Author Archives: Marissa Abruzzini (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

Willow Row Barrow Finds Inspiration in Old Burial Techniques

The columbarium is the first stone barrow built in Cambridgeshire in 3,500 years

Columbariums are usually simple, utilitarian spaces, designed solely for the purpose of storing the ashes of those who have died. Often part of a funeral home or a church, they rarely provide space for family and friends to gather and … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Diagnosing Mitochondrial Disease

And why a computer hacker faces 15 years in prison for intervening in a troubling case

As one young woman discovered, diagnosing mitochondrial disease isn’t as easy as diagnosing other medical conditions, like cancer or diabetes. There is no definitive test for the disease, especially in its early stages. Doctors just have to trust that the patient … Continue reading

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“Selling eternal life is an unbeatable business, with no customers ever asking for their money back after the goods are not delivered.”

- Victor J. Stenger
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Hofheide Crematorium Uses Shadow to Create A Work of Art

Modern crematoriums abandon architectural norms in favor of bold designs

In the past, a crematorium had one simple purpose: to cremate the dead. Today, many families now gather in these spaces to remember loved ones. But most crematoriums still lack bold decor or elaborate architecture. They’re not the warmest, friendliest … Continue reading

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Film Series Review: “The Keepers” Directed by Ryan White

A documentary series unravels the mystery around a beloved nun's death

Following its massive success with the series “Making a Murderer,” Netflix has become the place for true crime enthusiasts to gather around and discuss complex murder mysteries. This year, Netflix released another fascinating series about murder and conspiratorial cover-ups,  “The Keepers.” In it, … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Keytruda Based on Cancer Genetics

The first-ever approval focuses on tumor genetics rather than tumor location

For decades, cancer treatments focused on where tumors originated to determine how to treat the disease. But now for the first time, the FDA has approved the immunotherapy drug Keytruda to treat cancers based on genetic biomarkers rather than the location of the … Continue reading

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