Where Does Our Information Go After We Die?
August 14, 2015

Data columnist Paul Ford discusses the federal Death Master File

The Database of the Dead
August 13, 2015

The Social Security Administration maintains a database of everyone who has died since 1936. Are you in it?

The Final File
August 13, 2015

Exploring the Social Security administration’s list of America’s dead.

Who Owns the Dead?
June 24, 2015

For decades, Americans have been increasingly distanced from the dead. A small group of women is working to change that.

Facebook Shouldn't Apologize for "Year in Review"—You Should, for Using It
December 28, 2014

Don't let Facebook scrub the grit and grief from your life.

Boston Strong: Remembering Mayor Thomas Menino
October 30, 2014

Remembering a great leader and, yes, a great liberal.

Deciding How to Die Has Never Been Harder
October 24, 2014

We do not like to think about our decrepit and declining future—and so we end up unprepared for it.

The Scientists Studying Life After Death Are Not Total Frauds
October 08, 2014

Scientists want to know exactly what it means to be dead.