China’s ‘Virtual Cremation’ Ride

So, how does it really feel like after dying? Man has always been curious about the afterlife and what really happens to his body after he dies.

So irresistible is the curiosity, in some instances, that some enterprising individuals have capitalized on it – in the Philippines, for example, some funeral houses have featured upright coffins where people can get in and feel how it is like in a coffin (and take “dead” pictures of themselves, of course!)

But that’s nothing compared to one unusual attraction at the Window of the World amusement park in Shenzhen, China, where people…

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Scientists, insurers developing ‘death clock’

Of course, it’s impossible these days, even with the latest advances in science and technology, to know exactly when we will all give up the ghost.

Scientists from England, however, have teamed up with the insurance industry to create an algorithm which will accurately predict when customers will die.

The University of East Anglia, in partnership with British insurance firm Aviva, is launching a four-year study – funded by a £800,000 grant from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) – to determine life expectancy and long-term illness.

“People around the world are living longer,” said lead researcher Prof Elena…

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Ancient burial ground found in Laos

Researchers are a step closer to unraveling one of the great prehistoric puzzles of South East Asia, after discovering an ancient burial ground, including human remains, at the ‘plain of jars’ in central Laos.

The discoveries were made during excavations conducted in February 2016, led by a team of Australian and Lao researchers. They were Dr. Louise Shewan from the Monash Warwick Alliance and Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History and Dr. Dougald O'Reilly from the Australian National University, and Dr. Thonglith Luangkhoth of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

Their field work was part of a five-year…

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King Arthur’s grave a publicity stunt?

For centuries, people have paid homage to the legendary English ruler King Arthur at his supposed resting site, at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England.

There, according to tradition, the remains of the king and his queen Guinevere were interred by 12th Century monks, who allegedly discovered their skeletons in an underground tree-trunk.

However, a group of scientists from the University of Reading now believe that the whole legend — and other mystic stories about King Arthur — was just a publicity stunt, concocted by cash-strapped medieval monks.

A team of 31 archaeology experts, led by Prof. Roberta Gilchrist, has recently…

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Neil Harbisson: World’s first cyborg artist

With an antenna-like contraption protruding from his head, British artist Neil Harbisson can easily be an eye-catcher wherever he goes.

What’s more remarkable is his amazing ability to convert sounds into eye-catching works of art – a trait which has earned him the nickname the “world’s first cyborg artist.”

Born in 1982, Harbisson is afflicted with achromatopsia, an extreme kind of color blindness that allows him to see things only in black and white. He grew up in Spain, where he studied music and art at various schools. His early works are all in black and white, and these…

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