The Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem, or how to optimize your inventory to fight zombies

João Vitor Tomotani Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Email: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF INVENTORIES IN RPGS AND ADVENTURE GAMES Video games came a long way to be at where they are today. From the CRT Amusement Devices invented by physicists Thomas Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Mann in 1947, to the OXOContinue reading “The Two-Dimensional Knapsack Problem, or how to optimize your inventory to fight zombies”

The biology of vampires

João Pedro O. Krizek & Marcus Vinicius D. V. Muller Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Emails: jpokrizek (at) gmail (dot) com; marcusvdvmuller (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Vampires are mythological and folkloric creatures that have been catching people’s attention for centuries (Fig. 1). They (fortunatelyContinue reading “The biology of vampires”

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”

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”