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”

Ants in the Ant-Man movie, with biological notes

Elidiomar R. Da-Silva* & Thiago R. M. de Campos Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. *Email: elidiomar (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Belonging to the family Formicidae (order Hymenoptera), ants are cosmopolitan insects, inhabiting all kinds of terrestrial environments, except the arctic, with nearly 10,000 known species.Continue reading “Ants in the Ant-Man movie, with biological notes”

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”

The Force: a new candidate for dark matter

Christian Vogt Independent researcher. Hannover, Germany. Email: christian (at) jcvogt (dot) de Download PDF Only about 5% of the total mass of the universe consists of ordinary matter (mostly protons, neutrons and electrons, which form atoms). The missing 95% divide into dark matter (ca. 25%) and dark energy (ca. 70%) (Planck Collaboration, 2013) – see FigureContinue reading “The Force: a new candidate for dark matter”

The birds of James Bond

Rodrigo B. Salvador1 & Barbara M. Tomotani2 1 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com 2 Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Wageningen, The Netherlands. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands. Email: babi.mt (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF “The name is Bond, James Bond.” This particular BritishContinue reading “The birds of James Bond”