Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases

Julia Kasper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: julia.kasper (at) tepapa (dot) govt (dot) nz Download PDF “Diseases have spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation.” (Dowling, 2016) Vampires are some of the most persistent and best-known creatures in the western world. Different cultures haveContinue reading “Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases”

Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Swarm (La Nuée) is a 2020 French horror film later released by Netflix worldwide on 06 August 2021 (except in France, China and Spain). The film was directed by JustContinue reading “Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm”

Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF As recently addressed (Rasia, 2020), animals have been the focus of horror films since the very beginning of the genre, with more than 400 films about killer animals to date. That is not theContinue reading “Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema”

“Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology

Rafael Galvão de Almeida Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Email: rga1605 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Humanity’s technological progress is nothing short of incredible. If we consider that civilization is 12,000 years old, the vast majority of technological advances was produced in the lastContinue reading ““Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology”

A critical reappraisal of dinosaur reconstructions in Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals

Rafael M. Rosa Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. E-mail: Email: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br Download PDF Zoo Tycoon 2 is a zoo-building simulation game developed by Blue Fang Games and originally released in 2004 as a sequel to the classic Zoo TycoonContinue reading “A critical reappraisal of dinosaur reconstructions in Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals”

The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador¹ & Ken Kuroki² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com ² Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan. Email: kurokik (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Shiroi Suna no Aquatope (白い砂のアクアトープ) is a new anime by P.A. Works thatContinue reading “The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope”

Facing extinction in Endling

Interview with Javier Ramello Download PDF Endling – Extinction is Forever is an upcoming multi-platform game developed by Herobeat Studios and published by HandyGames. As its name implies[1], the game tells the story of the last known survivors of a species. This a very timely game, as it touches upon a topic that is theContinue reading “Facing extinction in Endling”

Morphological and behavioural aspects of the infected in The Last of Us: a natural science look at a videogame fungus-human parasitoid interaction

Andrea Villa1 & Alessio del Negro2 1Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Email: andrewjayhouse (at) gmail (dot) com 2Independent Researcher, Milano, Italy. Email: alessio.delnegro05 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Starting in 2013 and recently back to hit the headlines with the sequel, The Last of Us (TLoU, hereinContinue reading “Morphological and behavioural aspects of the infected in The Last of Us: a natural science look at a videogame fungus-human parasitoid interaction”

The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts

João Vitor Tomotani¹ & Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador² ¹ Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ² Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Emails: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot) com; salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Fate franchise started with the computer game Fate/stay night back in 2004. To put it briefly,Continue reading “The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts”

An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is an American psychological horror film that was reconstructed from a 1988 novel by Thomas Harris. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and writtenContinue reading “An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs”