A different kind of black death

Imagine a disease so devastating that 70% of the population died. A disease that multiplies inside of you, forming ugly growths on your skin which burst to release its young. Imagine lingering for weeks, months after infection, the disease slowly draining you of all sustenance. A shocking image, yet this is something that farmers around […]

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A Tale in Flowers

In Elizabethan times, stories of witches, fairies, and all sorts of magic still had a hold on how the world was understood. Shakespeare lived in a world where the meanings of flowers still had power, a world where bay-trees could succumb to evil (Richard II) and where a ring of mushrooms heralds the arrival of […]

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Frequent Flyer Food Miles

Spring is a season full of joy, the first leaf buds heralding an end to the traditionally lean wintertime. Yet today many of us barely notice the passing of the seasons (besides deciding whether to wear a coat outside). Our supermarkets are full of ripe red tomatoes, plump grapes, and even juicy red strawberries all […]

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It’s Un-Nature-al

Ask anybody with a vague interest in scientific research, and they’ve probably heard of journals like Nature and Science. These journals claim to publish some of the most cutting edge research in the natural sciences, from genes involved in human cancer to evidence that the axis of the Moon’s rotation has shifted. And those are […]

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Back to the (space tourism) Future

There’s something hypnotically beautiful about so much of science fiction art. The new posters from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are no exceptions. Sure, they aren’t strictly science fiction (the captions attached to each one explain the work NASA is doing), but can anything be more classically Sci-Fi than vintage-style tourism posters to unexplored worlds? No […]

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“Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”  

  No GCSE education is complete without mandatory reading of plays deemed to be “literary classics,” such a part of the cultural landscape that they make their way into everyday conversations. But far more plays and books slip beneath the waves, increasingly forgotten and out of print. Occasionally one might surface here or there, a […]

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