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Art Spotlight: The Myth of Arachne

As mentioned in our episode “Silk of the Spider,” the myth of Arachne provides a wonderful mythic backdrop for humanity’s quest to steal the secret of spider silk. Arachne, as you may remember, was a mortal woman and expert weaver.

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Space Music: Tangerine Dream, Schulze, Lustmord

As we explore in our podcast episode “The Science of Coincidence,” Synchronicity is a funny thing. The week I finally gave in and signed up for Spotify(three months for 99 cents is hard to resist) is also the week they

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Artatomical: The Stone of Madness and Folly

As you might remember from our podcast episode and video on trepanation, cranial perforation has long had a place in the treatment of  madness and brain injury. But as we see above in this detail from “The Extraction of the Stone

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Monster of the Week: The Sphinx

I chose “Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres to illustrate our podcast episode “The Science of Coincidence,” so it seems a perfect opportunity to explore the mythical Sphinx as a Monster of the Week. Let’s approach the

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Artatomical: The Head of Cesare Lombroso

Ah, what do we have here? Why just a young 1970s couple viewing the preserved head of Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909) at an exhibition in Bologna. The photo itself is by acclaimed Italian photographer Romano Cagnoni. Lombroso advocated  anthropological

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Cosmic Canvas: Druckmuller’s Solar Eclipse

Given today’s podcast episode “Gaze into the Eclipse,” I thought I’d highlight the photography of eclipse hunter Milloslav Druckmuller. Druckmuller attempts to show exactly what the human eye would see if it was possible to remove the blinding glare associated

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Artatomical: René de Châlon’s Skeletal Guard

Here we see a stark reproduction of the skeleton form the tomb of René de Châlon (1519-1544) displayed in the National Museum of French Monuments. The original, pictured below, can be seen at the Church of Saint-Etienne, Bar-Le-Duc, France. A

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Monster of the Week: Baphomet

This week let us consider Baphomet, a monstrous deity that emerged from the 14th century heresy trials of the Knights Templar. King Philip IV and  Pope Clement V’s dissolution of this powerful monastic military order is a subject unto itself,

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Space Music: Dark Jovian, Mort Garson, K. Deluxe

Last week I blogged about the promise of Amon Tobin’s “Dark Jovian” and today I can say that it delivers. Tobin’s aim was to capture “a sense of scale, like moving towards impossibly giant objects until they occupy your whole

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Retrofuturist Flashback: English Channel Monorail

Here we see an illustration from English science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells’ 1908 novel “The War in the Air.” The work is best remembered today for its prophetic predictions regarding air warfare and the coming world war, but it also

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