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How does fat leave the body when you lose weight?

Where does all that fat go when you lose weight? According to a new UNSW Australia study, published today in the British Medical Journal, a startling number of health professionals don’t know the answer to that question. The most common

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Study Analyses Death in Animated Kids Films

“Now you shall deal with me o’ prince, and all the powers of hell!” - Maleficent, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” There’s a darkness to many of our children’s tales. It’s easy enough to pinpoint this in the lyrics of old lullabies and

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Monster of the Week: The Krampus

I trust you’re familiar with the krampus: a species of alpine snow demon famous for its peculiar custom of terrifying, beating and kidnapping naughty children each and every December. Kids fear them, holiday-weary adults love them and at one point

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On the eating of baby feet…

Julie and I have never advocated the eating of babies, no matter how hard Chris Evans sells the idea in “Snowpiercer.” But we did record a video about dimorphous expressions: negative reactions that emerge from an overwhelming positive emotion.  Examples

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Art Spotlight: The Death of Actaeon

Our podcast episode “Mystery of the Antler” mainly handles the curious science of antlers, but it also delves into the symbolic power of deer. Humans have lived alongside these bone-shedding herbivores for ages, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.  As such,

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Space Music: Bernard Szajner’s ‘Visions of Dune’

I hold Frank Herbert’s “Dune” right up there as one of my favorite books of all time. It’s psychedelic, philosophical, ecological and succeeds in crafting a universe of intrigue unparalleled by almost any other single volume of science fiction. So

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Monster of the Week: Of Grinch and Grendel

Whether contemplating the Grinch or Grendel, the scenario is much the same. Sure, one cave-dwelling monster haunts the Danish moors while the other lives within the microcosm of the Who Dust Speck. One tale ends in bloodshed, the other in

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Could Manhattan house the U.S. prison populace?

I’m not advocating that we turn Manhattan Island into a penal colony, but a recent rewatch of John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” got me thinking: Given the massive swell in the U.S. Prison population, could even the film’s fictional

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Retrofuturist Flashback: Lunar Avalanche, 1960

Here’s a rather captivating artist’s conception of a lunar avalanche. The artist is sadly unknown, but Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry displayed the piece in 1960 to illustrate the future of manned moon exploration. The first humans didn’t arrive

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Art Spotlight: Saturn Devouring His Son

Here we see “Saturn Devouring His Son,” the most famous “black painting” of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828).  Originally painted directly on the wall of the artist’s house between 1819 and 1823, it stems from a dark

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