longer than your minuscule lifespan, but given our 13 billion-year-old galaxy, they’re shorter than a cosmic heartbeat. And unlike galaxies that require a major wallop to tear apart,…

Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company) Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company)

It’s not often that you’ll hear someone thank climate change for something. But today, it seems to have offered some closure on a 75-year-old mystery. So, thanks climate change, at least for this.

Did Orphan Black Go Too Far With Its Latest Death?  Did Orphan Black Go Too Far With Its Latest Death? 

The second episode of Orphan Black’s final season crossed a line even I didn’t expect, killing off a fan-favorite character in a cruel, sadistic, and fairly sexist way. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but it isn’t good.

Congressional Shooting and London Fire Trend on Twitter, Twitter Promotes #HappyDeathDay Congressional Shooting and London Fire Trend on Twitter, Twitter Promotes #HappyDeathDay

The country woke up to scary news on Wednesday. A gunman had opened fire on a Congressional baseball practice, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others. A catastrophic fire in London had killed at least six people. And Twitter sponsored trending section had decided to promote a very unfortunate…

Guess How Many Deaths There Have Been So Far on Game of Thrones Guess How Many Deaths There Have Been So Far on Game of Thrones

On Game of Thrones, death is one of the few things (aside from winter) that the people of Westeros and beyond know that they can rely on. The impermanence of life is one of the fundamental ideas that’s shaped both George R.R. Martin’s books and HBO’s series, but, as is often the case, it can be difficult to recall…

Myrcella's 'Sweet' Death on Game of Thrones Was Originally Going to Be So Much Ickier Myrcella's 'Sweet' Death on Game of Thrones Was Originally Going to Be So Much Ickier

Myrcella Baratheon wasn’t the first non-book death we got on Game of Thrones, but it was definitely one of the most surprising— mainly because it wasn’t as gruesome as we’ve come to expect on the show. Turns out, that was on purpose, as the actor has unveiled how much worse her demise was supposed to be.

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