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creepypasta-feature Trigger Warnings, the Internet and Mass Hysteria

We recently published a podcast episode about trypophobia, an Internet meme-powered visceral reaction of unease or revulsion to clustered holes — particularly when Photoshopped onto the human body. Our cover art for the episode included just such an image, which

waxkiller1-feature Monster of the Week: The Mordbid Wax Sculptor

Wax has always been a suspect medium. Here in the natural world, it has long played a crucial role in anatomical depictions of soft tissue and organs. From the Renaissance onward, mouleurs captured every detail of diseased flesh to serve

beelarva-feature Trypophobia Gallery of Pre-Existing Things

Do these clustered holes fill you with dread? Read more ›

halloweenpumpkin-feature Halloween III: Witchcraft, Androids and Great Synth

So I finally got around to watching 1981′s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” in large part because John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s original soundtrack is so incredibly good. Seriously, this OST follows Carpenter and Howarth’s already exceptional collaborations on

Thaipusam-feature 10 Human Rituals of Pain

Can pain elevate us to a higher state of conscious? Read more ›

robotnurse-feature Retrofuturist Flashback: Surgical Robot, 1912

Robotic surgery has come a long way in recent years — and it’s certainly come a long ways since this Aug. 18, 1912 cover from France’s Le Petit Journal. The humanoid machine you see is “Mademoiselle Claire, an automaton built by

gasmaskfashion3-feature Future of the Fashionable Gas Mask

How will fashion and pollution infulence our future facial wear? As we upgrade our intrinsically cybernetic body with air filters and even oxygen masks to cope with failing air quality, will we put a bit of sparkle into the presentation?

growhouseimage-featured 20 Years of Marijuana Research Tells us…

What have we learned from two decades of cannabis research? Well, according to World Health Organization addiction adviser Professor Wayne Hall, it all breaks down to the following, as published in the journal Addiction (full text available here for one

GenestealerArt-feature Monster of the Week: The Tyranid Genestealer

You’ve lived in the 41st millennium long enough to fear the Tyranid hive fleets: that seemingly endless stream of bio-ships, soldier species and bioweapons, all psychically linked to a single Hive Mind and destined to consume all the biomass in

spacemusicsyro-feature Space Music: Aphex & Gazelle Twins, Sinoia Caves

It’s been a stretch since I’ve shared some Space Music, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to discuss some recent releases of note. First of all, there’s “Syro,” Richard James’ first new Aphex Twin studio album in 13

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