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”

Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture

Hideto Hoshina Faculty of Education, University of Fukui, Fukui City, 910-8507 Japan. Email: hhoshina (at) f-edu.u-fukui (dot) ac (dot) jp Download PDF Butterflies are one of the most popular insects because they have diversified and colorful wings. They were probably the first insects to be collected purely for their beauty (Preston-Mafham, 2004). In the WesternContinue reading “Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture”

Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror

Nalin Bhardwaj University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Email: nalinbhardwaj (at) nibnalin (dot) me Download PDF One of my favorite “things of beauty” are stained glass windows. By themselves, they contain intricate works of art with vivid color palettes that overlay silhouettes of the outside world. They’re like a dreamy, imaginative capture of theContinue reading “Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror”

The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Rodan is a giant monster, or kaiju, created by Toho Studios (Tokyo, Japan). First appearing in 1956 in its own movie (aptly named Rodan), the monster has since become strongly associated with the Godzilla franchise (Fig. 1). Rodan hasContinue reading “The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan”

Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) fcnym (dot) unlp (dot) edu (dot) ar Download PDF Among horror, drama, action, and sci-fi films, the subgenre of killer animals has been exploited since the very beginnings of cinema (e.g., The Sea Beast from 1926, and King KongContinue reading “Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction”

A paleontological outlook on the Super Mario Bros. movie

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Among the many unique choices made while making the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. was the large focus on dinosaurs. Much of the movie takes place in Dinohattan, an alternate New York in a universe where humans evolved fromContinue reading “A paleontological outlook on the Super Mario Bros. movie”

Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*

Paul Mountfort1, Anne Peirson-Smith2 & Adam Geczy3 1 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Email: paul.mountfort (at) aut.ac (dot) nz 2 City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: enanneps (at) cityu.edu (dot) hk 3 University of Sidney, Sidney, Australia. Email: adam.geczy (at) sydney.edu (dot) au * This is an extract from ChapterContinue reading “Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*”

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 heritage futurism of Blade Runner: 2049

Andrew Reinhard Department of Archaeology, University of York. York, United Kingdom. Email: adr520 (at) york (dot) ac (dot) uk Download PDF Blade Runner: 2049 (Columbia Pictures/ Warner Bros.) is the most archaeological film I have ever seen, and even though it features neither excavation nor rugged men in hats punching Nazis, it is possibly theContinue reading “The heritage futurism of Blade Runner: 2049”

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”