A cryonics container used at Alcor to hold bodies or heads at ultra-cold temperatures. Photo courtesy of Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

Alcor: Freezing Bodies

Alcor is a non-profit organization which specializes in "cryonics." As Alcor states on their website,

"[c]ryonics is the science of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve human life with the intent of restoring good health when technology becomes available to do so."

Alcor is one of several cryonics companies in the U.S. that have established legal and technological procedures for freezing and storing human bodies -- or in many cases, just human heads -- immediately after an individual's death. Alcor hopes that future technologies will be able to repair and resuscitate these frozen bodies.