nostromo-featured Space Music: Carpenter Brut, 67P & ‘Alien’ Ambient

The holidays are ultimately about our annual cosmic journey through the unforgiving cold of winter. Like a generation ship en route to a distant star, it’s all about the desperate hope that we’ll emerge from the void and find new

futurenyc-feature Retrofuturist Flashback: New York of the Future

Here’s another glance at the future via the past. Above we see a 1905 postcard depicting New York’s future as a skyscraper-crowded aviation superhub. The postcard’s reverse caption read as follows: “Future New york will be preeminently the city of

burnthatfat-feature 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

childrentv-feature 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

krampus2-feature 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

werewolfeatbaby-red 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

DianaandActaeon-feature 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,

visionsofdune-feature 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

grinch1-feature 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

fugadanewyork-feature 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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