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”

Vampire Apocalypse Calculator

Dominik Czernia Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland. Email: dominik.czernia (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Welcome to the Vampire Apocalypse Calculator[1], you lovely, tasty human. This sophisticated tool is based on the predator-prey model, a model that successfully describes the dynamics of ecosystems, chemical reactions, and even economics. Now it’s time toContinue reading “Vampire Apocalypse Calculator”

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”