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Artatomical: Joel-Peter Witkin’s ‘Harvest’

The vast majority of Joel-Peter Witkin’s photography exists beyond the scope of what I can share with you here. Born in 1939, the American photographer made a name for himself though the creation of dark tableaus and still lifes, often

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Monster of the Week: ALF the Alien Life Form

Perhaps you don’t remember ALF. This extraterrestrial horror visited our planet in the late 1980s, first residing in the United States before fleeing to the security of German xeno-cultists. After a frenzied return to the states, the creature made a

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Is God conscious? Is God aware?

“Deep in each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something knows, and cannot be fled nor hid from.” ―Cormac McCarthy, “The Crossing” I love that quote because it cuts right to heart of attention schema theory

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Electric Eel-Punk Powers Active!

In our recent podcast episode on electric fish, we marveled at the power of the electric eel and I dared ponder why we don’t see a sub-genre of “eel punk” fiction. Just imagine a Victorian world where bio-electric fish power

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The Information Elevator: Series I

If you haven’t caught Julie’s “Information Elevator” video series yet, then catch up! The first series is complete and you’ll find all the episodes below. Want to see more? Have special requests for topics or guests? Let us know in

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Evolution Killed the Supersonic Airliner

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physics argues that the supersonic Concorde passenger jet didn’t simply vanish into retirement. Nope, this luxury dinosaur went extinct. It all comes down to Duke University Physics Professor Adrian Bejan’s constructal

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Space Music: Tool meets ’2001: A Space Odyssey’

The “Dawn of Man” segment in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” is simply spellbinding, as is that portion of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel. It’s a legendary sequence, forever linked with Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra.” But what

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Retrofuturist Flashback: Life in the Year 2012

Do you remember 2012? It was a fabulous year, full of airship chocolate deliveries and 8-hour flights to lunar vacation destinations. Or at least that’s how it played out in these 1912 postcards from the Chocolat Lombart company. The image

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Art Spotlight: Dante and Virgil in Hell

Here we see Dante and Virgil in Hell. As they observe the suffering of the wrathful, they too are observed by a demon of the Malebranche. This would appear to be a scene from Canto VII, in which our Infernonauts

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Top 10 Mindblowers: Nudity

Behold the science of human nudity… Read more ›

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