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Posthumous humus

When making plans for their bodies after death, people usually choose burial or cremation. A Swedish scientist gave that country's residents a third choice--corpses can be frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered into dust. A degradable coffin lets the remains enrich the soil in six months.

Environmentalists laud the method as an alternative to cremation, which emits toxins and uses fossil fuels.

The Church of Sweden gave the method its approval. "We are promised a new body at the resurrection, and so we have no need for the old one," senior prelate Kerstin Lindgvist said.


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