When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity to ask “what can I do?” while there’s still a chance to intervene.
The most likely culprit: lactose.
The British Medical Journal published a large study that tracked the dietary habits of over 100,000 people in Sweden. The study followed the participants for 20 years taking into account differences in lifestyle and demographics. The researchers at Uppsala University found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day were twice as likely to die earlier than those who drank less than one glass of milk per day; men had a slightly higher risk of dying early as well. The study also found that the more milk the women in the study drank, the more likely they were to experience bone fractures, especially hip fractures.
Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead.
In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap for birds flying overhead.
600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard.
After 26 years, Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. He was “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employer said this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up.
Have you ever wondered what you’re most likely to die from at any given time? Check out this data visualization posted to Reddit by UCanDoEat.
Google CEO Larry Page
Larry Page, CEO at Google, just published his annual founder’s letter for shareholders and, as usual, it’s a fascinating glimpse into where he thinks Google is going, how it’s going to get there, and what the company will conquer in the future.
“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ is a book written by the scientist Dr. Robert Lanza. The book has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible. (Video)
Obamacare does matters. But all of the debate about it misdirects attention away from massive collateral damage to patients. How massive is the damage?
The Tikker campaign on Kickstarter is escalating the smartwatch craze with its proposed “death watch”. The idea behind Tikker is that you calculate how much time left you have before you die, set the watch’s countdown and then have a perpetual ominous reminder to seize the day, kind of like a lower-stakes version of the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time.”
Google is planning to launch a new company with the absurdly ambitious objective of extending our lives. “Calico” is the name of the company and will be run by Arthur Levinson, chairman and ex-CEO of biotech company Genentech.
Younger generations have been exposed longer to risk factors for obesity.
A new report reveals that the number of deaths caused by obesity in the United States has been vastly underestimated by researchers. Obesity accounts for 18 percent of deaths among black and white Americans between the ages of 40 and 85, according to the study published online Aug. 15 in the American Journal of Public Health. Previous estimates had placed obesity-related deaths at only 5 percent of all U.S. deaths.
There isn’t a fixed moment in time when death occurs. It can take hours for brain cells to die. It is a misconception even among doctors that the body dies all at once. We are only a little dead when even an hour after the heart has stopped.