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Science sheds light on the moment our lights go out

13 August 2013 Last updated at 11:39 BST

Scientists have discovered more about what happens to the brain as we die.

A study on rats shows that the brain experiences a huge surge of electricity during the moment of death, suggesting that they are experiencing a higher state of consciousness.

It could explain why people claim to see white light or "life flash before their eyes" during near-death experiences.

Dr Jason Braithwaite from the University of Birmingham says that since this surge is happening in rats, it could also happen in humans.

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