A high school student learns some uncomfortable truths about herself after her science project turns deadly.Read More
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky tells the story of Nederland, Colorado—a place where death is literally a party—and the man who started it all by storing his frozen dead grandfather in a Tuff Shed in his backyard. (Yes, really.)Read More
Matthew Dicks died when he was twelve years old. And then, when he was seventeen years old, he died again.Read More
Guy Schaffer wanted to understand the brain, but the only job he could find was in a monkey lab—a lab where a monkey attack led to a deeper set of crises.Read More
As a medical student, Matthew Pantell learns a real-life lesson medical school couldn't prepare him for: how to pronounce someone dead.Read More
The best way to study things by going there, looking at them, and reporting back. A fact that makes death particularly challenging to understand. But as I was told, one Harvard physicist thought he had a way around that.Read More
I arrived in Jersey City with my mother and brother on a dark night in January 1986. Mom had fallen in love and had dragged us along to her new life with her new husband. We were transplants from Southern California, where our hometown had experienced a cold snap just a few months before. Temperatures had plummeted to fifty degrees. But this was worse. Even in my warmest coat, I shivered. My bare ears stung.
A few days later, my brother and I enrolled in our new school, PS 23. In California, our schools were named after mountains and fruit trees, but in Jersey City the education system had opted for utilitarian numbers. It made me feel like a number myself.Read More