Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Death-reminder apps are essentially a Doomsday Clock for the individual.Its inspirational quotes about mortality are meant to remind users to pause and take stock of what they’re doing, a sort of companion to the many mindfulness apps.

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

The body farm in Western North Carolina was one stop on my yearlong journey to explore human composting, conservation cemeteries, green burial, water cremation, end-of-life doulas, and home funerals.

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

But for Vicarious Visions, a 30-year-old game studio acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2005, revamping Diablo II meant looking at the game through the eyes of a circa-1990s game developer.“Those spiky bits are the things people remember," Gallerani says.

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

After bushwhacking to reach the site, Peterson was dismayed by what she saw: two trees, seemingly in the throes of a disease called sudden oak death.

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Whatever anxieties I felt throughout the day are washed away.” She relates this heavily to the management mechanics in these games: “I’m focused on the simple task that the game places in front of me, whether it’s collecting shells, farming, or talking with my neighbors.”.

The ’60s-Inspired Island in 'Deathloop' Is Worth a Closer Look

The ’60s-Inspired Island in 'Deathloop' Is Worth a Closer Look

Mitton says that the art team looked to things like the photos from the book “Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains” for inspiration.

So This Is What We Get After All That #SnyderCut Hype

So This Is What We Get After All That #SnyderCut Hype

Some version survived on the filmmaker's laptop, and a fully reborn, four-hour-long iteration dropped yesterday on HBO Max. Justice League Is a Beautiful Mess of a Franken-Movie.

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

Earlier this week, news leaked that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were going to release long-awaited guidelines for how vaccinated people might behave safely in the interregnum before the New Normal when all of the everybody are vaccinated—call where we live now the New Weirdness, maybe?The basics: An aunt and uncle want to visit, and they’ve been vaccinated.

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America.Science Hill had to accept that our beloved meeting house, built by the original Friends in 1894, wasn’t the only place where members could gather.

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Perversely, some allergy researchers say, it is the researchers’ passion for their subjects—the close observation, the long hours of work each day, and the years of commitment to a research project—that puts them at such high risk.“It is true that some things cause allergies more often than others, but the biggest factor is the frequency of the interaction with the study organism,” said John Carlson, a physician and researcher at Tulane University who specializes in insect and dust mite allergies.

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden gets to work on the pandemic, the CDC adjusts vaccine guidelines, and death tolls rise worldwide.CDC data suggests the country has already reached a pace of approximately one million vaccines administered per day several times in the last few weeks, but it also indicates that states and cities are administering fewer than half of the doses that they’ve received.

How Tech Could Help Us Contemplate Our Own Mortality

How Tech Could Help Us Contemplate Our Own Mortality

This grim notification on my phone is WeCroak, an app that reminds you five times a day that, well, you’re going to die.And of course, WeCroak, a simple but elegant app that reminds you five times a day that you’re going to die and displays a quote on death.

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

“We often see people hanging on until that relative arrives or that child is born,” says Christopher Kerr, chief medical officer at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo and the author of Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End. Video calls, he adds, can help facilitate passing on.

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Memories also hosts digital “vaults” for living people to store things like precious photos, videos, and life stories, which can be shared after their passing.Though death is hard to control, people like Ainsworth are determined to create a future where you at least have some say in what comes next.

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

© Katja Schulz / Flickr This witch doesn’t fly around on a broomstick, yet an unexpected sighting of a 7-inch black moth in October is likely to catch your attention.With their bat-like flight, black witch moths may bring with them treats of fortune or bad omens.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

One of the many things that got lost in the discourse around the new Star Wars trilogy by the time it reached Rise was what happened to characters like Rose and Finn, whose storylines promised big endings and never delivered.

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Since the iMac now has a 10-core i9 upgrade option, Apple is also bumping the base model of the iMac Pro to offer the same processor, and this version is also available to order today.

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

“One of the reasons that some low-income countries have had relatively lower cases is because they followed the advice better,” says Banerjee.

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

Taking movies like Gone With the Wind off of streaming services, or removing TV episodes that feature blackface, isn’t censorship , it’s an acknowledgement of past mistakes and an admission that Hollywood, and the people who run it, can do better.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Last week, we livestreamed the first in a series of chats with their scientists, which you can check out above.And stay tuned to our Facebook channel for more livestreams with California Academy scientists in the coming weeks.

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

But Pepys and other Londoners depended on these local, near real-time, and sometimes contradictory running death counts as a kind of civic algorithm that could help them program their shopping, travel, and business dealings while avoiding plague-stricken districts of the growing metropolis.

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

That included the nation’s most prominent coronavirus truther: “Just stay calm,” Donald Trump said on March 10, “it will go away.” Two months later, as the official death count pushes above 70,000, this approach is obsolete.

Nintendo Confirms Some 160,000 Accounts Might've Been Hacked

Nintendo Confirms Some 160,000 Accounts Might've Been Hacked

Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed that a recent hacking attempt on its system compromised the login IDs and passwords of some 160,000 Nintendo Network ID accounts.

Receiver 2 Makes Players Understand What Guns Do IRL

Receiver 2 Makes Players Understand What Guns Do IRL

Meanwhile, the enemies in Receiver 2's eerily empty, procedurally generated levels are various kinds of gun-wielding drones.What Receiver 2 does successfully is highlight the danger of the weapons you're wielding.

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

Plagues don't come explicitly for one tribe or another; they don't smite a population because it's gone astray; they're neither divine punishment nor a sign of the Rapture.

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

On Friday, September 13, 2019, Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn, cofounders of the San Francisco internet security firm Cloudflare , stood on a slim marble balcony overlooking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Christie documents a startling array of issues associated with pets: free-roaming dogs and cats killing wildlife, the pet trade depleting wild bird and reptile populations, pet food depleting wild fisheries and increasing meat production and much more.

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board released dozens of new documents that provide a detailed understanding of the circumstances of Huang's death.The documents confirm a claim by Walter Huang's family that he had experienced this particular glitch, in this particular spot, multiple times prior to the crash.