Douglas Adams and the world’s largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF “The system of life on this planet is so astoundingly complex that it was a long time before man even realized that it was a system at all and that it wasn’t something thatContinue reading “Douglas Adams and the world’s largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot”

What is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?

Deep Thought Pan-Dimension. Download PDF Forty-two. FUTURE WORK This is quite definitely the answer to the ultimate question. The problem, though, is that no one ever actually knew what the ultimate question was. As such, the next step for this research is to design an even more powerful computer, which can calculate the question toContinue reading “What is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?”

The plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium

Walter S. Judd1,2 & Graham A. Judd3 1Department of Biology, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. 2Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. 3Independent researcher. South Saint Paul, MN, U.S.A. Emails: lyonia (at) ufl (dot) edu; gjudd (at) me (dot) com Download PDF Many readers of The Hobbit or The Lord of the RingsContinue reading “The plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium”

Making a vampire

Veronika N. Laine Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). Wageningen, The Netherlands. Email: veronika.laine (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The modern vampire is often portrayed as a human transformed into a vampire due to a bloodthirsty spirit[1], demons[2], viruses and other pathogens[3], magic or some unknown reason[4].  Neither fiction nor more realistic accounts have shedContinue reading “Making a vampire”

Frankenstein, or the beauty and terror of science

Henk van den Belt Philosophy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Email: henk.vandenbelt (at) wur (dot) nl Download PDF In January 2018, it will be two hundred years ago that Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus was first published. However, international commemorations have already started and the so-called Frankenstein Bicentennial Project has beenContinue reading “Frankenstein, or the beauty and terror of science”

Harry Potter and the Draconian Laws

Pedro F. Abud University of São Paulo Law School; São Paulo, Brazil. Disinfo Squad, Ministry of Magic. Email: pedro.m1 (at) bol (dot) com (dot) br Download PDF Anyone would say that a world where brooms and carpets cross the skies, unicorns roam the forests and people depicted in portraits talk to you is wonderful, literally magical. However,Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Draconian Laws”