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”

Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point

Henry Nathaniel Thomas University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Since the time I wrote a previous Journal of Geek Studies article on the giant pterosaur kaiju Rodan (Thomas, 2020), another piece of media featuring the character has aired: the anime series Godzilla Singular Point by the studiosContinue reading “Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point”

Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world

Lucas C. Marinho1 & Liming Cai2 1 Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil. Email: lc.marinho (at) ufma (dot) br 2 Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California, USA. Email: limingc (at) ucr (dot) edu Download PDF With more than 260,000 species, flowering plants represent one ofContinue reading “Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world”

Fly-A-Way: a board game to save migratory birds

Interview with Simon Vincent Download PDF Fly-A-Way is a brand new board game created by the team at Playlogue Creations.[1] In it, players are conservationists helping out birds in their migration across one of the world’s largest flyway.[2] The birds will face many dangers, so the players will have to make sure these critters complete theirContinue reading “Fly-A-Way: a board game to save migratory birds”

Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science

Matheus C. Drago Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. E-mail: matheusdrago96 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is one of DreamWorks’ most famous movies and is set on the fictional Berk, a place where fighting between Vikings and dragons is pretty common.Continue reading “Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science”

Mary Anning: fossil collector, paleontologist, and heroic spirit

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Mary Anning (1799–1847) was a British fossil collector and self-taught paleontologist who made several important discoveries in the Jurassic rocks around her home in Lyme Regis. Unfortunately, she did not have the acknowledgment inContinue reading “Mary Anning: fossil collector, paleontologist, and heroic spirit”

The giant snails of ARK: Survival Evolved

Rodrigo B. Salvador¹, Rafael M. Rosa², Fernanda S. Silva³ & Daniel C. Cavallari² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com ² Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Emails: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br; dccavallari (at) gmail (dot) comContinue reading “The giant snails of ARK: Survival Evolved”