LONDON - Scientists have captured “conscious-like” brain activity in dying patients, a development that offers “new insights into the process of death”, said The Guardian.

Researchers retrospectively analysed the brain activity data after the patients had life support withdrawn, and found that two of the patients showed an increase in heart rate along with a surge of gamma wave activity, which is considered the fastest brain activity and associated with consciousness.

This might correspond to the patients being “internally awakened”, said a researcher.